Moline's Musings

Moline's Musings

WDWS 2014-15 High School Basketball Schedule

This will be fun.  I've been covering high school basketball for a decade now in Champaign County, and I'm not sure I can recall a season where there's such a combination of quality teams, great rivalries and new teams to cover in the same season.  You've got the new Okaw Valley conference that brings together quality programs from St. Joseph-Ogden, Unity, St.

Plays of the Game - Villanova

Illinois played pretty well for 32 minutes tonight against a very good Villanova team tonight at Madison Square Garden.  Unfortunately, the game was 40 minutes long, and the Wildcats pulled away for a 73-59 win over the Fighting Illini.  There were some good choices for our Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  Sophomore Malcolm Hill had a career-high 20 points,

Efficiency Stats - Villanova

Game tied 50-50 with about 8:00 left.  Most Illini fans would take that, right?  Well, Villanova closed the game on a 23-9 run to hand the Illini their second loss of the season 73-59.  Malcolm Hill had a career-high 20 points, but the rest of the team struggled offensively for the most part.  Let's take a look at the efficiency stats, first for Illinois:

Plays of the Game - American

There were plenty of contributors today for the Illini in their 70-55 win over a plucky American University squad.  Only two Illini (Malcolm Hill and Rayvonte Rice) were in double figures, but several other Illini contributed, including sophomores Jaylon Tate and Maverick Morgan.  Tate figures prominently in this edition of the Dick Van Dyke Ap

Efficiency Stats - American

Illinois cruised to a 70-55 win over American University this afternoon.  Malcolm Hill led the way with 13 points, and Rayvonte Rice added 10, thanks to an 8-8 performance at the free throw line.  The offense improved a bit in the second half from an efficiency standpoint, despite ten second half turnovers.  Here are the final numbers for Illinois:

Plays of the Game - Miami

The Illini did not play well at Miami tonight, and the Hurricanes took advantage in a 70-61 game, the first loss of the season for Illinois.  That said, there were some good choices for tonight's Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  All three of my nominees came from the second half.  We'll start with a nice "and one" from Rayvonte Rice, who finished with 22 po

Efficiency Stats - Miami

Illinois needed a great second half to win tonight, and they only got an okay one, as Miami handed the Illini their first loss of the season 70-61.  Rayvonte Rice put up 22 points and 12 rebounds, and was joined in double figures by Malcolm Hill with 13, but Ahmad Starks and Aaron Cosby combined to shoot just 2-20 from the field.  Here are the efficiency stats for tonight, first for I

Plays of the Game - Indiana State

In tonight's game, the Fighting Illini had 20 points at the first media timeout.  That fast start propelled them to an 88-62 win over Indiana State tonight as the Illini improved to 5-0 on the season.  Let's get to our nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  First up is a play during tonight's fast star

Efficiency Stats - Indiana State

It's refreshing when a team's "worst" offensive game of the season still produces 88 points.  From an efficiency perspective, the Illini didn't have their best day, but they pushed the tempo and forced Indiana State into 20 turnovers.  That resulted in another easy win for the Illini by a score of 88-62.  Let's take a look at the efficiency stats, first for Illinois:

Plays of the Game - Brown

It was a tale of two halves tonight for the Illini, and the second half was certainly impressive.  Outscoring the Bears 58-33 in the second half, Illinois rebounded from a lackluster start to win 89-68 and improve to 4-0 on the season.  As for our nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game, all of my choices come