The Illini traveled to Madison, WI, on Tuesday night looking to get the ever elusive road win in the…
Illini Pound It Inside to Overtake Hoosiers
It was extremely cold in Champaign on Sunday afternoon, and the only thing colder than the weather outside was the three point shooting inside Assembly Hall. The Fighting Illini and the visiting Indiana Hoosiers managed to shoot a combined seven-for-thirty-nine, or 18%, from behind the three point arc in Sunday afternoon's contest. With their three point shots not falling, the Illini relied on their inside strength to lead the way over Indiana. With Sunday afternoon's win, the Illini now sit at 8-4 in Big Ten play, tied with Wisconsin and Ohio State, and just a half a game behind the Iowa Hawkeyes.
In a game with shooters not being able to find the basket, it started out much different for the Illini as junior shooting guard Rich McBride hit two quick three pointers. After McBride's sharpshooting from the outside, the Illini used their inside strength and defense to build up a quick double digit lead over the Hoosiers, a lead which the Illini never let up throughout the entire contest. In the first half, the Illini were able to build up a seventeen point lead, but they went into the half with just a thirteen point lead.
The second half was played pretty much to a standstill. The Hoosiers came out and zoned the Illini exclusively, and while they stymied the Illini offense, they could not do anything on the offensive end of the court to make a serious run at Illini's lead. While the Hoosiers could never cut into the Illini lead, the Illini could never extend their lead either. The Illinois lead fluctuated between seventeen and eleven points throughout the first half with neither team able to make that serious run.
While the Hoosiers zone defense was very effective in slowing down the Illini offense, the size mismatches on the inside made it very easy for the Illini to score forty of their seventy points inside the paint, including numerous slam dunks. Brian Randle showed anyone watching on CBS why he is nicknamed The Freak with his posterization of Indiana senior center Marco Killingsworth in the second half.
Offensive Efficiency: 104.98
Defensive Efficiency: 86.98
Defensive Rebounding Percentage: 73.53%
Offensive Rebounding Percentage: 47.62%
With the Hoosiers in a zone for much of the game, the Illini used their superior height and rebounding instincts to beat Indiana to the offensive glass. On every missed shot opportunity, the Illini would be hounding the holes in the Hoosier zone looking for offensive rebounding opportunities, and they were finding them. Whether it was Brian Randle, James Augustine, Shaun Pruitt, or even Warren Carter the Illini were not having any problems getting second chance opportunities.
RANDOM NEWS & NOTES
There were quite a few recruits in attendance for the Paint the Hall Orange Game on Sunday afternoon including the three Illini commitments in the Class of 2007: Bill Cole, Mike Tisdale, and Eric Gordon.
IlliniPlaybook.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Week 12 Injury Report
Dr. Roto highlights the injuries from three games: Denver @ Miami, Arizona @ Seattle and Houston @ Cincinnati. One recommendation is to definitely start Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue (pictured above)…Read More
What, and Who, to Watch
O'Malley's weekly six-pack of questions entering Saturday's showdown with Louisville in South Bend.Read More
Peterson speaks: Fresh start might be best
Adrian Peterson said he knows Vikings players and coaches love him, but there are people “internally” that haven’t been supporting him.Read More
5 NFL Games that Got Cancelled by Weather
It snowed again in Buffalo, blanketing the city and, more importantly for our purposes, Ralph Wilson Stadium in 8 feet of snow. The NFL just announced that Sunday's Bills-Jets game is bugging out.…Read More
Apache Administers Death to Taliban (VIDEO)
The Apache helicopter is one of the most famed and efficient killing machines in the U.S Army. Get the skinny on this 'steel dragon' and watch what one does to a platoon of Taliban fighters in…Read More