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No offense, but the Illini have no offense. Forgive the bad joke. Rayvonte Rice bounced back with 20 points, but no other Illini were in double figures, and the Illini dropped their sixth straight game, 56-46 to Indiana. There were a few good plays sprinkled in, and those will be my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.
As for the coach, he was unhappy with the offensive execution, as you would expect.
The Illini did well to hold a team like Indiana to just 56 points, and just 0.90 points per possession, but until the offense becomes at least average, it's hard to see many wins left on the Big Ten schedule. Here are the ugly efficiency stats:
Next up for the Illini is a home game against the Iowa Hawkeyes. It's going to be tough to hold that Iowa team to fewer than 70 points, so the Illini have to find some answers on the offensive end of the floor, and quickly.
Thanks for reading.
The offense is still, well, a work in progress. It's great to see Rayvonte Rice have a good first half (12 points), but Ray's not getting much help so far. Jaylon Tate has six off the bench, but no one else has more than two points. Here are the first half efficiency stats:
Neither team is shooting well, both teams are turning it over too much, and rebounding is just about even. The Illini need to take better care of the basketball and see if they can even up that free throw disparity. More after the game.