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The Illini played the role of slump busters tonight, as Wisconsin knocked down 10-23 shots from three-point range in a 75-63 win. Rayvonte Rice had a strong game with 24 points and nine rebounds, but didn't get a lot of help. Joe Bertrand and Nnanna Egwu joined Ray in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. But, as you'll see in the numbers below, this one was lost on the defensive end of the floor. Here are my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. You can vote for your favorite in the comments below.
As for head coach John Groce, he gave Wisconsin a lot of credit, but wasn't pleased with the Illini's defense.
On to tonight's efficiency stats.
Wisconsin played like the team that started the season 16-0, and not the one that had lost five of its last six games. The Illini will go back to the drawing board ahead of a trip to Penn State on Saturday. Thanks for reading.
Not a bad overall half, but the Badgers closed strong. The Illini trail 36-30 at the break, and Nigel Hayes is a big reason why. The freshman scored 10 points on 3-3 FG shooting. Here are the first half efficiency stats:
The Illini need to cut down the turnovers and keep the Badgers off the free throw line in the second half. Otherwise, the losing streak could very well hit eight games. More after the game.