Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your every day dose of school basketball information from Illini beat author and AP High 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll provide up insights each morning on Brad Underwood’s workforce:
Illinois is at its best possible offensively when it runs the ground in transition. Onerous to argue that with guys like Ayo Dosunmu (outstanding end-to-end pace with the ball in his fingers) and Andre Curbelo (apparently by no means met a press he could not break) on the roster.
Indiana knew it. Then recreation deliberate towards it Saturday. The Hoosiers bailed on any try to offensive rebound, grabbing simply three whole as they offered out to get again in transition defensively. That meant the Illini tying the season low with simply 10 quick break factors beforehand set at Penn State the place 98 whole factors got here extra from attending to the free throw line, second likelihood factors and dominating on factors within the paint.
“This one was a a lot decrease possession recreation towards one of many prime defenses within the nation,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood stated after Saturday’s win towards the Hoosiers. “Indiana did an amazing job of holding us out of transition. We missed six layups within the first half, some clear appears at threes. You’ve got these nights. You have to win a variety of methods on this league, and I’m pleased with our guys.
“We’re going to proceed to attempt to play as quick as we will play. We’re excellent at it after we try this. But, when it requires it, you’ve obtained to discover a technique to win when the ball doesn’t go in. That’s what we’ve been speaking loads about. It’s much less errors, and it is nice protection. I believed we did that holding them to 39 p.c.”
In case you had been questioning, this is the complete breakdown of Illinois’ quick break factors this season:
- North Carolina A&T — 38
- Chicago State — 29
- Ohio — 13
- Baylor — 14
- Duke — 24
- Missouri — 14
- Minnesota — 23
- Rutgers – 22
- Penn State — 10
- Indiana — 10