Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your every day dose of faculty basketball information from Illini beat author and AP Prime 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 (exceptional end-to-end pace with the ball in his arms) and Andre Curbelo (apparently by no means met a press he could not break) on the roster.
Indiana knew it. Then recreation deliberate in opposition to it Saturday. The Hoosiers bailed on any try and offensive rebound, grabbing simply three complete 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 complete 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 in opposition to one of many prime defenses within the nation,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood mentioned after Saturday’s win in opposition to the Hoosiers. “Indiana did an awesome job of maintaining us out of transition. We missed six layups within the first half, some clear appears to be like at threes. You’ve these nights. You have to win loads 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 are able to play. We’re superb at it once we try this. But, when it requires it, you’ve received to discover a option to win when the ball doesn’t go in. That’s what we’ve been speaking rather a lot about. It’s much less errors, and it is nice protection. I believed we did that holding them to 39 %.”
In case you have been questioning, here 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
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