What We Learned From Illinois

Pete Volk

Final Score: Illinois 80, Maryland 76

  • The Terps were much improved at the line. After a dismal performance against Pitt, they were 13-18 tonight, including four of five from Sean Mosley and three of five from Jordan Williams.
  • Perimeter defense was lacking. Too often, Illini players were left open for threes, and they finished the game 10-21 from beyond the arc.
  • Maryland has a lot of players doing a lot of different things on offense. The Terps had five different players score ten points, and were able to show different looks, both on the inside and outside.
  • Where was Pe’Shon Howard? The freshman who was so electric in Maryland’s first four games was held scoreless and shot 0-6. The Illini did a very good job on him tonight.
  • As long as Stoglin gets the minutes he’s been getting, I’m fine with Bowie starting. Bowie had another mediocre game, while Stoglin had a team-high 17 points. Bowie may be the “starter”, but Stoglin got a lot of the playing time. That is fine by me.
  • After struggling in the first half, Williams came back to have a very good game. The big man scored 15 points with 12 rebounds (good for his fourth double-double of the year), and was instrumental in Maryland’s late comeback attempt.
  • James Padgett separated himself from Berend Weijs. Weijs had a block and outrebounded Padgett 3-1, but Padgett scored six points and had one of his best games as a Terrapin.
  • Sean Mosley had his best game since the opener against Seattle. Mo’ scored 14 points with five rebounds and five assists before fouling out, and looked like a different player tonight.
  • After having an excellent game against Pitt, Cliff Tucker struggled. He scored 10 points with six rebounds, but was only 3-14 from the floor.
  • All of that being said, it was a very good game between two very good teams. After watching these two games, I am more confident in this team than I ever thought I could be after watching back-to-back losses. ACC season starts in less than a month, get excited folks.

Topics: Illinoisillini, Whatwelearnedfrom

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