Friday, March 18, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Illinois 73, UNLV 62
By Pat Forde
TULSA, Okla. -- Thoughts on Illinois' 73-62 win over UNLV:
Turning point: From a 5-5 tie, Illinois went on a 24-9 run and was never again threatened.
Key player: Illini forward Mike Davis had 22 points and 10 rebounds, hitting an array of open jump shots from inside the arc and UNLV defenders had a difficult time locating him.
Key stat: Illinois shot 60 percent from the field and UNLV 39 percent. That's how you get a blowout.
Miscellaneous: UNLV observers thought this would be a problematic matchup, and they were right. Vegas was unable to get good 3-point looks, and its offense isn't very efficient without good perimeter play. ... Meanwhile, Illinois ran its offense crisply and got just about every conceivable shot it wanted. ... On-again, off-again senior guard Demetri McCamey had a big night for the Illini with 17 points and seven assists.
What's next: Illinois will take on No. 1 seed Kansas on Sunday. UNLV will fly home to regroup.