Inside the boxscore: Illinois 94, USC 64

1. After a wildly inefficient freshman season at Wake Forest which ended with a DWI, J.T. Terrell spent a season getting his act together at Peninsula Junior College and then transferred to USC. He's leading his new team in scoring, but once again is doing it solely through volume. Terrell is 7-19 on 2s (36.8%) and 5-20 on 3s (25%). Against Illinois he began the game with a turnover, and then missed the Illini's first two shots.

2. USC only managed 5 offensive boards off of 29 missed shots (17% offensive rebound %). For the season they are 240th in offensive rebounding, averaging 29% a game.

3. Illinois star Brandon Paul is another player who has struggled with efficiency in his career. But that hasn't been a problem this season, and he's off to a great start averaging over 21 points a game. He's converted on 54% of his 2s and 48% of his 3s. In their rout of the Trojans he led all scorers with 26, making 6-9 3s.

4. Illinois turned the ball over 20 times, which left them with 54 possessions. In those possessions they scored 96 points, or 1.78 per possession. John Groce's teams at Ohio did a good job with ball security, as Illinois has this season. So we'll assume this is a one-game anomaly.

5. Illinois scored 57 points in the first half, and at one point led by 34. It was the most points they've scored in a half since November 27, 2004 (58 vs Gonzaga). That season the Illini, in Bill Self's final year, began 29-0 and advanced to the National Title game.