Archive

Monthly Archives: February 2015

Tonight I watched the Hoosiers second loss to Purdue of the season as they fell  67-63 at home.  After this game, the Hoosiers defeated Rutgers last Sunday and they fell to Northwestern on the road.   These three games provide a small sample size of what IU does when they are going well and what they do when things are not going well.

IU went cold in the Northwestern game according to Kent Sterling of CBS Sports Radio 1430 in Indianapolis and he said they did not defend very well in the second half.  Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com said Purdue was physical and played good defense against IU.  In the Rutgers game, I saw good ball movement and IU was able to drive to the hoop.

For me right now, IU has to shoot well and drive to the hoop with good ball movement to have success.   In the next few games at home against Iowa and Michigan State, IU is going to have to get strong fan support and put everything together in a good way.  LET’S GO HOOSIERS.

Anyways, I will go back to the Purdue game with my observations from the start of the game to the end.

1.  Hanner Perea was hot for IU to start the game.  He was scoring on the inside and from outside.  Yogi Ferrell had a monster lob to Hanner for a huge dunk.

2.  A.J. Hammons got going early as well for Purdue on the inside.  IU had no answer for him and Isaac Haas.

3.  IU was able to get in the lane off the dribble early on and they were getting out on the break.  However, things got touchy when Hanner got his second foul at the 12:04 mark of the first half.

4.  IU’s offense went into a funk with three straight possessions went down to the end of the shot clock.  Eventually quick shots and trying to make explosive plays led the game to be tied up at 23-23.

5.  Yogi hit a big shot at the end of the half to put IU in the lead at 29-27.

6.  The second half saw IU’s defense falter from where it was in the first  half Purdue had four quick points in the paint to start off.   Again, Hammons and Haas were too much for IU to handle.

7.  From there, Jon Octeus had a monster dunk down the lane and Raphael Davis went coast to coast to further the Purdue lead.  Then Kendall Stephens hit a big three pointer to make it 44-37 Purdue.

8.  Despite the play of Hammons, IU fought back behind the play of Troy Williams.

9.  Octeus came up with another hoop to make it 53-47 Purdue.  IU then could not hit some good looks.

10.  Once again IU rallied behind the play of Troy but Ocetus was there with another big drive and the Hoosiers left too many points at the foul line.

11.  Despite the adversity once again, IU tied the game at 58-58 all and Yogi put IU ahead on a three pointer at 61-60 but Davis came up with two big buckets to make it 64-61.

12.  Yogi tried to bring IU back with a lay-up and he went for the win with a three pointer but IU fell as Hammons cliniched the victory with two free throws.

Overall, this game was decided in the paint as Haas and Hammons dominated.  IU also gave up crucial lay-ups and they left too many points at the line.

From here, an NCAA bid hangs in the balance.   IU is going to have shore up their defense as much as they can without size.  But most importantly, there offense is going to have be extremely efficient for a full 40 minutes.  That means good ball movement and excellent shot selection.

Advertisements

Tonight I sit here not pleased with the Hoosiers at all with a 92-78 loss to Wisconsin tonight smacked in between a win over Rutgers and a blow out loss to Purdue.

There will be no Purdue review but I will go over tonight’s loss by looking at Wisconsin and IU.  I will go over IU first since this is a IU blog.  I will break the Todd Jadlow rule of ripping into players and calling them out individually.

INDIANA

1.  IU did a very poor job of moving on offense in the second half.  They got better towards the end but I was so angry at the end because of the lack of energy in the half and the failure to move the ball.

2.  I wish this team had five Yogis.  He is a fierce competitor.  He fought he even though he did not score a lot.  He even had to guard big man Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin.

3.  The ball movement was much better in the first half and for some reason the energy and ball movement was not there in the second half.  It got better as the second half moved along but it was still not enough to please me.

4.  Troy Williams plays with energy but once again I got angry with him.  I saw a selfish play when IU was behind and he just dribbled the ball all the way down when they needed to move the ball around for shots and he missed a lay-up.

5.  Another play infuriated me when I saw Colllin Hartman not help on defense.  I was livid on that play which I don’t remember.

6. The bottom line is I can deal with IU getting beat but I need to see energy and fight in the Hoosiers.  I felt I did not see that in the second half that is why I am so angry.

7.  For the first time in the Tom Crean era, I have doubted his coaching.  Everyone says he did a great job in the first half of the season.  I still back him but I just don’t understand why IU came out not moving the ball like they were in the last three fourths of the first half.

8.  NIck Zeisloft did well shooting the three in the second half and Williams later did a nice job of moving the ball which eventually led to a basket by Robert Johnson.

9.  The first half saw IU fall behind 9-0 but they were able to come back with the three point shooting of Hartman.

10.  Dan Dakich said the subbing of Crean drives IU fans crazy as he subbed out Troy Williams and Hartman when they were hot.  It usually does not bother me but it did tonight.

11.  IU played zone again.  I would much rather see them play man but I guess without being able to play more big guys and Hanner Perea being out, Crean has decided to go zone.

12. IU shot very well in the first half and I am not going to look at the second half numbers because I was mad at their lack of energy.

13.  It was definitely a huge blow not having James Blackmon in the game because of an ankle injury.  I think IU may have been six points closer.

14.  I also question why Emmit Holt did not play more.

WISCONSIN

1.  Tonight, I expected Wisconsin to show a lot of their swing offense.  But what impressed  me the most about tonight was their ability to flex their muscles against the zone.  They used their strength in Kaminsky and he just tore up the Hoosiers.   He had to play against smaller guys in Collin Hartman, Robert Johnson and Yogi Ferrell.

2.  Wisconsin got off to their early lead in the game as they kept feeding Nigel Hayes and Kaminsky.  Hayes schooled Max Hoetzel in the first half off the dribble

3.  Sam Dekker and Josh Gasser were big in beating IU off the dribble.

4.  Dan Dakich said Wisconsin is successful off the dribble because of their spacing on offense.

5. Bronson Koenig was they guy who stood out for me as he hit some big three pointers.

6.  Dekker had a big three in the second half and Koenig was hot to start the second.

7.  The key plays in the game for Wisconsin for me the big start to the second half, a Josh Gasser three pointer after IU failed to push a fast break when the should have scored and Dekker’s offensive rebound and tip in to end the first half.

8.  After the big start to the second half, Wisky pretty much coasted the rest of the way.

WHAT I EXPECT FROM IU THE REST OF THE WAY

IU’s schedule gets no easier from year, I expect energy and fight for 40 minutes win or lose.  They are going to have to be more consistent moving the ball on offense.  On defense, they are going to have to bust their tails in practice to get better.  For Tom Crean, his challenge is to get his team to win without experienced big men.  He is also going to have to continue to develop a toughness for 40 minutes.

The next eight games could be big in deciding Tom Crean’s future.  This is the first time I have doubted him.  I still want him as my coach and I want the Hoosiers to get better.  I obviously can’t stand seeing them lose.