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Tonight I watched IU defeat Iowa again after watching it live Thursday.  It was a great win especially after I thought Iowa’s experience was going to take over in the second half.  I was so proud of how IU toughed out this victory down the stretch.  Right now after Maryland’s loss, IU heads into Sunday’s game against Michigan State tied atop the Big Ten with Iowa at 10-2.

Here’s my breakdown on this great victory.

  1. Collin Hartman had the assignment of guarding Jarrod Uthoff.   Yogi Ferrell had the assignment of guardiing Peter Jok.
  2. Thomas Bryant got things going for IU underneath before grabbing two quick fouls at the first tv time-out.
  3. Robert Johnson had a big three pointer off a Hartman offensive rebound.
  4. IU was able to drive the ball inside early as they took a 20-10 lead with 11:26 left.   The defense was also really locking it down.
  5. ESPN’s Rece Davis pointed out Harrison Niego’s charge on Anthony Clemmons.
  6. Nick Zeisloft found his shooting range with three three pointers in the first half.  That gave IU a huge boost off the bench.
  7. Max Bielfeldt also played well early for the Hoosiers.
  8. Hartman had a huge block off Uthoff and he came back with a three to make it 36-20
  9. Davis said at one pointsaid  IU was 6-11 from three point range.
  10. I thought IU had a solid team effort in the first half.
  11. Iowa climbed back behind Uthoff and Peter Jok got going at the end of the second half.
  12. Luckily for IU, a key intentional foul came on Jok and Yogi hit two free throws as IU went into half-time with a 45-38 lead.

The Second half

  1.  Iowa came back out in man and their experience started to take over.  At that point I was worried IU was in trouble but the Hoosiers gutted it out.
  2. During Iowa’s run, Mike Gesell got hot early, and there was a cheap foul call for Bryant’s third foul of the game.
  3. Uthoff also showed in the second half how  great a player he is.
  4. IU had a rough start to the half but Bryant was playing well when he was in while Yogi was struggling.
  5. Iowa had a 57-54 lead with 11 :30 left
  6. Thomas Bryant’s fourth foul was a cheap call as well..
  7. IU started to fight back with a big bucket from Harrison Niego and Bielfeldt tied it up at 60-60.  The Hoosiers went back to attacking the lane to take ove.
  8. Collin Hartman seemed like he was in on every loose ball.  He was tremendous.
  9. Later on Niego stripped Gesell and a basket by Troy Williams put IU ahead 67-62 at the seven minute mark.
  10. Yogi made it a 10 point lead with a big three pointer.
  11. Adam Woodbury caused a little noise down the stretch for Iowa.
  12.   Dan Dakich tweeted that there was a four minute stretch where IU clogged the lane defensively and they also clogged up the three point line.
  13. I really loved the way IU defended in this game. especially Yogi on Jok.
  14. IU led 77-72 with 1:14 left and Williams came up with a big jumper.
  15. Hartman’s drive for a lay-up put the game away and IU went on to a 85-78 win.

Ever since Blackmon went down, this team has jelled defensively.  I have been in keep fighting mode since the injury and I have thoroughly enjoyed this team.  I can’t wait to see what this team has down the stretch.

 

Tonight, I sit here in a good mood with IU men’s basketball as they sit atop the Big Ten standings with Iowa.  They just whipped Michigan the other night and it is amazing how far this team has come both offensively and defensively after James Blackmon went down.  I am so happy I can just relax and not get irritated with IU’s defense.

I don’t know if IU’s success is a product of the schedule or what it is.  But you can not deny they are playing at a high level at both the offensive and defensive ends.  I fully expect them to battle the Marylands, Iowas and Michigan States.  Those games will tell how good they can be this season.

I was able to watch the Illini game today.  This game was just another example of how well they have been playing recently.  The ball movement was great and the defense was good as well.  They are just so much improved.

Here are my observations on an historic night for Yogi Ferrell and just an overall 103-69 domination of the Illini.  It’s so much fun watching IU just punish their opponents.

  1. IU got off to a quick 5-0 start.  Troy Williams, who played a great game overall, was hot from three.
  2. Yogi tied the IU assist record with Michael Lewis according to Dan Dakich on a three pointer from Thomas Bryant.
  3. I did not see too many defensive breakdowns early in the first half.
  4. Yogi broke the assist record per Mike Tirico on a pass to Max Bielfeldt that split the zone nicely.
  5. Nick Zeisloft hit a three from the ozone layer as IU took a 22-11 lead with 10:32 left.
  6. Malcolm Hill got hot for the Illini as they pulled within 22-21.
  7. IU just exploded from there to take a 38-23 lead.  Harrison Niego and Ryan Burton got some playing time during that stretch.  Robert Johnson was hot from three.
  8. The second half continued greatly as Williams had a nice offensive rebound which lead to a Yogi three.
  9. IU was doing it as a team just drilling the Illini with ball movement.
  10. The second half was kind of the Max Bielfeldt show.  He was hot on the inside and outside.  He had a nice pass to Williams that threaded the Illini zone.
  11. Yogi was hot from 3 once again.
  12. Good ball movement led to a Collin Hartman three.
  13. Zeisloft also got in on the three-point barrage.
  14. Tirico said IU tied their single game three pointer record on a shot from OG Anunoby.  Anunoby had a pretty good half.   Later on, Dakich pointed out Niego as his shot broke the team record for threes..
  15. Mike Tirico pointed out the play of Kendrick Nunn

Here are some Dan Dakich thoughts during the game.

  1.  “Indiana is benefiting from his (Yogi Ferrell)  on ball defense.”
  2. He said IU is not a “product of the schedule.”
  3. “They (IU) run harder than the defense does.”
  4. “There’s a lot of ways this team (IU) offensively kills you.”
  5. “Yogi has done what seniors should do; up their level of winning.”

From here, IU has to be road warriors again and defeat Penn State.  Then a win there would set up a great show down with Iowa on February 11th.   I am so glad the Hoosiers are playing well and hope they continue to keep fighting like they have been.