Join CrimsonCast hosts Scott and Galen as they record the first-ever episode of the podcast where both men were in a moving vehicle at the same time. In this episode, we talk about the difficult slate of games facing this IU team, the sustainability of IU’s shooting percentages, the question marks surrounding what the team has accomplished to this point, and the ideal roster rotation from this point forward. We also give prescriptions for IU successfully navigating the next two months and putting itself in a position to make the NCAA tournament.
Check out this episode of the Hoosier Hangout, as Michael Rayome and Mike Petry discuss the latest goings-on with Indiana basketball.
The Indiana Hoosiers hosted the Grand Canyon Antelopes Saturday evening. The Hoosiers were coming off a tough defeat against Louisville, only their second of the season, and were looking to bounce back at Assembly Hall. Grand Canyon is favored to win the Western Athletic Conference this year, especially with the help of their number one recruit Dewayne Russell, who made his debut against the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers played the game like many others this year, from behind the arc. They shot 20 three-pointers in the 1st half, only netting 7. Their overall shooting in the 1st half was almost dismal, going 15-40 from the floor. That is 50% of shots coming from behind the arc, and very dangerous game planning from Tom Crean. The Hoosiers did however dominate the glass, outrebounding Grand Canyon 29-18 and gathering 11 offensive rebounds. This led to the extra six chances the Hoosiers had over the Antelopes (40-34), which resulted in an 11-point lead, 42-31.
Four Hoosiers recorded 6 points in the 1st half (junior Yogi Ferrell, sophomore Troy Williams, junior transfer Nick Zeisloft and sophomore Collin Hartman), but freshman James Blackmon Jr. led with 7. Zeisloft and Blackmon had 6 rebounds apiece as well. The Antelope’s Dewayne Russell’s 14 points in the 1st half led all scoring however.
The Hoosiers had some questions to answer about their 1st half play, and boy did they answer them. Tom Crean’s boys opened up the 1st half with a 10-4 run and didn’t look back. That problem with their field goal percentage? As my Italian-American-Growin’-Up-In-Jersey Aunt says… “Forget about it!” They shot over 50% in the 2nd half and scored over 50 points. They cut back on the three balls and had 15 of their 18 2nd half field goals come from inside the arc. Tom Crean even stepped on the court to break up a fight toward the end of the game. Final score, 94-66 Indiana Hoosiers.
Blackmon finished the game with 18 points, just shy of his 19 points-per-game average, which leads all freshman across the country. Zeisloft and junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea each had 7 rebounds and Troy Williams had 8. Mosquera-Perea was dominant in the post as he picked up 8 points and made 3/5 free throws. Williams driving ability was on display, finishing 5 times at the rim and drawing three fouls (4/6 free throws).
Not much to see here people, move along, move along. The Hoosiers had a shaky 1st half despite leading by 11, but they killed any doubts with their dominant 2nd half display. Mosquera-Perea continues to dominate when he is the biggest man on the floor. He rarely takes a poor shot and has been able to lead the B1G Conference in field goal percentage so far this season. Crean has them team running pretty smoothly and they seem to handle their business when they are expected too. Another win at home for the Hoosiers, which brings their record to 8-2. Indiana’s next game is in Indianapolis at a neutral site against the #15 ranked in-state rival Butler Bulldogs.
The #3 scoring offense of the Hoosiers met the #3 scoring defense of the Cardinals. The game was prefaced by the famous Jimmy Valvano speech, which reminds us that this is just a game and that there are more important things in life. The game was a part of the doubleheader Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. The Louisville Cardinals came in ranked #4 in the nation, boasting a physically dominating team that generates offense from their defense. The Hoosiers had a tough test facing a team that plays right into their weaknesses.
The game started brilliantly for the Hoosiers, making smart plays with the ball and securing rebounds. They held their own up until the score was 16-16 when Louisville did what they do better than all but one team in the nation, steal the ball, over… and over…. and over again. The score was 23-16, and Tom Crean was forced to call a timeout and the Hoosiers regrouped.
The Hoosiers went back to their bread-and-butter by shooting the long ball. Junior Nick Zeisloft and freshman Max Hoetzel were put on the court to do just that. The Hoosiers knocked down four three-pointers down the first half stretch, cutting the lead down to one point, 30-29. That’s the closest the Hoosiers would get in the half though. The Cardinals went on a 14-2 run due to offensive rebounding, steals and poor ball handling by Indiana.
The Hoosiers weren’t done fighting however, scoring 9 straight points after the TV timeout with just under 4 minutes left. The Hoosiers ended the half on a 10-2 run, cutting the lead down to 5, 46-41. The Hoosiers shot 7-10 from the three-point line, lead by Zeisloft (3/5), but were outrebounded 25-19 in the first half. The Cardinals recorded 8 steals and 5 blocks and Indiana turned the ball over 13 times.
The Hoosiers came out calm and composed to start the second half and opened up the scoring with an 11-2 run, taking the lead 52-50. Louisville picked it back up however hitting a couple of threes down the stretch and using their All-American big man, Junior Montrezl Harrell (who had a dominating first half as well). Montrezl’s movement off the ball was poison for the Hoosiers as he recorded dunk after dunk. Louisville regained their lead quickly and then some, going on a 21-8 run and extending their lead to 13, 73-60.
The Hoosiers tried to come back but the Cardinals were shooting lights out and proved to be just too much for the Hoosiers. The young Indiana team played into Louisville’s hands, allowing offensive rebounds for the Cardinals that lead to too many second chance points. Indiana only turned the ball over 6 times in the second half, but shot 1-7 from beyond the arc. Final score, 94-74 Louisville.
It was a tough game for the Hoosiers, and they knew it would be. They played well for 29 minutes of the game but just couldn’t close it out. I’m exhausted from watching this one, a lot of highs and a lot of lows. I want to be disappointed because I wanted another miracle… another Kentucky, but hey, they played their hearts out and I can only see them improving from here. Freshman Justin Blackmon Jr. had a mediocre night, and he led the team with 18 points. Junior Yogi Ferrell had a less than mediocre night and ended it with 13. The Hoosiers lack any physical presence and it was a glaring problem… we miss you Cody… we really do.
Indiana’s early-season home stretch ended with a game against Savannah State on this past Saturday night. The Hoosiers enter the game having scored over 80 points in four straight games and six of their first seven. They are ranked 6th in the nation in points per game and first in the B1G. The Hoosiers have been dominating from the three-point line as well, shooting 43% and making 9.3 three-point field goals per game. Savannah State came into the game as one of the worst teams in the nation when it comes to turnovers.
The Hoosiers got off to a slow start but ramped things up quickly. The two teams exchanged points until Indiana lead 12-9. IU went on to end the half on a 31-8 run, finishing the half leading 43-17. The Hoosiers must have been eating at Burger King lately because they were having it their way. They shot 50% from the field and 6-14 from three-point land. They also outrebounded the Tigers 23-13. Junior Yogi Ferrell led the scoring with 11 points, followed by freshman James Blackmon Jr. with 8. Indiana’s bench contributed thirteen points, continuing with the theme of consistency this year.
The Hoosiers handled the second half fairly easily. They opened up the half on a 23-10 run before they started to play their bench. They played 14 players throughout the game, the most they have played all season. The bench wound up with 22 points in the second half. The Hoosiers shot 57% for the night and scored a whopping 52 points in the second half, exceeding their season average for points per game (87.4) by putting up 95. Blackmon and Ferrell ended the night with 18 before they were given their seats on the bench. Savannah State came into the night knowing they were in for a tough game and were able to gain some experience for their players and some money for their school. Final score, 95-49.
That makes it two games in a row IU handled their business without any major hiccups, no injuries, and no blown leads. The Hoosiers could be undefeated on the season if it weren’t for the late collapse against Eastern Washington. This sets up the Hoosiers for their big game against Louisville on Tuesday night, providing them with their first true test of the season. If you would’ve asked me if the Hoosiers had any chance of beating Louisville away from Assembly Hall at the beginning of the season I would’ve gave them no chance, but they’ve changed my mind with their recent performances. I’ll be glued to my couch, eyes fixed on the mounted 60” in my apartment Tuesday night as my teacher calls out my name for roll (Sorry professor!).
Indiana University opened up the B1G/ACC challenge at home against Pittsburgh on national television (ESPN2). Indiana comes back from break after picking up their first loss to Eastern Washington, then coming back strong against UNC Greensboro on Friday night. Pittsburgh came into the game ranked 2nd overall in offensive rebounding while IU had the 8th overall scoring offense, putting up an average of 88.5 points per game. James Blackmon Jr, who leads all freshmen in scoring, has improved the Hoosiers guard play immensely.
The Hoosiers opened up the scoring 4-7 before Pitt called a timeout. After a couple missed chances on both ends, freshman James Blackmon Jr got a little heated at a call and was subbed off for a quick breather. While he was off the floor Pitt tied the ball game up and then took a 13-11 lead. The teams traded blows until the Hoosiers took their 20-22 lead and went on an 8-0 run. Freshman Max Hoetzel contributed with a three and sophomore Troy Williams scored in the paint. Williams pace was too much for Pitt to handle as he scored 8 points and recorded 4 rebounds in the first half. Sophomore Collin Hartman also contributed with a three pointer to extend the Hoosiers lead. Pitt didn’t roll over though; they used their physicality to dominate the boards, outrebounding the Hoosiers 22-15 in the first half. Pitt relied on the dribble drive and kick-outs to put together a run to try and stay in the game. 6’7” freshman Emmitt Holt was a great surprise off the bench, scoring 11 points and pulling down 3 rebounds as the Hoosiers closed out the half 45-37. The Indiana bench had 22 points while the starters had 23. Pitt sophomore Chris Jones led all scoring with 16.
The second half started just like the first ended, blows were traded until Indiana found some footing and took off. Early on they had an 8-15 run that increased their lead to 14. The Hoosiers matched physicality and made more hustle plays in the second half. Hartman had a couple rebounds in the thick of things, and Crean was happy with giving up fouls when the boys in red went for the boards. Holt scored 4 more points and collected 2 more rebounds and Williams added just another bucket. Junior Yogi Ferrell and Blackmon Jr, after struggling in the first half, took over their respective roles as leading scorers in the and distanced themselves from Pitt. After trailing by 22 Pitt went back to the dribble drive and kick-out for the three. They inched their way back into the game but it was too little too late. They cut the lead to 10 with 1:20 to go but had to start fouling to try and slow down the game. Indiana was able to pull out the victory 69-81.
What an impressive showing for the Hoosiers. They faced a difficult and physical opponent and made adjustments to keep Pitt out of the game. Some interesting things to point out for the Hoosiers:
- Their bench was a huge factor when the starters were struggling to score, they scored 33 points
- They turned the physicality and hustle on in the 2nd half when they needed to
- Indiana outscored Pitt 48-24 in the paint.
It was a fun game to watch as the Hoosiers handled their business. I don’t really have any real criticism after this showing. Tom Crean said after the game “We are trying to build a team with consistent depth.” If this bench can perform this well game after game Indiana will be a force this season. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next couple weeks, as Indiana’s schedule gets progressively harder. They play Savannah State and then play #5 Louisville in a neutral stadium. Louisville boasts a top 10 defense and they are the number one rebounding team in the nation. If the Hoosiers can find their physicality and build some momentum against Savannah State, the Louisville game can be that cornerstone game that sets the tenor for the rest of the season.
On this edition of CrimsonCast, we take a look back at a tough week for IU basketball, as the Hoosiers fell at home to Eastern Washington, struggled in the second half against UNC Greensboro, and searched for a defensive identity. We talk about the problems that the IU defense is experiencing, including the poor performance inside the 3 point line, and what that might mean against upcoming opponents.
We also preview next week’s Pittsburgh game in the ACC – Big 10 challenge. Originally a game that did not look particularly challenging, the matchup is now a bit of a concern, and we talk about some of Pitt’s statistical profile and what it might mean coming into the contest on Tuesday. We also take some time talking about early-season NCAA tournament ramifications from wins and losses, and how those might affect the Hoosiers in March.
On this victorious and final football episode of CrimsonCast for the 2014 season, we break down IU’s 23-16 win over Purdue in the Old Oaken Bucket game, focusing on the performances by Tevin Coleman, Zander Diamont, and the IU defense as whole. We also take some time to give the 2014 season a full post-mortem, talking about how the team played and how the injuries and other events of the year affected the pre-season expectations that many had for the squad.
We also take a look forward to 2015, talking about the make-or-break nature of the season for Kevin Wilson and his staff, and pondering the situations at quarterback and wide receiver.
On the Hoops Report this week, we take a look back at the games of the week, looking primarily at the SMU and Lamar games, and try to decipher what we’ve seen so far out of the 2014-15 IU basketball team. We talk about the good things we saw in the SMU game (JBJ, Yogi) and the not-so-good things (defense, post play), and then talk about the implications of both. We also discuss what was a rather disappointing Lamar game, and explore the potential pitfalls of getting too optimistic about what we all have seen so far. We also have some fun debunking some statistical misconceptions about both the SMU game and the young season on the whole.
We answer some listener mail, including a question from Jared at Assembly Call about what it will take to get the defense looking age-appropriate, and a question from The Balcony Seats about lowered fan expectations. Plus, we warn against inflated offensive efficiency expectations, and give our prognosis for what a positive victory over Eastern Washington would look like on Monday.
Thanks for listening, and be sure to catch us on Twitter at @CrimsonCast.
11/12ths of the way through the IU football season, Scott and Galen give a recap of the surprising showing that the Hoosiers gave in Columbus this past weekend. Despite losing by 18, IU showed a considerable amount of gumption in battling the more talented Buckeyes, and we spend some time congratulating the defense and certain segments of the offense on their positive production.We also talk about the expectations of realism and fantasy, the chances of Tevin Coleman getting an invitation to New York City, and our initial feelings about the Bucket Game this coming weekend.