Let me start off by saying:
– No, the referees did not determine the outcome of this game, even if they were poor
– No, I do not know why Jordan Hulls played 32 minutes
Let’s move on.
3 Thoughts on the Hoosiers defeat to Wisconsin:
1) Zeller looked like a well-oiled machine in the first half of the game. Quite frankly, he was the only reason IU was still in the game, let alone up one point after the first twenty minutes. However, in the second half, Zeller reverted to the player we have seen earlier in the season—effective in small spurts, but not willing to demand the ball offensively when the Hoosiers were constantly against the ropes. Wisconsin played Zeller much more effectively in the second half, and Zeller had no answer for their physicality.
2) 8:30 left in the second half. Assembly Hall had awoken from its silence, as a rowdy crowd was amped up after the Hoosiers hit two consecutive field goals for the first time all half. The lead was down to 6, 51-45. Hoosiers force another turnover. With all of the momentum on Indiana’s side, Tom Crean decides to make a strategic change. Jeremy Hollowell comes in the game for Victor Oladipo. Think about the situation the Hoosiers were in at that moment. Think about that substitution Indiana made. Something does not add up. The most consistent player Indiana has had this year was to be replaced by a nervous freshman. Oladipo is the heart of the team—passion, intensity, leadership, effort, energy. The Hoosiers did not register a field goal for the next 4:53.
3) Boy, does Bo Ryan have Crean’s number. The fierce rivalry between the two coaches dates back to Crean’s days at Marquette, but Ryan owns a 9-0 record against his nemesis since Crean came to Bloomington in 2008. After watching Crean pace up and down the sideline in frustration and angst Tuesday night, it is clearly evident that he cannot figure out how to outplay Bo’s Badgers, regardless of the Hoosiers’ talent level.
Stat of the Night: The Hoosiers were 3-12 shooting beyond the three-point line. The three makes is Indiana’s lowest in any game this season. The previous two times Indiana played Wisconsin, the Hoosiers were held to…you guessed it…three three-point field goals in each game.
Tweet of the Night: