If you’ve followed Victor Oladipo’s career, you already know he’s capable of breaking out in song at a moment’s notice.
There were multiple Hoosier Hysteria performances, performances at the IU Auditorium and talk from his Hoosier teammates about how often Oladipo likes to sing.
So with that said, the following clip of Oladipo singing with Regis Philbin on Crowd Goes Wild on Fox Sports 1 should come as no surprise. It’s Oladipo once again impressing us all with his vocal talents in a duet cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine.” (This, of course, isn’t Victor’s first experience with this classic.)
Via Fox Sports 1:
The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehall), submitted on our premium forum and sent to us via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can.
kmark22 on the premium forum writes: Draft Express has Noah Vonleh #8, NBADraft.net has him #9, and ESPN’s Chad Ford has him at #9 as well. Is it more realistic than we think Vonleh could be one and done?
It’s early December and as interesting as it is to discuss mock drafts or big boards at this point, they’re relatively meaningless. The most important games of the season have yet to be played. If you went back and looked at the mock drafts from this time last year, most of them probably had Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress as lottery picks and Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke nowhere near the lottery. And we all know how that worked out.
Vonleh is going to be highly coveted by NBA teams whenever he decides to come out. He has the physical attributes that NBA general managers and scouts love, he’s a high character kid and he wants to get better.
The one thing that has me hesitant on all of this buzz for Vonleh coming out after one year is just how loaded this draft is at the top. His ceiling in the 2015 draft may be much higher (which is somewhat important when you look at the rookie salary scale) and he’s also just four months removed from turning 18. Right now, I’d use these predictions and rankings for entertainment value and not put too much stock into viewing them as indicative of what’s to come. – Alex Bozich
NervousWreck on the premium forum writes: Rotations and substitution patterns seem to be a hot topic. In your opinion – who’s getting too little playing time on this roster and who’s getting too much playing time?
It wasn’t often, but the Hoosiers did find success on occasion against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone in their blowout 69-52 loss to the Orange. A look at two such occasions in the first half as well as two Trevor Cooney 3-pointers from the second half in the latest edition of Film Session:
I. With the Hoosiers starting to get things going in the first half, Jerami Grant is near Stanford Robinson on the opposite wing to Yogi Ferrell, who has the ball:
Jeremy Hollowell gets the ball near the right corner, as all five Syracuse defenders look his way:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Indiana dropped its second game of the season on Tuesday night, 69-52 to Syracuse, in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge at the Carrier Dome.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss:
· A lack of leadership on the floor: Tom Crean was direct in his postgame comments regarding IU’s play in the second half. Without calling out any player specifically, Crean expressed his disappointment in how the Hoosiers played after trailing by just four at halftime and made it a point to mention that the locker room was too quiet at halftime.
“Our leadership took a step back tonight,” Crean said. “And I don’t know if it’s the inexperience of the team, I don’t know if it’s the fact that we have a senior like Will (Sheehey) that’s in a different role right now. But there’s no excuse for it.”
Whether his comments were meant to send a message to certain players or is truly symbolic of a gap in leadership remains to be seen, but it was clear that Crean was frustrated with his team’s second half execution in a game that was winnable after 20 minutes.
“I’m disgusted with the lack of leadership, and unbelievably disappointed with the lack of fight in the second half,” Crean said. “That was one of the poorest displays of fight and communication that I’ve ever seen.”
· IU settled far too often: When IU was at its best offensively on Tuesday night, the Hoosiers were patient and worked the ball around for a good look or entered the ball in the post to Noah Vonleh.
Despite trailing 10-0 to start the game, IU outscored Syracuse 29-23 for the rest of first half and even briefly took a lead on a Yogi Ferrell 3-pointer at the 3:28 mark.
After the game, Indiana coach Tom Crean opened his press conference with the blunt words that summed up the night.
“I’ve never been involved in a game where a team was as different in one half as they were in the other today,” he said.
He was angry, disappointed, embarrassed. In the Hoosiers’ true lone away game of the non-conference season, his team was within four points at halftime against the No. 5 Syracuse Orange.
By the final buzzer, Indiana had lost, 69-52.
From the start of that second half, Indiana had gone from potentially upsetting the team that knocked them out in last year’s NCAA tournament to going back to the drawing board. What changed?
“I just felt like we got away from what was working for us in the first half and that’s why they got the lead and stretched it out,” freshman Noah Vonleh said. “In the first half, we were establishing it in the post, catching it in the high post, looking for guys in the corners, the wings, attacking, everybody was getting fouled. We were in the bonus early.
“But when the second half started, we just started settling for 3-pointers, and that’s not where our game plan is.”
Crean could sense by the time his team left the locker room for the second half that something was wrong. His team was quiet. Too quiet.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 69-52 loss to Syracuse in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge at the Carrier Dome.
Watch and listen to his postgame comments in the media player below:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Yogi Ferrell (12 points) and Noah Vonleh (17 points, six rebounds, three blocks) met with the media following Indiana’s 69-52 loss to Syracuse in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge at the Carrier Dome.
Watch and listen to their postgame comments in the media players below: