Game Thread: UNC Pembroke @ Indiana

  • 11/10/2007 11:00 am in

gamethreadpiccopyxo9.jpgOpponent: UNC-Pembroke (Exhibition)

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2007 | 8:06 EST

Arena: Assembly Hall (17,456) – Bloomington, Indiana

TV: Big Ten Network; Radio: IU Radio Network

Kelvin Sampson’s alma mater, UNC Pembroke, will provide the final tuneup for the Hoosiers in the exhibition season. The Braves dropped their first exhibition contest, 76-41, on Tuesday at North Carolina State.

IU is coming off a 121-76 win last Sunday against North Alabama. Freshman Jordan Crawford scored 30 points in his debut and Eric Gordon added 24. If you include the exhibition games in the Bahamas in early September, Gordon is averaging 26.5 points thus far in a Hoosier uniform.

One thing to watch is how the Hoosiers come out of the gate. Coach Sampson was not pleased with the defensive effort in the first half against North Alabama. I expect, as should you, to see an improved start on the defensive end of the floor. We all know this team can score, but can they guard anybody? As with the first exhibition, post your comments here in the game thread. No live blogging this evening, but we’ll have thoughts, quotes and reaction following the game.

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  • kelin

    Be careful Hoosiers….

    First MSU, Then OSU, Then KY, now USC and OJ Meyo

  • kelin

    Be careful Hoosiers….

    First MSU, Then OSU, Then KY, now USC and OJ Meyo

  • Mayo had his typical stat line: 32 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and EIGHT turnovers. And by the way, he had to take 27 shots to get his points.

  • Mayo had his typical stat line: 32 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and EIGHT turnovers. And by the way, he had to take 27 shots to get his points.

  • kelin

    A game is just not a game without fish doing it…..thanks comcast and btn…..not only can I not watch it but I can’t hear fish say “got it”

  • kelin

    A game is just not a game without fish doing it…..thanks comcast and btn…..not only can I not watch it but I can’t hear fish say “got it”

  • Kelin,

    I believe Fish was at the Northwestern football game. So far the Hoosiers are looking fine on defense, but they’re still giving up too many open looks, especially to a Division II team.

  • Kelin,

    I believe Fish was at the Northwestern football game. So far the Hoosiers are looking fine on defense, but they’re still giving up too many open looks, especially to a Division II team.

  • Dale

    Someone post the score please

  • Dale

    Someone post the score please

  • Hoosier Hound

    Halftime: IU 52 – UNCP – 35

    Gordon 24 points

  • 52-35 IU, Gordon has 24, I’ll post Sampson’s comments momentarily…

  • Hoosier Hound

    Halftime: IU 52 – UNCP – 35

    Gordon 24 points

  • 52-35 IU, Gordon has 24, I’ll post Sampson’s comments momentarily…

  • Sampson: “We’ve gotta get better on defense. Sometimes young kids think defense is getting a steal. We’re working hard on the first five or ten seconds. But after ten or fifteen seconds, this team is a patient team, they’re going to take the offense deep into the shot clock. We’ve gotta be disciplined enough to play the whole shot clock.”

    He was then asked about Eric Gordon. He smiled, paused and said “Helluva player.”

    ——

    I have to echo Sampson’s comments. Too many easy shots were given up, despite the 17-point lead. On the perimeter, Gordon was the only player who showed me solid on the ball defense. Crawford didn’t play particularly well on either end of the floor. He looked to be forcing the issue offensively. Bassett was very solid offensively. Stemler seems to be playing better than the first game. D.J. is playing solid, but needs to step it up from the foul line. As I said in the pregame, there’s no question that Indiana can score, but can they play defense consistently?

  • Sampson: “We’ve gotta get better on defense. Sometimes young kids think defense is getting a steal. We’re working hard on the first five or ten seconds. But after ten or fifteen seconds, this team is a patient team, they’re going to take the offense deep into the shot clock. We’ve gotta be disciplined enough to play the whole shot clock.”

    He was then asked about Eric Gordon. He smiled, paused and said “Helluva player.”

    ——

    I have to echo Sampson’s comments. Too many easy shots were given up, despite the 17-point lead. On the perimeter, Gordon was the only player who showed me solid on the ball defense. Crawford didn’t play particularly well on either end of the floor. He looked to be forcing the issue offensively. Bassett was very solid offensively. Stemler seems to be playing better than the first game. D.J. is playing solid, but needs to step it up from the foul line. As I said in the pregame, there’s no question that Indiana can score, but can they play defense consistently?

  • Hoosier Hound

    Halftime:
    Bassett – 15 pts, 2 ast
    Thomas – 2 pts, 2 reb
    DJ – 6 pts 2 reb, 2 ast
    Crawford – 2 pts, 3 ast
    Ellis – 0 pts, 1 ast
    Stemler – 3 pts, 3 reb
    Gordon – 24 pts, 6/6 3pters, 2 reb

  • Hoosier Hound

    Halftime:
    Bassett – 15 pts, 2 ast
    Thomas – 2 pts, 2 reb
    DJ – 6 pts 2 reb, 2 ast
    Crawford – 2 pts, 3 ast
    Ellis – 0 pts, 1 ast
    Stemler – 3 pts, 3 reb
    Gordon – 24 pts, 6/6 3pters, 2 reb

  • Hoosier Hound

    Big A,

    I’m on the radio, do you have the BTN? What happened when Bassett when down? Did it look bad?

  • Hoosier Hound

    Big A,

    I’m on the radio, do you have the BTN? What happened when Bassett when down? Did it look bad?

  • He walked off grimacing, but my guess him going to the locker room early was precautionary more than anything else. Yes, I do have the BTN.

  • He walked off grimacing, but my guess him going to the locker room early was precautionary more than anything else. Yes, I do have the BTN.

  • Bassett is not in the game and not on the bench. BTN has no further updates on his status.

  • Bassett is not in the game and not on the bench. BTN has no further updates on his status.

  • Hoosier Hound

    What does it mean when they tell you what direction the team is going “on your radio dial”? Fish told me what direction they were going “on the radio dial” at the start of the football game today too. Either way, I can’t see it, so what is the point.

  • Hoosier Hound

    What does it mean when they tell you what direction the team is going “on your radio dial”? Fish told me what direction they were going “on the radio dial” at the start of the football game today too. Either way, I can’t see it, so what is the point.

  • Bassett will not return tonight.

    Hound,

    I’ve always wondered that myself, but a lot of announcers seem to bring that up. What relevance it has, I’m not really sure.

  • Bassett will not return tonight.

    Hound,

    I’ve always wondered that myself, but a lot of announcers seem to bring that up. What relevance it has, I’m not really sure.

  • Hoosier Hound

    Pacers lose to the Nuggets 113-106 after leading by 25 in the second quarter. Pacers shot the lights out in the first half, then started turning it over like the Fightin’ Spatulas in the second half.

    I hate the NBA.

  • Hoosier Hound

    Pacers lose to the Nuggets 113-106 after leading by 25 in the second quarter. Pacers shot the lights out in the first half, then started turning it over like the Fightin’ Spatulas in the second half.

    I hate the NBA.

  • kelin

    I guess the announcers are telling you what direction they are going because they know most of us are getting screwed by comcast or btn and cannot see the game but yet we can watch it while we flip back and forth between lifetime and the food channel………..(little pissed about this if you can’t tell)

    On a side note….I grew up on listening to fish and leary doesn’t even sound the same without him…….fish your bread is buttered at Assembly, get a sub next time…..it’s just Northwestern…..tough loss today

  • kelin

    I guess the announcers are telling you what direction they are going because they know most of us are getting screwed by comcast or btn and cannot see the game but yet we can watch it while we flip back and forth between lifetime and the food channel………..(little pissed about this if you can’t tell)

    On a side note….I grew up on listening to fish and leary doesn’t even sound the same without him…….fish your bread is buttered at Assembly, get a sub next time…..it’s just Northwestern…..tough loss today

  • Hoosier Hound

    IU 111 UNCP 62 Final

    Lights out from 3-pt range again, these guys can really shoot. Not sure how much better the defense was, but less points and a lot of blocks. Radio guys made a point that they were out jumping Pembroke for rebounds and not blocking out, so that is no better than last game. Good win, but just an exhibitiong game.

  • Hoosier Hound

    IU 111 UNCP 62 Final

    Lights out from 3-pt range again, these guys can really shoot. Not sure how much better the defense was, but less points and a lot of blocks. Radio guys made a point that they were out jumping Pembroke for rebounds and not blocking out, so that is no better than last game. Good win, but just an exhibitiong game.

  • Joe Baby

    I.U. has a great team that will be shaking up the nation this year. Shame on the Big Ten Conf. It’s all about their (over stuffed) bottom line and not the college, players or the fans. I guess I’ll be listening to I.U. and watching Butler Bulldogs, IUPUI and the Grayhounds.

  • Joe Baby

    I.U. has a great team that will be shaking up the nation this year. Shame on the Big Ten Conf. It’s all about their (over stuffed) bottom line and not the college, players or the fans. I guess I’ll be listening to I.U. and watching Butler Bulldogs, IUPUI and the Grayhounds.