Game Thread: Chattanooga @ Indiana

  • 11/12/2007 3:00 pm in

gamethreadpiccopyxo9.jpgOpponent: Chattanooga

Date: Monday, November 12, 2007 | 7:00 EST

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

TV: Big Ten Network; Radio: IU Radio Network

Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for. A game that actually counts. It’s the official debut of Eric Gordon. It’s the first game of D.J. White’s senior season. And hopefully, it’ll be a grand opening to the season for the No. 8 Hoosiers. And by grand opening I mean exactly the opposite of what happened to Kentucky (in their second game) and Southern Cal.

Once again, I’ll be looking for a better effort on the defensive end of the floor. (Hopefully this doesn’t become the case before each game.) The Hoosiers must step up their intensity in that facet of the game. My main critique from the first two games is the perimeter defense (sans Eric Gordon who has shown us excellent on the ball defense).

There have been too many open looks from the outside and too many easy drives into the lane. It’s time to get a hand up in the face on the three-point shot and not let your man drive around you. Chattanooga is a step up from North Alabama and UNC-Pembroke, fellas. Let’s treat them as such.

As will be the case all season on the road to San Antonio, your comments are welcome here in the game thread. I’ll post periodic updates, just follow the link below, for those of you left in the dark due to the Big Ten Network fiasco.

In-Game Blog:

Indiana 99, Chattanooga 79 (final): Recap coming shortly.

Indiana 93, Chattanooga 75 (4:01): D.J. White is back on the bench with a band-aid on his head and looks to be alright. I imagine he could have quite a headache later on based on the fall he took. Sampson just called a 30-second timeout to get his team refocused after a couple of questionable three-point shot attempts.

Indiana 88, Chattanooga 71 (6:09): Scary moment as D.J. gets his legs taken out from under him. He falls hard and leaves the court with some blood to a standing ovation. Doubt he’ll return and he heads to the locker room.

Indiana 88, Chattanooga 71 (6:22): Another three for Gordon. He’s got 32. Is there any doubt he’s the best freshman in the land?

Indiana 85, Chattanooga 71 (7:31): The Hoosiers are pulling away led by Gordon (29), White (17) and Bassett (13). Jamarcus Ellis is also playing much better in the second half. He’s an outstanding passer. IU’s shooting at a 57 percent clip and they’ve forced 15 turnovers.

Indiana 78, Chattanooga 67 (8:59): Perhaps the most amazing play of the night for Eric Gordon happened just a moment ago when he crossed over Stephen McDowell and hit a 24-footer.

Indiana 65, Chattanooga 57 (12:48): 21 for Eric Gordon and 13 for D.J. White and the Hoosiers are playing much better in the second half. Gordon’s defense has been nothing short of amazing. No sign of Lance Stemler in the second half, but DeAndre Thomas is playing well in his spot. The Chipola J.C. product has seven points.

Indiana 56, Chattanooga 52 (15:27): The Hoosiers have picked up the defensive pressure in the second half, led primarily by Gordon’s defense on Kevin Bridgewaters, for a 10-2 run thus far. Whatever Kelvin Sampson said at halftime resonated.

Indiana 50, Chattanooga 50 (18:28): Ridiculous dunk on the break by Eric Gordon brings the court to their feet as the Mocs call a timeout. Gordon is on Bridgewaters for the second half as Kelvin Sampson wants his best defender on Chattanooga’s leading scorer.

Chattanooga 50, Indiana 46 (halftime): After leading by 11, the Hoosiers allowed a 15-point swing and trail by four at halftime. The most concerning thing to me is the lack of defense. They’ve given up 50 points on their home court. Far too many open three’s and easy layups. They’re also being out-rebounded and have more turnovers than the Mocs. Give Chattanooga credit for coming into Assembly Hall and playing an excellent first half. IU has to step up the intensity on defense or this game could go down to the wire.

Chattanooga 44, Indiana 40 (3:12): The Mocs are now 7 of 18 from three and IU has nine turnovers. Too much one-on-one going on for IU and not enough set offense. Chattanooga is also winning the rebounding battle 13-11.

Chattanooga 41, Indiana 40 (3:55): Too many threes being taken by the Hoosiers and right now they’re being out worked by the Mocs. Chattanooga is getting the loose balls and the Hoosiers aren’t running their offense through D.J. White.

Indiana 34, Chattanooga 30 (7:25): Some sloppy ball handling by the Hoosiers along with some more excellent shooting has the Mocs right back in the game. They’re on a 12-5 run. Kevin Bridgewaters has 10 points and he’s four of four from the field. Eric Gordon left the game briefly for a rest, but he’ll return after the timeout. Gordon is leading IU with 10 points and Bassett and White have eight each.

Indiana 27, Chattanooga 18 (11:11): Quick five point run for IU on a Gordon three and a break away layup for Bassett created by the defense.

Indiana 22, Chattanooga 18 (11:53): Bassett and Gordon controlled the last four minutes. Gordon put up five points and Bassett returned for a three. The Hoosiers are giving the Mocs opportunities from the perimeter and Chattanooga is capitalizing with three triples. DeAndre Thomas entered for the first time and has two quick points. The game is going at a brisk pace which seems to favor the Hoosiers.

Indiana 10, Chattanooga 8 (15:51): Gordon is 1 of 3 for two points early. He’s taken two three-pointers that have just missed. He just showed us his excellent passing ability with a rocket outlet pass to Jordan Crawford to start a three-point play to put the Hoosiers ahead. I’m noticing more intensity out of the Hoosiers on the defensive end, which is a good sign. D.J. got his only bucket on a 15-footer from the left wing.

Lineups: Chattanooga: Stephen McDowell, Marcus Watts, Kevin Bridgewaters, Nicchaeus Doaks, Khalil Hartwell; Indiana: Armon Bassett, Eric Gordon, Jamarcus Ellis, Lance Stemler, D.J. White

Pregame (6:30 EST): A lot of the talk focuses on the availability of Armon Bassett for tonight’s opener. Kelvin Sampson said after Saturday’s contest that Bassett could have returned against UNC-Pembroke, but there seems to be a little bit of doubt about how much action Bassett will see this evening. Also, IU moved up a spot in each poll to No. 8 after Michigan State fell following their loss to Grand Valley State. Eric Gordon’s official debut in the Cream and Crimson is just thirty minutes away, folks.

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  • jaime gongora

    Block out, the bigs should not extend so far beyond the arch, and what the heck is Lance stemlar doing? He’s given up four very open threes. Come on guys, they are ten times better than this. Fight hard and bunker down.

  • Luke

    man gotta play some defence. DJ can’t get his shot up without getting fouled wish he would make two in a row once.

  • Luke

    man gotta play some defence. DJ can’t get his shot up without getting fouled wish he would make two in a row once.

  • Luke

    man gotta play some defence. DJ can’t get his shot up without getting fouled wish he would make two in a row once.

  • Craig

    My first half thoughts:
    -Our defensive rotation is slow and has lacked effort.
    -The announcing of this game is awful. When Gordon goes up for a layup and misses off the backboard, it’s a missed shot, not an “allyoop”.
    -Let’s continue to see Thomas and D.J. get the ball on the low block. When they have gotten these opportunities, they have scored efficiently.
    -Why does Kelvin love seeing Lance Stemler out there? He has gotten burned on defense several times, brings nothing to the table on offense, and is undersized.
    -Is Mike White redshirting this year? Is this a foregone conclusion?
    -I predict by Big Ten play our starting 5 is Bassett, Gordon, Crawford, Thomas, and DJ.

  • Craig

    My first half thoughts:
    -Our defensive rotation is slow and has lacked effort.
    -The announcing of this game is awful. When Gordon goes up for a layup and misses off the backboard, it’s a missed shot, not an “allyoop”.
    -Let’s continue to see Thomas and D.J. get the ball on the low block. When they have gotten these opportunities, they have scored efficiently.
    -Why does Kelvin love seeing Lance Stemler out there? He has gotten burned on defense several times, brings nothing to the table on offense, and is undersized.
    -Is Mike White redshirting this year? Is this a foregone conclusion?
    -I predict by Big Ten play our starting 5 is Bassett, Gordon, Crawford, Thomas, and DJ.

  • Luke

    Well my giving up 62 points was way off almost gave up that many in the firs half! Your right on Craig Stemler is playing bad and the announcer with Laz is terible he hasn’t said anything relivent to the game

  • Luke

    Well my giving up 62 points was way off almost gave up that many in the firs half! Your right on Craig Stemler is playing bad and the announcer with Laz is terible he hasn’t said anything relivent to the game

  • Luke

    Well my giving up 62 points was way off almost gave up that many in the firs half! Your right on Craig Stemler is playing bad and the announcer with Laz is terible he hasn’t said anything relivent to the game

  • kelin

    I think Mike White is redshirting. Is AJ on the bench?

  • kelin

    I think Mike White is redshirting. Is AJ on the bench?

  • kelin

    I think Mike White is redshirting. Is AJ on the bench?

  • kelin

    Has Brandon McGHee been in? Get Stemler out….

  • kelin

    Has Brandon McGHee been in? Get Stemler out….

  • kelin

    Has Brandon McGHee been in? Get Stemler out….

  • Kelin:

    Yeah, the H-T is reporting he’s on the bench:

    http://blogs.heraldtimesonline.com/iusp/?p=996#comments

  • Kelin:

    Yeah, the H-T is reporting he’s on the bench:

    http://blogs.heraldtimesonline.com/iusp/?p=996#comments

  • #1 FAN

    Nice blog and great fans. I’ll have to start jumping in guys. Can anyone tell me why KS is not playing McGee? Last game he played second and not even all of it and scored 18pts. I agree with Bleeding Crimson we are just too deep. Oh, by the way why do we have a KY link on this page?
    Luke I agree with you about Laz announcing abilities. Craig, Mike White will be red shirted and tonights score would be more if we rotated a little more.
    IU 104
    Chag 82

  • #1 FAN

    Nice blog and great fans. I’ll have to start jumping in guys. Can anyone tell me why KS is not playing McGee? Last game he played second and not even all of it and scored 18pts. I agree with Bleeding Crimson we are just too deep. Oh, by the way why do we have a KY link on this page?
    Luke I agree with you about Laz announcing abilities. Craig, Mike White will be red shirted and tonights score would be more if we rotated a little more.
    IU 104
    Chag 82

  • kelin

    I really like McGhee too #1 fan and based on what I am “hearing” stemler isn’t doing a damn thing. He can’t do any worse. Hell why isn’t Eli in….I guess everyone can’t play but there seems to be a rebounding problem by IU and stoping the Mocs post players….I will let KS work it out….

  • kelin

    I really like McGhee too #1 fan and based on what I am “hearing” stemler isn’t doing a damn thing. He can’t do any worse. Hell why isn’t Eli in….I guess everyone can’t play but there seems to be a rebounding problem by IU and stoping the Mocs post players….I will let KS work it out….

  • Luke

    I wasn’t talking about Laz I think he is decent sometimes But the guy he is with is terrible.

  • Luke

    I wasn’t talking about Laz I think he is decent sometimes But the guy he is with is terrible.

  • Luke

    #1 FAN, Good to have over here though should be a great season.

  • Luke

    #1 FAN, Good to have over here though should be a great season.

  • Fan,

    We link to other blogs with good writing, despite the fact that we can’t stand Kentucky.

  • Fan,

    We link to other blogs with good writing, despite the fact that we can’t stand Kentucky.

  • #1 FAN

    Luke, I meant the same thing. I don’t know the guys name either but I think Laz first name is John who played for IU years ago. We like him. The other guy doesn’t talk much detail or history about the game and IU. Bring on Todd L…Good game. It looked as if KS did fix the D problem or we were just too deep and they ran out of gas. I was starting to think that KS was going to redshirt McGee & Eli.

    Big A, just curious about the KY link. I can’t stand KY. I live in southern Indiana and have to read the KY Journal (JC).

    Keep up the good work. I love the up-to-the minute news with this site.
    fan

  • #1 FAN

    Luke, I meant the same thing. I don’t know the guys name either but I think Laz first name is John who played for IU years ago. We like him. The other guy doesn’t talk much detail or history about the game and IU. Bring on Todd L…Good game. It looked as if KS did fix the D problem or we were just too deep and they ran out of gas. I was starting to think that KS was going to redshirt McGee & Eli.

    Big A, just curious about the KY link. I can’t stand KY. I live in southern Indiana and have to read the KY Journal (JC).

    Keep up the good work. I love the up-to-the minute news with this site.
    fan

  • kelin

    Fan I think Eli is still raw but will play a LARGE role come big 10 season. I know KS wanted B-Mac to pick up his intensity in practice. HE is young I hope he continues to work his time will come at IU. I am going to stay positive about those two guys cause I think they could really help.

  • kelin

    Fan I think Eli is still raw but will play a LARGE role come big 10 season. I know KS wanted B-Mac to pick up his intensity in practice. HE is young I hope he continues to work his time will come at IU. I am going to stay positive about those two guys cause I think they could really help.

  • jaime gongora

    Much better in the second half. We still need to work on defense, but I think the players will see that when you have strong defense the offense will be much better.
    Lance stemlar needs to cover his man, and I really do hope that Mcgee and Homan develop there game so one of them could start or take a lot of time away from Stemlar.
    Eric Gordon lived up to the hype by breaking the freshman premier game scoring record. What makes him so great is that he gets his points, but is great at every aspect of the game.
    Jordan Crawford played pretty well. I don’t know his line yet, but he handled the ball pretty well and was not afraid to take it into the basket.

  • Luke

    Cool #1 FAN sorry about the cofusion. And yes Laz first name is John. And he is good and has been doing IU games for a long time.

  • jaime gongora

    Much better in the second half. We still need to work on defense, but I think the players will see that when you have strong defense the offense will be much better.
    Lance stemlar needs to cover his man, and I really do hope that Mcgee and Homan develop there game so one of them could start or take a lot of time away from Stemlar.
    Eric Gordon lived up to the hype by breaking the freshman premier game scoring record. What makes him so great is that he gets his points, but is great at every aspect of the game.
    Jordan Crawford played pretty well. I don’t know his line yet, but he handled the ball pretty well and was not afraid to take it into the basket.

  • Luke

    Cool #1 FAN sorry about the cofusion. And yes Laz first name is John. And he is good and has been doing IU games for a long time.

  • dabig

    Gordon set a record for frosh scoring. Big deal. That might be important, if IU had ever had any frosh with any talent. Hey . . . wait a minute . . .

  • dabig

    Gordon set a record for frosh scoring. Big deal. That might be important, if IU had ever had any frosh with any talent. Hey . . . wait a minute . . .

  • ray

    BC,

    thanks for the update on basset. i’m glad to see it was nothing much, and even more glad that he was able to play minutes (high quality minutes). i’m really excited about basset, he is going to be extremely important to this team.

    now, i just have one other wish…that someone watches over dj tonight. that was quite an impact (even in slow-motion his head bounced off the floor in light speed).

  • ray

    BC,

    thanks for the update on basset. i’m glad to see it was nothing much, and even more glad that he was able to play minutes (high quality minutes). i’m really excited about basset, he is going to be extremely important to this team.

    now, i just have one other wish…that someone watches over dj tonight. that was quite an impact (even in slow-motion his head bounced off the floor in light speed).

  • ray

    dabig,

    what is your deal? are you kidding?

  • ray

    dabig,

    what is your deal? are you kidding?

  • ray

    jay edwards, daman bailey, steve alford, calbert chaney, isiah thomas, jared jeffries, alan henderson,

    wait a minute…you have to be kidding dabig…and if not, it’s not worth even trying to walk through this with you.

  • ray

    jay edwards, daman bailey, steve alford, calbert chaney, isiah thomas, jared jeffries, alan henderson,

    wait a minute…you have to be kidding dabig…and if not, it’s not worth even trying to walk through this with you.

  • ray

    jay edwards, daman bailey, steve alford, calbert chaney, isiah thomas, jared jeffries, alan henderson,

    wait a minute…you have to be kidding dabig…and if not, it’s not worth even trying to walk through this with you.

  • ray

    i have often felt let down by lance as well guys…i mean considering he was juco player of the year and all, but we need to stand behind each of our players (as well as the coach for choosing his role players). after the opening of the season last year i had as much hope for stemler as i do ellis. something happened after the concussion though, and i haven’t seen the same player since. i think that is where the let down comes from. either way, he’s a hoosier and i’m here to have his back. i think there are other players that would be more effective if given more playing time, but let’s cut out the hate. he must be doing something to impress coach sampson in practice or he wouldn’t be out there. i wish we could keep things a bit more positive, but i understand the frustration as well.

  • ray

    i have often felt let down by lance as well guys…i mean considering he was juco player of the year and all, but we need to stand behind each of our players (as well as the coach for choosing his role players). after the opening of the season last year i had as much hope for stemler as i do ellis. something happened after the concussion though, and i haven’t seen the same player since. i think that is where the let down comes from. either way, he’s a hoosier and i’m here to have his back. i think there are other players that would be more effective if given more playing time, but let’s cut out the hate. he must be doing something to impress coach sampson in practice or he wouldn’t be out there. i wish we could keep things a bit more positive, but i understand the frustration as well.

  • ray

    i have often felt let down by lance as well guys…i mean considering he was juco player of the year and all, but we need to stand behind each of our players (as well as the coach for choosing his role players). after the opening of the season last year i had as much hope for stemler as i do ellis. something happened after the concussion though, and i haven’t seen the same player since. i think that is where the let down comes from. either way, he’s a hoosier and i’m here to have his back. i think there are other players that would be more effective if given more playing time, but let’s cut out the hate. he must be doing something to impress coach sampson in practice or he wouldn’t be out there. i wish we could keep things a bit more positive, but i understand the frustration as well.