D.J. White sets career high in IU’s 84-72 win against Tennessee State, Gordon hurt

sampson_shirt.jpgD.J. White came out with the hot hand Monday night in Bloomington, hitting the first eight shots he took on the evening — most on dunks and his patended turn-around baby jumper en route to IU’s 84-72 win inside Assembly Hall. For the night, White finished with 29 points, setting a career high. He also snatched 13 rebounds on the evening. (This, I must admit, was quite encouraging to see.)

It looked like the Hoosiers were set to roll in this one, but after some sloppy defense and equally sloppy offense against a Tennessee State full court press (one that IU just couldn’t figure out) in the second half, the Tigers battled back and cut the lead to as little as seven at 65-58 with about seven and a half minutes to go in the second half. IU finished with 23 turnovers on the night. A good lot of Tennessee’s offense was aided by guard Bruce Price, who knifed through the IU defense all night for easy buckets and hit a few threes to boot. He finished with an impressive 34 on the night.

Perhaps of most importance to IU fans at the moment: the status of Boy Wonder Eric Gordon. Gordon looked somewhat erratic early in the night — at one point attempting a dunk from the right wing that came up short after he lost control of the ball — and at the 5:54 mark in the first half, a driving play took him off the court for the evening. Gordon finagled his way into the lane, went up and ran into two Tiger defenders. He then came down hard on his left backside. EJ tried to play through it for a bit after he was slow to get up, but Sampson took him out moments later and he was seen wincing on the bench for the remainder of the first half. Gordon never returned to the bench after the half and the BTN announcers described his injury as a “bruised backside.” (Here’s to hoping this is very minor and EJ is fine for the Kentucky game Saturday. Pretty please?)

No matter how atrocious it was, the victory gave IU its 22nd consecutive win at home. (20-0 under Sampson.) Don’t forget to look for E’s Morning After post in the um, morning. It promises to be far less boring and much more analytical than this.

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Photo via McCloud on Flickr.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjmccloud Melissa

    Hey – thanks for blogging my picture! Do any of you happen to know where I can buy this t-shirt? I heard there was a store somewhere on Kirkwood in Bloomington that might have it?

    Thanks!

    – Melissa

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjmccloud Melissa

    Hey – thanks for blogging my picture! Do any of you happen to know where I can buy this t-shirt? I heard there was a store somewhere on Kirkwood in Bloomington that might have it?

    Thanks!

    – Melissa

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Big A

    Melissa,

    Greetings on Kirkwood is your best bet.

    Address is 429 E. Kirkwood. Phone number is 332-2737.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Big A

    Melissa,

    Greetings on Kirkwood is your best bet.

    Address is 429 E. Kirkwood. Phone number is 332-2737.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com PostmanR

    Melissa:

    No problem. Not entirely sure on the shirt. The store you are referring to is probably “Greetings” on the corner of Dunn and Kirkwood. (They had — and may still currently have — the “Got Gordon” shirts.)

    Anyone in Bloomington know if they carry the “Sampson can call me anytime” tees?

  • http://www.insidethehall.com PostmanR

    Melissa:

    No problem. Not entirely sure on the shirt. The store you are referring to is probably “Greetings” on the corner of Dunn and Kirkwood. (They had — and may still currently have — the “Got Gordon” shirts.)

    Anyone in Bloomington know if they carry the “Sampson can call me anytime” tees?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Can someone verify something. I tought that A.J. won’t be able to play until second sem. The date was like Dec 15th but someone tried to tell me that he will be able to play the 8th, Ky game? Then during the game tonight I could have swore when they should our next five home games with Ky first that A.J. would be able to play. So now I’m totaly confused. Please confirm.
    Losing the mind. I do like the shirt and I will be whiting out Saturday.
    bc

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Can someone verify something. I tought that A.J. won’t be able to play until second sem. The date was like Dec 15th but someone tried to tell me that he will be able to play the 8th, Ky game? Then during the game tonight I could have swore when they should our next five home games with Ky first that A.J. would be able to play. So now I’m totaly confused. Please confirm.
    Losing the mind. I do like the shirt and I will be whiting out Saturday.
    bc

  • Nick

    I’ve mostly seen those being sold on Facebook/at games. They were selling them outside the game tonight.

  • Nick

    I’ve mostly seen those being sold on Facebook/at games. They were selling them outside the game tonight.

  • Nick

    Bleeding Crimson-
    Perhaps someone was confusing Ratliff with Crawford, who will be back for the Kentucky game. Ratliff will be back on the 15th, as 1st semester ends on the 14th.

  • Nick

    Bleeding Crimson-
    Perhaps someone was confusing Ratliff with Crawford, who will be back for the Kentucky game. Ratliff will be back on the 15th, as 1st semester ends on the 14th.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Nick,
    Thanks for the heads up. So I didn’t lose my mind, just my hope. Go Hoosiers.
    bc

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Nick,
    Thanks for the heads up. So I didn’t lose my mind, just my hope. Go Hoosiers.
    bc

  • PB

    We played a very poor second half in my opinion because we weren’t giving D.J. enough touches. The guy was clearly in “domination mode” after 20 first half points. Why not let him touch the ball more and get him on SportsCenter?

    Our guards lost focus in the second half. I think it was a combination of not having Gordon out there to beat the press (which was done quite well by TSU) along with being a little too sloppy on the passing end.

    Gordon would have been able to shut down that Bruce Price kid had he been healthy, so let’s not worry about that aspect of the game too much.

    Can’t wait to see the atmosphere in Bloomington on Saturday (from my TV in Chicago…) If you go to the game, defend that homecourt by getting extremely LOUD…and intoxicated.

    GO HOOSIERS!

  • PB

    We played a very poor second half in my opinion because we weren’t giving D.J. enough touches. The guy was clearly in “domination mode” after 20 first half points. Why not let him touch the ball more and get him on SportsCenter?

    Our guards lost focus in the second half. I think it was a combination of not having Gordon out there to beat the press (which was done quite well by TSU) along with being a little too sloppy on the passing end.

    Gordon would have been able to shut down that Bruce Price kid had he been healthy, so let’s not worry about that aspect of the game too much.

    Can’t wait to see the atmosphere in Bloomington on Saturday (from my TV in Chicago…) If you go to the game, defend that homecourt by getting extremely LOUD…and intoxicated.

    GO HOOSIERS!

  • Cutter in Chicago

    A few random thoughts and notes:
    1) Let’s hope Eric is OK.
    2) I cannot understand why our big guys rotate so far out from the basket on defense. Its maddening to see DJ go out pass the free throw line on defense.
    3) I’d let that Price kid play for me anytime – impressive
    4) Right now, we’re a better zone defense team (it prevents item #2 above, helps to stop penetration by guards and is (I think) helping our rebounding
    5) Went to Joe’s on Weed St in Chicago to watch the game. I was one of 2 IU fans in the back room. A Monday night game at 6pm Central I’m guessing. It made for a very strange experience.
    6) On the way out, ran into Illini Coach Bruce Weber who was there for some radio show. My fellow IU fan asked for a photo with him. Weber was very gracious and obliged him. Yes, we had been drinking a little but my God we loved the silliness of it (and I can now blackmail the crap out of my friend for doing such a thing).
    7) I’m heading to Assembly Hall for the UK game this weekend. I am hoping that Ashley Judd decides to attend so that I can get a photo with her.
    8) Go IU

  • Cutter in Chicago

    A few random thoughts and notes:
    1) Let’s hope Eric is OK.
    2) I cannot understand why our big guys rotate so far out from the basket on defense. Its maddening to see DJ go out pass the free throw line on defense.
    3) I’d let that Price kid play for me anytime – impressive
    4) Right now, we’re a better zone defense team (it prevents item #2 above, helps to stop penetration by guards and is (I think) helping our rebounding
    5) Went to Joe’s on Weed St in Chicago to watch the game. I was one of 2 IU fans in the back room. A Monday night game at 6pm Central I’m guessing. It made for a very strange experience.
    6) On the way out, ran into Illini Coach Bruce Weber who was there for some radio show. My fellow IU fan asked for a photo with him. Weber was very gracious and obliged him. Yes, we had been drinking a little but my God we loved the silliness of it (and I can now blackmail the crap out of my friend for doing such a thing).
    7) I’m heading to Assembly Hall for the UK game this weekend. I am hoping that Ashley Judd decides to attend so that I can get a photo with her.
    8) Go IU

  • Sean

    Greetings on Kirkwood does not sell the “Sampson: You can call me anytime” t-shirt. I stopped by there this evening. I’m looking to pick one up as a x-mas gift.

    Help!
    Sean

  • Sean

    Greetings on Kirkwood does not sell the “Sampson: You can call me anytime” t-shirt. I stopped by there this evening. I’m looking to pick one up as a x-mas gift.

    Help!
    Sean

  • nealE

    sean,

    its some guys that walk around selling it at games. never seen it anywhere else. if i see them at a game i’ll try and get an email address and post it on here. but don’t count on it. good luck

  • nealE

    sean,

    its some guys that walk around selling it at games. never seen it anywhere else. if i see them at a game i’ll try and get an email address and post it on here. but don’t count on it. good luck

  • Ryan

    An update on Gordon – HoosierNation says “Gordon’s injury isn’t believed to be serious and Sampson said he expects him to start Saturday against Kentucky. His absence in the second half was largely precautionary.” – My fingers are crossed that this information is correct.

  • Ryan

    An update on Gordon – HoosierNation says “Gordon’s injury isn’t believed to be serious and Sampson said he expects him to start Saturday against Kentucky. His absence in the second half was largely precautionary.” – My fingers are crossed that this information is correct.

  • Winston Morgan

    Is there a point to the message, “Sampson you can call me anytime.”? Is it supportive, derogitory, or nuetral toward Sampson and his repeated violations? It just does not make much sense to me.

  • Winston Morgan

    Is there a point to the message, “Sampson you can call me anytime.”? Is it supportive, derogitory, or nuetral toward Sampson and his repeated violations? It just does not make much sense to me.

  • ronb

    I know DJ had a great game and another double double but
    did you notice that Ellis also had a double double with 10 points
    and 10 assists to go with his 7 rebounds. It has been a long time since a small forward had 10 assists.

  • ronb

    I know DJ had a great game and another double double but
    did you notice that Ellis also had a double double with 10 points
    and 10 assists to go with his 7 rebounds. It has been a long time since a small forward had 10 assists.

  • http://indiana.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6954951268 Larry

    join the facebook group and you can contact me for the t-shirt “Sampson Can Call Me Anytime” or look for us outside the basketball games

  • http://indiana.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6954951268 Larry

    join the facebook group and you can contact me for the t-shirt “Sampson Can Call Me Anytime” or look for us outside the basketball games

  • Andrew

    The message, “Sampson Can Call Me Anytime” is certainly in support of our coach. I know the source personally and we intend to show loyalty and support our coach no matter the circumstance.
    Show your IU pride as well!

  • Andrew

    The message, “Sampson Can Call Me Anytime” is certainly in support of our coach. I know the source personally and we intend to show loyalty and support our coach no matter the circumstance.
    Show your IU pride as well!

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