No Gordon, No Bassett, No problem for IU

  • 12/08/2007 6:16 pm in

Jordan CrawfordNo Eric Gordon. No Armon Bassett. No problem for No. 15 Indiana.

Jordan Crawford returned from a three-game suspension to score 20 points and D.J. White added 16 points and 13 rebounds as the Hoosiers crushed Kentucky, 70-51.

Gordon missed the game with a lower back injury sustained in the Tennessee State game and Bassett was benched for an undisclosed reason.

The win marked the 23rd straight at home for the Hoosiers (8-1) and moved coach Kelvin Sampson to 21-0 at Assembly Hall.

The result was never in real doubt as the Hoosiers jumped out to a 9-2 lead, led by 12 at halftime and pulled away in the second half.

Jamarcus Ellis shifted from the wing to the backcourt and scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists. DeAndre Thomas came off the bench and scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Kentucky’s leading scorer, Joe Crawford, struggled all day and shot just 4 of 15 from the field for 10 points.

Patrick Patterson was the lone bright spot for the Wildcats (4-3). The freshman forward had 15 points and five rebounds. Kentucky’s third leading scorer, senior guard Ramel Bradley, scored just five points in 23 minutes before fouling out.

The Hoosiers will return to action next Saturday at Assembly Hall against Western Carolina at 8PM. That game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

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  • MKH

    I agree with Kelin. Suspensions happen when individuals make poor decisions. As has been alluded to earlier, I would be much more concerned if those suspensions had not occurred and people were not held accountable for their mistakes. To hold the coach responsible for disciplining his team is backward, to me.

    Since we haven’t heard about anyone being arrested, I’m not worried about the situation. Maybe he missed a practice or something. I just hope Ratliff gets his academic act together and the team can go forward and realize its potential. While UK played as badly as I’ve seen them play in a long time, the defense I saw played last night was a marked upgrade from what I’ve seen in past games. There were zone breakdowns, true – IU’s going to have to work on covering the pass from the high post down to a cutter coming in from the baseline – but they did a much better job of covering back cuts and such, and did a nice job in passing lanes. The effort from all the players was commendable. I wish they played with that much heart in every game, though I certainly understand being amped up to play UK.

  • MKH

    I agree with Kelin. Suspensions happen when individuals make poor decisions. As has been alluded to earlier, I would be much more concerned if those suspensions had not occurred and people were not held accountable for their mistakes. To hold the coach responsible for disciplining his team is backward, to me.

    Since we haven’t heard about anyone being arrested, I’m not worried about the situation. Maybe he missed a practice or something. I just hope Ratliff gets his academic act together and the team can go forward and realize its potential. While UK played as badly as I’ve seen them play in a long time, the defense I saw played last night was a marked upgrade from what I’ve seen in past games. There were zone breakdowns, true – IU’s going to have to work on covering the pass from the high post down to a cutter coming in from the baseline – but they did a much better job of covering back cuts and such, and did a nice job in passing lanes. The effort from all the players was commendable. I wish they played with that much heart in every game, though I certainly understand being amped up to play UK.

  • Nice to see you Indiana fans all excited and happy that you beat UK, instead of chewing at each other… 🙂

    That was yet another curb-stomping for Kentucky this year. Probably won’t be the last. But when you’re as thin (talent-wise) and young as we are, then have some of your talented backcourt players out with injury, bad things are gonna happen.

    I hope Gordon gets better soon. He’s a stud and I hope he stays at IU another year. Any basketball fan would enjoy seeing him in college another year.

    Anyway, a solid game for your Hoosiers, and I wish you guys good luck for the rest of the year.

  • Nice to see you Indiana fans all excited and happy that you beat UK, instead of chewing at each other… 🙂

    That was yet another curb-stomping for Kentucky this year. Probably won’t be the last. But when you’re as thin (talent-wise) and young as we are, then have some of your talented backcourt players out with injury, bad things are gonna happen.

    I hope Gordon gets better soon. He’s a stud and I hope he stays at IU another year. Any basketball fan would enjoy seeing him in college another year.

    Anyway, a solid game for your Hoosiers, and I wish you guys good luck for the rest of the year.

  • ray

    good to see great sportsmanship from this uk fan…thanks “the fake” for appreciating college basketball on a higher level than most. i commend you for it.

    i feel somewhat fortunate to have fans like we do…because you hear well-deserved credit and congratulations from iu fans to a xavier team that completely outplayed us. it is nice to see this type of fanship going on elsewhere as well.

  • ray

    good to see great sportsmanship from this uk fan…thanks “the fake” for appreciating college basketball on a higher level than most. i commend you for it.

    i feel somewhat fortunate to have fans like we do…because you hear well-deserved credit and congratulations from iu fans to a xavier team that completely outplayed us. it is nice to see this type of fanship going on elsewhere as well.

  • kelin

    What impressed me the most yesterday was I saw a lot more movement in the offense. At times it was some one on one but I would say it was far more movement than normal and an emphasis to get the ball inside!

    Ok not sure if anyone felt this and I will be honest to admit it….at one brief point during the game I felt “sorry” for UK and Billy…it was a helpless, we have no talent, and I don’t want to shoot or play basketball anymore look on some of the players faces…..it was a brief feeling I had.

  • kelin

    What impressed me the most yesterday was I saw a lot more movement in the offense. At times it was some one on one but I would say it was far more movement than normal and an emphasis to get the ball inside!

    Ok not sure if anyone felt this and I will be honest to admit it….at one brief point during the game I felt “sorry” for UK and Billy…it was a helpless, we have no talent, and I don’t want to shoot or play basketball anymore look on some of the players faces…..it was a brief feeling I had.

  • kelin

    What impressed me the most yesterday was I saw a lot more movement in the offense. At times it was some one on one but I would say it was far more movement than normal and an emphasis to get the ball inside!

    Ok not sure if anyone felt this and I will be honest to admit it….at one brief point during the game I felt “sorry” for UK and Billy…it was a helpless, we have no talent, and I don’t want to shoot or play basketball anymore look on some of the players faces…..it was a brief feeling I had.