D.J. White goes off; Hoosiers roll in Ann Arbor

  • 01/08/2008 9:20 pm in

djwhite4.jpgIt seems every couple games we’re writing about D.J. White racking up a career high in rebounds. And tonight in Ann Arbor, Mich., White was getting down and dirty again.

D.J. snatched 22 boards during IU’s 78-64 win against the Michigan Wolverines. That’s the first time a Hoosier has grabbed 20 boards since Allan Henderson in 1995. Oh yeah, D.J. was no slouch on the offensive end either. He dropped 21 on the Wolverines, nothing finer than when he grabbed a steal, threw down a dunk and was fouled in the process. Simply put: he was caps locked SOLID tonight.

Eric Gordon started out with the hot hand, dropping four of his first six shots, but was slapped with three fouls around the midway point in the first half and sat on the bench for the remainder of the first frame. He came back strong in the second half and his whole game was on display this evening: he hit the deep threes, he threw down a thunderous dunk, and he moved off the ball to create shot attempts. He finished with 23 on the night.

Super frosh Manny Harris had 19 points for the Wolverines.

The Hoosiers were in control of this one all game, leading by as much as 22 in the second half. (Well maybe there was a bit of a scare at the end of the first half.) And really, when was the last time we could say that? IU dominating on the road in the Big Ten. Yeah, Michigan isn’t very good, but IU has struggled against the bottom of the Big Ten on the road for a while now.

Anyways, E will get into all that tomorrow in his Morning After post. (He’ll probably also riff on Jordan Crawford, too. Some commenters were pretty harsh on his play tonight. I will say this: he is not bad. He is, in fact, a good freshman. Give him time to wrangle in his game. He was pressing too hard in front of a crowd laden with his friends and family.)

For now, revel in it, friends. IU is 2-0 in the Big Ten with two road wins. Illinois is up next this weekend at home. This is what we’ve been waiting for all year, right?

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  • ray

    dj – dominate job!

  • ray

    dj – dominate job!

  • chris

    well i have to say that that the EJ/DJ show could take us to the final four, but EJ needs to be careful because it seems big 10 refs have an eye on him and he cant be on the bench for a third of the game like he was tonght! Like everyone said Jordan Crawford was trying to be Micheal Jordan in front of his friends, but i cant be too harsh on him yet because he had a decent game against his bro and the cats. just be a role player this year and when the EJ DJ show leaves its your time! no shame in that! Illinois fans eat your heart out this weekend!! HAHAHAHA

  • chris

    well i have to say that that the EJ/DJ show could take us to the final four, but EJ needs to be careful because it seems big 10 refs have an eye on him and he cant be on the bench for a third of the game like he was tonght! Like everyone said Jordan Crawford was trying to be Micheal Jordan in front of his friends, but i cant be too harsh on him yet because he had a decent game against his bro and the cats. just be a role player this year and when the EJ DJ show leaves its your time! no shame in that! Illinois fans eat your heart out this weekend!! HAHAHAHA

  • James

    Yeah I will admit that I was tough on him..but he is not a point guard right now. Maybe when he can corral his dribbling/ballhandling and look more to pass, then maybe. He does have some athletic ability I will say that, and turned his game around in the second half.

    All in all a good performance tonight, DJ is the man!!!

  • James

    Yeah I will admit that I was tough on him..but he is not a point guard right now. Maybe when he can corral his dribbling/ballhandling and look more to pass, then maybe. He does have some athletic ability I will say that, and turned his game around in the second half.

    All in all a good performance tonight, DJ is the man!!!

  • James

    Yeah I will admit that I was tough on him..but he is not a point guard right now. Maybe when he can corral his dribbling/ballhandling and look more to pass, then maybe. He does have some athletic ability I will say that, and turned his game around in the second half.

    All in all a good performance tonight, DJ is the man!!!

  • Zach

    I’m loving that DJ and EJ are both hitting at the same time now. I’d hate to be on the other side of the ball, when they’re on offense. Scoring is inevitable now.

  • Zach

    I’m loving that DJ and EJ are both hitting at the same time now. I’d hate to be on the other side of the ball, when they’re on offense. Scoring is inevitable now.

  • Zach

    I’m loving that DJ and EJ are both hitting at the same time now. I’d hate to be on the other side of the ball, when they’re on offense. Scoring is inevitable now.

  • kelin

    Lets not forget Jordan Crawford is a frosh but, given the circumstances….he does a good job. Despite his knucklehead things at times, Jordan handles the ball well, shows some point guard abilities at times…..and is another scoring options which doesn’t hurt.

    In our starting lineup you HAVE to account for 4 out 5 guys on D cause those guys can score. For all that DJ and Ej do for IU…Jamarcus Ellis is a “Special Talent” and is the “right” fit for the team we have…..

    We need armon yes…but I really see this thing coming together as time goes on…I like what lance is doing, mike white, and Deandre…AJ’s shot is coming…..

    an Illini ass whuppin’ is coming on Sunday too….

  • kelin

    Lets not forget Jordan Crawford is a frosh but, given the circumstances….he does a good job. Despite his knucklehead things at times, Jordan handles the ball well, shows some point guard abilities at times…..and is another scoring options which doesn’t hurt.

    In our starting lineup you HAVE to account for 4 out 5 guys on D cause those guys can score. For all that DJ and Ej do for IU…Jamarcus Ellis is a “Special Talent” and is the “right” fit for the team we have…..

    We need armon yes…but I really see this thing coming together as time goes on…I like what lance is doing, mike white, and Deandre…AJ’s shot is coming…..

    an Illini ass whuppin’ is coming on Sunday too….

  • ALH ’00

    Well said…indeed I have been waiting for that Illini matchup all year.

    I don’t even think the team played a complete game tonight. When that day comes, there’s only a couple teams in the country that will be able to keep up.

  • ALH ’00

    Well said…indeed I have been waiting for that Illini matchup all year.

    I don’t even think the team played a complete game tonight. When that day comes, there’s only a couple teams in the country that will be able to keep up.

  • nealE

    Crawford – we’re all hard on crawford but you have to know he’s going to be special. i can’t remember when exactly, but he made a great pass to ej for a tomahawk dunk on a 3 on 2 fast break. he did a good job of drawing the defense to him then making a clean pass. sure it’s easier when your passing to gordon but not everyone could draw the defense and make a clean pass like he did. and the kid can shoot it too. he needs to clean up the dribbling and i think he needs to keep the ball moving more when hes pg (he tends to like to stand there and go 1-on-1) but he’s going to be special.

    Gordon – i don’t think i need to say anything

    DJ – i don’t need to say anything, but i will anyway: 21 points, 22 rebounds. 22 REBOUNDS? against a Big 10 team? On the road? Are you kidding me? Ridiculous.

    McGee: i still love you brandon, but you’ll be running quite a few laps this week haha

  • nealE

    Crawford – we’re all hard on crawford but you have to know he’s going to be special. i can’t remember when exactly, but he made a great pass to ej for a tomahawk dunk on a 3 on 2 fast break. he did a good job of drawing the defense to him then making a clean pass. sure it’s easier when your passing to gordon but not everyone could draw the defense and make a clean pass like he did. and the kid can shoot it too. he needs to clean up the dribbling and i think he needs to keep the ball moving more when hes pg (he tends to like to stand there and go 1-on-1) but he’s going to be special.

    Gordon – i don’t think i need to say anything

    DJ – i don’t need to say anything, but i will anyway: 21 points, 22 rebounds. 22 REBOUNDS? against a Big 10 team? On the road? Are you kidding me? Ridiculous.

    McGee: i still love you brandon, but you’ll be running quite a few laps this week haha

  • kelin

    I don’t think McGhee will run any laps for his showtime missed dunked but oddly enough I saw a guy on Route 37 that looked just like him last night running behind IU’s team bus…..mmmmm, he looked really tired too.

    The announcers mentioned DJ working himself up into the draft lottery area…..very very happy for DJ and hope it continues. Nice to have the leagues leading scorer and rebounder.

  • kelin

    I don’t think McGhee will run any laps for his showtime missed dunked but oddly enough I saw a guy on Route 37 that looked just like him last night running behind IU’s team bus…..mmmmm, he looked really tired too.

    The announcers mentioned DJ working himself up into the draft lottery area…..very very happy for DJ and hope it continues. Nice to have the leagues leading scorer and rebounder.

  • Schultz

    i checked the early line in Vegas for the game sunday:

    INDIANA (-47 1/2) over Illinois

  • Schultz

    i checked the early line in Vegas for the game sunday:

    INDIANA (-47 1/2) over Illinois

  • Schultz

    i checked the early line in Vegas for the game sunday:

    INDIANA (-47 1/2) over Illinois

  • Schultz

    i checked the early line in Vegas for the game sunday:

    INDIANA (-47 1/2) over Illinois

  • Bruce Alwhiny

    I hate you Indiana people. You stole Eric Gordon
    from me. I won’t shake your coaches hand. I’ll go right to my room and pout after the forthcoming 40 point loss on Sunday.

  • Bruce Alwhiny

    I hate you Indiana people. You stole Eric Gordon
    from me. I won’t shake your coaches hand. I’ll go right to my room and pout after the forthcoming 40 point loss on Sunday.

  • Bruce Alwhiny

    I hate you Indiana people. You stole Eric Gordon
    from me. I won’t shake your coaches hand. I’ll go right to my room and pout after the forthcoming 40 point loss on Sunday.

  • Bruce Alwhiny

    I hate you Indiana people. You stole Eric Gordon
    from me. I won’t shake your coaches hand. I’ll go right to my room and pout after the forthcoming 40 point loss on Sunday.

  • Steve

    Indiana owned that game from the tip. When we get Armon back this team will be even more rediculous. If DJ is not in the lead for Big Ten Player of the Year it is rigged.

  • Steve

    Indiana owned that game from the tip. When we get Armon back this team will be even more rediculous. If DJ is not in the lead for Big Ten Player of the Year it is rigged.

  • Steve

    Indiana owned that game from the tip. When we get Armon back this team will be even more rediculous. If DJ is not in the lead for Big Ten Player of the Year it is rigged.

  • Stephen

    Despite my constant riding of Crawford, he had an excellent second half, but we still need Armon back.

    DJ is playing out of his mind and EJ is Mr. Reliable.

    Overall, there are a lot of positives for the Hoosiers. Let’s take out Illinois!

  • Stephen

    Despite my constant riding of Crawford, he had an excellent second half, but we still need Armon back.

    DJ is playing out of his mind and EJ is Mr. Reliable.

    Overall, there are a lot of positives for the Hoosiers. Let’s take out Illinois!