Game Thread: Indiana @ Minnesota

  • 01/17/2008 4:30 pm in

megan-cheer1.jpgMegan Martz says winning at the Barn is no problem – and we agree.

Opponent: Minnesota

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2008 | 9:00 p.m. EST

Arena: Williams Arena (14,625) – Minneapolis, MN

Line: Indiana by 1.5

All-time series: Indiana leads 86-63

TV: ESPN (Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

Probable Starters:

  • Indiana (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten): Armon Bassett, Eric Gordon, Jamarcus Ellis, Mike White, D.J. White
  • Minnesota (12-3, 2-1 Big Ten): Lawrence Westbrook, Lawrence McKenzie, Spencer Tollackson, Damian Johnson, Dan Coleman

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As always, your analysis is welcome in the game thread.

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  • peaychris

    coleman looks like tashawn prince… man i hated him at kentucks

  • Never thought I'd say this, but we might be better off without Gordon on the floor right now.

  • HoosierSmitty

    We don't deserve to win this game.

  • Type of game that turns boys into men…

  • bc

    Thank you crawford

  • peaychris

    welcome to conference play on the road….

  • Seriously, did I miss something happening to Ratliff??? This is the type of game that begs for a guy like him.

  • Chairthrower

    If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that this team could go 9 min. without a basket I would have said you were crazy.

  • Ratliff has to be an upgrade over TUO right now…

  • HoosierSmitty

    Yeah, that was a foul on Jamarcus….really now

  • Hoosier_Hound

    damn, Ellis didn't even know what side of the floor he was on

  • Him not taking the open jumper should have been called as a foul. It certainly was offensive at least.

  • peaychris

    wow lance!!!!!!!


  • Hoosier_Hound

    Stemler! Where have you been all season?!

  • SanDiegoIUfan


  • bc

    I'll lay off Stemler for awhile

  • Chairthrower

    just about ready to type that!!!! Thanks

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Great defense by EJ!

  • peaychris

    we were lucky to get that foul called

  • Good teams steal bad games…

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Very cool by Gordon.

  • DJ White Version 2006-07 doesn't swat that ball away.

  • peaychris

    it looks like they are going to beat the spread! yea me

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Did you see how high DJ went on that rebound! Out-jumped everyone to swat the putback away.

  • bc

    Indiana finds a way to win again on the road. Wow. We better get used to tough games no matter where we play.

  • SanDiegoIUfan

    Wow, what a big win. We lucked out on this one fellas, enjoy it.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Let's get these four seconds over with…

  • Chairthrower

    I just want to make a comment to all of you that about ready to make the posts about how bad the team played and that we better watch out because….. Just incase you haven't noticed, WE HAVE WON ALL OF THESE BAD GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • HoosierSmitty

    Ok, at least I can sleep peacefully tonight…I didn't destroy too much furniture

  • Great win for mid-January. We knew we were the better team and found a way to grind it out. If we make those turnovers in March (and we won't), consider me concerned.

    Now, to everyone who doesn't believe, can Stemler sit at the big kid's table now?

  • peaychris

    my girlfriend really like the idea of this post!! i dont have to tell her how bad IU was with the ball tonight, i can tell everyone here!

  • Ripe for an upset? I think not.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I have to agree…I mean MSU played horribly and lost at Iowa….We've played some pretty pitiful games to start the Big Ten season, but we've pulled them out…

    I just worry about Bassett's health. And not to knock Gordon, but he's looked rather pedestrian lately…I am not sure about WHEN the big game comes anymore, but IF it's going to come…he did sink some big free throws and play solid defense at the end…so I guess I can't complain too much…but ya know..we're spoiled..we expect 30 points!

  • Dale

    now we are gonna have to listen to timmy tell us about how we need a humbling loss to penn state….

  • HoosierSmitty

    Stemler earns a free pass from criticism for at least a game….well maybe half a game….we are Hoosier fans…


    This game is for all those who say IU isn't a team. We beat a pretty good team on the road without Gordon playing well and DJ playing well only in short spurts. We have guys that can and WILL step up on any given night.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I read that Minnesota only scored 16 points off our 26 turnovers. Yes, we won, but let's think about that. A better team is going to KILL us if we turn the ball over that much.

    Our young guards better get grown up NOW. We can't have those kind of numbers.

  • DavidC

    A win's a win. Now a little relaxation with Penn State and Iowa at home

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I think IU looked damn ripe. In fact it looked like they ripened, fell, it every branch on the way down, but luckily managed to hit Minny squarely on the noggin to knock 'em down.

  • Jmoney2584

    WOW…had to go to the bar with 10:00 remaining in the second…what a game. Now i know a lot of people are going to give us shit for turning it over so many times and playing suspect defense at other times and adding to it some sometimes stagnant offense….BUT, IU showed a lot of heart in the last couple minutes. No way on earth we should have won this game…but we did and that speaks VOLUMES about our squad. Past IU teams would have pissed this game away in the closing minutes and lost by about 13, but not these guys. I don't want to hear squat about needing a wake-up call this that and the other..we WON, that is important. We did it in a very ugly kind of way but we showed a lot of balls and we won it without EJ being dominant.

    DJ played one hell of a game..a few not so bright spots in his game but did you see him during timeouts torwards the end? He was fired up and boiling over, props to him for keeping the fire under our asses IN or OUT of the game. Heck of a play at the end there to swat that ball away from the goal.

    EJ…not much offense, but when you pick up three quick fouls (two which were way questionable) it really takes away your ability to be aggressive . Regardless, good defense at the end and way to hit the closing minutes free throws.

    The Undisciplined one…well, thats his name for a reason but without his first-half heat we wouldn't have won this game. He also hit that clutch free throw line jumped with under 3 to go that game us some momentum. I give him a “B” for the game..good enough to avoid my hateful judgement for 50% of our next game..this expires after the next game of course so Jordan, if you are going to botch plays…you better get it out of the way against Penn St. or i will not be so forgiving.

    Lastly, Lancey Lancey Lancey… much as i wanted to kill you for going for that pump -fake in the final minutes where you SHOULD have given them an AND1 oppurtunity, I commend you for being clutch and stepping up when the boys needed you. Stemler gets a lot of BS sent his way, some deservedly so, but he earned some respect back from me and i assume many others for his late game nuts. Props on your testes sir, indeed.

    That pretty much covers it, hopefully we have good turn outs for the upcoming home stand and we don't come in expecting things to be easy bc of homecourt and a lack of G. Claxton. Go Big Red, extend this streak!