Sloppy Hoosiers grit out win in The Barn

  • 01/17/2008 11:56 pm in

williams-arena1.jpgTalk about a frustrating, sloppy night for the Hoosiers. EJ picked up three fouls in the first half, (the first ticky-tac; the second a charge; the third was a bit suspect, but there was no reason for him to be playing defense so close 35 feet from the basket) and pass after pass after pass seemed near destined to be intercepted by the Golden Gophers. (A good amount were.)

When halftime rolled around, the Hoosiers had racked up 14 turnovers. Ugh. But hey, they were still up eight points — 40-32 — largely due to Jordan Crawford (aka “The Undisciplined One”) going 5-9 from the field for 14 points, including four threes. He’s pretty good when he just stands there and shoots, eh?

The second half was more of the same, as the Hoosiers played risk and reward with Minnesota’s full-court press. D.J. White — who is playing like an absolute beast, by the way — got some easy looks when IU broke the press, but there was a number of times IU turned the ball over out of it as well. For the game, the Hoosiers had 26 turnovers. Not good.

But we all saw this game and we know the overriding thesis here: despite the slop, Eric Gordon having an off-game (he finished with 12 points and seven turnovers) and the tough environment: the Hoosiers got the W. Lance Stemler hit the go-ahead three with about 1:30 to go to put IU up 61-60. Gordon hit two free throws after a reach-in foul which extended the lead 63-60. Minnesota’s Lawrence McKenzie missed a three to tie the game and that was pretty much that: IU wins 65-60.

Through all the frustration these last two games against Illinois and Minnesota — and there’s been some frustrating moments — we won. And hey, I’ll take it. IU is now 4-0 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are 15-1 overall and it’s our best start since ’96-’97. Revel in it, Hoosier fans.

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  • Jmoney2584

    Posted this on the other thread, but everyone seems to have left…

    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…Mr.Stemler..as 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!

  • Easing my hysterics on not playing Ratliff in the 2nd half…thanks to Terry Hutchins at the Star.

    “I'm sure people are going to want to know why A.J. Ratliff played just 4 minutes in the first half. Sampson said in the postgame press conference that Ratliff had a temperature of 101 today and that he tried to play but couldn't do it.”

    Anyone else notice/love that Ellis saw more time at point tonight than usual? TUO just isn't a point guard…yet.

  • ZachH

    Absolutely huge W for the Hoosiers; I'm glad they were able to get it done despite the 94 turnovers.

    We have a great chance to stretch our record with three straight at home now.

  • xandervan

    Hey, we already have more conference road wins than we did all of last year. Great start to the Big 10 schedule!

  • Jmoney2584

    Penn State shouldn't be that tough, but never underestimate a dogs bite when it is wounded. As long as we come out and play OUR game we will be fine.

    Iowa…should be a solid win, but if Justin Johnson watches the film from our last game against them he might decide to feel inspired and start from the 1st half…but let's be real, probably not.

    UConn…could be tough with their two big men on the interior, we will need good guard play and a zoned in Eric Gordon to pull the pressure off of DJ.

    We are in position to go 18-1 and 6-0 in the Big Ten to start…after that things get a bit dicey and we better know how to break a press by then. Our upcoming schedule post-UConn featurs Wisconsin twice, Illinois in Champagne, @ ohio state, purdue and MS. The only gemme in that is northwestern….Sampson better drill them hard as we wind down the month.

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    Very proud of the boys tonight, that was a terribly refed game and we showed real toughness battling and coming out with a W

  • Evansville Corey

    A win is a win. But we sure didn't look like a top ten ten the last couple of games. I'll revel in the victory with everyone else, but i can't stand the lack of fundamental basketball i'm seeing out of our boys. We can't go too far not setting good screens (and not coming off those screens tight), standing around too much, and giving away easy buckets in the lane. There are so many positives, but i bleed Cream and Crimson and want to go all the way. I'm hoping Sampson starts puting more imphasis (if he hasn't already) on tightening up the “small things” the make good teams great. We are young and will keep getting better. I'm sure of that. Go Hoosiers!!

  • LRubes

    Im sure glad we won. It took a whole team effort but it was good to win despite turnovers, the refs, EJ not playin well and Tollacksons arrogance

  • Dylan

    This win gives everyone a reason to install your desktop wallpaper!
    http://www.insidethehall.com/2007-2008-schedule

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Kick ass! The World Wide Leader spotted my in the Barn.

    [i]Spurred on by a jam-packed student section that featured five gorillas, a giant cell phone (in reference to a pending NCAA investigation hanging over Sampson), [b]Clifford the Big Red Dog[/b], a cow and a chicken, “The Barn” was as loud as its been in quite some time.[/i]

  • Hoosier_Hound

    try to add a little style……

  • When you remove the dog's jaw, the bite isn't that bad. With Claxton out, we should blow PSU out of the gym.

  • It's sad to know that ESPN thinks that gorillas and Clifford = a good crowd. That's another shot at my campaign to get rid of the stupid costumes from students at Assembly Hall.

  • Jmoney2584

    Posted this on the other thread, but everyone seems to have left…

    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…Mr.Stemler..as 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!

  • Easing my hysterics on not playing Ratliff in the 2nd half…thanks to Terry Hutchins at the Star.

    “I'm sure people are going to want to know why A.J. Ratliff played just 4 minutes in the first half. Sampson said in the postgame press conference that Ratliff had a temperature of 101 today and that he tried to play but couldn't do it.”

    Anyone else notice/love that Ellis saw more time at point tonight than usual? TUO just isn't a point guard…yet.

  • ZachH

    Absolutely huge W for the Hoosiers; I'm glad they were able to get it done despite the 94 turnovers.

    We have a great chance to stretch our record with three straight at home now.

  • xandervan

    Hey, we already have more conference road wins than we did all of last year. Great start to the Big 10 schedule!

  • Jmoney2584

    Penn State shouldn't be that tough, but never underestimate a dogs bite when it is wounded. As long as we come out and play OUR game we will be fine.

    Iowa…should be a solid win, but if Justin Johnson watches the film from our last game against them he might decide to feel inspired and start from the 1st half…but let's be real, probably not.

    UConn…could be tough with their two big men on the interior, we will need good guard play and a zoned in Eric Gordon to pull the pressure off of DJ.

    We are in position to go 18-1 and 6-0 in the Big Ten to start…after that things get a bit dicey and we better know how to break a press by then. Our upcoming schedule post-UConn featurs Wisconsin twice, Illinois in Champagne, @ ohio state, purdue and MS. The only gemme in that is northwestern….Sampson better drill them hard as we wind down the month.

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    Very proud of the boys tonight, that was a terribly refed game and we showed real toughness battling and coming out with a W

  • Evansville Corey

    A win is a win. But we sure didn't look like a top ten ten the last couple of games. I'll revel in the victory with everyone else, but i can't stand the lack of fundamental basketball i'm seeing out of our boys. We can't go too far not setting good screens (and not coming off those screens tight), standing around too much, and giving away easy buckets in the lane. There are so many positives, but i bleed Cream and Crimson and want to go all the way. I'm hoping Sampson starts puting more imphasis (if he hasn't already) on tightening up the “small things” the make good teams great. We are young and will keep getting better. I'm sure of that. Go Hoosiers!!

  • LRubes

    Im sure glad we won. It took a whole team effort but it was good to win despite turnovers, the refs, EJ not playin well and Tollacksons arrogance

  • Dylan

    This win gives everyone a reason to install your desktop wallpaper!
    http://www.insidethehall.com/2007-2008-schedule

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Kick ass! The World Wide Leader spotted my in the Barn.

    [i]Spurred on by a jam-packed student section that featured five gorillas, a giant cell phone (in reference to a pending NCAA investigation hanging over Sampson), [b]Clifford the Big Red Dog[/b], a cow and a chicken, “The Barn” was as loud as its been in quite some time.[/i]

  • Hoosier_Hound

    try to add a little style……

  • When you remove the dog's jaw, the bite isn't that bad. With Claxton out, we should blow PSU out of the gym.

  • It's sad to know that ESPN thinks that gorillas and Clifford = a good crowd. That's another shot at my campaign to get rid of the stupid costumes from students at Assembly Hall.