Hoosiers hand Buckeyes first home conference loss

djwhite4.jpgIndiana (20-3, 9-1 Big Ten) took sole possession of second-place in the conference with an impressive 59-53 win over Ohio State in Value City Arena on Sunday afternoon.

After several ESPN analysts hammered the Hoosiers on Saturday night for their absence of a win over an RPI top 50 team (Illinois State is actually No. 49), Kelvin Sampson’s club played brilliantly from start to finish and picked up a “signature” win of sorts. Ohio State is currently No. 32 in the RPI.

D.J. White had another double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds and Eric Gordon added 15 points. Gordon hit four free throws in the final minute.

Jordan Crawford started alongside Gordon in the backcourt and had eight points, seven assists and six rebounds. More importantly, Crawford had no turnovers. Indiana committed just six turnovers.

Kosta Koufos led the Buckeyes (16-8, 7-4) with 18 points and nine rebounds. Fellow freshman Jon Diebler had 14 points.

The Hoosiers will return to Assembly Hall on Wednesday for a three-game homestand against Wisconsin, Michigan State and Purdue. Wednesday’s game against Wisconsin will be on the Big Ten Network.

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  • hoosiersoxfan92

    great game and i thought that the refs did a great job

  • HoosierSmitty

    Signs of improvement! Thank you Hoosiers! Let's use this for the upcoming three-game home stretch against the three best teams in the Big Ten, other than us.

  • Matt

    Love the lineup of Basset, Crawford, Gordon, Ellis, White… Bring Lance, Taber, White, DeAndre off the bench… Ellis can bring a big body out of the lane which frees up DJ and he can take a bigger guy off the dribble and slash hard leaving his defender behind him. It puts gordon at the corners in the NEW 2-3 zone that sampson seems to like with this young team, and keeps gordon out of foul trouble although he had 4. THOUGHTS???

  • HoosierSmitty

    A few issues with the 2-3 zone.

    OSU did not shoot the ball great from 3, and they did have plenty of open looks. Better teams are going to knock those shots down, so we have to recover much faster and not get lazy while in a zone. We were active today for the most part, so I was pretty happy.

    The second issue is finding someone to box out, but we have handled that pretty well so far.

    Otherwise, I think it can be a successful strategy for teams that we can't match up with man-to-man.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    As an Indiana fan, I am partly bound to hate zone defense, and I do. But I think I finally figured out why playing this 2-3 is such a strength for this team. My reasons:

    1. Most of the team is not very good at man-to-man, Ellis and Crawford are especially notable at their poor defense. But the zone hides that, and I actually believe Crawford excels at defense in this zone.
    2. It keeps everyone out of foul trouble, only 10 team fouls today. Plus, we saw how important that was on Thursday in a 50 minute game with no one fouling out.
    3. The zone partly angers me because we are waving the white flag on defense. But it does give us a better chance to win the game. It forces the other team to try and keep up with our shooters, which on most nights no team in the conference can do. As we saw today, OSU went dead cold down the stretch, chucking several air balls.
    4. It keeps everyone from tiring out. DJ played 48 minutes Thursday and 40 minutes today and Gordon, Ellis, and Bassett also log very heavy minutes.
    5. It makes the game less physical. If there is not a lot of contact on one end, the refs are more likely to call fouls when there is on the other. This definitely played a role at Illinois and favors IU and their ability to make free throws as they go against several really tough man-to-man teams in the conference. On the two-sided coin it causes the entire game to be more open, which also favors IU as we saw today with the flowing offense from the Hoosiers.

    So despite my love of tough man-to-man and my general dislike of zone, I am embracing it this season. Hopefully it will continue to carry the Hoosiers a long way.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Excellent points and very true about “having to hate” the zone as an IU fan…but if it works, it works

    Crawford made some nice plays today. I loved his stat line.

  • http://www.cannotfalter.com tacojohn

    It was poor, but it was even. They just let the two teams kill each other down low. It's a little surprising though that we had so many boards and so many points in the paint but didn't shoot a free throw until late in the second half.

  • Jerry

    I began to call for a zone 2 games before UCONN due to matchup issues that were showing up . Now I like it even better though we are not yet good enough in it either.

    As far as lineup I agree with yuo except that now that we zone more then I play McGee some serious minutes becasue he can hit shots when and if Gordon and Crawford decide to kick.

    AND lets face it we need our offense to win games since our defense cannot

  • http://www.cannotfalter.com tacojohn

    I don't like Gordon in the corner, I think he's better up top where his speed and strength is better at stopping penetration, while he tends to lose shooters more in the corner.

  • Jerry

    ABout the zone possibilities? Check out the Providence vs UCONN score at UCONN. When you do you might decide to love the zone against some teams

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I disagree, while I think that Gordon probably is better at the top of the zone, that's not our best zone d lineup. In my opinion we are best on defense in this 2-3 zone with these players.

    Bassett – Crawford
    Gordon – White – Stemler

    I especially love Crawford and Bassett at the top where they seem to be totally in sync.

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    Zone or no zone, whatever works, you cant use the same D against every team unless your just a bad-ass defensive squad. I love Basset, Crawford, Gordon,Ellis and White. Its the line-up I've used on NCAA 2K8 all season.

  • Disco Briscoe

    Playing Ellis at the “4″ is the best line up. Our 4's dont play on the block and arent very good against any kind of competition. Lets put the best 5 out there. OSU should have attacked the left wing with Tabar out there. It's great to have “hustle” guys out there but if they arent atheltic that hustle doesnt really account to much. Too many times it looks like we are playing down a man.

    I think Gordon's driving has been a little scary lately and I hope it relates to the wrist. Offensive fouls, jumping in the air with no where to go with the ball. I expect it from Crawford but EJ has to get that under control.

    DJ is the man and we need to stay in the zone to keep teams from going at him, getting him in foul trouble.

  • peaychris

    i HATED crawford in the begining but i LOVE him for the last few game. ok i know he took some bad shots, but he is a legitimate threat to score and besides the EJ DJ show they need someone else!
    i hate it when taber and stemler are in together though cause it really limits us on offense besides the fact there must be a law against having 2 white guys on the floor at once…

  • MikeyD

    and puts him further out the court for fast break opps.

  • kelin

    Here I go…KS has made some adjustments that seem to be for the better….lest we forget Jordan and Armon played together at prep school so they have a good feel for each other…I think Jordan plays better with Armon on the court, he seems more comfortable……Ellis at the 4, is a good move. We won't see too many UCONN type of teams so we can get away with it….

    The ZONE, has done wonders for our defense and keeps DJ safe. I think we have defended better in it…can we continue to make it our core D…we will see….thus far it has work so I will give KS and the gang some credit….

    I think we can go 3-0 in these next 3 games…..we OWE wisconsin something and this could be our signature win finally….

  • T

    It's really tough to win two conference games in four games, great work by Indiana this week.

    Wednesday's game is BIG. Wisconsin is tough, and have those two good big men that can cause problems for Indiana. IU needs to be hungry for 40 minutes otherwise they'll suffer the same fate they did the first time the teams met.

  • http://www.cannotfalter.com tacojohn

    I still have a huge love hate relationship with TUO. When he understands his role and grabs lose balls, keeps the offense moving, and hits open shots, he's a tremendous asset.

    Then he decides to fire up a defended NBA three with 20 seconds left on the shot clock late in a close game. And you just want to pull your hair out.

  • http://www.cannotfalter.com tacojohn

    Pretty sure they never played together. Armon left and Jordan replaced him at Hargrave.

  • Joe

    They did get good looks, but who got the good looks. Their best 3 point shooter is Butler, and I don't think he got a good look all game. I think the only time we are going to get hurt in the zone is when someone like McCamey from Illinois. Someone that's under the radar in our matchup zone. I'd let Lighty and Turner shoot open 3's all day until they start hitting them.

  • Jerry

    As for 3-0 in the next games I would settle for 2-1( the 1 NOT being Purdue ) IF we can continue to improve on the things folks have all been talking about because:

    Principle #1: the goal of college B-ball is to deep into March

    Principle #2: The purpose of the reg season is to develop the ability to achieve Principle #1

    I want Gordon and Crawford to drive and dish like Bassett and Ellis tend to do, start the offense like I see in the ACC w/o standing and staring , tighten the zone and develop a serious trap out of it, play with high and continuous intensity for 40 minutes…………………………………..thats all

  • IndianaJoe

    They did get good looks, but who got the good looks. Their best 3 point shooter is Butler, and I don't think he got a good look all game. I think the only time we are going to get hurt in the zone is when someone like McCamey from Illinois. Someone that's under the radar in our matchup zone. I'd let Lighty and Turner shoot open 3's all day until they start hitting them.

  • Jerry

    As for 3-0 in the next games I would settle for 2-1( the 1 NOT being Purdue ) IF we can continue to improve on the things folks have all been talking about because:

    Principle #1: the goal of college B-ball is to deep into March

    Principle #2: The purpose of the reg season is to develop the ability to achieve Principle #1

    I want Gordon and Crawford to drive and dish like Bassett and Ellis tend to do, start the offense like I see in the ACC w/o standing and staring , tighten the zone and develop a serious trap out of it, play with high and continuous intensity for 40 minutes…………………………………..thats all

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