Hoosiers lose nailbiter at home against Badgers

  • 02/13/2008 9:21 pm in

bo_ryan.jpgI’m having a hard time not starting off this recap with an expletive, but alas, I will refrain. Anyone who watched this one can tell you the drill: it was a highly contested, great game. Unfortunately, IU came out on the wrong end, losing 68-66. Brian Butch hit a lucky bank three with just a few ticks left on the clock to put Wisconsin up and Jamarcus Ellis missed a three at the buzzer that would have given IU the victory.

D.J. White started out hot, dropping six of his first six baskets. But he picked up his third foul early in the second and played a bit reserved because of it. So, Eric Gordon did his thing, taking the ball to the hoop and hitting a few shots. White finished with 17 points and seven boards, while Gordon finished with 23 points. Jason Bohannon led Wisconsin with 18 points.

The one good thing here? IU played well. This is two games in a row we can sit back and say: “Hey, we’re looking good, we’re finally coming around.” It’s just too bad it had to come in a loss. At home. The day it was announced Kelvin Sampson got slapped with major sanctions.

As a reminder, we still haven’t beaten a ranked team or anyone of real worth. (Ohio State doesn’t count.) You know, in case you were wondering out there.

It’s been a rough day to be an IU fan. Let’s just leave it at that.

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  • Tom

    it's the middle of february and we still haven't beaten a ranked team. disappointing.

  • Tom

    it's the middle of february and we still haven't beaten a ranked team. disappointing.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Did DJ get cooties at halftime? Smallpox? AIDS? After the way he came out dominating and playing with a vengeance, he barely touches the ball in the second half. Bassett, Gordon, Crawford and Ellis have got to get the big guy touches, because if they do, he'll put them on his shoulders and carry them to victory. Alas, we couldn't buy a 3-ball and Wisconsin seemingly couldn't miss one. Plus, Bassett had what may be his first ever poor free-throw shooting night.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Did DJ get cooties at halftime? Smallpox? AIDS? After the way he came out dominating and playing with a vengeance, he barely touches the ball in the second half. Bassett, Gordon, Crawford and Ellis have got to get the big guy touches, because if they do, he'll put them on his shoulders and carry them to victory. Alas, we couldn't buy a 3-ball and Wisconsin seemingly couldn't miss one. Plus, Bassett had what may be his first ever poor free-throw shooting night.

  • Chris

    It may be the sanctions violations clouding my judgment but can someone explain to me why IU (Coach Sampson) did not call one of its remaining timeouts after clearing halfcourt in the last few seconds? With one of the most prolific outside shooters in the college game this year, I cannot imagine that an experienced, game-smart coach does not have the ability to draw up a play that either exploits Gordon's ability or uses it as a decoy to develop an open shot with the available time on the clock. It is difficult for those of us who have been following IU for more than thirty years to stomach the defense that allows a team to shoot 11 of 26 from behind the arc but I am more disgusted by the fact that when a game is on the line we resort to whomever has the ball shoots for the win. The men played well and I'll be the first to say that we should not criticize the team for its efforts – that were noteworthy nearly all night. However, advancing in the tournament requires a team (on both ends of the court) not five individuals. Am I the only person dreading the ESPN attention on Saturday and another difficult opponent?

    Semper Fidelis,
    Chris Fatheree

  • Chris

    It may be the sanctions violations clouding my judgment but can someone explain to me why IU (Coach Sampson) did not call one of its remaining timeouts after clearing halfcourt in the last few seconds? With one of the most prolific outside shooters in the college game this year, I cannot imagine that an experienced, game-smart coach does not have the ability to draw up a play that either exploits Gordon's ability or uses it as a decoy to develop an open shot with the available time on the clock. It is difficult for those of us who have been following IU for more than thirty years to stomach the defense that allows a team to shoot 11 of 26 from behind the arc but I am more disgusted by the fact that when a game is on the line we resort to whomever has the ball shoots for the win. The men played well and I'll be the first to say that we should not criticize the team for its efforts – that were noteworthy nearly all night. However, advancing in the tournament requires a team (on both ends of the court) not five individuals. Am I the only person dreading the ESPN attention on Saturday and another difficult opponent?

    Semper Fidelis,
    Chris Fatheree

  • Kevin

    Where the refs as bad as they looked?

    I hate to blame the refs but there were some very questionable calls from what I could see. I was in the stands though so it always looks different, so from the people that saw it on TV, was this the case?

  • Kevin

    Where the refs as bad as they looked?

    I hate to blame the refs but there were some very questionable calls from what I could see. I was in the stands though so it always looks different, so from the people that saw it on TV, was this the case?

  • Kevin

    I spelled were wrong, I'm so flustered right now.

    We gave up so many weak-side boards it was disgusting, so frustrating to watch down the stretch.

  • Kevin

    I spelled were wrong, I'm so flustered right now.

    We gave up so many weak-side boards it was disgusting, so frustrating to watch down the stretch.

  • ricky

    we HAVE to win these next two games. think about if we lose the next two games and then lose at msu. does our profile merit a tournament birth? i don't think so

    that said, this was the best game gordon has played in a while. his outside shot didn't fall, but he did not turn the ball over much and he drove with control.

    must win this weekend. must win

  • ricky

    we HAVE to win these next two games. think about if we lose the next two games and then lose at msu. does our profile merit a tournament birth? i don't think so

    that said, this was the best game gordon has played in a while. his outside shot didn't fall, but he did not turn the ball over much and he drove with control.

    must win this weekend. must win

  • ricky

    refs were bad, but our defensive rebounding and free throw shooting were worse, so im not even going there. we had our chances to put the game out of reach, but didn't. the missed travel call late was bad, but it should not have come to that. hard to justify blaming the refs in my opinion

  • ricky

    refs were bad, but our defensive rebounding and free throw shooting were worse, so im not even going there. we had our chances to put the game out of reach, but didn't. the missed travel call late was bad, but it should not have come to that. hard to justify blaming the refs in my opinion

  • Kevin Lemme

    wasn't southern illinois ranked

  • Kevin Lemme

    wasn't southern illinois ranked

  • Tom

    i just read somewhere that a fan was wearing a “bring bobby back” shirt and was told to change or leave. is this true? if so, that's ridiculous. i'm really disliking the administration right now.

  • Tom

    i just read somewhere that a fan was wearing a “bring bobby back” shirt and was told to change or leave. is this true? if so, that's ridiculous. i'm really disliking the administration right now.

  • Tony G

    Who does everyone want as the next IU coach? I haven't given it much thought, but how about Anthony Grant of VCU?

  • Tony G

    Who does everyone want as the next IU coach? I haven't given it much thought, but how about Anthony Grant of VCU?

  • Mike W.

    I think it's only fair to compare Sampson to a lame-duck President. Yeah, he's most likely be our coach until after the season is completed but after that we should start searching. I'm thinking our “not-so” short list will include: Jay Wright (Villanova), Tom Crean (Marquette), Anthony Grant (VCU), Bruce Pearl (Tennessee), Rick Barnes (Texas), Brad Stevens (Butler), John Calipari (Memphis), Ray McCullum (IU Asst.) and NBA coaches Larry Brown, Mike Montgomery and Randy Wittman. Any other suggestions?

  • Mike W.

    I think it's only fair to compare Sampson to a lame-duck President. Yeah, he's most likely be our coach until after the season is completed but after that we should start searching. I'm thinking our “not-so” short list will include: Jay Wright (Villanova), Tom Crean (Marquette), Anthony Grant (VCU), Bruce Pearl (Tennessee), Rick Barnes (Texas), Brad Stevens (Butler), John Calipari (Memphis), Ray McCullum (IU Asst.) and NBA coaches Larry Brown, Mike Montgomery and Randy Wittman. Any other suggestions?

  • Mr_C

    We just played ourselves out of that win. We were obviously the better team on the floor, we just gave it away. Why did DJ not touch the ball every possession in the second half when we were shooting garbage from behind the line and he was on fire? The zone looked great at times, but then we would forget to make switches and they would bang threes. Sure the refs could have made better calls, but there is no excuse to let them outplay us down the stretch.

    Not to get negative, but I considered that game the most likely of the next three for us to win. Purdue SMOKED them and we lost it on a three by a big man. Not looking good for the next 6 days.

  • Mr_C

    We just played ourselves out of that win. We were obviously the better team on the floor, we just gave it away. Why did DJ not touch the ball every possession in the second half when we were shooting garbage from behind the line and he was on fire? The zone looked great at times, but then we would forget to make switches and they would bang threes. Sure the refs could have made better calls, but there is no excuse to let them outplay us down the stretch.

    Not to get negative, but I considered that game the most likely of the next three for us to win. Purdue SMOKED them and we lost it on a three by a big man. Not looking good for the next 6 days.

  • Mark

    Amen. 4.5 seconds on the clock. 2 timeouts available. We throw to Ellis to launch a 3. Hopefully Greenspan will fire him tomorrow.

  • Mark

    Amen. 4.5 seconds on the clock. 2 timeouts available. We throw to Ellis to launch a 3. Hopefully Greenspan will fire him tomorrow.

  • Trav

    I'll co-sign this. I've wondered many times this season if Sampson is receiving a bonus for timeouts not used. His bench coaching has been poor all year, and the failure to use a timeout in light of the team's track record this year in similar situations was pathetic. We were just rocked by a three pointer and lost the lead, and he lets them play on.

  • Trav

    I'll co-sign this. I've wondered many times this season if Sampson is receiving a bonus for timeouts not used. His bench coaching has been poor all year, and the failure to use a timeout in light of the team's track record this year in similar situations was pathetic. We were just rocked by a three pointer and lost the lead, and he lets them play on.

  • kelin

    Mike W……Drew from Baylor …….and Indiana kid I believe should be on the list

  • kelin

    Mike W……Drew from Baylor …….and Indiana kid I believe should be on the list

  • Barnes, Pearl and Calipari are happy where they are. Crean is a chronic underachiever that hasn't done anything outside of 2003.

    I think Wittman is worth nother call.

  • Barnes, Pearl and Calipari are happy where they are. Crean is a chronic underachiever that hasn't done anything outside of 2003.

    I think Wittman is worth nother call.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Who is going to even want to coach this team? We'll be under sanctions, recruits are going to bail, and the program will be in turmoil. Does any coach we really want as fans, WANT to come here?

    Our choices are either an unproven yet energetic young coach IF WE'RE LUCKY (IU ties or not)
    Or Dakich or McCallum …two coaches who have head coaching experience, but lackluster results.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Who is going to even want to coach this team? We'll be under sanctions, recruits are going to bail, and the program will be in turmoil. Does any coach we really want as fans, WANT to come here?

    Our choices are either an unproven yet energetic young coach IF WE'RE LUCKY (IU ties or not)
    Or Dakich or McCallum …two coaches who have head coaching experience, but lackluster results.

  • Mr_C

    Yes, almost any coach on the market will want to come coach Basketball U.

  • Mr_C

    Yes, almost any coach on the market will want to come coach Basketball U.

  • Willis

    I'm with you. Also, I think he should have abandoned the zone earlier.

  • Willis

    I'm with you. Also, I think he should have abandoned the zone earlier.

  • deedubbadoo

    That was in the Indy Star article:

    “…And to think, while a corrupt coach was leading IU onto the floor to play Wisconsin, Assembly Hall security had nothing better to do than force a fan to take off a shirt reading “Bring Back Bobby.” He was asked to remove it twice. Twice, he put it back on.

    Nice to see that freedom of speech is alive and well on our college campuses…”

  • deedubbadoo

    That was in the Indy Star article:

    “…And to think, while a corrupt coach was leading IU onto the floor to play Wisconsin, Assembly Hall security had nothing better to do than force a fan to take off a shirt reading “Bring Back Bobby.” He was asked to remove it twice. Twice, he put it back on.

    Nice to see that freedom of speech is alive and well on our college campuses…”

  • Barnes, Pearl and Calipari are happy where they are. Crean is a chronic underachiever that hasn't done anything outside of 2003.

    I think Wittman is worth nother call.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Who is going to even want to coach this team? We'll be under sanctions, recruits are going to bail, and the program will be in turmoil. Does any coach we really want as fans, WANT to come here?

    Our choices are either an unproven yet energetic young coach IF WE'RE LUCKY (IU ties or not)
    Or Dakich or McCallum …two coaches who have head coaching experience, but lackluster results.

  • Mr_C

    Yes, almost any coach on the market will want to come coach Basketball U.

  • Willis

    I'm with you. Also, I think he should have abandoned the zone earlier.

  • deedubbadoo

    That was in the Indy Star article:

    “…And to think, while a corrupt coach was leading IU onto the floor to play Wisconsin, Assembly Hall security had nothing better to do than force a fan to take off a shirt reading “Bring Back Bobby.” He was asked to remove it twice. Twice, he put it back on.

    Nice to see that freedom of speech is alive and well on our college campuses…”