No TMA this morning; Tuesday open thread instead

  • 11/25/2008 7:20 am in

Sorry to disappoint, but there will be no The Morning After feature this morning. I’m currently in the process of my first week of vacation in more than a year, and I plan on using it by staying away from the computer as much as possible. Also, I was traveling yesterday and didn’t see the game. Trying to do a TMA on a game I didn’t watch would be both unprecedented and pretty silly.

So instead, if you wish, use this as an open thread to comment on the game, things you saw, things that bear some further reflection after a night of sleep. I’ll be reading. That’s a nice little reversal; instead of me rambling on about whatever, you guys do the rambling, and I’ll do the reading. Deal?

And … go.

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  • thinkinahead

    All in all I was encouraged by the demeanor and play of this year’s Hoosiers. The score was about what you might expect, but, the hustle, style and effort were great. One or two three pointers in the first half and we were right in the mix. So many really close shots just refused to drop………………this team will get better and I will follow each game watching for those small steps which signal a maturing of the players and a return to Indiana's place in the Basketball Pantheon! Go Hoosiers…………………

  • cooper

    I tend to be critical but I think there are things a team can do to make things better. I thought the defense was pretty bad, 10 3pointers and being outrebounded by 23. At this point I don't see the point of Taber playing many minutes. Develop the other guys first. Watching the game I think Dumes, and Jones were as athletic as there 1 and 2 but they do not play great D. Boxing out does not take all that much athleticism. Offensive rebounds are going to kill them. If they can cut down on the opponents offensive rebounds I think they can win a few games they shouldn't. On a good note I thought Williams and Pritchard played well even though i'm not sold on Pritchard yet.

  • TexasHoosier

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?sl

    Good article from yahoo – talks about Crean's reaction to the game.

    I was fairly impressed with the effort and the fact that they did not step down. At each position we were highly outsized and outskilled. ND was knocking down shots, we weren't. Granted, ND got so many more easy buckets than us but its not like our 12 3's were greatly contested. I think our guards had good intentions to drive to the hoop but are finding out that its not as easy as it was in high school. This will get better each game they play though (especially against great programs like Notre Dame).

    I was very impressed with Tom Pritchard. I think he's realizing that he needs to be the go to big man down low, defensively and offensively. I loved his footwork in the post with his back to the basket. His moves are methodical and slow but effective even on Harangody. He'll learn how to finish around the rim a little better as the season goes on too. There were periods of time when I thought he forced it every single time – like he'd get the ball and immediately start his move to the bucket. He'll learn to gather himself, maybe make a move then kick it out or dish it to a flasing guard. He seems like a very coachable player though and you can tell he's learning quickly each game.

    Reminder: We need to maintain our expectations for this team. Improvement each game was a goal at the top of everyone's lists and so far so good, I think.

  • cooper

    I think i'm done with the Daniel Moore experiment. He is fine against bad teams but he can't score or guard anyone

  • Taskmaster75

    Unfortunately, Moore was very disappointing that game. Personally, i knew he wasn't the answer, and that Jones is much better, but this was his chance to shine. Like cooper said, his defense and his scoring were not good at all. He's a guy that would be great off the bench. He can drive and pass to an open guard for a 3, but that is about it.

    Pritchard is going to be our best player this year

  • thinkinahead

    All in all I was encouraged by the demeanor and play of this year’s Hoosiers. The score was about what you might expect, but, the hustle, style and effort were great. One or two three pointers in the first half and we were right in the mix. So many really close shots just refused to drop………………this team will get better and I will follow each game watching for those small steps which signal a maturing of the players and a return to Indiana's place in the Basketball Pantheon! Go Hoosiers…………………

  • cooper

    I tend to be critical but I think there are things a team can do to make things better. I thought the defense was pretty bad, 10 3pointers and being outrebounded by 23. At this point I don't see the point of Taber playing many minutes. Develop the other guys first. Watching the game I think Dumes, and Jones were as athletic as there 1 and 2 but they do not play great D. Boxing out does not take all that much athleticism. Offensive rebounds are going to kill them. If they can cut down on the opponents offensive rebounds I think they can win a few games they shouldn't. On a good note I thought Williams and Pritchard played well even though i'm not sold on Pritchard yet.

  • TexasHoosier

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?sl

    Good article from yahoo – talks about Crean's reaction to the game.

    I was fairly impressed with the effort and the fact that they did not step down. At each position we were highly outsized and outskilled. ND was knocking down shots, we weren't. Granted, ND got so many more easy buckets than us but its not like our 12 3's were greatly contested. I think our guards had good intentions to drive to the hoop but are finding out that its not as easy as it was in high school. This will get better each game they play though (especially against great programs like Notre Dame).

    I was very impressed with Tom Pritchard. I think he's realizing that he needs to be the go to big man down low, defensively and offensively. I loved his footwork in the post with his back to the basket. His moves are methodical and slow but effective even on Harangody. He'll learn how to finish around the rim a little better as the season goes on too. There were periods of time when I thought he forced it every single time – like he'd get the ball and immediately start his move to the bucket. He'll learn to gather himself, maybe make a move then kick it out or dish it to a flasing guard. He seems like a very coachable player though and you can tell he's learning quickly each game.

    Reminder: We need to maintain our expectations for this team. Improvement each game was a goal at the top of everyone's lists and so far so good, I think.

  • cooper

    I think i'm done with the Daniel Moore experiment. He is fine against bad teams but he can't score or guard anyone

  • Taskmaster75

    Unfortunately, Moore was very disappointing that game. Personally, i knew he wasn't the answer, and that Jones is much better, but this was his chance to shine. Like cooper said, his defense and his scoring were not good at all. He's a guy that would be great off the bench. He can drive and pass to an open guard for a 3, but that is about it.

    Pritchard is going to be our best player this year