Good, Bad and Ugly: Northeastern

  • 12/22/2008 11:34 pm in

Disclaimer: This is going to be half baked, ill informed and incredibly short, namely because I watched more Bears tonight than I did Hoosiers.

THE GOOD IS A BROKEN RECORD

Tom Pritchard. You find him up in this top register a lot. That’s because more than anyone else this year, he’s been consistently good. He had five turnovers and foul trouble plagued him all night — that shove on a pick later in the second half was rather ill-advised — but he posted yet another double-double with with 12 points and 14 boards.

THE BAD IS A BROKEN RECORD

21 turnovers. 21 turnovers. 21 turnovers. Yes, this team turns the ball over a lot. We know this. We haven’t seen any improvement on this in the before Big Ten season; I shudder to think what happens when we get into the grind-it-out season that is conference play. (Though, they couldn’t possibly turn the ball over at a higher rate than now, right?)

What started so promising with a 12-3 lead quickly vanished, and the Hoosiers were only able to amass 42 points. For a team that is averaging 71 points a game, that’s no good.

With that, the Bears have just tied up this game at 17, and I’m gonna power down and watch the rest of this one.

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  • CutterInChicago

    Was at the game. The first 5 minutes gave me much hope. We really looked good. Then at the 12-13 minute mark, the wheels fell off. I do not know if it was the line-up change, the change in pace or if Northeastern made adjustments.
    The turnovers are amazing to behold, especially the unforced ones. The disparity in foul shooting was also bad.
    We have an inability to score which only makes every possession that much more important and thus, the turnovers are frustrating to that end.
    I just want the boys to keep progressing and tonight was not progress.

  • NC Fat Boy

    This was the first game in which there were no signs of improvement. I think the only bright spot was Jannings only scored 17, one over his average. This was a disappointing loss.

  • JerryCT

    I was not surprised but very disappointed. I thought we would only win 9 games and this was one of them and I donot see what we do the other team is forced to stop.

    We seem to run our offense in a pretty disciplined manner but manage to come up with no open shots. Then we donot shoot very well from the floor or the FT line.

    I have said before the TO's are going to hang around since most of this , in my opinion , is adjusting to college as we learn quicker recognition and harder delivery of the pass.

  • Kelin Blab

    This was an ugly loss to a beatable team.
    1. D.Moore did make a three like I predicted
    2. No Tijan today
    3. The turnovers at some point have to get under a control
    4. Verdell is a combo guard, not a pg. Jordan Hulls we are holding a spot for you kid.
    5. I REALLY like the movement on offense in the first half, saw a nice flex/motion going.
    6. Pritchard needs help

  • BGleas

    This could get worse before it gets better. If IU wants any chance of becoming a decent team this season they are going to have to shoot better from the three and make free throws. Of course they need to cut turnovers, but I think the shooting is more easily corrected. The TO's seem to be a result of just being out-matched talent wise, not much you can do about that right now.

    IU also needs Dumes, WIlliams and Story to step up and become consistent contributors. I think WIlliams and Dumes have been a little on the disappointing side to this point.

    Pritchard is a huge bright spot, I've said this before, but before his career is over he's going to be an important part of a really good IU team. I don't think he'll be “the man” but he'll be an important player.

  • JerryCT

    Exactly BGleas

  • Anonymous

    It appears to me that IU’s early season trend been has a to come out and play well early in the game but then the team seems to lose focus or discipline as the game progresses.

    Turnovers seem to be a major problem, but I am not sure I agree with the general consensus that the TO problem cannot be solved. TO’s are a result of either sloppy passing due to court awarenes and positioning and or lack of dribbling/ball handling skills.

    Why can’t the to problem be solved with with practice if the cuase is identified?

    Why IU cannot sustain the intensity of it’s early game success is beyonfd me though.

  • silkyslim

    Nothing like youth to show the inconsistency in a season.

    This was a down in a season that will be up & down. I believe it will be a good learning experience that will help IU as the season goes on. It is foolish to trash talk our team and jump off the wagon because the team played a game flat. Young players tend to do that. Look for some good progress the next game. We passed on some good shots as the players are finding their roles.

  • silkyslim

    Nothing like youth to show the inconsistency in a season.

    This was a down in a season that will be up & down. I believe it will be a good learning experience that will help IU as the season goes on. It is foolish to trash talk our team and jump off the wagon because the team played a game flat. Young players tend to do that. Look for some good progress the next game. We passed on some good shots as the players are finding their roles.