Good, Bad and Ugly: Michigan

  • 01/07/2009 9:25 pm in

THE GOOD:

We played very good for very long against a borderline Top 25 team, who has beaten the likes Duke and UCLA. The first half was so promising, so full of life, it was a feeling we haven’t felt all year. Good times. Good, yet fleeting times.

IU showed great resilience in their defense all night. Michigan just happened to start hitting in the second half.

Matt Roth. Roth is slowly becoming quite the fan favorite. His game certainly doesn’t jump out at you, but outside of a guy that can dribble drive and slam down a rim-roaring dunk, the deep three that hits nothing but nylon is one of this game of basketball’s pretty plays. He made 3-of-7 attempts from three-point land on the night, for a total of nine points.

Devan Dumes. He’s hot, he’s cold. He’s under control and looking good, he’s wild and taking boneheaded shots. But hey, tonight, he hit some key buckets, and you just need to take the good and bad with Dumes. He shot nine threes tonight, hitting four of them. For the evening, he had 17 points.

Other guys deserving a mention:

Daniel Moore: His mad dribble, dribble, dribble worked on a few occasions, setting up a some shots for his teammates.

Verdell Jones, Nick Williams: Both look more mature, more confident and more under control in their play. This is encouraging.

Tom Pritchard: Solid as a rock.

All and all, a remarkable effort by this squad. Just didn’t pick up the W.

THE BAD AND UGLY:

Six (SIX!!!!!!!) missed free throws in overtime. And um, my heart sinking during the collapse, a collapse I was near certain was going to happen.

I’ll leave the rest of the frustration for E in the morning. Until then …

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  • Kelin Blab

    I came here to comment but don't know what to say. Wow what a loss…..
    They ARE playing a lot better. VJ had a good game tonite and I see a lot of improvements.

    This is one time I want to hear Mike Davis say “help is on the way”

  • jgongora86

    I'm ticked off at this loss. I understand that this team can't execute as well, and it will take a while for them to improve the flow of the game. However, free throws are free throws, and they should be made. That was pathetic. These kids are from Indiana and free throws should be second nature to these kids. I have no problem with the turnovers because the entire team is new, but free throws don't require any special abilities. That upsets me more than anything.

  • AlumnInFL

    Sad loss. But whatever. The most discouraging statistic to me is the 11,044 fans. During one camera shot I saw the balcony and it was vacant. I don't blame students and alumni for not wanting to see bad basketball. Just the idea of 6,000 empty seats for a Big Ten home opener is sickening. Tragic.

  • msdiu81

    One thing that is missing from the post under bad and ugly is the Big 10 network's poor camera shots throughout the game. I don't know how many times someone shot the ball and the camera wasn't focused on the basket and the only way you knew it went in or missed was by the announcers. They have had this problem for 2 seasons now. Think they would have it fixed by now. Ok, rant over, Go Hoosiers!!

  • Ryan_T

    Hey man… remember that the students (myself included) are STILL on x-mas vacation until monday. So don't think that the students are just bailing on the team because they don't want to see “bad basketball”… because that couldn't be farther from the truth. I have season tickets (along with 3 of my buddies) and we are at every single home game–no matter how bad we may get beat. I'm only at home still to appease the parents 😉 Otherwise my butt would be back in good 'ol Btown.

  • silkyslim

    Wow, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

    I cannot fault our boys, a heck of an effort. We just wore down and ran out of gas.
    Fatigue can humble even the strongest. We need to find some more bench time from someone without the dropoff of play. Who do you think can step up soon?

    I love the competitive fire and improvement.

  • RobertSchell

    Well, it hurts, and mistakes came at an inconvenient time, but hopefully this will serve as a building block for the Hoosiers. Especially the part with learning how to hang on to such a lead at home…

    Couple thoughts on other comments:
    Couldn't agree more with the BTN camera crew….SEVERAL lapses during shots and fast breaks
    This game was NOT included in the student's season ticket package, which might explain the lower attendance…

    On a positive note – I do believe I heard them say the men's team had a 2.9 GPA last semester (which is GREAT to hear)…while the women's team achieved a 3.0 as well….

  • AlumnInFL

    I didn't realize you guys were still on vacation. Still, 11,000 is poor, but hopefully when students return that will change.

  • JerryCT

    I LOVED Williams, Roth and especially Jones aggressively looking for shots in the first half. That really helps our offense. Even if the ball does not go in we are at least trying to score for more seconds and from more people during the shot clock. I thought this agressiveness was lacking in the second half. Maybe we were trying “not to lose” after getting the lead.

    All in all I was surprised and happy to see us play well for so long.

  • NC Fat Boy

    A heartbreaking loss. The TOs seem to be under control, Pritchard is staying out of foul trouble, blocking out and rebounding has improved. Now looking for work on the free throws…. maybe Crean can get Alford to talk to them… Haha….

    I thought they played a great game, the baseline defense was much improved. Dumes played well even though he was out of control a couple of times. Jones III had his best game yet, he was aggressive offensively, knocked down some nice jumpers. Story had a bit of an off game and Roth was active. I actually wish Roth would have taken a few more of the open threes he had.

    The trap defense Michigan switched to, really seemed to disrupt the offense, and the disruption continued even after Michigan switched out of it. It seemed to really rattle the offense.

    It was good to see Calbert in the audience too!

    There was great improvement, we've gone from bad (first 2 games) to played 15 minutes of good basketball, to 30 minutes of good basketball, to 20 minutes of great basketball. Solid, consistent improvement.

    Great job Coach!

    Go Hoosiers!

  • HoosierSmitty

    It's just tough to stomach a loss like that, regladless of how “bad” this team supposedly is.

    It's up there in my Top 10 of most depressing losses, maybe even the Top 5. It was almost worse than reliving last second stuff like half court Nick Anderson, .7 seconds against Charlotte, BT Tourney against Minnesota, Butch banking a three…not too mention the 2002 title game and that 50 point shellacking against Minny, and other horrors I can't recall at the moment.

    I'm not down on the guys. I'm not bailing on IU basketball, I'm not disappointed with the effort or anything like that, it just freaking sucks, plain and simple. In the language of California surfer, I'm mega bummed, dude.

    For the THIRD straight game I had to watch Daniel Moore dribble into the corner and turn it over late in the game. Really? Really? I mean…come on…again?

    I hope the players and coaches can both rebound better than me from a tough loss like that. As you can see, I'm still really depressed today.

  • The meager crowd was as loud as I've heard them this year, students or no students in attendance.

    What's tragic is the fact that 14,827 showed up for Lipscomb. 3,783 less for the home conference opener?!?! That's F'd up, man.

  • JerryCT

    I LOVED Williams, Roth and especially Jones aggressively looking for shots in the first half. That really helps our offense. Even if the ball does not go in we are at least trying to score for more seconds and from more people during the shot clock. I thought this agressiveness was lacking in the second half. Maybe we were trying “not to lose” after getting the lead.

    All in all I was surprised and happy to see us play well for so long.

  • Zach

    Let's take something into account people. The players were obviously tired as heck. The combination of the exhaustion, the pressure, etc. probably made them miss the free throws. It's an unfortunate loss, but when we were up by 15, I just didn't have the feeling that we would win

  • NC Fat Boy

    A heartbreaking loss. The TOs seem to be under control, Pritchard is staying out of foul trouble, blocking out and rebounding has improved. Now looking for work on the free throws…. maybe Crean can get Alford to talk to them… Haha….

    I thought they played a great game, the baseline defense was much improved. Dumes played well even though he was out of control a couple of times. Jones III had his best game yet, he was aggressive offensively, knocked down some nice jumpers. Story had a bit of an off game and Roth was active. I actually wish Roth would have taken a few more of the open threes he had.

    The trap defense Michigan switched to, really seemed to disrupt the offense, and the disruption continued even after Michigan switched out of it. It seemed to really rattle the offense.

    It was good to see Calbert in the audience too!

    There was great improvement, we've gone from bad (first 2 games) to played 15 minutes of good basketball, to 30 minutes of good basketball, to 20 minutes of great basketball. Solid, consistent improvement.

    Great job Coach!

    Go Hoosiers!

  • HoosierSmitty

    It's just tough to stomach a loss like that, regladless of how “bad” this team supposedly is.

    It's up there in my Top 10 of most depressing losses, maybe even the Top 5. It was almost worse than reliving last second stuff like half court Nick Anderson, .7 seconds against Charlotte, BT Tourney against Minnesota, Butch banking a three…not too mention the 2002 title game and that 50 point shellacking against Minny, and other horrors I can't recall at the moment.

    I'm not down on the guys. I'm not bailing on IU basketball, I'm not disappointed with the effort or anything like that, it just freaking sucks, plain and simple. In the language of California surfer, I'm mega bummed, dude.

    For the THIRD straight game I had to watch Daniel Moore dribble into the corner and turn it over late in the game. Really? Really? I mean…come on…again?

    I hope the players and coaches can both rebound better than me from a tough loss like that. As you can see, I'm still really depressed today.

  • The meager crowd was as loud as I've heard them this year, students or no students in attendance. While there were about 100 people in each balcony, I noticed 2 dudes sitting in the very top row of the west balcony (best seat in the house to take your buddy Jack Daniels to the game).

    What's tragic is the fact that 14,827 showed up for Lipscomb. 3,783 less for the home conference opener?!?! That's F'd up, man.