Second half drought sinks Hoosiers

  • 02/19/2009 11:20 pm in

After trailing by just one at halftime, Indiana scored just four points in the first 9:01 of the second half and fell 68-51 to Wisconsin on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

By the time the Hoosiers (6-19, 1-12 Big Ten) scored their fifth and sixth points after halftime, Wisconsin had built a 15-point lead. The Badgers didn’t let the lead fall below 11 the rest of the way.

The loss was the fourth straight for IU and the 17th in their last 19 games.

“I don’t think we competed or played well in the second half. Our defense really let us down,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “And there is really nothing in the second half that we can hang our hat on. We were much different than the first half and they exposed that. They did an excellent job taking advantage of that.”

Trevon Hughes scored 21 points on 7 of 14 shooting to lead Wisconsin and Joe Krabbenhoft added 18. The Badgers (17-9, 8-6) shot 49 percent, hit 11 of 15 free throws and committed just seven turnovers.

Verdell Jones paced the Hoosiers with 16 points and Devan Dumes added 12 in his first game back following a two-game suspension. IU hit 15 of 19 free throws, but hit just 2 of 11 shots from beyond the 3-point line.

Up next: The Hoosiers travel to West Lafayette on Saturday afternoon for a 2PM ET meeting with Purdue. That game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. “I think we’re thirsty to redeem ourselves,” Verdell Jones said. “Purdue is an in-state rival and we definitely want to go up there and give them our all. We’ll prepare tomorrow for them and just come out and give it our best.”

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  • silkyslim

    I can see why WU is on a winning streak, VERY solid defense. Much better than when I saw them earlier this year. They turned up the screws on our boys and allowed no easy buckets or shots. :o(

    I really hate, ok maybe not hate, but at least greatly dislike that krabbenhoft guy. He killed us tonight, great effort by that smelly badger.

    Oh-well, back to the drawing board, time to get up for the rivalry game at PU. Hope Roth is ok to play by Sat.

    Thought VJ looked good with his 1v1 mid range game.

  • silkyslim

    I can see why WU is on a winning streak, VERY solid defense. Much better than when I saw them earlier this year. They turned up the screws on our boys and allowed no easy buckets or shots. :o(

    I really hate, ok maybe not hate, but at least greatly dislike that krabbenhoft guy. He killed us tonight, great effort by that smelly badger.

    Oh-well, back to the drawing board, time to get up for the rivalry game at PU. Hope Roth is ok to play by Sat.

    Thought VJ looked good with his 1v1 mid range game.

  • steve

    I would imagine saturday will be pretty ugly in the 30 point range loss column. Other then Northwestern at home I doubt we have a chance at another win this year. Well it wil be over soon at least.

  • elling2008

    You forgot to mention, the real reason we didn't win was because Tijan didn't play.

    Saturday will be interesting. I can honestly say I wouldn't be upset it there were one more elbow to be thrown this season.

  • elling2008

    You forgot to mention, the real reason we didn't win was because Tijan didn't play.

    Saturday will be interesting. I can honestly say I wouldn't be upset it there were one more elbow to be thrown this season.

  • BFowler

    – Agree with Krabbenhoft killing us, we always make him look like a Hall Of Fame player.
    – VJ III keeps improving, I liked his first half, but he could not keep Hughes in front of him.
    – Was it just me or did Pritchard not match up well with anyone on the floor last night? I was orginally wondering why he was not out there that much, but quickly realized he could not defend Landry or Luers (sp ?) real well.
    – Bo Ryan still knows how to teach defense, there were no open looks in the 2nd half.
    – They could not miss and we could not hit for about the first 20 minutes of the 2nd.
    – Had a lot of hope after the 1st, but was not to be. But the crowd was great, nice job Hoosier fans.

  • BFowler

    – Agree with Krabbenhoft killing us, we always make him look like a Hall Of Fame player.
    – VJ III keeps improving, I liked his first half, but he could not keep Hughes in front of him.
    – Was it just me or did Pritchard not match up well with anyone on the floor last night? I was orginally wondering why he was not out there that much, but quickly realized he could not defend Landry or Luers (sp ?) real well.
    – Bo Ryan still knows how to teach defense, there were no open looks in the 2nd half.
    – They could not miss and we could not hit for about the first 20 minutes of the 2nd.
    – Had a lot of hope after the 1st, but was not to be. But the crowd was great, nice job Hoosier fans.

  • Ronnie

    on who?

  • Ronnie

    on who?

  • I have to wonder about something. Last night, I seen TC SITTING DOWN. I have NEVER seen him sit down during a game…..wonder whats gonna happen…..

  • I have to wonder about something. Last night, I seen TC SITTING DOWN. I have NEVER seen him sit down during a game…..wonder whats gonna happen…..

  • aerialM

    ugh…per usual, we had one solid half and one not-so-solid half and the badgers made me eat my words as far as their ability to outrun us. We looked completely flat in the 2nd half and wilted once their D started giving us fits. That worries me. As does TP's latest disappearing act. I'm starting to wonder if maybe now we're getting the “real” TP and those non-conference double-doubles were some sort of magic. He looks lost out there. For the past several weeks, he looks on par with Taber and not like an ESPN top 100 prospect or a guy that will be a 4-year started for this team…and maybe it is just me, but it seems like every good game VJ puts together comes in a rout for us. That's not a good sign. I feel like he only plays well when everyone else plays poorly…though Steve Lavin did call him “the most improved freshman on the team” last night…anywho – I shudder to think of what those f***ing boilers are going to lay down on us come saturday. Oh, any news on Roth?

  • aerialM

    ugh…per usual, we had one solid half and one not-so-solid half and the badgers made me eat my words as far as their ability to outrun us. We looked completely flat in the 2nd half and wilted once their D started giving us fits. That worries me. As does TP's latest disappearing act. I'm starting to wonder if maybe now we're getting the “real” TP and those non-conference double-doubles were some sort of magic. He looks lost out there. For the past several weeks, he looks on par with Taber and not like an ESPN top 100 prospect or a guy that will be a 4-year started for this team…and maybe it is just me, but it seems like every good game VJ puts together comes in a rout for us. That's not a good sign. I feel like he only plays well when everyone else plays poorly…though Steve Lavin did call him “the most improved freshman on the team” last night…anywho – I shudder to think of what those f***ing boilers are going to lay down on us come saturday. Oh, any news on Roth?

  • silkyslim

    Some down spirits out there in Hoosierland. Anything can happen in a rivalry game. This year can be like army-navy, your record doesn't matter as long as you beat your dreaded despised rival. Go IU, beat PU.

    Has Pritchard hit the proverbial “wall?”

    Tijan didn't play because he will be used as a secret weapon against purdue. :o)

  • silkyslim

    Some down spirits out there in Hoosierland. Anything can happen in a rivalry game. This year can be like army-navy, your record doesn't matter as long as you beat your dreaded despised rival. Go IU, beat PU.

    Has Pritchard hit the proverbial “wall?”

    Tijan didn't play because he will be used as a secret weapon against purdue. :o)

  • aerialM

    i'm afraid pritch “hit the wall” two months ago, once teams figured out how to match up against him. plus, guy's not getting any help in practice (yet) so his development is very much in-game and he's not the athlete (yet) or the workhorse (yet) to shoulder the type of burden he's been asked to this year…

  • aerialM

    i'm afraid pritch “hit the wall” two months ago, once teams figured out how to match up against him. plus, guy's not getting any help in practice (yet) so his development is very much in-game and he's not the athlete (yet) or the workhorse (yet) to shoulder the type of burden he's been asked to this year…

  • aerialM

    i'm afraid pritch “hit the wall” two months ago, once teams figured out how to match up against him. plus, guy's not getting any help in practice (yet) so his development is very much in-game and he's not the athlete (yet) or the workhorse (yet) to shoulder the type of burden he's been asked to this year…