Around the Hall: Indiana @ Penn State

  • 03/01/2009 9:12 am in

(Editor’s note: Due to a service problem with our host, we were unable to provide coverage of last night’s game at Penn State. We apologize for the inconvenience.)

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew.

+ The Bloomington Herald Times was on the scene in State College and captured Tom Crean’s reaction following IU’s 61-58 loss to Penn State. {The Hoosier Scoop}

+ Terry Hutchens writes that the inability to hit clutch shots and turnovers down the stretch ultimately foiled IU’s attempt at an upset at Penn State. {The Indianapolis Star}

+ Terry Hutchens says that close isn’t good enough anymore Indiana and at some point the Hoosiers must figure out how to win a close game. Time is running out, Hutch. {Hoosiers Insider}

+ Even a basket by seldom used Tijan Jobe couldn’t lift IU past Penn State. {Indiana Daily Student}

Quotable: “I knew we would play well tonight. We have had two great practices. Lets put it this way–I would have been a lot more shocked if we didn’t play extremely hard and work at execution and defend better. I would have been shocked.” – Tom Crean on IU’s performance Saturday night at Penn State.

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  • JerryCT

    I agree with most of the blogs I have seen. I am so tired of losing that I cannot imagine the state of the players and coaches. My hat is off to them for how they competed in this game.

    I feel bad for TP who had 3 phantom fouls called on him and 2 pretty clever passes to him get intercepted by good PSU hands. Might have made a difference

  • Atwater

    The officiating definitely didn't do us any favors down the stretch. Actually, they were horrible.

  • IU Marine

    I really enjoyed the game and the way the guys competed to the very end. Especially after the debacle the other night against Northwestern. I just can’t help but think how much different this season might have been with one “go to” player like a DJ White (I loved him). Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I think they would have contended for the conference title or anything. I just feel for these guys. It is obvious how much effort they are putting before and during the games. They just don’t the one player that they can ride to victories in a close game.

    I am also looking forward to next year. I expect us to be back to the middle of the big ten fighting for a chance to go dancing. It really depends on how much the current guys improve in the off season and chemistry with the new players. I am also curious to see if Rivers has elevated his offensive game during this redshirt year.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • silkyslim

    Like a good veteran quarterback in football, a team's veteran point guard can often make a BIG difference. Savvy veterans make less mistakes!

    This year we did not have one. We had young guys doing their best and growing along slowly. It will pay off NEXT year, but progress is all we really truly can expect. We all tend to hate being told 'patience' yet I'm sure we all never felt it so frustrating as this year. I know I feel it, but I think the players feel it a whole lot more than the faithful fans. Being so close so many times and having the door shut in their faces. It is the times that build character and wash out the weak ones.

    The fact we are in so many games speaks volumes about our team's effort & TC and is a miracle in itself. How do young guys get successful? By making less mistakes. How do they make less mistakes? By first making lots of mistakes & getting experience. A painful process, but rarely avoidable, especially on the higher levels.

    “I was impressed that we had a chance at the end, we have got the 'play hard' part down pretty well. Now we just have to add the 'play smart' & 'play together' to move up.

    Hurting, but still rooting for our boys; (p.s. & never give up hope! )

  • silkyslim

    Technical foul on the refs for being foul on their calls, I think Pritchard must owe those refs some money or they had nittany lions T-shirts under their stripes, because 2 of those fouls were pathetic. He looked completely stunned on one. We are having a rough enough season with out the refs dog piling on.

    Crean could only laugh increduously or he would have blew a blood vessel in his brain.

  • HoosierDavey

    How much do you think the inability to practice against experienced players everyday hurts our development? It seems like that will be a big key to our improvement over the next couple years.

    Overall, I like this team a lot. They compete hard, care about IU and the fans, and go to class. Sure, I'm sick of losing, but it just feels a lot better than things did a year ago.

  • 12ismyfavorite

    How much do you think the lack of experienced players to practice against each day has hurt our development? I think that might be one of the biggest keys to our improvement over the next couple of years.

    Overall, I like this team a lot. They compete, care, and go to class. Tired of losing, yeah, but this feels so much better than where we were this time last year.

  • Taskmaster75

    Hey guys, there was an article online about a possible rumor that Pitino would be the new head coach at Arizona. As a fan, I can only hope this is true. Get him out of the Midwest and get his recruits. Here's the article.

    http://thebeardown.blogspot.com/2009/02/coachin

    Do you guys believe this? It seems farfetched to me. I really wouldn't think that Pitino would want to move anywhere, let alone as far away as Arizona. Thoughts?

  • JerryCT

    iS SENIOR DAY this week ? I hope all you guys in the Btwn area come out to show your love for Kyle Taber. He has been a bright spot for us after his early season injury. I feel he has made the most progress this year of anyone. We are not getting killed inside like I expected but rather killed from the perimeter and the drive.

    I read the Pitino / Izzo article a few days ago and did not think much of it. If one of them goes I think it would be Pitino who has a track record of bolting jobs. Bottom line however I did not see any evidence/argument that made the case for these guys to leave their current digs. If its a major coach they are recruiting then we will not know until after the NCAA. I think Gary Williams would be a more likely pick since Terp fans are really down on him.

  • MikeinNc

    I think the practice issue is valid…it is a big deal. These kids just have absolutely nobody on the team that has been there before in leading the way as the team guts out a close win on the road. They just don’t have anyone who knows what it takes to win the close games. It is not surprising that they have been very competitive in many games, but just didn’t have the experience and confidence to close them out. I think TC has gotten everything out of them possible this year. The lack of experienced, confident leadership day in and day out in practice is huge. Next year will be much better. In two years the difference will be night and day.

  • MillaRed

    I agree with you guys. None of us have cried about officiating on this blog very often but this was a no doubter. IU was right there and was the better team but there were 4-5 calls that made no sense at all.

    I like the fact we have the Big Ten channel to watch these games but they won't even come close to policing the officials. The commentators agree with every whistle and rarely will they show a replay of a controversial call. Big time gag order.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Tijan scored and we kept it close…painful but at least I had reason smile on several occassions.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I think we definitely get hosed…and not just because that's what every fan of a team thinks. I can't really be objective as an IU fan…but it just seems too obvious that calls go against us because we're the “bad team.” They aren't always what you'd call “game changing”, but it still makes me want to sling my beer at my flat screen…and that's dangerous.

    I guess now I know what other Big Ten teams felt all these years. Maybe I'll have some sympathy for those teams when we're back on top…okay, probably not.

  • MillaRed

    I agree with you guys. None of us have cried about officiating on this blog very often but this was a no doubter. IU was right there and was the better team but there were 4-5 calls that made no sense at all.

    I like the fact we have the Big Ten channel to watch these games but they won't even come close to policing the officials. The commentators agree with every whistle and rarely will they show a replay of a controversial call. Big time gag order.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Tijan scored and we kept it close…painful but at least I had reason smile on several occasions.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I think we definitely get hosed…and not just because that's what every fan of a team thinks. I can't really be objective as an IU fan…but it just seems too obvious that calls go against us because we're the “bad team.” They aren't always what you'd call “game changing”, but it still makes me want to sling my beer at my flat screen…and that's dangerous.

    I guess now I know what other Big Ten teams felt all these years. Maybe I'll have some sympathy for those teams when we're back on top…okay, probably not.