Good, Bad and Ugly: Maryland

  • 12/01/2009 10:38 pm in

THE GOOD: KEEPING IT CLOSE, RESERVE PLAY.

Hmmm, where to begin. Let’s take some baby steps here. Save for the last few minutes where it all unraveled, Indiana hung right with Maryland, and during several stretches, outplayed and outworked the Terrapins —¬† a tournament team last season. A team that was ranked earlier this year. IU had a lead with 9:44 to go. It led for a good stretch in the first half. As much as we want expectations to be higher and wins to be a result, at this juncture in the season it’s progress.

The Puerto Rico incarnation of these Hoosiers likely doesn’t keep it this close for this long, or look as poised and as polished as IU did for stretches tonight.

About the only other thing I want to point out here is one key difference this year as opposed to last, and that’s IU actually having viable options off the bench. When Jeremiah Rivers went down with his injury early in the first half after that nifty layup– I worry his trashing style of play might lead to more scary moments like that later in the season — Jordan Hulls filled in without skipping a beat. He hit a three, and had a dazzling no-look pass to Christian Watford under the bucket. Watford scored, was fouled and hit the free throw. Having two capable point guards will be huge as the season progresses. Derek Elston also showed some spark off the bench, too. He didn’t have a good shooting night, but he had nine boards in 20 minutes. He continues to make the most out of his time on the court.

THE BAD: LOOOOONG SCORING DROUGHTS.

IU still seems to be figuring things out in the half court. When they got out in transition in the first half, they made some heady decisions. But when they were forced into half-court sets, there still seems to be a lot of indecision, and it’s clear this is still a facet of the their game that’s a work in progress. However, there was good ball movement in stretches.

But when you add in a night of awful shooting — IU shot a woeful 23-70 from the field (32.9 percent), 7-of-26 from three-point land (26.9 percent) and 15-of-22 from the charity stripe (68.2 percent) including the front end of one-and-one’s in the second half — and some poor shot selection (Devan Dumes, I’m looking at you) on top of some inexperience in the half court, it’s incredibly difficult to pull out a victory, especially against a team of Maryland’s caliber.

There’s a reason IU had had 20 offensive rebounds tonight: they had plenty of misses to gobble up.

THE UGLY: LATE-GAME FOULS, THE SLATE AHEAD.

This is a minor, petty gripe, and I know a game is never over till it’s over, but IU seemed to be fouling when they were down 12 or so with around 30 seconds left. It prolonged the sting of the loss, and that’s never fun.

IU has week a off, and then takes on Pitt — another fringe Top 25 team — at Madison Square Garden. The following Saturday, they have Kentucky¬† — one of the best teams in the nation — at home. If they don’t start shooting better, they may be out of those games far earlier than tonight’s affair.

At some point, IU is going to put it all together, and beat a team that has more talent and experience. They have too much talent, and will only continue to get better. But don’t expect it to come until Big Ten play starts.

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  • iudrew22

    who was the pick to click winner?

  • aceman07

    No I agree and said that this was his first really bad game but at least he was still aggressive. He is the one player of the returning players who always seems to put the ball into a scoring position or at least try. I agree with you completely that as long as the three freshman are leading the team without some help from the returning players we're just going to see a repeat of last night over and over again.

  • aceman07

    First, Michigan St. was lead (by the leadership sense of the word) by two seniors last year and even Memphis had a couple key returning upperclassman on their runner up team. The only team I can remember that was led to anything significant by all Freshman was the Fab 5 Michigan team and let's face it, that was a very special recruiting class. We don't have anyone who has 3-4 years running CTC's system on our team and apparently nobody who is ready to take over the role as leader. VJ3 is the closest to a team leader I see on the floor because he always tries to put the ball into a position where it can be scored and that's the name of the game. He remains aggressive the entire game when other young players seem to get lost or go into long lulls and that's why I think people are too hard on him. Also, he has hardly played the “point” position this year and I've watched every game. He's had the ball on at the top of the key some but during obvious sets designed for him to drive the ball. He hasn't been expected to be the catalyst. 22 and 15 is good when you consider our point guard has 31 and 28 and VJ3 went for 100 and 99 on the season last year. Improvement is what we're asking out of this team and I can't see how anyone doesn't see the obvious improvement VJ3 has shown this year.

  • Hey Drew, I'll post a winner soon. Been under the weather for the past few days and haven't been able to look at it.

  • iudrew22

    no prob…just thought I might have missed it somewhere…hope you feel better soon!

  • Indiana Red

    My calculations have Creek winning it with 46 total points. And my college professors told me I'd never amount to anything…..

  • Sounds right. I'll run the numbers soon and do a post with year to date standings.

  • Kelin Blab

    I read a good article in the Indy star about how PU's success w/ Painter took 5 years to get to where they are now….a lot of similarities in where the programs came from, although I think IU got totally gutted but a sign that we must be patient….

    and we must get a J.Davis, Selby, Teague, DSR, Patterson, Plumlee, Zeller…..

  • q95

    what this team misses are the two kids from last year that transferred…williams and the other kid's name escapes me. there presence this year would have made a huge impact thus far. i hope we don't have similar issues with this group of newcomers.

  • The UGLY : Some of the second half lineups against the zone (no shot creator on the floor) Crean what or are you thinking)

    The BAD: The head coach not making proper adjustments against the zone and allowing Dumes to shot garbage but bash on Daniel Moore for the intentional foul. The guy shouldnt even be playing for crying out loud CREAN.

    The GOOD : The amount of money Crean gets for making the decision he makes.

    I don't get the opportunity to watch this team practice so I don't really know who deserves to be in the game or getting playing time. I do know however if we wanna win some games this year COACH CREAN needs to make some adjustments.

    The only people on the team that should be allowed to shoot a 3 pointer Hulls, Roth, Elston, Dumes, and Creek. No one other than those 5 sorry watford, verdell, and rivers

    Daniel Moore and Tijan Jobe should clock about 3-5 minutes a game nothing more NO PRODUCTIONS.

    Sit TOM PRITCHARD down the guy is known for missing LAYUPS and he starts CENTER

    I have Patience just not with this TEAM because CREAN doesnt have a PLAN. He will have NO ONE on the ROSTER capable of inside scoring night after night in the coming years.

  • Crean is starting to turn out like Obama. Fading faing fing .. .

    Alley Hoop to Tommy P.. I dont think Mike Davis, Kelvin Sampson or Dan Dakich would allow a play of that nature to occur under their watch..

    Crean if you going to run up and down the sidelines like a mad man then you only raise you expections SIT DOWN and let this young team play and find its groove in the college basketball arena. Stay away from the COKE and try Pepsi less addicting ya know what people say about coca cola products.

  • The UGLY : Some of the second half lineups against the zone (no shot creator on the floor) Crean what or are you thinking)

    The BAD: The head coach not making proper adjustments against the zone and allowing Dumes to shot garbage but bash on Daniel Moore for the intentional foul. The guy shouldnt even be playing for crying out loud CREAN.

    The GOOD : The amount of money Crean gets for making the decision he makes.

    I don't get the opportunity to watch this team practice so I don't really know who deserves to be in the game or getting playing time. I do know however if we wanna win some games this year COACH CREAN needs to make some adjustments.

    The only people on the team that should be allowed to shoot a 3 pointer Hulls, Roth, Elston, Dumes, and Creek. No one other than those 5 sorry watford, verdell, and rivers

    Daniel Moore and Tijan Jobe should clock about 3-5 minutes a game nothing more NO PRODUCTIONS.

    Sit TOM PRITCHARD down the guy is known for missing LAYUPS and he starts CENTER

    I have Patience just not with this TEAM because CREAN doesnt have a PLAN. He will have NO ONE on the ROSTER capable of inside scoring night after night in the coming years.

  • Crean is starting to turn out like Obama. Fading faing fing .. .

    Alley Hoop to Tommy P.. I dont think Mike Davis, Kelvin Sampson or Dan Dakich would allow a play of that nature to occur under their watch..

    Crean if you going to run up and down the sidelines like a mad man then you only raise you expections SIT DOWN and let this young team play and find its groove in the college basketball arena. Stay away from the COKE and try Pepsi less addicting ya know what people say about coca cola products.

  • Indiana Red

    /snores