Stony Brook Notebook: Oladipo’s defense, Zeller on flagrant foul, more

  • 11/12/2011 10:05 am in

Notes, quotes and observations from Friday night’s season opening win over Stony Brook:


Tom Crean talked frequently in the preseason about developing individuals who can lock down the opponent’s best offensive player. The first assignment was given to Victor Oladipo, who blanketed Stony Brook guard Bryan Dougher for much of the evening. After knocking down a 3-pointer just 31 seconds into the game, Dougher managed only one free throw the rest of the way and missed all seven of his shots.

Oladipo said his gameplan was to speed Dougher up: “After watching a lot of film, he’s very effective when he’s comfortable. I just tried to speed him up as fast as I could, make him work and tried to get him a little bit tired. I think I did a pretty good job of that today.”


After being hit below the belt by Stony Brook’s Danny Carter in the first half, Cody Zeller calmly walked over to Tom Crean to discuss what took place. Crean said he told Zeller to report the incident to officials. The three-man crew went to the monitors and after several minutes of review, proceeded to eject Carter.

Zeller was asked what happened on the play and offered this quick comment with a smile: “I don’t know, you’ll have to see it on film I guess.”


Will Sheehey finished with 13 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in ten minutes, but didn’t play in the second half due to flu-like symptoms. “If he wasn’t feeling well in the first half, then hopefully he’ll stay sick like that more often,” Crean said of Sheehey. “I think it was more at the end of the first half when it really hit him and throughout halftime. He wanted to go back in, but that wasn’t my call. It was the doctor’s call and I agree with it. I thought he really did a good job of coming in, bringing energy, reading the game. Nobody tonight tried to make something happen that wasn’t there and that’s going to be a key for us.”


Verdell Jones didn’t flinch when asked for his assessment of Cody Zeller’s performance (16 points and 10 rebounds) in his first collegiate game: “It was outstanding. It was remarkable. It’s very rare that you see a freshman come in and do what he did today. They came at him there at the beginning and instead of backing down, he attacked right back at them. I think that’s huge from here on out. Different guys in the Big Ten, they’re going to try to come at him. If he keeps his head like he did today and keeps attacking right back, he’s going to be huge for us.”


Derek Elston spent the majority of his sophomore season battling a sports hernia that eventually required offseason surgery. The junior forward from Tipton looked like the player who was one of IU’s brightest spots down the stretch two seasons ago.

Elston finished with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 14 minutes. “I’ve lost a little weight. I feel like I’m running better. For me it feels like I’m moving up and down the court a lot better. Today felt real good. I haven’t felt this way in a long time.”


With more experienced teammates on the wing and an offensive threat like Cody Zeller inside, the scoring numbers of Verdell Jones in his senior season will likely decline. Jones scored just seven of IU’s 96 points, but delivered seven assists and just one turnover.

“When you’ve got athletic wings like Victor and Will, who run out, and a big fella like Cody, it’s easy,” Jones said. “I saw I had seven assists. It’s easy when you can just throw it up to the 7-footer and he can catch it and dunk it. It’s very relieving and we’ve gotta keep going forward from here.”

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

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  • Anonymous

    How’s that for timing too?  The last couple of months have been unbearable.  But hey, forget all that… its basketball season now.

  • Anonymous

    With our depth, I think we are going to be a second half team. Wear them down in the first, blow them out in the second.

  • Anonymous

    I know that we wouldn’t have been able to play this type of game or blow them out like this a few years ago but lets not get carried away just yet.  I was so excited last night being able to watch my first game in AH for a long long time.

    This is what I saw last night that I don’t think we had for the past few years…

    +  CZ, having a guy down low that we can dump it into and get some easy buckets.  Already showing signs of plenty of post moves.  I guess that is why he was so highly rated.  haha

    +  VJIII, seemed to have drank plenty of the kool-aid in the off-season and bought into his role this year.  Mid-range game is good and yes when you have plenty of weapons around you you can be a good facilitator.  keep it up!!

    +  Sheeladipo, energy, energy, energy!!  They are playing with a lot of confidence and swagger.  I liked VO’s defense energy and excitement in pumping up the crowd both when he made big plays and others did.  WS’s stat line was great for the minutes he played and the fact he wasn’t feeling all the well. 

    +  MR/AE, great shooting and confidence in your shot and play while you are on the floor.  Come in, play solid D and knock down big shots to get the crowd into it. 

    This is what I didn’t like about last night…

    –  JH, 6 assists to 3 turnovers isn’t bad but don’t press.  He seemed like he had a couple of bad turnovers that weren’t necessary.  He had a couple of nice moves and shots but just relax.  Also, D up, you might not be the quickest guy on the floor but play D like your life depends on it.  I know you have the game, bring it!

    –  TP, become “The Pritch”, just try to dunk everything!

    – CWat, relax and play in the flow of the offense.  Once you get back into the flow of things you can very easily become dominant.  You have guys around you and learn to use them!!

    Overall, really really happy with the play of the team last night.  I think once the team is used to playing with CWat and TP we can be very very dangerous.  Can’t wait until we get some tougher/closer games and see what these guys can really do.


  • Completely agree, they are going to play FAST in the next couple of years and it’s going to be very fun to watch.

  • Anonymous

    Wrong. I’ve got 3 kids under 6yrs, so i speak with authority on this subject. It takes a split second to realize you’ve taken a shot to the pills..10 seconds my @$$. The blocked shot IS amazing 10 seconds later…i’d still be doubled over cupping myself.

  • Anonymous

    Remy drove strong into the lane sometime in the 2nd half and got fouled. I noticed his limp right after that. I’m sure there was ice after the game and he’s a strong kid, so probably won’t be but a hiccup before Sunday’s game.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw that Chattanooga likes to run that was my initial thought, too, but it’s kind of unrealistic to expect that kind of shooting every game.  If the shooting percentage is that same we may end up with 115.

  • Anonymous

    Why not have VO on Teague? I’m not sure i’d put VJ at the #1 over Hulls here…but that may just be my enamorment. CTC may mix it up a little and see how a zone or a box and one works against “the blew” (i had to change the spelling to reflect my feelings about their team).

    Off topic, but any word if Ashley Judd is gonna be at the game?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Hopefully naked.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! Some are a bit harsh on Hulls’ performance. He may not have been great on defense, but he still distributed well and that’s his job as much as anything else. His defense will come around. It’s obviously very early still. Let’s also remember that we need his leadership out there. It has been made clear by the players that he is the leader of this team.

  • Anonymous

    If so that would be the first time I have ever been able to look at their crowd and nod approvingly.


    Davis, Winn and Glockner all beg to differ. Belmont would wipe the floor with Stony Brook.

  • IU_Fan_99

    perhaps he will play more with Will out with the flu today…

  • Chromeburn

    I’ve been saying this lately. He will have a simlar effect Peyton did at Tennessee. I juSt hope we get the right players in to take advantage and put a banner up while he is here.

  • Anonymous

    Unless she turns around–she’s marred that fabulous backside with a UK tattoo.