Notebook: Halftime adjustment leads to second half run

  • 12/05/2011 7:52 am in

Sandwiched between last Wednesday’s come-from-behind win at N.C. State and a meeting with No. 1 Kentucky, Sunday’s meeting with Stetson produced arguably the worst first half of the season to date for Indiana.

The Hoosiers went to the locker room leading just 33-29 and Assembly Hall was as quiet as it’s been this season late in the first half.

“We knew coming in at half what we had to do. We came out too lackadaisical, too lazy, too laid back,” Verdell Jones said of IU’s first half performance. “That’s not us, that’s not who we are this year.”

Rather than getting into his team at the intermission, Tom Crean instead focused on putting together a different lineup to start the second half that would provide a spark of energy.

Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo sat in favor of Derek Elston, Daniel Moore and Will Sheehey.

“I wanted to change things up because I thought it needed to be,” Crean said of the halftime change in personnel. “And that’s not to say that the guys that we didn’t start didn’t have it. But the energy level, the synergy wasn’t where it needed to be. It was just a feel. And it worked out.”

Indeed it did.

The Hoosiers scored seven points in the first two minutes of the second half and Stetson never got closer than nine the rest of the way. At one point, Indiana went on a 19-1 run.

Crean said being in the position to make such a move at halftime and have it work out might not have been possible in previous seasons because of limited depth.

“You can’t truly build your program without depth and consistency of depth and having guys that understand that if they’re not bringing everything they possibly have, they’re going to watch for a while.

“I hope we never ever run into that situation again because it’s made the last three years as difficult of in-game adjustments and strategies as anything. Because no matter what you did there would be a huge talent gap if you substituted too much compared to what was in and compared to what you were going against.”

PLAYERS HONORED TO MEET ’87 CHAMPS

A weekend reunion honoring the 1987 NCAA Championship team offered the opportunity for the current players to meet and receive words of encouragement from one of the most storied teams in the program’s history.

“They gave us some motivational words that stays in the family,” Jones said of brief time the two groups spent together. “Anytime you have legends like that come in, it’s a great honor.”

Victor Oladipo said the current crop of Hoosiers not only wanted to soak up information, they also wanted to play well in front of one of Indiana’s five national championship teams.

“They speak for themselves. That’s a phenomenal group right there,” the IU sophomore said. “Their accomplishments and their successes is where we want to be at. We had to show them that we can play Indiana basketball.”

STETSON COACH COMPARES INDIANA TO FLORIDA, FLORIDA STATE

First-year Stetson coach Casey Alexander came into Assembly Hall on Sunday having already faced a pair of likely NCAA Tournament teams in Florida State and Florida.

Stetson lost at Florida State 79-66 on Nov. 16 and to Florida 96-70 in Orlando on Nov. 28.

Alexander was asked to compare the three teams following IU’s 84-50 win on Sunday.

“Different. I think they are more of a complete package. Florida is great offensively and Florida State is really good defensively. I think Indiana has a chance to be better, more solid on both ends of the floor collectively. Just as far as talking parts and pieces you know they are all really good.”

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  • JerryCT

    So CTC went with a “gut feel” starting the 2nd half ? I thought it was genius ………. I stand corrected ……….. by the coach.

    What I like about Moore most minutes is that like Juice Thompson and unlike Hulls/jones 40% of the time he dishes the ball on the run once past half court almost every time setting a faster half court pace/energy to the offensive sets. Except for nearly getting trapped on the baseline he also does not put himself in danger of traps.

    Still, its not a good sign when he is forced to be our catalyst.

    For KY we will have matchup problems everywhere on the floor. Hopefully we can wear them down.

  • Anonymous

    Ok. Yeah, they came out flat in the first half. Happens to even the best of teams sometimes. What makes this game noteworthy is that they turned it around in the second half dramatically. Hopefully the team will chalk this game up to being a learning experience.

  • Anonymous

    I am not going to read too much into Casey Alexander’s comments but….I will read a little bit into them.  He believes Indiana can be a better overall team than Florida State (considered 3rd or 4th in ACC and definite NCAA tourney team) and Florida (considered 2nd best team in SEC and a top 10 team). 

    Again, can’t read too much into it but that appears to be fairly high praise.  We did beat them by significantly more than either Florida or Florida State.  That’s not a great indicator of comparative quality but it doesn’t hurt. 

    Kudos to Crean for handling the lineup at halftime and finding one that turned the game around quickly.  We don’t have to agree with Moore with getting minutes.  The only thing that matters is that it worked and we won another blowout partly because he saw nine minutes of action.

  • Saw Collin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr.

  • Anonymous

    Loved Jones’ quote about “that’s not who we are this year.” hope he remembers that every time he starts to put the ball on the floor and heads down with head down..the lane. He played well last night. He’s gonna need to have a big DEFENSIVE game against UK..cause the match-up’s suck for IU.

  • Anonymous

    Enough about Stetson it’s Kentucky week.  Real opportunity to make a statement with a national audience watching.  This has the potential to be HUGE.  I will be happy if we are in the game and if we somehow manage to win it I’ll be in AWE and I’ll probably weep tears of joy.  This is it folks the moment we’ve all been waiting for.

    BEAT KENTUCKY BEAT KENTUCKY BEAT KENTUCKY BEAT KENTUCKY BEAT KENTUCKY BEAT KENTUCKY BEAT KENTUCKY BEAT KENTUCKY GO HOOSIERS AND BEAT KENTUCKY

  • stonaroni

    I think coach made a good move to mix it up to start the second half.  They were flat and every player on that team has been thinking about UK.  In fact, I am sure they have begun preparing for UK in practice prior to Stetson.  It is PC to say we take a game at a time, but that is just coach or player speak, not reality.

    CTC sensed it, saw it play out and put an end to the poor play at the end of the first half.  In years past he probably would have played the same guys and hoped for better results due to lack of depth.  This year this team is deeper and playing time means a little more for some sense there isn’t always a ton to go around due to our talent and depth.

    I was glad to see DE in that mix in the second half.

  • stonaroni

    Agreed.  I will put the Stetson game to rest which should pleasure MillaRed and a few others.

    This game is going to be a good one.  UK has a full week to prepare for IU and they have 4 cupcakes following us so they will be all in for the Hoosiers.  UK has some serious athleticism that has shown superior in every game they have played so there is no mistaking this.  We do not match up well across the board with them defensively and this is concerning.

    However, UK isn’t all that great defensively.  They want to do the same things we do with TO and deflections, but they are shot block happy which leads to poor positioning and foul trouble potential. If CZ, CW  and our wings can penetrate, pump fake and draw contact, we can capitalize on this and equalize our poor defensive match ups with foul trouble and points at the FT line.  UK is not very deep as they have a solid 7.  I am guess CTC will want to attck the paint.

    If we can get to the paint, we should have some kick out jumpers, hopefully knocking down some 3’s, that will then open the paint, then we can pick our poison.

    UK played 1 game on the road against Kansas in Madison Square on a neutral court that involved competition.  UK played horribly and won by 10 against an overrated kansas team.

    Assembly Hall will be rocking.  With a little momentum, a tightly contested game, and the best student section in the nation, I think we can rattle UK and get in their heads a little bit and pull out a W.

    Could you imagine upseting #1?

    At this point though, I think we can consider this game a W even if we lose by 10 if we stay after it and show that we belong on the floor and finish the game strong.

  • Sean McGee, a 2015 guard out of Ft. Wayne, was also there. Saw him at the Lucas Camp back in October. Definitely a solid young point guard to watch.

  • Anonymous

    That first half was the best thing that could have happened to IU.  Brings them back to reality a bit as I’m sure they’re (rightly) thinking highly of themselves after the way the season has begun. 

    Makes Crean’s job a bit easier during practice for Kentucky to get guys to focus.  Lots of motivational material and reminders that up 4 vs. Stetson is down 40 vs. UK.   

  • BEAT KENTUCKY

    This will be pUKes first true road game … I know Assembly hall will be electric , Im thinking this could rattle theyre young freshman , Especially Teague . GO HOOSIERS BEAT THE BLUENECKS !!

  • BEAT KENTUCKY

    I live in Louisville and am thinking about going to Bloomington to watch the game with some friends ( without tickets ) . Where would be the best place to watch it at ,  and how early would I have to get there ?? If someone could tell me of a sports bar or resteraunt I would appreciate it . Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Could we see a bigger lineup? Terrence Jones will be a nightmare matchup. Could we see Elston or Pritchard start? Davis is more of a lanky big (than say a thicker Sullinger type), so I guess you put Cody on him. I wouldn’t mind Elston or Pritch on Jones if Watford turns ou not working.

  • JerryCT

    I am NOT in the anti Moore camp at all so I agree with you guys. My point was I thought CTC actually thought about this move and informed his players why ………………. as a learning experience.

    Nothing wrong with a gut feel that works. 

  • chicagohoosier

    The upstairs part of Nick’s is always solid, and Yogi’s is pretty good. If you want a younger crowd, i’m sure kilroys will be packed.

  • Christopher

    Yogi’s is the quintessential place to watch an IU basketball game. They easily have the best beer selection in town, decent pub grub food, plenty of televisions, and it has a great atmosphere. Go to Yogi’s. I’ll be there.

  • isu-IU
  • JerryCT

    St John’s drove KY nuts in the first half by making them work the full 35 sec in the half court. It was too bad they were not good offensively and matched up with them on defense worse than we do.

    Nevertheless perhaps we should try to work their butts off on the defensive end .

    I see a role for TP in this game since he can defend out on the floor and might be the best answer for Jones after CW. I think WS/VO can handle Gilchrist and Cody , if he uses his body, may stalemate Davis. I feel its up to VJ3 and Hulls to win their matchups and the game.

  • Anonymous

    Nick’s English Pub on Kirkwood Ave.
    You should be fine getting there an hour early, but seeing as that is also dinner time I’d say 1 and half to 2 hours is good.

    Come early, play some Sink the Biz, have a good time.

  • stonaroni

    I would rather see CTC stick with the regular 5 and make adjustments.  I really feel if we can get VO, VJIII in the paint to draw some fouls along with CW and CZ we will help buffer the match ups and hopefully allow JH to be bombs away from 3.

    If we are getting demolished inside, than yes bring in TP and let him try to play good post D

  • BEAT KENTUCKY

    Thank you Mr. Jones

  • BEAT KENTUCKY

    Thank you for the feed back . I will have 2 pUKe fans with me , and 3 Uof L fans ( which are on the IU side for sure ) so it would nice to be in a rowdy place . Thanks again

  • oregoniu

    I hope Kentucky is overlooking IU, with their cockiness based on their recent dominance of the Hoosiers. Maybe they will come out flat? I hope so.

  • Anonymous

    The question was asked in The Minute After: Stetson thread if IU would crack the top 25 in the polls. Here is the answer: The Hooisers are still unranked in the espn/USA Today poll. They received 23 votes, good for 6th in line, behind MSU 29, SD St 30, Cal 32, Vanderbilt 61, UNLV 62.

    I know it’s off topic, but I am sure there are others who wanted to know.

  • cheeseman18

    Just reading this comment and thinking about the possibility of a win over Kentucky (a possibility that hasn’t been there for a long time) is already making me weep tears of joy!

    I was excited coming into this season because i knew that Zeller was going to make a big difference. What i never imagined was how improved the rest of the team could be, and how much better they could be on the defensive end. That’s something i might have hoped for, but never really thought could be a reality. It’s always been great to be a Hoosier fan, but these last 3 years have made it so much more difficult and depressing, but it feels great to finally be relevant again! more than relevant, a team that other teams will be afraid to play! Afraid to come into our house and afraid for us to come invade theirs! It’s a great day to be a Hoosier, and this Saturday will be the culmination of all the hard work that this team has put in up to this point.

    Let’s show Kentucky who we are!! GO HOOSIERS!!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Mr. Jones. Nick’s is the place to be.

  • Kfdchev

    If we are going to beat UK every player wearing an IU jersey that day better bring defensive intensity and be willing to leave it all on the floor. This won’t be a game…..this will be a war! I love the fact that UK hasn’t had a true road game and they have SO many freshmen coming into the greatest basketball venue in the counrty sporting the hungriest fans in the NCAA! I want and expect Assembly Hall to be ROCKIN! Get into Teagues head and don’t let up.GO HOOSIERS! GO HOOSIERS! GO HOOSIERS! GO HOOSIERS! GO HOOSIERS! GO HOOSIERS! GO HOOSIERS! GO HOOSIERS! GO HOOSIERS! GO HOOSIERS! GO HOOSIERS! GO HOOSIERS! GO HOOSIERS!

  • Anonymous

    What I LOVE about this Hoosiers team compared to the last couple of years is when a score was close at halftime against a team which we thought was a lesser opponent you thought, “oh man, it’s another one of those games” and you knew the Hoosiers had a good chance to lose (the Boston University game comes to mind). This season I was thinking, “come on guys, when are you going to get it together and blow this team out of the water??” and you definitely expect a win. Against opponents that you thought were even or the opponent was better you thought, “well man, we played well the first half” and you just waited for IU to get blown out in the second half (several Big Ten games come to mind from last season and the pUKe game). Not anymore. The difference? IU can fill it up in a HURRY. They are thriving off the defense, getting out in transition, and scoring very very fast. I’ve got a little hope going into the pUKe game. Assembly Hall will be going INSANE unless pUKe gets a huge lead (please God no) and hopefully will rattle the young guys on the opposing team causing a few TO’s. We’ve seen how much TO’s can lead to points for our boys. Let’s hope they keep it up in the biggest game of their lives! HOO HOO HOO HOOSIERS!

  • Anonymous

    What I LOVE about this Hoosiers team compared to the last couple of years is when a score was close at halftime against a team which we thought was a lesser opponent you thought, “oh man, it’s another one of those games” and you knew the Hoosiers had a good chance to lose (the Boston University game comes to mind). This season I was thinking, “come on guys, when are you going to get it together and blow this team out of the water??” and you definitely expect a win. Against opponents that you thought were even or the opponent was better you thought, “well man, we played well the first half” and you just waited for IU to get blown out in the second half (several Big Ten games come to mind from last season and the pUKe game). Not anymore. The difference? IU can fill it up in a HURRY. They are thriving off the defense, getting out in transition, and scoring very very fast. I’ve got a little hope going into the pUKe game. Assembly Hall will be going INSANE unless pUKe gets a huge lead (please God no) and hopefully will rattle the young guys on the opposing team causing a few TO’s. We’ve seen how much TO’s can lead to points for our boys. Let’s hope they keep it up in the biggest game of their lives! HOO HOO HOO HOOSIERS!

  • Nativehoosier

    I go to the Bluebird Cafe in Vallonia. It’s a small country bar full of Hoosier fans that I happened upon a few years back.

  • Anonymous

    How is Cal, a team that Missouri beat by 39, getting more votes than we are? Not that I’m overly upset about not being ranked, just wondering what the thought process is there.

  • Anonymous

    Yogi’s.  Nicks is a close second for atmosphere but the beer is limited and the food is inconsistent.  Definitely get there two hours early for the KY game though or you’ll be standing in a corner.

  • Anonymous

    Yogi’s.  Nicks is a close second for atmosphere but the beer is limited and the food is inconsistent.  Definitely get there two hours early for the KY game though or you’ll be standing in a corner.

  • IU_Fan_99

    I for one will be screaming my head off at the game!

  • Anonymous

    I know what you mean. I think they’re just dying for the Pac 12 to be relevant again. Arizona was overrated to start the season, same goes for Cal. Ehh, whatever. I can’t wait for IU to prove themselves in conference this year.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    This was the first time this Hoosiers team had to deal with a big road win like the one at NC State.  I’m not excusing their flat-ness at the outset of the Stetson game, but it’s understandable.  Crean clearly turned it into a teaching moment, so I think you’re right about it being a learning experience.

    Here’s hoping we’ll have more big road victories (without the hangover).

  • Anonymous

    Cal also got more votes than IU in the AP poll. Cal 11, IU 4.

  • Anonymous

    Cal also got more votes than IU in the AP poll. Cal 11, IU 4.

  • This is the best problem I’ve ever had.

    This team is 8-0.
    This team is playing host to a rival, the #1 ranked team in the nation on Saturday.

    This team is playing like a top 25 team and is ranked in the top 35.

    I have finals week coming up and can’t stop thinking about all the above.

    Best.
    Problem.
    Ever.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I think west coast coaches just find it hard not to vote for west coast teams, even though there is evidence that their teams aren’t all that great.

  • Anonymous

    cant wait for the test saturday.hope CTC is drilling use the shot fake into the team this week cause kentuckys athletes are going to try to block everything we shoot. ask john henson. Assembly hall is gonna b off the hook!!   GO HOOSIERS, p.s. verdell dont drive the lane. your gonna get your pocket picked.

  • Anonymous

    Pomeroy adjusted tempo for KY: 69.0; for IU: 69.3.  IU plays at a slightly faster pace than KY.  

  • Anonymous

    wow i will remember that forever. crazy thing is I was only 13. video made me realize davis was coach then, not RMK. didnt remember that part. I was watching it with my dad grandpa and uncle, and I remember us all jumping up at the same time, and just think, Saturday will be that much better because it will be over pUKe!

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Keep in mind that their biggest rival is right after those and they will be putting IU in the cupcake teams.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Has anyone seen pUKe play against the zone?   Maybe that could throw them another curve ball?

  • Anonymous

    Indiana has to be careful about when they try to get the ball inside. They’ve been having trouble getting the ball into the Z-man thus far this season, and pUKe’s athletic guards are going to be all over any passes that try to go inside, not the mention Davis awaiting inside. The Z-man has to get position and go up almost immediately when he gets the ball. When his brother put it on the floor against pUKe, it was getting taken away. I think something that could prove beneficial for the Hoosiers is the fact that Tyler already played against this pUKe team. My hope is that Cody and Tyler are effectively communicating and going over how Cody can score inside and get their bigs into foul trouble. I already have knots in my stomach. I hope this is not just a good game, but a Hoosiers victory! HOO HOO HOO HOOSIERS!

  • unclekerfuffle

    Ken:

    I live just a few miles to the northwest of you and I have done the same thing for the last couple of days.  It’s a win-win strategy when dealing with pUKe fans.

  • InTheMtns

    “CTC went with a ‘gut feel’ starting the 2nd half ? I thought it was genius ………. I stand corrected”

    Maybe he has a genius gut.

  • Eyes_of_silver

    Here’s what I think might be the most interesting match up.  CZ vs. their bigs.  Neither their bigs nor Cody have faced someone who can race down the floor like the other on the break.  Cody’s the better ball handler, but they have more bodies.
    Teague is tough, but remember what Abell was able to do on d in the first Indiana – Kentucky all star game.  Shutdown.  And he’s from Kentucky?  Oh, he’ll be pumped!  Look for him to log double digit minutes.
    This game will be tight.
    This game will be a barn burner.
    About damn time!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Um, their big guys just played against Cody’s brother.