The Minute After: Kentucky

  • 12/10/2011 7:44 pm in

Thoughts on a 73-72 win over the Wildcats:

They did it.

These Hoosiers took down mighty No. 1 Kentucky inside Assembly Hall this evening in a game that meant so much to so many.

A ton of hype and coverage and buzz coming into this one. Energy flowing through Assembly Hall like it hadn’t in so long. In too long. And it showed in the first half. A combined 24 turnovers between UK and IU. It was frantic and exciting and just plain fun.

And there the Hoosiers were in the second half, up comfortably — well, as comfortably as a lead of 8-to-10 points can be against a team as athletic and talented as the Wildcats —  and finding their stroke from beyond the arc after a first half where it was pretty much non-existent. Six straight threes. Anthony Davis picking up his third and fourth fouls. Terrence Jones looking discontented and disinterested.

The upset was brewing.

But Marquis Teague started exploiting Jordan Hulls off the dribble. He had 15 in the second half. Darius Miller hit some big shots. Indiana never got the ball into Cody Zeller when it was clear they needed to. The offense sputtered and they missed shots. This Kentucky team has a knack for putting up big runs. Suddenly, that lead that felt secure disappeared.

Teague went around Hulls again to put the Wildcats up 71-70 with 49 seconds to go. After a missed Christian Watford jumper, Zeller fouled Davis. He missed the front end of a one-and-one. Life. An IU timeout. A Victor Oladipo turnover and subsequent foul of Doron Lamb, who was also instrumental in Kentucky’s offense (19 points). 5.6 seconds to go. Lamb on the line. He misses the first. Indiana timeout. He makes the second. 72-70 Kentucky. No timeouts left for the Hoosiers.

Verdell Jones gets the inbounds pass and dribbles down the court. He’s halted by Darius Miller near the paint. He turns around and passes to Watford behind the 3-point line. Watford shoots, the clock expires, the ball splashes through the net.

73-72 Indiana. Ball game.

Bedlam inside Assembly Hall, a sea of red on Branch McCracken Court, the students and players in a collective celebration over what’s just transpired. Will Sheehey, Jones, Watford and Oladipo on the scorer’s table, the kings of the court. Tom Crean in an old school Indiana hat, placing it atop Dicky V’s head as he’s interviewed. How sweet the scene was.

December 10, 2011: The day no team in sports matters more than these Hoosiers. The day Indiana returned to relevancy.

OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE

+ Heck of a game from Watford. As Zach Osterman tweeted, tonight was his best game as a Hoosier. Besides his buzzer-beater for the win — which goes down in Indiana lore forever — Watford hit a number of key buckets down the stretch and played with no fear. He finished the night with 20 points (8-of-15 shooting, 4-of-6 from three). And on a night with 18 turnovers for the Hoosiers, he only recorded one in 30 minutes.

+ Going into this one, many pundits predicted a hot shooting night from three was the way to victory for the Hoosiers. They were right. Indiana hit seven straight at one point (last one of the first half, six straight to start the second half) and finished the night 9-of-15 for 60 percent. Sheehey was 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, while Hulls was 3-of-6.

+ Indiana was leading the free throw battle in the first half, but Kentucky ended up edging them in free-throw rate by the end of the contest (31.5 to 29.3). Still, both teams shot 17 from the stripe and Indiana connected on four more (14) than the Wildcats (10) which was key in a narrow victory.

+ Getting Davis into foul trouble was big. With Davis around the rim, Indiana wasn’t as effective at the bucket. His presence loomed large. But with him out for long stretches, there was a little more ease around the hoop for the Hoosiers.

+ Indiana won the offensive rebounding battle, just edging the Wildcats in offensive rebounding percentage (41.2 to 38.5). It aided in 16 second-chance points, while Kentucky had 10 second-chance points. Indiana also scored more points off the Wildcats’ 17 turnovers (23) than Kentucky did off of Indiana’s 18 turnovers (19).

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  • Brklynhoosier

    Few things to say in the morning light…

    1.  On Monday, we will be ranked for the first time since Kelvin Sampson ran our program into the ground.  May he catch a bad case of shingles .

    2.  We are going back to the tourney.  THIS year.  It’s as good as decided.  We close the nonconference 12-0, and the way we’re playing 8 wins in conference (w/ or w/out the tourney) should be a given.

    3.  I really really really hope that BJ Anya was watching this game.  Has been watching his boy (OUR boy) Vic as he’s developed into a human highlight reel.  Is thinking to himself…  “If my 6’4″ big brother can develop like that in the space of 18 months — and play in front of THAT kind of crowd — just wait’ll they get a load of ME.”  #1 hope for our next recruiting pick-up.

    4.  OSU comes to the Hall on 12/31.  Guess I have plans for New Year’s…

  • BEAT KENTUCKY

    I had a awesome christmas this year . THANK YOU !

  • Derbus

    Holy #%*^! My prediction came true, but the score was off by 10 pts. CW had a coming out party and is a MAN now! IU will go undefeated in 2013-2014!!! Hulls went undefeated in high school and he will lead IU to the same when he is a senior! I had goosebumps watching the game, first time since we beat Duke in 2002 NCAA Tournament. VO is a NINJA! Will is a beast! Cody Zeller is THE CATALYST taking IUto the promised land!

    Can u all feel it coming . . .

  • Anonymous

    Imagine how Lyle and other IU targets felt when they were in the middle of everything last night. Hell, I was with five fellow alums at a sports bar in Houston TX to watch the game, and I’m pretty sure our level of energy and excitement would have convinced a recruit to say “Where do I sign?”.

  • All I want to say is thank you.  To Alex, Ryan, and the rest of the ITH staff, thanks for giving us this outlet to follow our team… And to all my fellow die hards who read every article and watch every film session, waiting for this win, thank you for all the support you’ve given this team.  We’ve been through hell and back to get here, but we’ve finally done it!  GO HOOSIERS! 

  • IUJeff

    I am not sure Dickie said 2 things positive about IU all night during the telecast.  

    No doubt he was rooting for pUKe. 

    It was good of him to bring his grand-kids to the game to see the Real Assembly Hall rockin. 

  • IUJeff

    Loved when Vic was interviewed and he said that he needed an ibuprofen or something after the game. Wish I could have been there.  

  • IUeconAlum

    Every game he commentates for an IU game he says this. It’s like a broken record. “I’ve said it many times, and they should rename Assembly Hall, Robert Montgomery Knight.”

  • IUJeff

    The looks were because you had more teeth than the rest of them combined. Way to represent. 

  • Derbus

    So, u say Hulls won’t be around to lead us to an undefeated season, maybe it happens next year?!!€

  • Anonymous

    This team didn’t quit.  Watford will obviously see most of the praise for his game winner, but don’t forget about what this kid did to Terrance Jones on defense; Jone’s line was 4 pts and 1 rebound.  That is just as big for Watford and the team.  I’m still speechless.

  • Anonymous

    I was at Joe’s on Weed and as everyone erupted I was frozen, unsure of the fact that we actually won. 

    After the last 3 years I expected an inadvertent whistle, the ball didn’t get out of his hand in time, something.  When a pitcher of beer came crashing down on our table and I was soaked I realized: we’re back!

  • unclekerfuffle

    VJIII’s decision reminds me of Darryl Thomas’ in ’87.  Could have taken the shot but made a great basketball decision and passed to the open shooter. 

  • Anonymous

    A great win! Now focus on the next game-Notre Dame in Indy. This can be a great season, but it happens one game at a time!

  • Anonymous

    Totally off of subject, but I saw the news about Georgetown losing a big
    freshman forward with a heart condition. So I thought of Moses Ayegba,
    the 6’9 kid that IU chased a couple of springs ago. I checked and he
    played in 6 games in 2010-11 but is not on Georgetown’s roster for
    2011-12. What happened to Moses?

  • Hoosier Clarion

      The rebuilding project just got smaller as the building blocks are now bigger.  The W is a difference maker and more momentum. 

  • Hoosier Clarion

      The rebuilding project just got smaller as the building blocks are now bigger.  The W is a difference maker and more momentum. 

  • Jenna Millard

    Can anyone tell me what video the picture above is a screenshot from?

  • Anonymous

    lyle was also there

  • Anonymous

    So his new nickname is iCWat or do we spell it IcyWat?

  • Pinehurst

    I think I saw Mike Davis running onto the floor.

  • Claan332

    I can’t wait to put on my IU shirt and head over the bridge to work in Louisville tommorrow!  I’ll be soaking it in all day!  What a happy day!

  • Christopher

    CWat has brought his A game to both of our big games, last night’s and the road NC State win.

  • Christopher

    Last night, I was at Yogi’s for the game and every time the replay of the shot came on the place erupted like it was the first time we saw it. It was a pretty great day to be in Bloomington!

  • IUJeff

    He brought his A game for part of the games. When it mattered. Once he brings it the whole game, we’ll be really tough.

  • Anonymous

    Tore his acl around august so he is out for the year

  • Gismikek

    I am happy the University of KY Jelly fans had to STFU for a night…..

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I’m a pastor and I have no problems exchanging prayers with you Mike.  I’ll be sure to include your mother and all these others posting difficult situations in my daily prayers.  Sounds crazy, but even after 12 years of trying and being a therapeutic foster parent, we can rest easy knowing that God can still answer our prayer again.  Setbacks and trials are just part of life for everyone.  It’s not the situations in your life that define who you are but how you respond to them . . . just ask VJ3.  HA – just a small thing but the kid keeps his head up and continues to play hard and have a good attitude despite a lot of us fans asking for more. 

    Maybe in light of this recent circumstance, and the fact that I should be better personally, I’ll stop complaining and just offer my support and prayers for Verdell Jones as well.  We forget many of these young men are just about to exit college in a year or two and are going to be going out into the real world where things aren’t always so easy.  I for one probably shouldn’t be so critical so I apologize to you all for setting a poor example.

    Go Hoosiers and thanks again for the pick-me-up, albeit a small one. 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I’m a pastor and I have no problems exchanging prayers with you Mike.  I’ll be sure to include your mother and all these others posting difficult situations in my daily prayers.  Sounds crazy, but even after 12 years of trying and being a therapeutic foster parent, we can rest easy knowing that God can still answer our prayer again.  Setbacks and trials are just part of life for everyone.  It’s not the situations in your life that define who you are but how you respond to them . . . just ask VJ3.  HA – just a small thing but the kid keeps his head up and continues to play hard and have a good attitude despite a lot of us fans asking for more. 

    Maybe in light of this recent circumstance, and the fact that I should be better personally, I’ll stop complaining and just offer my support and prayers for Verdell Jones as well.  We forget many of these young men are just about to exit college in a year or two and are going to be going out into the real world where things aren’t always so easy.  I for one probably shouldn’t be so critical so I apologize to you all for setting a poor example.

    Go Hoosiers and thanks again for the pick-me-up, albeit a small one. 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    still on espn3 replay if you want to catch the entire game

  • Anonymous

    I like iCWat.  A little more subtle and on the inside.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks guys.  I hear that BTN is running a replay Monday @ 7 pm.  I’ve seen all the highlights.  It just isn’t the same when you know the outcome!  Still, what a night!  Hard to be disappointed.  Just wish I could have seen it!

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking that same thing.  We don’t want or need the Tu Holloways to compete.  I don’t know which is worse; the fact that He Who Must Not Be Named had to cheat to get thugs like Tu to commit, or the fact that he even wanted that type of player in the first place.  Shame.

  • Anonymous

    You’d have to think that game may have made a slight impression on him!

  • Anonymous

    Took me a while to be able to find time to read over your response and also have time to drop you a quick thank you.

    Between my mother’s situation, my wife and I trying to sell our business (that is associated with the real estate market) so that we can try and find a job that provides us with affordable health insurance and trying to get everything lined up to take my youngest son to the Mayo clinic in Minnesota the first of next month I have not had time to give myself but a few simple luxuries and coming hear to see and read my fellow IU bball fans’ thoughts are one of them. Thanks for the kind and thoughtful words. Will be thinking of you and your wife.

  • Anonymous

    As I told Aceman it has took me a while to find the time to read the responses and have time to respond to them.Thanks for sharing. My mother also loved her IU bball ( I told her she raised me right) wish she would have been in state to where she could have been aware of what a great game it was.  She would even miss the Waltons or Little House on the Prairie for an IU bball game and that was saying something. She always got a real kick out of watching me watch an IU pUKe game especially when IU won.

    Will be thinking of you.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Okay, great job to Verdell for passing the ball on the last play. I wouldn’t call his play inspired for the night, though. Maybe we were watching different games.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Okay, great job to Verdell for passing the ball on the last play. I wouldn’t call his play inspired for the night, though. Maybe we were watching different games.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Ok. Maybe I got a little caught up in the emotion of the moment. But 1.) Crean trusted Verdell in that moment to make a play. He didn’t freak out like we’ve seen in the past. 2) I felt like defensively Verdell made a concerted effort to collapse down on the post and make life hell for the UK big men. Wasn’t perfect but no one was.

  • TroutJ

    I feel as if over the past 3 years I have grown with these kids. I was so happy that I may have cried a bit because I know how much those guys wanted that win. Just as much as every other Hoosier out there.