The Minute After: Howard

Thoughts on a 107-50 win over the Bison:

Jordan Hulls hits a flailing left-handed three as the shot clock expires, and it’s just that kind of the night for the Hoosiers — one where eveything seemed to be going in the bucket.

Consider these numbers from the first half: Indiana scored 1.53 points per possession, registered  an effective field goal percentage of 85.7 and assisted on 14 of its 18 buckets, nine of which were threes (9-of-14). Things slowed a bit in the second half. But for the game, Indiana still put up some silly numbers: a season-high eFG% of 77.9 (75.0 percent on twos, 55.0 percent on threes), a free throw rate of 71.2 and 27 assists on 35 field goals. It also scored 1.45 points per possession for the contest, its highest mark in the Tom Crean era, according to Big Ten Geeks.

By the time Indiana got up 50ish midway through the second half, Crean started using the game as a glorified scrimmage, as the Hoosiers worked on a seldom-used 1-3-1 zone with most of his starters still on the court. As the final minutes waned, Indiana was even getting scoring from deep in the bench. Raphael Smith hit two free throws; Kory Barnett made a three. And despite going over the century mark, this was an incredibly balanced attack, as six Hoosiers scored 10 or more points (Hulls with 16, Verdell Jones, Cody Zeller and Will Sheehey with 12, Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo with 10).

Indiana was a heavy favorite in this one from the onset. (The line was 28.5 points.) Still, a performance this dominant and efficient speaks to how well this team continues to play together on offense, and it’s yet another strong step on their path up this season’s mountain.

OTHER THOUGHTS

+ A blowout like this allowed Derek Elston some decent playing time (12 minutes) and he had an efficient offensive performance on some high-percentage looks around the rim (3-of-4 from the field, 2-of-4 from the line for eight points). There will come a time when the Hoosiers will need Elston in Big Ten season, so it’s good to see he’s still attacking the basket after minor back problems during the week leading up the the Kentucky game.

+ Should Remy Abell be getting more minutes? There’s a case to be made for it, even if he’s got veterans in front of him and still looks like a player that needs a bit more experience at the collegiate level at times. Tonight, he scored a career-high nine points (2-of-2 from the field including a three, 4-of-4 from the line) and dished out five assists in 14 minutes. Like Elston, there may come a time in the Big Ten season where fouls could be an issue in the backcourt and Crean may have to rely upon Abell to play more minutes, so it’s important for him to see the floor for an extended stretch in a game like this.

  • eph521

    A dominating annihilating butt-whooping behind the shed blowout beat-down this is Indiana kind of Win.

    We eat Bisons for dinner!

  • Anonymous

    No doubt.  Like times long ago.  Watch Martha the broom lady, settle into the game, beat down, and then bring in the subs!

  • Anonymous

    I guess this game was pretty entertaining, but other than that I though it was kind of pointless.  I would like to see CTC schedule teams that are higher in the RPI.  I believe Howard was 333rd.  I would like to see some more local teams that may present at least a little challenge.

    Here’s what I’ve got:
    - IU pretty much dominated in every category
    - If they haven’t made it clear yet, this team can shoot the lights out
    - Remy Abell came in and played very good basketball for fourteen minutes.  He finished with 9 points, 5 assists, 0 turnovers.  He also looked good on D.  Daniel Moore came in and had 0 points, 0 assists, and 2 turnovers, and played bad defense.  Abell needs to be playing over Moore.- Etherington came in and showed some bright spots during his nine minutes
    - Kory Barnett with the three!!!!!! 

    Not really a whole lot of negatives to point out tonight, other than it looked like the team was messing around a little bit instead of using this as an opportunity to get better.

    P.S. Jordy: We know you are a good shooter, you don’t have to show off.

  • Anonymous

    UMBC has a worse KenPom rating. Thursday is going to be ugly.

  • InTheMtns

    My favorite moments of the game might have been the shots of the bench when Raphael hit his two free throws and Agent Zero hit his three pointer. These guys really are a team.
     
     

  • Jselmeyer_sdhs

    I think IU has played a tough enough preseason schedule!

  • Anonymous

    Howard might of pulled it out had their point guard not been injured……

  • Anonymous

    Good to see them taking care of business.  Allows us to regroup and hit the ground running for B10…we’ll need it.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • Anonymous

    I am looking forward to see how Remy Abell will progress throughout the season. I think he is going to contribute alot.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not saying they need to go schedule more top 25 teams, but I think some teams like Ball State, Indiana State, Oral Roberts, or IPFW.  Some teams that may be able to challenge Indiana in specific ways.  Plus, it will be better for attendance (11,111 tonight).  

  • Daveeh45

    Go check out the box score at peegs. it says M. Creek played 12 mins. and scored 8 points

  • Anonymous

    Maybe VJ3 is getting the hang of it.  7 assists and 1 TO by using very crisp passes and heads up offensive play.  Very little dribbling. Keep up the good work VJ as we would like to get on the bandwagon that you can build.

    The team as a whole had great ball movement and dribbled only when necessary.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe VJ3 is getting the hang of it.  7 assists and 1 TO by using very crisp passes and heads up offensive play.  Very little dribbling. Keep up the good work VJ as we would like to get on the bandwagon that you can build.

    The team as a whole had great ball movement and dribbled only when necessary.

  • Anonymous

    Man, I hate to see the complaining when IU loses a couple games!

  • Anonymous

    Im not picking on anybody, but I read alot of compaints after IU wins. 11-0 is a good thing. Oh yeah, I think CTC knows what he is doing with lineups, sub patterns, scheduling, etc. Good job coach! Remember the last 4 yrs. It keeps things in perspective, folks.

  • Anonymous

    I agree any one of those teamswould have been a better test and prep for bigten play

  • IUJeff

    Would have been good to play my Sycamores. They got a top 25 vote this week.

  • Anonymous

    We already played them in the preseason

  • Anonymous

    We already played them in the preseason

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

    I was very pleased with the win tonight but especially pleased with Abells play. We are going to need him come B1G play so he could use all the experience he can get right now. On a different note I hope starting next year that CC schedules a slightly rougher schedule. Playing teams like Howard are just to give you an extra win to get into the dance instead of preparing your team for the B1G.

  • Andrew

    It looked like the team was messing around a little bit instead of using this as an opportunity to get better?  Boy, i must have missed all that.  What happened?  Please cite specific examples.  Thanks.

  • IUJeff

    I like getting the end of the bench PT where they can have success like this.

  • IUJeff

    The schedule toughness will increase as we bring better players to IU and have success. This schedule is fine for a team that was 12 – 18 last year. 

  • IUJeff

    I was speaking more to AE, Remy, DE, TP.

  • A. Schick

    Loved looking at the bench and seeing guys like Vic and VJIII up and cheering these guys on. Also LOVED seeing Jordy up on his feet barking out orders even after he had been pulled. 

  • A. Schick

    Loved looking at the bench and seeing guys like Vic and VJIII up and cheering these guys on. Also LOVED seeing Jordy up on his feet barking out orders even after he had been pulled. 

  • Anonymous

    Agreed.   A few seasons ago, would we have even been favored?    We needed games like this to get some W’s and build a little confidence.   There was no way for Crean to know how well this season would go.   I am sure the schedule will increase in difficulty starting next year.  

  • Bucky

    In blowouts, too many players start going for the highlight reel instead of playing sound high-percentage basketball. 

    I thought Crean did a good job of keeping the team focused during a runaway win, which is not an easy thing to do.

  • stonaroni

    Glad to see Remy play well.  he has in his limited time this year.  I can see his confidence growing.

    Interesting to hear Quinn and Gus say many of the same things i do on here about getting playing time for the bench players.  Glad to hear Quinn, Gus and CTC discussed this and CTC is planning on this prior to Big 10 play and knowing that Remy fits in.

    I thought AE was solid in his 9 min.  Hopefully he and Remy can garner even a few more later thjis week.

    These 2 have big 10 bodies.  Look at the photos posted on this site, Remy is strong and AE is as well when you compare to their counterparts on the team, DM and Roth.

  • Anonymous

    It’s Christmas Break, attendance is going to be down regardless of what mid-major you schedule.

  • Anonymous

    After Thursday we will have matched our win total from last season.

  • Anonymous

    After Thursday we will have matched our win total from last season.

  • Anrhill

    Man, Abell would likely have been our best player on the 08 team, and now he’s coming in playing spot minutes, learning the old fashioned way.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of five stars, but mixing in guys with less polish but high ceilings like Abell and our sophomores, we’re going to have a lot of toughness and experience to mix with the future studs.  Teague will likely be gone in about 25 games and we get four years of this guy?  I’ll take that trade with Kentucky. 

  • Beard

    I would like to see more end of game offense-defense substitutions with Hulls and Abell.  That was one thing at the end of the Kentucky game that may have helped to stop Teague.  Hopefully Crean can manage his time outs effectively to try and do more of this in critical situations in the Big Ten.  

  • Anonymous

    Bedford-North Lawrence would have been a better test—that team was BAD.  Even still, that shooting percentage was impressive.

  • Linback93

    hahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Bucky

    Editing my own post:  what I meant was “too many players” other than the IU team that played tonight.

    It was a poor way for me to say that I was very impressed with the poise and focus of the IU players, and that Crean has a lot to do with that.

      

  • Bucky

    Editing my own post:  what I meant was “too many players” other than the IU team that played tonight.

    It was a poor way for me to say that I was very impressed with the poise and focus of the IU players, and that Crean has a lot to do with that.

      

  • Anrhill

    Let us not forget how bad the team’s record was last year.  This season’s pre-Big 10 schedule is certainly tougher than the previous one, but Crean probably wanted a few more give me games.  Nobody thought we’d be sitting at 11-0 right now.

    I’d like to see us schedule a game against a strong regional opponent.  Louisville, Marquette (if it’s not too soon), Cincinnati (as soon as Yancy gates has moved on), Xavier, or perhaps Memphis.  Something fans can drive to.  In addition, I agree, we should schedule more teams in the 100s rather than 300s; but again, in years previous, teams in the 100s would have been more than a challenge – they would have been the favorite :-s

  • Kentc

    I’m 100% in agreement.  I love that the red squad clearly care about their teammates so much. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were friends too.

  • IU’11

    The attendance was probably seriously effected by kids going home for the holidays.  I think everyone is in the mood for IU basketball right now.

  • Kentc

    VJIII’s one 40′ chest pass was a frozen rope!

  • Kentc

    VJIII’s one 40′ chest pass was a frozen rope!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I have been telling you guys. I like him

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Yes more in state games please. Next year we will be the hunted.

  • John

    I like etherington just as much as the next guy but I can’t help feeling like he gets the “homer” vote from certain IU fans. Good player down the road for sure. If he wants to see the floor during big ten play he’s going to have to stop losing his man on D. Just my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Ignore the complainers, I do…  Sunny-side up!  Really, really enjoyed Remy’s contributions tonight.  He will make significant improvements over the remainder of the season; and, I am looking forward to his contributions.

  • Creek

    Southen Indiana would have been more of a challenge. There is no reason to play nine cupcake games like this. They could at least schedule some more Horizon, Valley or A10 teams so they are ready for Big Ten. Or better yet, schedule a Big 12 or Pac-12 team. I don’t see how this game prepares us to face Michigan State & Ohio State.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I think if Crean had known that we’d be this good, we would have made a slightly tougher schedule.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I think if Crean had known that we’d be this good, we would have made a slightly tougher schedule.

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