The Minute After: Wisconsin

  • 01/26/2012 11:52 pm in

Thoughts on a 57-50 loss to the Badgers:

Look above.

Verdell Jones has been through it all, seen it all in the Tom Crean era.

And so his hot start in his last trip to the Kohl Center was perhaps fitting. It was the senior at his best. The silky mid-range game. Taking what’s there and not forcing the issue. By half, Jones had pumped in 12 of Indiana’s 27 points on 6-of-7 shooting. The Hoosiers took a two-point lead into the locker room. The defense was communicating and helping. Indiana looked destined to stay in this one until the very end.

But in the second half,  Jones cooled off (he finished 6-of-10 and didn’t score after the break). The Hoosiers had some unforced turnovers early. Cody Zeller had arguably his worst game as a Hoosiers stretching across the whole game (foul troubled limited him; he got blocked a fair amount; he had seven points on 2-for-7 shooting). Still, the Hoosiers were indeed in this one until the very end. But Wisconsin executed down the stretch — or perhaps the refs were kind to the Badgers, as many articulated via social media — and Indiana was unable to counter, unable to sneak out of the Kohl Center with a win. Wisconsin hit six straight free throws (and 12-of-12 in the second half) in the last 1:03 to close this one out on a 6-0 run after being up 51-50. They grabbed some key offensive boards as well.

Despite the loss, all and all, this was a strong effort from the Hoosiers. They were in this one from start to finish, never really showed a lack of focus or poise. And had a few other things gone their way late, we may have been singing a different tune.

Instead, the Hoosiers remain winless in Madison since 1998 and fall to 4-5 in the conference.

A LOOK AT SOME NUMBERS

+ I noted above that Zeller got blocked a helping of times, but it wasn’t just the Washington native having trouble getting a shot off. The Badgers had eight total blocks  — five by Jared Berrgren, one each from Mike Bruesewitz (that block of Will Sheehey’s dunk) Ryan Evans and Frank Kaminsky. In a low possession game, this was a decent factor, as Wisconsin actually finished the night with a block percentage (percent of shots shots blocked) of 14.9.

+ They say as Jordan Taylor goes, so goes Wisconsin. And I suppose that was sort of true tonight. Indiana never really let him be much of a factor for much of the contest. He only scored 10 points (5-of-14 from the floor, 0-of-5 from 3-point range). Though, as usual, he was strong with the ball, never turning it over in 39 minutes of action.

+ The Badgers scored 1.06 points per possession on the evening; Indiana scored at a .91 points per possession clip.

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  • Kelin Blab

    Just like 40 is the new 30…..substitution patterns is the new VJ3 when it comes to excuses for IU losing.

    + Cody couldn’t guard ANYONE last night and was not patient on offense.
    + Watford needs to make the FT
    + ALL of the team needs to rebound.
    + The last time Wisconsin lost to IU at home….The Brady Bunch was the #1 show on prime time tv (it wasn’t but you get my point)

  • HangingaBannerIn13

    I just hope he doesn’t develop that TP magnet from the zebras his whole time at IU..

  • HangingaBannerIn13

    I just hope he doesn’t develop that TP magnet from the zebras his whole time at IU..

  • HangingaBannerIn13

    Terd Valentine.  LMAO, better than Terd Ferguson!

  • HangingaBannerIn13

    Add a bullet point for Terd Valentine!

  • marcusgresham

    1.12, if my memory serves me right  (guess I could google it)

  • marcusgresham

    Attended Central Michigan.  Don’t believe he played.

  • Rynefulton

    THANK YOU!!!! that is what I’ve been saying…we saw these calls at home so he had to see even better that we were getting punched in the gut. Just like sheehey stood up for CWat in the Penn St game. But where is coach when our boys need him??? I think some swagger and attitude from coach would have set a fire under our players and totally changed the game. I think coach wants to keep the pretty boy calm demeanor and say we need to work on this or that. Or that we will need to use remy next game. All to sit him for the first 38 min and think he’s gonna win it for us in the last 2 min….what was that about coach?

  • MillaRed

    I would give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s a Naismith finalist. I think Cody is the most mature player we have. He is one of the most efficient players in the country. I’ll take my chances.

  • Jon McClain

    saw cody get his 4th foul and said to myself – leave him in the game.  same thing happened 2 games back i believe.  cody got his 4th with 5 minutes left and then he didn’t get back into game until 2:30 left.  don’t understand it.  refs were bad last night so i get that you try and save him but with 1 minute left? bad coaching IMO.

  • Jon McClain

    ur right.  just bench zeller and play pritchard. 

  • Jon McClain

    crean needs to lay off the caffeine, take a breath and sit down and have a discussion with his assistants…  just a thought.

  • Jon McClain

    do you honestly recall any player in any game picking up their 4th and then not being brought back into the game until the 1 minute mark?  your probably right though, we probably would of lost anway since the stripes were out in full force.  the block called on cody was comical…

  • Jon McClain

    do you honestly recall any player in any game picking up their 4th and then not being brought back into the game until the 1 minute mark?  your probably right though, we probably would of lost anway since the stripes were out in full force.  the block called on cody was comical…

  • Jon McClain

    well said.  cody gets no respect – freakin’ ridiculous.  sullinger certainly got a lot more respect last year as a freshman.  why can’t we just mug teams that come into bloomington??  cody, even at home, won’t even touch a player because he knows he is going to get hosed by the refs.  sick of it… 

  • Jacobiu

    Who is #34 in the pic?

  • Jacobiu

    Who is #34 in the pic?

  • Nuhl508072

    I think it’s Malik Story.

  • calbert40

    Hmmm…I don’t recall ever suggesting that. I never realized it was an “either / or” proposition between playing CZ and TP.

  • Bobby

    Incredible how the Crean haters can even pull something out of their butts to blame him after this game.  Seriously, I’m not sure if some of these clowns will ever stop, even if we win it all.  I never say this, but the refs completely cost us this game.  That had to be one of the worst officiated games I’ve ever seen.

  • Hoosier4life23

    Only have one comment to make on this game and it was the officials that caused that game for us. When the replay at the end of that game shows Zeller being pushed to the ground with no call….Come on Man!!!! It happened all night. It’s also obvious that the whole league sees it that way as well. Wisconsin should be proud that their the only team in the league that benefits from cheating.

  • Hoosier4life23

    Only have one comment to make on this game and it was the officials that caused that game for us. When the replay at the end of that game shows Zeller being pushed to the ground with no call….Come on Man!!!! It happened all night. It’s also obvious that the whole league sees it that way as well. Wisconsin should be proud that their the only team in the league that benefits from cheating.