The Minute After: Iowa

  • 02/19/2012 9:13 pm in

Thoughts on a 78-66 loss to Iowa:

The Hoosiers pretty much got out-everything’ed at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Sunday. Iowa played with an intensity and energy Indiana was just unable to match for most of the contest.

The Hawkeyes hit the offensive boards hard from the start and kept it going all game (40.3 OR%, Melsahn Basabe, Aaron White and Roy Marble each had three). They picked up 19 second-chance points due to this work on their own glass. Iowa also scored 14 points off of Indiana’s turnovers (22.0  TO%). The Hoosiers also struggled to put the ball in the basket. Outside of Matt Roth — who went 4-of-4 from beyond the arc — they only mustered a 2-of-12 performance on 3-pointers, and Indiana hit just 37.7% of its twos (43.4 eFG%).

In the first half, Indiana didn’t get a lot of active ball movement against Iowa’s 2-3 zone and it was one reason it had issues scoring the basketball. Jordan Hulls had just one bucket all game. Christian Watford made one free throw and missed all five of his shot attempts. Verdell Jones went scoreless. Derek Elston (13 points on 4-of-6 shooting), Cody Zeller (15 points) and Victor Oladipo (15 points) were about Indiana’s only bright spots on offense outside of Roth. It helped that Oladipo and Zeller each went to the line seven times (Oladipo hit all seven; Zeller made five), an area Indiana was able to beat Iowa tonight (49.1 to 33.3 free throw rate).

But turn the ball over, allow the other team too many second-chance points via offensive rebounding and shoot poorly on the road?  It’s a recipe for a loss.

Indiana was able to draw it to within 10 (52-42) at the 8:14 mark in the second half. But Matt Gatens made sure any comeback the Hoosiers were mounting would be short-lived. He hit a three, then another and another and another. Suddenly, Iowa had burst it open to a 19-point lead (65-46) with 4:35 to go and that was about all she wrote. Gatens finished the night with a career-high 30 points, 21 of those points coming on his seven made threes, also a career-high.

Hard to make too much of this. Indiana, for all its improvement this season, just hasn’t been able to play consistent enough on the road in the Big Ten to beat teams its capable of beating. The Hoosiers are just 2-6 after tonight’s loss. And with their last road contest coming against Minnesota — a team the Hoosiers have lost to already at home — it’s possible that victory against Purdue back on Feb. 4 might have been their last conference road win of the season. They also don’t exactly have gimmes in their last two conference home games. The Boilermakers will be seeking revenge in the finale and conference leader Michigan State is still on the docket.

Selection Sunday looms. Finish this out strong and the Hoosiers write their own ticket to a potential top four seed with some geographical preference. But a few more hiccups and the Hoosiers could find themselves in a tougher first round matchup come the NCAA Tournament.

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  • calbert40

     The players should not need a coach to fire them up to play a road game.  I think you should direct some of your disgust towards the people who actually wear the jerseys.  They need to play better, period.

  • calbert40

     You just proved the point that many of us have tried to make to you and others with similar opinions.  This team has “been part of one of the biggest turnarounds in college basketball.”  They are going to win more than 20 games when most said we’d be happy with the upper teens back in November.  They have a chance for a good NCAA tourney seed.  NCAA!   Not NIT.  NCAA!!

    I have no issue with being upset with the way they played, because it was revolting to watch them play like that.  And even though the loss was terribly ugly, it still only counts as one loss. 

    Let’s hope they play better this weekend in Minnesota.

  • calbert40

     You just proved the point that many of us have tried to make to you and others with similar opinions.  This team has “been part of one of the biggest turnarounds in college basketball.”  They are going to win more than 20 games when most said we’d be happy with the upper teens back in November.  They have a chance for a good NCAA tourney seed.  NCAA!   Not NIT.  NCAA!!

    I have no issue with being upset with the way they played, because it was revolting to watch them play like that.  And even though the loss was terribly ugly, it still only counts as one loss. 

    Let’s hope they play better this weekend in Minnesota.

  •  I do agree with you that progress has been made and a lot of it but Iowa wasn’t the reason we looked bad, we are the reason we looked bad. Missed open shots, missed dunks, not blocking out, trying to go over a screen just to leave a guy open for a 3, all this happens way to often and parts of it like blocking out and learning to move through a screen the right way is a coaches job to teach his team. I never said we were a great team but we are a hell of a lot better than we play sometimes. But also I don’t buy into a coach who always has the same thing to say about every loss and believe him every time and I know many, many people who have watched IU basketball for longer than I have been alive believe the same way. When you have the talent that IU does on a team you have to find a way to utilize it. I have seen more than a few times this year when one of our players gets hot and we get some momentum going and next thing you know CC subs someone in for him. If a player doesn’t block out a couple times in a row take him out and he’ll learn but it doesn’t tell him anything when you just clap and cheer him on like CC does.

  • Andrew

    You just named 5 games.  Congratulations.  Keep going.

  • IUMIKE1

    I hear what you’re saying and I feel the pain along with you on those losses, but I’m not trading that win over those buck toothed inbred trolls from that cesspool down in Lexington for any of them.

  • IUMIKE1

    Well put…..

  • IUMIKE1

    Well put…..

  • IUMIKE1

    Have made myself into a broken record calling for some set plays for Roth and please don’t throw it back on the scrap pile if he has an off night the first time we run them for him. I’m thinking that it should be a minimum of 8 times a game, 10 or 12 would not bother me, especially if he is on that night.

  • IUMIKE1

    Agree with you that they kept mindlessly driving the ball into the lane when it wasn’t there but…..if you will stop whipping that dead horse called, Crean can’t coach, long enough to listen to what he said at his presser after the game he was wondering the same thing as you and made a point to say that, in the practices leading up to the Iowa game, it was emphasized that that was not how we wanted to attack them. Almost sounds like you and the guy that you seem to constantly paint as a coach that doesn’t know what he is doing seen this the same way.

  • CreanFaithful

    Apparently you don’t understand averages.

  • CreanFaithful

    Apparently you don’t understand averages.

  • millzy32

    Don’t forget Dane Fife.  He’s a key assistant in my biased opinion.

  • millzy32

    Not sure if Hulls is being told not to shoot or he just gets down on himself and stops shooting.  When he’s in these funks we need Abell and we need Roth firing at will from long range.  The effort was so bad and the refs were pretty bad too but it doesn’t excuse the horrible effort. 

    Just when I think this team has finally turned the corner they go out and do something like this and I realize that they really aren’t back yet but they show glimmers of hope. 

    The NCAA tournament isn’t at Assembly Hall so we may have some trouble with whoever we face. 

  • Plane1972

    He’s doesn’t have to name any others. FG% is FG%. Crean needs to put him in the doghouse. That has been effective motivation in the past to get CWat fired up.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    I’m going to just about disagree with everything you’ve said here.  First off, I don’t think we need to win 3 out of the next 4 to maintain a five seed.  I’d like to win 3 out of the next 4 because that would give us another quality win, either at Minnesota or at home against Michigan State, but I really don’t think we even need another quality win to get a five seed.  (We could still beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament and get one even if we did go 2-2, but that’s beside the point).

    I’ve looked at some of the other team’s resumes around us, teams like Florida and Baylor and we have far more impressive wins.  Take Baylor for example, its hard to even find a top 25 team that they have beaten, none were at the time, and only two qualify at the moment, San Diego State and St. Mary’s, both mid-major teams that are not overly impressive themselves.  Both are on the outer fringes.  They have been swept by both Missouri and Kansas.  Yet they are being tauted for winning at Texas and are ranked 14th?  When you get right down to it, Indiana has proven an ability to beat tournament relevant teams that Baylor has not- a huge factor in the selection committee’s aproach to seeding.

    Secondly, 6 and 7 seeds are far from one and done as a rule.

    But more importantly its the uneducated “Crean finds a way” that I find most perplexing.  Spoken like a true Buckeye.  Crean has found a way.  He’s found a way to turn this program around.  He found away to beat the Buckeyes and he found away to beat Purdue and he found a way to beat Kentucky!  And the reception I find for him here, especially after a loss is that he isn’t Bob Knight and he isn’t a coach.  We’ve got people comparing Watford to Charlie Miller and Andrae Patterson and blaming his lack of motivation on Crean.  Those guys played for the great motivator himself Bob Knight.  I remember a lot of late Bob Knight teams moping around like they were always in the doghouse and putting out a less than stellar effort.  I also remember a lot of Bob Knight teams that lacked the talent to do anything in the tournament.  Unlike 6 or 7 seeds, late Bob Knight teams were one and done as a rule.  And I love Bob Knight.  I’m just sick of all the backup quarterback crap going on here.

    Crean is not an Xs and Os guy?  That’s about the dumbest comment I see people make.  We are fourth in the country in timeout execution in terms of offensive efficiency (the only time Xs and Os are actually used).  I will assume everyone on here knows that and means it as a more general analogy, like he cannot coach guys to block out or screen.  Even then, I have my doubts that the analogy is apt.

    And this is not just directed at you.  If Kokomo Joe makes one more comment on this board about Austin Etherington needing more playing time, my head is going to spin.  He did play the last game and again he didn’t do anything.  He never has this season, unless you mean we need him in to give up easy buckets.  He isn’t strong enough to guard forwards and he doesn’t have the ability to put a body on them and block out.  What are we going to do?  Put him in at guard and have him bring the ball down the court for us?

    Crean doubters are going to eat their words.  I predict a sweet 16 this year.  And it’s only going to get better from here on out.

  • IUMIKE1

    I’m with you in a big way when it comes to Kokomo Joe’s posts as well as SCHoosier’s posts about CTC not being an X’s & O’s coach. I can understand being a passionate IU fan and having a strong opinion about something but man if they would not use practically every post to tell all of us how freakin’ bad of a coach he is it would be nice. If they feel so strongly about him being a terrible coach then IMHO they should just climb down off of the bandwagon and wave goodbye to those of us that don’t think Crean was sent to us by the Grim Reaper of the bball underworld.

  • IUMIKE1

    I’m with you in a big way when it comes to Kokomo Joe’s posts as well as SCHoosier’s posts about CTC not being an X’s & O’s coach. I can understand being a passionate IU fan and having a strong opinion about something but man if they would not use practically every post to tell all of us how freakin’ bad of a coach he is it would be nice. If they feel so strongly about him being a terrible coach then IMHO they should just climb down off of the bandwagon and wave goodbye to those of us that don’t think Crean was sent to us by the Grim Reaper of the bball underworld.

  • Geoff_85

    Yeah that was ridiculous. How about the one where Devyn Marble tripped over his own feet? That was special.

  • stevetodd73

    Thats funny!!!!!