Hoosiers get chance to rebound after loss at Iowa

  • 02/22/2012 9:24 am in

Indiana seemed to be out of sorts Sunday in Iowa City.

The Hoosiers wasted possessions with careless turnovers, missed free throws in bunches, and scored only 66 points against the same team they put 103 on just three weeks earlier.

But even through their struggles, Indiana coach Tom Crean believed his team would come back. He said the loss to the Hawkeyes had nothing to do with his players letting off the gas after getting to the 20-win plateau against Northwestern.

“We never saw any of that in practice, we never saw any of that in preparation,” Crean said Tuesday. “We got off to a decent start to the game. We just turned the ball over, and then we were back on our heels.

“Even when the game got cut to 10, I still felt like we were going to win. But we made some mistakes. We made a couple mistakes on [Matt] Gatens. We were supposed to switch, we have our hands down, we misplay the screens — that’s nine points right there. You can’t do that when momentum is up for grabs.”

Gatens scored a career-high 30 points against the Hoosiers, and hit four consecutive 3-pointers during one stretch in the second half to put the game away. Most of Gatens 3s were uncontested looks when Indiana players got caught behind screens. It simply didn’t look like the same defense the Hoosiers have played at times this season.

Which prompted the question: Are the players fatigued?

Crean’s answer: Not a chance.

“We just didn’t have enough guys that were locked into the fight the other day,” he said. “Like I told them earlier today, ‘if you don’t wanna be in the fight, you better marry well, or you better jump in while there’s still some money around and jump in an unemployment line or something.’

“It’s not easy. You’ve got to fight every day in this economy, in this world, but certainly in the world of sports. That’s the way that it is. You’re responsible for it, you’re responsible for your own self determination.”

The No. 23 Hoosiers (20-7, 8-7) will have a chance to correct some of their mistakes when they play North Carolina Central in a non-conference game at 7 p.m. tonight.

NC Central hasn’t beaten a team in the RPI top 200, but it features Kansas State transfer and NBA prospect Dominique Sutton. Even though the Hoosiers get a brief break from the grueling Big Ten season, they said they can’t afford to take NC Central lightly.

“If we don’t come out and play to the ability that we know we can,” junior forward Derek Elston said, “There’s a chance that we could get embarrassed even. This team is no joke.”

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  • HoosierPat

    We’d better come out well defensively or Sutton and Willis could make this game a lot more interesting.  Hopefully we can bounce back from the Iowa game, and gain some confidence going into the final stretch.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Get it together CW. Get it together.

  • Derbus

    anybody watch pUKe vs Miss St last night???   Those are players with energy to win on the road!  Say what you will about Calipari, he preps his teams for the NCAAs very well.  I think they are a lock as a Final 4 team.  Maybe CTC could take a page from his book and sit players not playing well, like Cal did against IU when he sat Jones.

  • Derbus

    anybody watch pUKe vs Miss St last night???   Those are players with energy to win on the road!  Say what you will about Calipari, he preps his teams for the NCAAs very well.  I think they are a lock as a Final 4 team.  Maybe CTC could take a page from his book and sit players not playing well, like Cal did against IU when he sat Jones.

  • Thats_my_Zeller

    Anyone know if there is a free live stream of the game?

  • Miamihoosier

    NC Central has not lost any games by 20 or more all year. They actually kept a few close against some of the power conference schools, but tonight, they are playing a top 25 team on the road, we need to crush them.    Hulls, Sheehey, and Watford need to get right if we want to have any chance in the next two games.       

  • And_One

    I think we’d learn much more from a loss (no, not going happen) than we will from a win. If we beat up on these poor kids, win by 30, get great effort wire to wire and great production from our scorers…so what? On Sunday at Minnesota when all is said and done, that’s when we’ll know if we’re gonna be okay. Having said that, let’s see some fire. No, scratch that, let’s see some ice, as in ice cold execution, as we efficiently dispatch this team. Since the game won’t be broadcast live, I’ll be looking at score updates on my phone, and I want it to look likethe national debt clock: tick-tick-tick-tick-tick…

  • Guest

    Good game for Hulls to hopefully find his confidence. 

  • Guest

    Good game for Hulls to hopefully find his confidence. 

  • InTheMtns

    The B1GTen Network is live streaming it on their website at 7:00.

  • Peter

    If I’m a BTN customer does it cost extra to stream the game live?

  • B-Town88

    1 question and 1 comment. Where will the Big Ten tournament games be aired? And besides simply not being in assembly hall, should someone look at our travel routine as a reason for our road game woes?

  • InTheMtns

    I don’t think so. As far as I know, the stream is free to anyone who goes to the website. They only stream one or two games a season (hopefully the technology wil be better this time than last time) and in the past, they’ve always been free.

  • IUMIKE1

    All of those in favor of the motion say I. All those opposed to the motion say nay. There being no nays the motion is passed unanimously.

    As it is said so let it be written. By popular proclamation it is here by decreed that CW will have no choice in the matter and must “get it together” and KEEP it together. It is also decreed that he shall feel free to play as if he is 6’9″ & weighs 240 something.

  • IUMIKE1

    All of those in favor of the motion say I. All those opposed to the motion say nay. There being no nays the motion is passed unanimously.

    As it is said so let it be written. By popular proclamation it is here by decreed that CW will have no choice in the matter and must “get it together” and KEEP it together. It is also decreed that he shall feel free to play as if he is 6’9″ & weighs 240 something.

  • runelord

    i saw last night where BTN is going to show it at 9:30 central time on TV.

  • There is a fee to stream the game. 
    http://video.btn.com/allaccess/

    Pricing info should be available on the right side.

  • HoosierPat

    Aside from getting the W, I would say regaining confidence is the most important part of this game, especially for Hulls and CWat.  For IU to make a run the B1G tourney, and especially the NCAAs, Hulls and CWat need to be at the top of their game.  We can’t lean on Zeller every game.  These guys are juniors and should be playing like seniors because of their experience.  They need to step up tonight and take steps in the right direction.

  • Peter

    Thanks Alex, I thought I remembered something like this. I guess I’ll have to dig up a radio from somewhere and tune into the Don.

    BTN Scumbags…

  • InTheMtns

    Ooops, I think I was mistaken. It is listed as a premium so I think that means you have to subscribe (for the month) to watch it. And no, they won’t consider you’re being a BTN customer as meaning you’ve already paid – the website is a separate subscription. A replay of the game will be on regular BTN later in the evening. Sorry I gave you wrong info the first time.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    This comment form CTC is exactly why I question him for not playing more Remy and AE.
    “We just didn’t have enough guys that were locked into the fight the other day,”

    Ok, that stinks.  Too bad these players do not bring it every day.  But, when the main rotation players are brutal at OSU, Mich and Iowa, play the guys dieing to get on the court like AE and Remy.

    A loss is a loss.  When you are down by 20 in the first half against the aforementioned teams, play the bench, they deserve it when the other guys aren’t “locked into the fight”

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Oh man I am laughing so hard right now. I am picturing you scenario happening with a member of the english parliament wearing his wig and reading this from a scroll. Definitely the laugh I needed today.

    Sadly it is solely up to him though. He has it in him I know it, he just has to do it.

  • Benhyoung14

    Bench all the starters, but Zeller.  See if that gets them fired up.

  • calbert40

    Inside the Hall forum Resolution 001:

    WHEREAS: it is factual that Christian Watford is of 6’9″ in height and 240 pounds in weight;

    WHEREAS: Christian Watford has shown previous abilities to dominate games, especially against smaller teams, and provide exhilarating moments of brilliance in “crunch time”;

    WHEREAS: Christian Watford possesses a skill set that is rare and very difficult to find let alone defend against;

    WHEREAS: Christian Watford is a member of the Junior class, a three year starter, and one of the most talented players on a top 25 team roster;

    THEREFORE, be it resolved by the likeminded members of the Inside the Hall Forum, all Inside the Hall guests and unregistered posters, with all of Hoosier Nation concurring…

    Section 1: That Christian Watford “get it together.”
    Section 2: That Christian Watford “keep it together.”

    The Chair hands down the Resolution.

  • calbert40

    I am inclined to agree with you, Joe.  Hopefully, that will be addressed this evening; however, I suspect we will see a lot of guys who don’t play much play more and a those who play a lot, play less.

    I think CTC will try to use this game as a confidence boost for players like Hulls and CWat, but I’d like to see him use the bench as a motivational tool from time to time.  It seems to have worked at other points in the year…let’s use it again.

  • mrjonessodaandme

    I believe all the early rounds will be on BTN. Championship on ESPN.

  • mrjonessodaandme

    I believe all the early rounds will be on BTN. Championship on ESPN.

  • IUMIKE1

    Maybe I should have also included, (with lots of that famous english parliament mumbling in the background), “that if he should not get it together and keep it together he shall be committed to end of the bench for a period of not less than one half of one game or the point after said one half in which he displays factual evidence that he has gotten it together”.

    That seems to be one of the few things that gets his motor going. Maybe before every game CC needs to just tell him the person he will be guarding is Terence Jones.

  • Here’s the bracket. If IU is the No. 5 seed, they’ll play on Thursday at 2PM on BTN.

    http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/big10/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/2011-12/misc_non_event/2012_MBB_Bracket.pdf

  • FKIM01

    BTN changed their minds and will air the game at 10:30 eastern, 9:30 central.

  • Eastwood88_2

    We are going to win by 25 points tonight.  Score 85-60.  JH CW and VJ all with 15 plus.  We will make 12 3 pointers min.  Call me a fool when this is completely wrong

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    I have a feeling that the game will stay close the 1st half and drive Hoosier Nation crazy and then we will wear them down make lots of 3s and get the W.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    He has sat Jones more than once this year.  Last night he was in his shorts at half time and guess what, Jones responded defensively.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Question: What team would you rather face in B1G tourney if IU finishes with 5th seed
                     Illini,Nebraska or Penn State?

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    NC Central lost to NC State by only 5 in the RBC Center and have played @ Oregon and @ Wake Forrest that should help them compete on the road tonight.

  • eph521

    Oh that’s easy… NEBRASKA! That loss still stings! I have to believe the team would like another chance against the Cornhuskers.

  • calbert40

    Illinois.  They have mailed it in.

  • MillaRed

    I would be surprised if we do not win by double digits. What I am curious to see is “how” we win.

  • MillaRed

    I would be surprised if we do not win by double digits. What I am curious to see is “how” we win.

  • True or False — Right or Wrong.  2009-10 team had more fight than this year team

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    true,last years team had more moxie.

  • HoosierPat

    Nebraska- payback!!!

  • dssnyder1

    i hear you joe. i’ve always thought IU had a deep bench this year, but crean could go even deeper than he does when the starters arent getting it done. crean has alot of weapons to use when things aren’t going well, he just seems reluctant for whatever reason to put in some new blood.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Here! Here! The matter is resolved with finalization not to encourage penal actions against craven malbehavior but to discourage a matter of transparency by laying leadership obligations upon said Christian Watford for the benefit of all members of Hoosierland. May it also be announced that the amendment of the now law will be passed without vote but by order of Queen Harbaugh-Crean. Any person living within the borders of Indiana a.k.a. Hoosierland that does not support the cream and crimson shall be beheaded. Once beheaded the act shall not be undone and death hath passed unto all the kin of the comply donning evil tendencies known as Purdue.

  • Geoff_85

    Nebraska, then make it a two-for payback by beating the piss out of the Badgers in the next game. Unfortunately, IU doesn’t look like they could beat either one of those teams right now.