Around the Big Ten: Izzo unhappy with frontcourt play

  • 11/05/2012 10:36 am in

With the start of the regular season just four days away, Inside the Hall takes you around the Big Ten for the latest on IU’s conference foes:

· Illinois: Sophomore guard Tracy Abrams led four players in double figures as the Illini beat West Chester 75-66 in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon. The good news is Illinois won the game. The bad news? They were outscored 46-31 in the second half. Based on first year coach John Groce’s postgame comments, it sounds like Brandon Paul may be the team’s sixth man with Abrams, Joseph Bertrand, D.J. Richardson, Sam McLaurin and Nnanna Egwu as the starters. Paul had five turnovers on Sunday.

· Iowa: The Hawkeyes also had their final exhibition tune-up on Sunday, beating Quincy University 100-54 at Carver Hawkeye Arena. Freshman guard Mike Gesell scored 18 points and Iowa forced 31 turnovers. Gesell, along with Aaron White, Adam Woodbury, Zach McCabe and Roy Devyn Marble, started for Fran McCaffery. Afterward, McCaffery said the Hawkeyes will likely stick with that lineup to begin the season which means Eric May, Melsahn Basabe and Josh Oglesby will all come off the bench.

· Michigan: The big news coming out of Ann Arbor last week was the suspension of sophomore guard Trey Burke for the team’s first exhibition game against Northern Michigan. The Wolverines rolled without Burke in the lineup as the heralded freshman class played 99 minutes and guard Spike Albrecht had 16 points. Michigan’s final exhibition game is tonight against Saginaw Valley State and Burke is expected to return.

· Michigan State: Tom Izzo was none too pleased following the Spartans’ 62-49 exhibition win over St. Cloud State on Friday night. The major problem right now for Michigan State appears to be finding the right frontcourt combination and it appears that Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne will not play much together to start the season. Sophomore Branden Dawson also drew some criticism from Izzo, according to this update from MLive.com.

· Minnesota: Like Michigan, the Golden Gophers will conclude their exhibition schedule tonight. In the team’s first exhibition, Tubby Smith went with the same starting lineup he used last season. How long that lineup sticks, however, is up for debate as Trevor Mbakwe and Mo Walker are both back from knee injuries. Minnesota also made the final eight for the No. 1 player in the 2014 class, point guard Tyus Jones, who is from nearby Apple Valley.

· Nebraska: The Tim Miles era has yet to officially get underway in Lincoln as the Cornhuskers have yet to play an exhibition game and won’t do so until Wednesday night when they host Midland University. The first KenPom ratings had Nebraska all the way down at No. 216 nationally as every other team in the league was ranked in the top 90.

· Northwestern: The Wildcats have also yet to play a public exhibition, but will host Chicago on Wednesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Guard Tre Demps has emerged as a potential starter for Bill Carmody after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury and that’s a good thing for Northwestern. The team will have to replace the production of Jershon Cobb, who is suspended for the season.

· Ohio State: The Buckeyes will play on a big stage to open the season as they get Marquette in Friday’s Carrier Classic in Charlestown, South Carolina. One thing to watch for early with Ohio State is a two point guard lineup with Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott, which Thad Matta has been pleased with thus far.

· Penn State: Tim Frazier picked up right where he left off a season ago on Saturday afternoon with 17 points and eight assists as the Nittany Lions coasted past Philadelphia, 79-54. But beyond Frazier, who is going to step up for second year coach Pat Chambers? Redshirt sophomores Jon Graham (16 points) and D.J. Newbill (15 points) look like the best candidates following the exhibition.

· Purdue: The Boilermakers received a scare from Division II runner-up Montevallo on Oct. 30, but 24 points from Terone Johnson were enough to prevail, 70-61. Purdue followed the Montevallo win up with a comfortable 109-68 drubbing of Newberry on Saturday night. Johnson again led Purdue in scoring and looks to be the No. 1 option offensively heading into Friday’s season opener against Bucknell at Mackey Arena.

· Wisconsin: Two key injuries are the major storyline in Madison thus far as Josh Gasser, the expected starter at point guard, is out for the year with a torn ACL and Mike Bruesewitz continues to recover from a leg laceration. The loss of Gasser was a tough blow, but Bo Ryan appears to have options with George Marshall, Traevon Jackson and maybe even Ben Brust. It won’t take long to learn what the Badgers are made of as they travel to Gainesville for a meeting with Florida on Nov. 14.

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  • Evansville Hoosier

    I never subscribed to Brandon Paul being anything near an elite player. This is probably just a “teach him a lesson” moment from Groce to Paul, but I can already tell that I like how Groce doesn’t give into his players’ whiny or selfish behavior like Weber did with Jereme Richmond, Meyers Leonard and Brandon Paul, to some degree.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    When Terone Johnson is your #1 offensive weapon, your team is in trouble. He’s a fine player, but would he even start for the Hoosiers?

  • IUMIKE1

    Simply put….NO

    PUke’s leading scorer not being good enough to be able to be a starter on IU’s team, kinda brings a smile to one’s face, doesn’t it.

  • IUMIKE1

    IMHO Groce will make them into a good to very good team and it won’t take him 4 to 6 years to do it, especially if he taps into the Chicago talent pool in a major way. Hated Brewthee, but also hated to see Brewthee get put out too. The Whinin’ Illini deserved every bit of him they got.

  • IUMIKE1

    IMHO Groce will make them into a good to very good team and it won’t take him 4 to 6 years to do it, especially if he taps into the Chicago talent pool in a major way. Hated Brewthee, but also hated to see Brewthee get put out too. The Whinin’ Illini deserved every bit of him they got.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I expect him to put them in the middle of the pack, finishing around 6 or 7 most years. Probably never higher than 3rd, but 3rd in the B1G is still impressive and he’ll make them a quality program.

  • MillaRed

    We are #1 in the land. Destined for the Elite 8 or better. Recruits are lining up at our door. All that is not Indiana is hating every minute of it.

    Tis good to be king. And has been a long time coming. Someone peel us a grape.

  • MillaRed

    We are #1 in the land. Destined for the Elite 8 or better. Recruits are lining up at our door. All that is not Indiana is hating every minute of it.

    Tis good to be king. And has been a long time coming. Someone peel us a grape.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    a hedonistically beautiful way to view our… I’m saying it… throne

  • SCHoosier

    Whoa..get off that caffine Milla..:) let’s see where the NCAA comes down on the Perea/Jurkin issue. IU is gonna need the freshmen to really step up when they get to Brooklyn. Just remember that old Bible verse about the “last being first and the first being last” etc. I don’t mind a little swagger..but leave the bling home!!:)

  • SCHoosier

    Love the Brewthee..did he hook up with anybody? (team I mean):)

  • SCHoosier

    Love the Brewthee..did he hook up with anybody? (team I mean):)

  • SCHoosier

    Crean was “wowing” MSU’s length and speed in a tweet over the weekend when he was watching the Spartan tape. Lot of talent in the B-10 this year..and with great coaches I think success will require a special team chemistry and a real emphasis on defense. IU has the former..must prove the latter.Doubt the conference regular season and post season tournament champ will be the same. I hear gasps out there..but odds are against it..unless somebody’s personnel situation changes drastically. Just sayin’….

  • CreamandCrimson

    Kansas State.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Kansas State.

  • IUMIKE1

    Took over the spot Frank Martin voluntarily vacated at Kansas St. Guess they thought that there might be a little bit of that Salukis magic left over in him somewhere. Good luck with that thought K St. something tells me you’ll need it.

  • IUMIKE1

    Took over the spot Frank Martin voluntarily vacated at Kansas St. Guess they thought that there might be a little bit of that Salukis magic left over in him somewhere. Good luck with that thought K St. something tells me you’ll need it.

  • MillaRed

    First of all, I’m just having a little fun. I think we all deserve it after the last 5 years.

    In terms of our roster, worse case scenario these guys are not eligible (say it isn’t so). Suffice to say, I will take an undersized Hollowell at the 4 instead of the Sweet 16 Pritchard. Furthermore, a healthy Elston gets more of those minutes anyway in the post-season.

    I think the reason we are truly better is due to a true PG in Yogi, Hollowell, a contributing Mo Creek and improved starters when compared to last season.

    But I cannot deny Perea would be icing on that cake. Really rooting for him.

  • IUMIKE1

    Peeling the grapes for us sounds like a good job for the next pUKe troll found slithering around on here. If another one is stupid enough to come on here after that (and yes they are THAT stupid) he can be the one that takes care of slowly moving the fan, made up of giant feathers, up and down.

  • MillaRed

    Never underestimate the dark power of the dislike button Mike. This guy is a mighty sorcerer. Probably a 33rd level mage, creeping ITH when World of Warcraft servers are too slow to keep him occupied.

  • HoosierPat

    Everyone needs to remeber that Indiana has not won anything yet. The #1 ranking only matters at the end of the season. CTC and his team need to stay hungry.

  • CreanFaithful

    We are fans. We are supposed to boast and be eternal optimist despite all circumstances. It is Crean’s job to keep the boys hungry. Let’s get it!

  • b_side

    Yep. Weeper got Austin’s little brother, Alex Etherington, to commit to K-State earlier this year.

  • moanders

    No doubt CTC will remind them what can happen if they don’t start every game hungry…he need only show the first 5 minutes of the exhibition game. The bigger challenge will be keeping the whole team engaged on the ultimate prize after pancaking some sacrificial lambs to start off the season…

    Good Lord…I think my head is going to explode before getting to Friday night!

  • DarkSouth

    I frequently downvote your comments, Milla, just to mess with you. Every once in a while i miss and hit “like”.

  • SCHoosier

    I can get down wit dat!

  • SCHoosier

    I can get down wit dat!

  • MillaRed

    Every “dislike” takes one month of my life. I hope you are happy with yourself. Dark “mage” South.

  • DarkSouth

    Alas, I can’t be happy since I was merely joking. So I can’t claim credit for reducing your future retirement home stay.

  • DarkSouth

    Alas, I can’t be happy since I was merely joking. So I can’t claim credit for reducing your future retirement home stay.

  • IUeconAlum

    Yeah, got my tickets to IU@PSU today. I bet there will be more Hoosiers than Lions fans there. Here come the herd of east coast alumni!

  • Swishmac IU

    Any idea when the NCAA will rule on PJ and Hanner? I thought they were supposed to have these all clear by season start?

  • I know someone posted last year that they went to the PSU game and got court side seats for like25-30$ apiece just by walking up to a scalper before the game. Wish I lived a little closer to PSU!

  • Iowa is a humongous sleeper in the big ten this year. Adam Woodbury is legit. They have really good players. I really wish we werent playing them on the road 1st game of big ten. I bet we go into that game 2pt dogs.

  • IUMIKE1

    lol

  • IUMIKE1

    lol