The Minute After: North Dakota State

  • 11/12/2012 9:40 pm in

Thoughts on a 87-61 win over the Bison:

I. It is early, and grand, bold proclamations about anything at this juncture are’t wise. Still, I’m willing to go out on a limb with this: These Hoosiers are playmakers. Go on down the line: Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Will Sheehey, Remy Abell, Jeremy Hollowell — these cats can ball. Tougher opponents will come and the freshmen are sure to take more lumps, but is there any player in these eight that can’t get theirs in multiple ways?

This is what makes this offense so potent: options all over the place in every which way, and they just keep coming, one after another. It is a fast break of fury for 40 minutes. And if they’re not getting points before the defense sets itself in the halfcourt, they’re creating an advantage, making the extra pass — or maybe too many extra passes, as some argued they fell into for a stretch in the second half tonight — and getting open looks at the hoop or behind the 3-point line.

Four in double figures tonight, and it won’t be the last time.

II. Shoutout to Remy Abell. Just about died at his delayed fist pump after completing his solo 8-0 run in the second half — two straight threes, and a bucket at the cup to boot. Abell hasn’t missed a shot all season and finished the evening with 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting. Tom Crean thinks his best days lay ahead. Abell is also proving himself to be a capable point guard backup to Ferrell at the 1, which means Hulls continues to have the chance to play off the ball and get those shots in rhythm beyond the arc.

III. As if the first section of this TMA didn’t spell it out already, the offense continues to create tidal waves. The Hoosiers scored nearly 1.3 points per possession, had a turnover rate of just 14.9% and got to the line in droves (22-of-30, 57.1 free throw rate). Sure they could have shot better from the line and there were a couple wide open looks that seemed to just rim out. But these are minor quibbles in a world of imperfection.

Zeller scored 22 points with ease and he’s looking like a 7-foot point guard at times; Hollowell chipped in 14 and I keep sorta thinking he’s Watford; Hulls was hot early and finished the game with 11 points. The Hoosiers also had a strong night on the glass: They snagged 80% of available defensive rebounds and 37.1% of available offensive ones.

IV. Good catch from Albers: “Oladipo quietly (Quietly!? Crazy, I know) put up these numbers: 7 pts, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals.” With so many contributors early on here in the season, stuff like this can get swept under the rug.

One other thing about Vic? He looks more like a shooter this year. I’m talking form and fundamentals. And the confidence seems to be there, too. Bodes well going forward.

V. Is this the last live game on BTN.com? This is the last live game on BTN.com.

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  • Evansville Hoosier

    I think he’s trying to use these games to become more confident in his shot.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    from what I saw of most of Yogi’s turnovers, his teammates just weren’t ready for his passes. They’ll learn.

  • b_side

    Perfect example of why we are fans and Crean is the coach. Coaches don’t make knee-jerk reactions after one game. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. You have to take into consideration our lack of frontcourt depth. Wat is having to play out of position at the 5 (and learn the offensive sets!), instead of playing where he naturally fits at the PF or SF spots.

    Think if we played NDSU first — would Yogi have gotten all the accolades about being the top freshman point guard in the nation? Nope. They would say he was careless with the ball at times, seriously lacks 3-point accuracy, but his penetration gives his teammates easy buckets.

    Bottom line, one game doesn’t make or break a player.

  • b_side

    Perfect example of why we are fans and Crean is the coach. Coaches don’t make knee-jerk reactions after one game. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. You have to take into consideration our lack of frontcourt depth. Wat is having to play out of position at the 5 (and learn the offensive sets!), instead of playing where he naturally fits at the PF or SF spots.

    Think if we played NDSU first — would Yogi have gotten all the accolades about being the top freshman point guard in the nation? Nope. They would say he was careless with the ball at times, seriously lacks 3-point accuracy, but his penetration gives his teammates easy buckets.

    Bottom line, one game doesn’t make or break a player.

  • b_side

    Obviously the more Hoosiers in the NBA, the better it looks for the program. From a realistic standpoint, I just think he’s a typical tweener. And there’s just too much competition nowadays from international players as well. For players like Watford, sometimes it’s even better to go undrafted so that he and his agent can pick a team that needs his skills when it comes to finding a summer league team.

    But thankfully Wat will be fairly compensated whether it’s at the NBA or overseas. Above all else, he’ll have a degree from Indiana University when his career is over to pursue other opportunities.

  • b_side

    Really glad you posted this. Wat has demonstrated (on numerous occasions like vs. UK twice and VCU) that when the team is struggling for a basket, he’ll dig us out of the hole. I’m sure it’s frustrating for some that he isn’t hitting everything in sight, but he dealt with an injury over the summer and is clearly still finding his rhythm.

  • IUMIKE1

    Bingo, no need to read the numbers back cause you are 100 % correct.

  • TJ91

    Gerald, I think what Scoop meant is he hated watching the Hoosiers play against Mateen Cleaves, not that he thought Cleaves was a bad player (Think about it like the rest of the B1G hating Zeller or VO). I hated Cleaves too, but if Remy could be comparable to him I would be ecstatic.

  • TJ91

    Gerald, I think what Scoop meant is he hated watching the Hoosiers play against Mateen Cleaves, not that he thought Cleaves was a bad player (Think about it like the rest of the B1G hating Zeller or VO). I hated Cleaves too, but if Remy could be comparable to him I would be ecstatic.

  • TJ91

    Who would you want Austin to play over? He may be a great kid, but there is no way he deserves to steal minutes from VO, Sheehey, Remy, Hulls, Hollowell, or Creek. It’s hard enough to find those players adequate minutes at the 2-4 spots.

  • gerald

    Oh i see what ur saying….my bad Scoop

  • Jake

    Am I the only one that feels that Abell should get looks from some NBA teams? He’s playing like the 2nd best player on the #1 team in America, and he’s only a sophomore. I might have my crimson-shaded glasses on, but there’s not a lot he can’t do and he’s still young. Is there something I’m missing?

  • jpniles

    I am really surprised at some of the comments on this thread. IT IS THE SECOND GAME OF THE SEASON PEOPLE!!!! The reality is that on deep teams, you do not have to be “on” every night. Watford will get his numbers this season. With the talent that we have, there just won’t be the need insane displays of stat-stuffing. Look at the UK’s team from last year… Anthony Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist took the 4th and 5th most shots on the team. Look at where they went in the draft. I repeat… Watford will be fine. My goodness, enjoy the immense talent that is out there. Enjoy it. Let Crean worry about potential/getting the best out of his players.

    I thought this was an incredible game for one reason. The WHOLE plan and focus of NDSU was to slow the game down and dictate the pace… yet, we put up almost 90 points and proved we could score in half-court sets… oh yeah, and we could play a lot better. This is going to be a great season. Don’t go harshing our awesome 😉

  • Guest

    Cody and Remy both have made improvements on their game moving forward (Maybe more drastically for Remy), but what changes can fans expect from Austin Etherington regarding his skill set and his role on this year’s team?

  • Guest

    Cody and Remy both have made improvements on their game moving forward (Maybe more drastically for Remy), but what changes can fans expect from Austin Etherington regarding his skill set and his role on this year’s team?

  • I don’t know man maybe sometime when we are up by 25. He was the one who started this whole thing and he should at least get more garbage time than he does. I realize he doesn’t deserve anything like starter minutes.

  • My dad and I always talked about how we thought Roth could have had an excellent college career at a school he could have just fired away all the time. Austin always wanted to be a Hoosier though and started all these players coming here.

  • My dad and I always talked about how we thought Roth could have had an excellent college career at a school he could have just fired away all the time. Austin always wanted to be a Hoosier though and started all these players coming here.

  • Geoff_85

    Like I said, still learning to play together. They’ll be expecting those passes by the time The Big Ten season gets here.

  • Geoff_85

    Like I said, still learning to play together. They’ll be expecting those passes by the time The Big Ten season gets here.

  • Hoosier305

    New to MIA, is there an IU bar down here??