The Minute After: Georgia

  • 11/19/2012 8:34 pm in

BROOKLYN — Thoughts on a 66-53 win over Georgia:

I. Here’s the reality of this one: Yes, it was ugly for the first 30 or so minutes, but Indiana’s final offensive surge to end the game made it respectable. The Hoosiers ended up shooting 51.5% on 2s and after starting out just 1-of-12 on 3-pointers,  four late ones had them at 5-of-16 for the night (31.3%). That adds up to a 50 eFG%. Not great, but after starting just 8-of-25 from the floor in the first half, it was somewhat of a return to center. They also managed 1.03 points per possession, which is a little better than the traditional average output of 1.0 for a college basketball team.

Having said that: This was generally one that was hard to watch. Indiana had spacing and ball movement issues along with the poor shooting, and fouls ran rampant early. Jordan Hulls, Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo all had two early and Georgia was in the bonus by the 8:06 mark in the first half. The Bulldogs didn’t look much better during the same timeframe, and well, yeah: This game wasn’t one to frame and put up on the wall.

II. Rough one for The Big Handsome. Beyond the early foul trouble — in which he sat the last 9:05 of the first half — Zeller just looked out of sorts. He had as many turnovers as rebounds (four) and scored just six points. Georgia bullied him out of bounds on a double team. He was fouled hard in the second half and took a little bit of time to get up. Zeller also missed back-to-back free throws after that hard foul.

But then there was Jordan Hulls to the rescue: As Andy Bottoms noted, Hulls scored or assisted on 18 of the next 20 Hoosier points after they led 42-40 with 10:21 to go. He hit three 3-pointers and scored on a spin move off the left wing that had the crowd going crazy. The seven other points came on two assists to Victor Oladipo — one of the alley-oop variety — and a Christian Watford 3-pointer. After laying an egg for most of the game offensively, Hulls almost single-handedly moved this from a game that was closer than most expected to one where IU was able to win by double-digits.

Remy Abell also continued his strong start to the season, being one of the few bright spots in the first half — he had six points (2-of-2 from the field, 2-of-2 from the line) in eight minutes of action.

III. It was an incredibly pro-IU crowd here inside the Barclays Center this evening. I think 90% is an accurate guess. Of course, some made the trip via plane, train or automobile. And Indiana is likely to really start traveling well with their rise back to national prominence. But don’t forget that Indiana University has seen a surge of New York/New Jersey/East Coast students in recent years. Couple that with grads/fans that may have matriculated to the most populous city in the states as well post-graduation that may not have grown up in the area — Greg and I both knew people in that category here tonight — and you get a nice, little Hoosier Nation inside the Barclays Center.

Even five minutes into the first half of the UCLA-Georgetown game, the remaining IU faithful even gave a “Hoo-Ho-Hoo-Hoosiers” chant to some of the team as they filed into seats behind the UCLA bench to take in action.

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  • IUMIKE1

    Thought CW done a lot of the things that don’t necessarily show up in the stat sheet but are very vital to not falling behind by several points while things are not going our way. It also allowed us to hang close enough that when we finally got to a point where we could put a big run together that big run wasn’t to get us back in the game but rather to put the game away.

  • Oldguyy

    eFG% 44.2 this year, 55.0 last. DR% 9.9 this, 10.3 last. OR% 4.8 this, 6.6 last. A% 6.6 this, 9.2 last. B% 0.0 this, 1.0 last. Verstehen Sie?

  • Oldguyy

    eFG% 44.2 this year, 55.0 last. DR% 9.9 this, 10.3 last. OR% 4.8 this, 6.6 last. A% 6.6 this, 9.2 last. B% 0.0 this, 1.0 last. Verstehen Sie?

  • IUMIKE1

    Didn’t DVR it but then again I didn’t really need to know that I agree with you, especially the last sentence…in both of your comments.

  • CreanFaithful

    IU games played this year: 4, IU Games played last year: 36. CTC sees him perform everyday. It will translate on the court. Give it time. There is certainly no need to be concerned with Will.

  • IUMIKE1

    He was probably thinking that telling him he would do that was the main, if not only reason, he signed with UCLA. I think Howland is going to find out that he is going to have to make a choice before much more of the season is over in that is it going to be, keep my job and take him off the point (he is not the second coming of Magic Johnson by any means), or do I do what I said I would do when I told this kid whatever he wanted to hear when recruiting him.

  • HoosierDD

    Give it a rest. You have three posts on this thread, and they are all hating on Hulls defense. We get it, he’s limited defensively. It’s nothing new at this point. No need to hammer it home every time his man scores 2 points. Hulls probably did 25 good things in the game and you want to focus on the 2 times he got beat.

  • HoosierDD

    Give it a rest. You have three posts on this thread, and they are all hating on Hulls defense. We get it, he’s limited defensively. It’s nothing new at this point. No need to hammer it home every time his man scores 2 points. Hulls probably did 25 good things in the game and you want to focus on the 2 times he got beat.

  • IUMIKE1

    Proudest moment since his firing ?! Wow, everyone is entitled to their opinion and it shouldn’t matter how many others share yours but I don’t think too many people are filing him calling an IU game under their proudest moment in IU bball over the last ten years or so, just sayin’.

  • IUMIKE1

    The more appropriate and MUCH BETTER analogy.

  • IUMIKE1

    The more appropriate and MUCH BETTER analogy.

  • Brklynhoosier

    I agree — the G-town zone was impressive. But they played it ALL NIGHT. And UCLA couldn’t figure it out! I’m really hoping to see G-town try the same tonight — and Will, Jordy, Remy, Christian, Jeremy, Yogi, etc. to rain the 3’s down… Under those conditions, think even Vic could find his shot…

  • IUMIKE1

    Wait, you felt prouder hearing him call the game than beating KY last year? Am I misunderstanding that comment?

    Is there an echo in my room ?

    Beating pUKe will always be a prouder moment for this IU bball fan as well as several others things.

  • IUMIKE1

    Wait, you felt prouder hearing him call the game than beating KY last year? Am I misunderstanding that comment?

    Is there an echo in my room ?

    Beating pUKe will always be a prouder moment for this IU bball fan as well as several others things.

  • IUMIKE1

    It would have helped if he would have been able to get his shot off which there would have been no guarantee of or if his man did not gain it all back on the defensive end of the floor.

  • IUMIKE1

    So THAT’s what he looks and sounds like. hmmm

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    That video was introduced to me by my 12 year old son. It is why the internet exists.

    Lolololo!!!!!!

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    That video was introduced to me by my 12 year old son. It is why the internet exists.

    Lolololo!!!!!!

  • IUMIKE1

    Easy big guy, easy. Just keep in mind your next to last sentence. No offence, but I hope we’re both wrong, really don’t think we will be when all is said and done but…..

    I think Crean has a really good mind when it comes to bball but saying that Jordy is going to be playing, or even making a team, in the NBA next year is a little bit over the top IMHO, but I’m hoping I’m wrong about that as well.

  • marcusgresham

    This doesn’t excuse Hulls’ defensive deficiencies, but consider also the fact that there is a limited second line of defense. When two guys who, at least on paper, appear to be amongst the best shot blockers on the team are finally allowed to play (let it be tonight, dammit!) that can eliminate some of the problems of getting past the perimeter players. Right now there are only two guys in the rotation over 6’7″, and one of them, Watford, has never been known for his vertical jump.

  • marcusgresham

    This doesn’t excuse Hulls’ defensive deficiencies, but consider also the fact that there is a limited second line of defense. When two guys who, at least on paper, appear to be amongst the best shot blockers on the team are finally allowed to play (let it be tonight, dammit!) that can eliminate some of the problems of getting past the perimeter players. Right now there are only two guys in the rotation over 6’7″, and one of them, Watford, has never been known for his vertical jump.

  • marcusgresham

    Sheehey’s still been hitting his mid-range fairly well, it’s just been from behind the line that he’s struggled.

  • SS8941

    You obviously haven’t read my posts before. Some of these people spent a lot of time going after me for criticizing Hulls’ defense, ball handling and every other aspect of his game. Defensively his positioning is much, much better and he has gotten much better at moving his feet on defense. Last year he always got beat off the dribble and either had to foul or gave up an easy layup; it only happened once last night. Offensively his ball-handling difficulties have been negated due to Yogi’s presence and Remy’s improved abilities, plus he’s gotten better handling the ball anyway. His passing has improved as well. Obviously Jordy put in a ton of work in the off-season, and I don’t know what game you were watching last night because his improvement was pretty obvious to everyone but apparently you.

  • SS8941

    I think Coach Crean got a little caught up in the moment with the whole NBA shtick.

  • IUMIKE1

    Believe your right but regardless of who is right, some of us or him, I like the fact that he hyped Jordy and his game the way he did. Doing that kind of thing not only lets the player know and or reaffirms to the player that their coach is behind them and their game 110%. It also can go a long way towards giving a player confidence or a player that already has confidence even more confidence and in the game of bball having that confidence means a whole lot and can help a player in a lot of different ways.

  • IUMIKE1

    You speak the truth sir, you speak the truth. lol

    Ping !! (sound of like button being hit)

    Bonk ! (sound of like button trying to be hit again)

  • HoosierPat

    OMG I’m not kidding! I’m not saying he is a great defender, but he is much improved compared to last year.