The Minute After: Ball State

Thoughts on a 101-53 win over the Cardinals:

I. This game was knotted at 4-4 at the under-16 timeout, and it began as yet another slow start. But by the time the first half ended, the Hoosiers were up a ridiculous 50-19. Credit an offense that really started to get it going — scoring on several straight possessions and shooting 65% from the field. Credit a defense that held Ball State to two prolonged scoring droughts that totaled nearly 13 minutes.

Indiana’s depth and talent just wore Ball State out on both ends of the floor tonight — a familiar refrain against non-conference opponents inside Assembly Hall this season. Once Indiana got rolling in the first half, it was pretty much curtains for the Cardinals.

Also: Qdoba!

II. Lots of Hoosiers got in the mix in this one. Will Sheehey, save for some And1 Mixtape dribbling that resulted in a turnover and drew the ire of Tom Crean, was just about perfect tonight — 8-of-9 from the field for 19 points to go along with six rebounds. Lots of mid-range goodness from No. 0. Cody Zeller was aggressive from the start, receiving the ball more out near the perimeter and using his quickness to get to the rim against Ball State’s bigs. He scored 15 points in 20 minutes to go along with eight boards. Not quite sure if he’s fully over his illness yet, but the energy he displayed bodes well for Tuesday’s showdown with North Carolina.

Maurice Creek looked good in a spot-up shooting roll this evening; he hit two 3-pointers and totaled nine points for the game. Jordan Hulls did Jordan Hulls things (17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, three assists). Victor Oladipo continues to show confidence in his outside shot. The junior hit a jumper and a 3-pointer tonight en route to 13 points.

Christian Watford sported a double-double (11 points, 10 boards).

III. Despite the huge lead in the second half, Crean was his usual self in this one, continually telling his team to push the pace and not let up. He also had the Hoosiers practicing a full-court press in this one during a stretch after halftime as well — showing once again he’ll use live game action to try out some different things in these games where Indiana is outclassing the competition.

IV. Some numbers: Indiana rebounded almost half its misses (48.6 OR%) and snatched up nearly three-fourths of Ball State’s (73.0 DR%). It scored 1.29 points per possession. Not as many free throws in this one: The Hoosiers are leading the country in free throw rate (FGA/FTA) at 63.9, but totaled a free throw rate of 48.3 tonight (18-of-24). The Hoosiers also had nine steals and four blocks tonight, which are both season highs.

V. Nice game from Majok Majok. On an otherwise forgettable night for the Cardinals, the junior college transfer flashed an array of impressive moves. He’s got quick feet for a big man and it propelled him to a team-high 18 points. He’s started well for the team through their first four games and seems on pace to have a nice little MAC season for Ball State.

  • unclekerfuffle

    As we were waiting in traffic to get out of the parking lot last night, my wife commented that everyone with an IU license plate is probably considered an official booster. If that is the case, then it really narrows the field of who can come in contact with any potential recruit in the state of Indiana.

  • unclekerfuffle

    As we were waiting in traffic to get out of the parking lot last night, my wife commented that everyone with an IU license plate is probably considered an official booster. If that is the case, then it really narrows the field of who can come in contact with any potential recruit in the state of Indiana.

  • IULaw10

    I’m way late on this, as you have over 100 comments on ITH, but it needs to be said: your name and icon are amazing. If I’m not mistaken, Bobby is displaying his “game face?” Well done.

  • IULaw10

    Also: Christian Watford with the drive AND dunk. WHA?

  • Geoff_85

    Somebody get this guy a beer. It was Ball State and 2 days before UNC. This game was about shaking off rust and staying healthy, and they still managed to score over 100 points and only gave up 53. They looked much sharper than I expected them too coming off a big win and Thanksgiving break. Perspective dude.

  • IUMIKE1

    And as you should and as you should. Roll on ma man.

  • IUMIKE1

    And as you should and as you should. Roll on ma man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.bergmann2 Ken Bergmann

    Damn it! He needs to repay 1 pizza too!

  • IUMIKE1

    Maybe we can get Milla to teach those same moves to CZ, no wait a minute if he does that it will make CZ ineligible cause we all know there is enough booster skeletons in MillaRed’s closet to make that happen.

    Don’t know who was more surprised by that happening Cody or me. Hopefully he is still shaking off the last of the effects of being so sick.

  • IUMIKE1

    Thought I detected a look of envy on Peter Jurkin’s face when his name was announced.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    that is indeed the infamous game face. and believe it or not, yours is the first compliment i’ve ever gotten, so thank you! btw…i still get a little chuckle every time i watch that video

  • WhatsUpKnight

    that is indeed the infamous game face. and believe it or not, yours is the first compliment i’ve ever gotten, so thank you! btw…i still get a little chuckle every time i watch that video

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    I feel ya about non-conference. Not to worry, the Big Ten is LOADED. When it’s all said & done, we’ll have had one of the hardest schedules in the country. Really tough AWAY games too that should test our squad.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I thought about commenting earlier…some people need to nitpick everything. IU scored over 100 points and won by nearly 50. He posts 4 “random comments”, 3 of them negative. Watch the nearest bridges if the Hoosiers lose a game this season.

  • SCHoosier

    Yea I thought he was a new Starbucks drink in the program.

  • SCHoosier

    He’d be a good “anti-thug” move coming on the bench for defense.

  • SCHoosier

    He’d be a good “anti-thug” move coming on the bench for defense.

  • SCHoosier

    Not nitpicking..just verbalizing some thoughts which is what I thought these posts were about. As Bobby once said..”this is really about playing to your potential rather than your opponent.” What would you disagree with in those comments ..about specific players in specific situations. Do you really want Hulls to wait 14:30 into the half before aggressively looking for a shot against NC. U think AE cracks the line up 8 this year or next ..Will is better from 3pt than mid-range..Yogi’s shot HAS been falling?? Duke hasn’t played a tougher schedule??. Love these guys…and nobody is perfect..but my point is..its scary how good IU can be if the POTENTIAL is reached.. Throttle down guys..its just a game..

    I’ll take the beer though:)

  • CreamandCrimson

    Fair enough. I would think there would be some positive thoughts mixed in with the negative ones.

    I understand it’s not about the opponent and it’s about playing to your potential but I am not sure how much better they could have played to their potential. They scored on 15 straight possessions. That’s incredibly efficient. I don’t want Hulls to wait until the 5-minute mark to look for his shot against UNC but he wasn’t playing UNC last night. It’s not a big deal and I always enjoy reading your thoughts. To me, it came across as overly negative following a very good performance but like The Dude says, “that’s like, your opinion man.”

  • CreamandCrimson

    Fair enough. I would think there would be some positive thoughts mixed in with the negative ones.

    I understand it’s not about the opponent and it’s about playing to your potential but I am not sure how much better they could have played to their potential. They scored on 15 straight possessions. That’s incredibly efficient. I don’t want Hulls to wait until the 5-minute mark to look for his shot against UNC but he wasn’t playing UNC last night. It’s not a big deal and I always enjoy reading your thoughts. To me, it came across as overly negative following a very good performance but like The Dude says, “that’s like, your opinion man.”

  • WhatsUpKnight

    yeah, it’s somewhat of a lost cause to pick apart the team based on their performance against vastly inferior ball st. it’s not a league game, Smokey.

    then again, what’s up with zeller! why didn’t he score 50!

  • http://twitter.com/hoosiersmitty HoosierSmitty

    I heard my Inside The Hall t-shirt made it on TV! I should’ve taped it!

  • http://twitter.com/hoosiersmitty HoosierSmitty

    I heard my Inside The Hall t-shirt made it on TV! I should’ve taped it!

  • Brklynhoosier

    Saw Duke vs. VCU and was not impressed. If VCU had hit their FT’s at the end, they might have pulled it out. I’m also not sure that we’re #1 — but I do feel confident saying we could beat Duke.

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