The Minute After: Penn State

  • 01/23/2013 9:13 pm in

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Thoughts on a 72-49 win over the Nittany Lions:

I. When Indiana is making 3-pointers like it did on Wednesday night, few teams in the country, if any, are beating the Hoosiers. Especially at Assembly Hall. After connecting on 5-of-12 attempts from distance in the first half, Indiana came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. The Hoosiers hit their first six 3-point attempts and hit eight in a row in total if you go back to the first half.

The perimeter barrage came from a variety of sources. Will Sheehey was back in mid-season form. The junior from Stuart, Fla., led IU with eight first-half points. And after his first few looks went in, Sheehey looked like the guy capable of carrying this team in stretches with his scoring and energy off the bench.

Yogi Ferrell knocked in a few in what was perhaps his best shooting display this season. He finished with a career-high 15 points. Victor Oladipo and Jordan Hulls were on target, too. Oladipo’s improved perimeter game continues to blossom and he’s now shooting 55.1 percent on threes this season. He finished with a game-high 19 points, six rebounds and five assists.

II. The defense was another storyline worth noting. Penn State, fresh off of totals of 71 in a loss to Michigan State and 64 in a loss to Nebraska, could only muster up 49 points against a defense that was ranked in the top 20 nationally in terms of efficiency entering the game. As the Big Ten schedule moves along and the Hoosiers enter a brutal stretch of games in February, defense is going to have to be the calling card, particularly on the road.

In total, the Nittany Lions shot 17-of-50 from the field and Indiana never really allowed them to establish any flow or momentum. After an 8-of-27 first-half shooting performance by Penn State, the Hoosiers kept the intensity dialed up for the second half and finished the game strong, which hasn’t always been the case in recent games. With a major battle looming Sunday at Assembly Hall with the Spartans, it was important for Indiana to put together a solid 40 minutes. For the most part, that happened.

III. Other observations:

· The bench: A better night overall than we’ve seen of late for Indiana’s bench. Maurice Creek returned from a foot injury and while he didn’t contribute much offensively, he’s back and could give this team a lift as a spot up shooter. Hanner Mosquera-Perea had an impressive first-half block, but is still a work in progress in the halfcourt game. Still no Derek Elston, who again sat out with a nagging knee injury. Sheehey, who we already mentioned, put together a performance that IU fans grew accustomed to seeing during the non-conference portion of the schedule. Remy Abell, however, continues to struggle and finished with two points and three turnovers.

· Guests inside the hall: Jack and Jackie Harbaugh, the mother and father of Tom Crean’s wife Joani, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh were in attendance, as was former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa. Also in the house: A pair of 2014 recruiting targets in Park Tudor wing Trevon Bluiett and JaQuan Lyle.

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  • HannerTime Hoosier

    IU will never win Banner #6 w/ 2 guards shorter than 6′ starting. Imho

  • BlakeD1223

    Is it me or do we have no forward game? We have one player that can post and that’s Zeller. Watford can’t play down low because he can’t jump. He gets blocked or tied up too often. I’d love to see Derek or Perea in there with Zeller from time to time and force the ball down low and see what they can do. I think it would open up our 3 game as well. If Derek/Perea and Zeller are both getting touches they will eventually have to double one of them. I’m not sold on Perea yet and I don’t think he’s a great shooter but surely to god he has a baby hook shot he can perfect. I’d also like to see Perea get more playing time, especially in games like last night. It seems like as soon as he gets going and gets in a rhythm he gets taken out. He needs a lot of work that’s for sure. I’d love to use his length and athleticism more though.

    Also, if we don’t hit free throws we don’t beat MI, MSU or OSU!!

  • Eastwood88_2

    The officials will have alot to say about this one. If they call it tight MSU is done for. They love to abuse cody down low. Sure Izzo will be crying the whole game. Question, who is hulls going to guard?

  • Eastwood88_2

    My thoughts exactly, Play NW and have 6 TO we have no offense. Play PSU we are going to fast. The main difference in this team is the defensive effort which seems to take away from the offense, but that is how you win championships

  • Eastwood88_2

    My thoughts exactly, Play NW and have 6 TO we have no offense. Play PSU we are going to fast. The main difference in this team is the defensive effort which seems to take away from the offense, but that is how you win championships

  • calbert40

    Yogi is one of the most intelligent posters on the site. He posts stats and facts more than biased opinion. Keep ’em coming, Yogi! Most of us appreciate your insight.

  • chiswede

    I’m just glad we showed that the rest of the team can step up when Zeller isn’t scoring.

  • calbert40

    Completely agree on Chambers. Has to be darn near impossible to win there, and then you lose one of the best players in the entire B1G for the season. But that team plays with a lot of heart. I bet that team bites someone it shouldn’t by the end of the season.

  • calbert40

    Completely agree on Chambers. Has to be darn near impossible to win there, and then you lose one of the best players in the entire B1G for the season. But that team plays with a lot of heart. I bet that team bites someone it shouldn’t by the end of the season.

  • calbert40

    When teams like Duke or Kentucky lose, an angel gets his wings.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I think Tom Crean would probably love to get more easy baskets around the rim. What coach wouldn’t? That being said….Hanner Perea is unfortunately not ready to have the ball thrown down to him. We’ve seen what that leads to right now (a turnover). It’d be great if he perfected some post moves but that’s not happening right now. Derek Elston was expected to help with low post offense but there are some lingering health issues right now and Elston isn’t playing.

    I don’t think our “3 game” needs to be opened up. We hit 11 of them last night. I get what you are saying and it would be great to have a secondary post-up option but there aren’t very many teams in college basketball with more than one reliable, consistent post-up guy. I think our best option for the time being (besides Zeller) for interior offense is Oladipo, Sheehey, Remy (if he can stop turning it over) and Yogi driving to the basket.

  • Ole Man

    Thanks Ben. That’s what I was saying. But apparently some “minds (using the word loosely) that post on here can’t stand a critique if it disagrees with their “rah, rah” opinion. Also, they fail to look at other posts where I compliment Crean.

  • Ole Man

    Love the idea of Hanner and Zeller in there at the same time. Not certain, but don’t think we’ve seen that yet.

  • DeeLyle

    I saw that too and chalked it up to posturing. You know, making sure the kids know Coach has their back even if there are 60 seconds left and we’re up 20+.

  • Ole Man

    Good thought. Somehow I missed the near technical.

  • MillaRed

    Alford and Smart were just huge eh?

  • Pat Chambers is a class act. Just listened to his press conference and he said all the right things about his team and kissed our _____ a little bit. Glad he’s in the B1G.

  • Ole Man

    Thank you! Tired of hearing that “same ole song”.

  • Ole Man

    Me too!

  • Ole Man

    Me too!

  • Ole Man

    Try looking a little harder before you slam someone for attempting to have a conversation and not being a cheerleader all the time:

    Ole Man WatchingYogi_atYogis • 12 hours ago

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    ROFL!. Arf, arf. Thanks for the bone.
    And no, I don’t think Crean reads these posts; nor do I think any of us posters can coach better that he can.

  • DeeLyle

    I think Jurkin will be redshirted.

  • DeeLyle

    I thought he also banged knees with someone in the second half. He seemed to be limping around for awhile afterwards.

  • BlakeD1223

    I know Derek is having health issues. Wish he could get back and be healthy….. How do you think we would do with both Perea and Zeller in at the same time? Would the inside be too cluttered?

    I love when Yogi penetrates. Especially if he is hitting his jumper. I’d love to see more of that as well.

    It’s not like I’m saying anything that our coaches don’t know. I’m not one to bash coaches and I’m not in any way shape or form. I guess it’s just things I have noticed.

  • DeeLyle

    Positivity from the Ole Man? Have I crossed into an alternate universe? I like it. Keep it coming…

  • DeeLyle

    Positivity from the Ole Man? Have I crossed into an alternate universe? I like it. Keep it coming…

  • CreamandCrimson

    I agree with most of what you are saying but I just don’t think we have the personnel to get more traditional post-up scoring.

    The Perea and Zeller combo could be interesting but I really haven’t seen anything from Hanner Perea that would justify him getting more minutes. He looked better on the defensive end last night but he has done absolutely nothing on the offensive side of the ball and I don’t think taking minutes away from Watford or Sheehey to give Perea and Zeller a chance to play together would have positive results. I could be wrong though.

  • DeeLyle

    Agreed Milla. I’ve been saying this for months…

  • DeeLyle

    Nothing official yet. Those decisions are typically made at the conclusion of the season.

  • IUMIKE1

    Was glad to see that. Think he needs to do more of that and even more up to and including getting T’d up as long as he picks the right time and place to get T’d up. Getting T’d up can be the right thing to do and a good thing when done, as I say, at the right time and in the right place.

  • IUMIKE1

    Was glad to see that. Think he needs to do more of that and even more up to and including getting T’d up as long as he picks the right time and place to get T’d up. Getting T’d up can be the right thing to do and a good thing when done, as I say, at the right time and in the right place.

  • BlakeD1223

    Yeah I guess when you think about who wouldn’t be on the court makes it more understandable why they don’t play together. It was just a thought I had watching last night. Watching Watford get blocked every time he goes in the lane made me realize that we really only have one good post player.

  • IUMIKE1

    With all the keystrokes that you and marcus save me I’m starting to feel really bad that you guys weren’t on the, yes buy for, side of my Xmas list. lol

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Settle down, Francis.

  • tenaciousIUFan

    Any concerns with the amount of times Victor got blocked last night?

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    the 2010-2011 UConn champions had Kemba Walker 6’1” and Shabazz Napier 5’11” playing the first and fourth most minutes per game on the team respectively. Napier actually came off the bench. But in the national title game against Butler, he played 27 minutes, while Walker played 37 minutes. At the very least they shared the court for 24 minutes- which is incidentally about the amount of minutes Yogi and Hulls play together on a game by game basis. Now unless you are arguing that it’s Walker’s one inch over 6 feet or that they didn’t officially start together that separated them as National Champions, I wouldn’t say with confidence that having two smaller guards means you cannot win a banner.

    We might not win the banner, but I hardly think that will be the determinative reason. First of all, there are a number of quality good teams. Second of all, a lot needs to go right to be the one team to hang the banner. In my opinion, Hulls plays better when he can spot up, rather than be the primary ball handler. As long as Yogi is playing well (and that’s a must), I think Hulls is the perfect compliment offensively given our options in the backcourt. I admit it is a defensive issue. Hulls is not a lock down defender by any means (I think Yogi can be). He attempts to mute that by gambling and going for turnovers. But Crean has an answer for this at the end of games by going offense/defense with his substitutions of Hulls. The main issue for me is that I think Yogi and Hulls are two of our better players. They have to get minutes and that means they have to play together. I’m not saying they are Napier and Walker, but they are what we have.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    the 2010-2011 UConn champions had Kemba Walker 6’1” and Shabazz Napier 5’11” playing the first and fourth most minutes per game on the team respectively. Napier actually came off the bench. But in the national title game against Butler, he played 27 minutes, while Walker played 37 minutes. At the very least they shared the court for 24 minutes- which is incidentally about the amount of minutes Yogi and Hulls play together on a game by game basis. Now unless you are arguing that it’s Walker’s one inch over 6 feet or that they didn’t officially start together that separated them as National Champions, I wouldn’t say with confidence that having two smaller guards means you cannot win a banner.

    We might not win the banner, but I hardly think that will be the determinative reason. First of all, there are a number of quality good teams. Second of all, a lot needs to go right to be the one team to hang the banner. In my opinion, Hulls plays better when he can spot up, rather than be the primary ball handler. As long as Yogi is playing well (and that’s a must), I think Hulls is the perfect compliment offensively given our options in the backcourt. I admit it is a defensive issue. Hulls is not a lock down defender by any means (I think Yogi can be). He attempts to mute that by gambling and going for turnovers. But Crean has an answer for this at the end of games by going offense/defense with his substitutions of Hulls. The main issue for me is that I think Yogi and Hulls are two of our better players. They have to get minutes and that means they have to play together. I’m not saying they are Napier and Walker, but they are what we have.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    no, but I am concerned with how often Watford gets blocked at 6’9″.

  • Totally disagree. Watford has been huge so far in B1G play while Sheehey has been completely absent. Did you see the rebounds that Watford was pulling down?

  • Benhyoung14

    Good thing Jordy and Yogi are 6′.

  • Benhyoung14

    Odd, but a complete BS call. Seen a lot of blown charge calls this year. Good timing to light a fire IMO.

  • Benhyoung14

    He’s been a lot more active than he has been in the past. On several occasions in the last few games I’ve seen him drive to the basket instead of just trying to shoot a jump shot. That creates a lot. His game is starting to look a little like Watford’s. At this point he doesn’t have to stuff the stat sheet, just show good D, rebounding, and aggressiveness with the ball.

  • marcusgresham

    I get your point, but in fairness they were about 6’2 and 6’3

  • marcusgresham

    I get your point, but in fairness they were about 6’2 and 6’3

  • marcusgresham

    Nothing is more exciting than Duke losing….except Kentucky losing.

  • marcusgresham

    Krzyzewski must not be able to coach.

  • marcusgresham

    Impossible. If you play in games you can’t then request a redshirt unless you’ve been injured.

  • I liked that he was attacking and once he got into the middle of the zone he was looking for a good pass. That is how you want to beat a zone.

  • sloan screen #45

    Is it possible for you to make an original comment on your own? Is this something you are capable of? Or can you only troll around throughout these threads finding something you dont agree with and then attack that person. Very cowardly. We can all have our own opinions here and still carry on a respectful conversation. Well, atleast some of can.

  • twarrior87

    I just assumed CTC was trying to get Perea minutes in a game where we didn’t need Zeller to win.