The Minute After: Purdue

  • 01/30/2013 11:59 pm in

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Thoughts on a 97-60 win against Purdue:

I. There was talk of the Hoosiers seeing beyond this one to their College Gameday matchup with the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, that the Boilermakers may be overlooked. But such speculation was put to rest early tonight inside Mackey Arena. Indiana asserted itself as the agressor, as the better team. And there was little doubt the Boliermakers were in trouble from the tip. Cody Zeller went to work early on A.J. Hammons, saddling him with foul trouble. Will Sheehey got a a steal and a dunk. Victor Oladipo hit a corner 3 off a Sheehey offensive rebound. The lead was 10. And it would build from there. Sixteen after a Christian Watford 3-pointer. All the way to 20 by the time the halftime buzzer sounded.

We’ve seen the Hoosiers play a crisp first 20 in some Big Ten games, only to watch the opponent slow them down and outscore them in the second half. But not tonight. Not against this rival. The Hoosiers were not done. The lead continued to balloon. Twenty-five after a Yogi Ferrell 3-pointer. Up to 27 and then 28 after a Sheehey and-1, the theatrics were on full display as Sheehey flexed his right bicep to the Purdue crowd. The Hoosiers were smiling and having fun all the way to the bank tonight, and ended this one with a 37-point slaughter of this younger, inexperienced, little brother Purdue team after Derek Elston and Maurice Creek joined in the 3-parade late.

97-60, the statement made loud and clear: We’re ready. Bring on the Wolverines.

II. This was a balanced attack; the Hoosiers had five players in double figures — Zeller (19 points), Watford (17 points), Oladipo (17 points), Ferrell (11 points) and Hulls (10 points). Sheehey added seven to go along with a career-high seven assists. Watford (4-of-5) and Ferrell (3-of-4) were hot from beyond the arc. The Hoosiers, after struggling at times from the line this season, were absolutely money in that department as well tonight, going 19-of-20 (95.0 percent). After Sunday’s Michigan State game, Indiana was turning the ball over second most in the conference with only Minnesota being more careless with the ball. Tonight, Indiana excelled in that department, turning the ball over on just 12.3 percent of its possessions, while Purdue had some serious issues there (27.0 TO%), leading to 20 points for IU.

III. Good to see Tom Crean insert Derek Elston into the game. And even better to see Elston have an impact. He drew a near charge in the first half and ran some nice pick and roll action with Oladipo to get to the foul line and hit both free throws. And there was also the aforementioned 3-pointer. What we may find is this: Elston is going to play minutes in the frontcourt behind Zeller and Watford because he understands what Indiana is trying to do on both sides of the ball and he can provide a steady presence with limited mistakes. Hanner Mosquera-Perea just doesn’t have the timesheet Elston does in this program and it can make him a liability on the court at times.

If Elston can stay healthy and give the solid reserve minutes he’s capable of, Indiana’s bench just got better.

IV. Can’t leave with giving some love to Hammons. He pouted early after picking up some fouls, but man: What a performance. That dunk on the break was freakish and he scored half Purdue’s points (30 on 10-14 shooting, 10-12 from the line). He also had five blocks. As just a freshman, this won’t be the last Indiana sees of him.

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  • IUMIKE1

    At half time I told my friend that I watched the game with that PUke was actually lucky to be behind by only 20 at half cause we missed a bunch of 3’s that were good shots and open looks by players that normally hit them at a much higher rate. 5 out of 15 in first half. When you take a look at the percentage we shot from 3 the second half (70%) it could very easily have been more than 20 at the half.

  • IUMIKE1

    This is one of those that makes you wish you could hit the like button more than once so consider this comment my second like. lol

  • IUMIKE1

    Agree, have been saying for some time now that I thought his shot would eventually come around once he got used to his new body. Him hitting shots like he has been the last two games makes us soooo much better in soooo many ways.

  • IUMIKE1

    Yea, other than that and a couple other similarly minor things they’re great. DWS

  • IUMIKE1

    WORD !

  • IUMIKE1

    WORD !

  • IUMIKE1

    CW did a pretty solid job defending him last year. I know he is a lot better and playing smarter than last year but that might be something to try if he heats up and Yogi has a hard time with him.

  • IUMIKE1

    LOL. Hmmm and just how do you know what kind of a comment shows signs of a Red Bull & Vodka & uppers mix.

    Like button hit immediately following extended laughter.

  • IUMIKE1

    I know we only had 8 TO’s as a team but was a little concerned that Yogi had half of them. Couple of them were of the, I’m up in the air with no one to throw it to, variety if memory serves me right. He has gotten a lot better at not doing that and it seemed like most of those 4 came in the first half. His TO’s seemed to lessen as his shooting % went up.

  • IUMIKE1

    Oooohhhh yeaaaa. And serve that female dog her dish cold, real cold.

  • IUMIKE1

    Laughing….was thinking the exact same thing…..laughing.

  • IUMIKE1

    How would we feel if PUke done this ? Well you obviously haven’t watched too many of our home games against them cause if you had you wouldn’t have to ask that question. Didn’t loose sleep over it when they done it and don’t see what Will done as over the top either. If you give it ya gotta be able to take it too.

  • Geoff_85

    I think Watford will be on Robinson. Robinson is their second leading rebounder and gets 2.1 offensive rebounds per game. Michigan doesn’t need second looks and I think Indiana needs a good rebounder guarding Robinson so that we don’t see another Roosevelt Jones game. That sucked.

  • Geoff_85

    I think Watford will be on Robinson. Robinson is their second leading rebounder and gets 2.1 offensive rebounds per game. Michigan doesn’t need second looks and I think Indiana needs a good rebounder guarding Robinson so that we don’t see another Roosevelt Jones game. That sucked.

  • Geoff_85

    Didn’t do too shabby after I got home yesterday. Should get even more sleep today. I’m excited about this. I need as much energy as possible. I will have to effectively chase my one year old around all day Saturday after I get off work. Hopefully I’ll have some energy for the IU game (like I need sleep for that).

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    We all learn from experience! Ha

  • BlakeD1223

    ha ha… when I first saw it I cracked up. I hope there is a new one out about Michigan come Saturday!! I have a good feeling about this game for some reason. When we shoot the way we have been lately then we can’t be stopped. I believe we can out shoot any team out there right now. We have a lot of weapons.

  • IUMIKE1

    I heard that !

  • IUMIKE1

    Plus I don’t think trying to stop us from running will be as high on the priority list as it has been with a lot of other teams, but then again that will put pressure on us to not let them get O rebounds.

  • And_One

    Oh. Ah. That makes sense, given the number of IU fans there. They sure played like they were at AH.