The Minute After: Nebraska

  • 02/13/2013 9:49 pm in

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Thoughts on a 76-47 win against the Cornhuskers:

Sometimes, it just happens. You throw everything into an effort like the Hoosiers did against Ohio State on Sunday, and then you head home for a game against a Big Ten bottom feeder and the crowd is late to arrive and quiet, and you just come out flat. And so this was Indiana to start the evening: Playing down to the competition. Save for an early 2-0 lead, the Hoosiers trailed the Cornhuskers of all teams until the the 8:06 mark in the first half, as a Yogi Ferrell 3-pointer put the Hoosiers up 16-14 — a lead they would continue to build throughout the duration. But truth be told: The first 20 minutes of tonight’s contest might go down as Indiana’s worst offensive half of the season. The Hoosiers scored a season-low 27 points. They shot just 31.6 percent from the field and just 28.6 percent from distance. Nebraska made more field goals (7) than the Hoosiers (6).

Indiana’s saving grace from the first 20 minutes was its ability to get to the line. Nebraska doesn’t have the talent or athletes to match the Hoosiers, and it showed. Indiana again went to Cody Zeller at the onset and he quickly got the likes of Brandon Ubel and Andre Almeida into foul trouble. The Cornhusker big men would end the half with three fouls apiece and Indiana scored nearly half (13-of-18) of its 27 first half points at the charity stripe. Nebraska also did an alright job of dictating tempo; the Hoosiers scored zero points on the break heading in the locker room.

But the second half would tell a different tale and it started like this on IU’s first three possessions: A Victor Oladipo putback after a Zeller miss, a Jordan Hulls 3-pointer, a Christian Watford dunk. And the hits would continue to come. Zeller had been riddled by some foul trouble himself, but he got in an offensive groove in the second half, scoring in the post and even getting a steal on a hedge for a breakaway dunk. After just three first half points, Zeller would finish the night with 16 points in 18 minutes on an 8-of-11 performance at the line. He led the team in scoring, though Indiana got its usual balanced attack. Christian Watford finished the evening with a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds). Oladipo had 13 of his own. Will Sheehey added nine and Hulls, eight.

And Remy Abell, who started the season so hot and went cold and maybe lost a little confidence along the way, had a decent little night. He splashed a corner 3-pointer — his first from distance since Jan. 7 — and got a steal, breakaway layup and hit the free throw to complete a 3-point play late to finish the evening with six points. By game’s end, the Hoosiers had done much better from distance (50 percent, 8-of-16), finished the night a respectable 45.8 percent from the field and scored a healthy 1.32 points per possession. They were also strong once more from the line (24-of-29, 82.8 percent).  Indiana’s 49 second half points also bested Nebraska’s 47 for the game. Yikes.

It was all a return to form after a forgettable first half and often felt like an IU home non-conference game: Not the most complete 40 minutes by any stretch, not the loudest and proudest Assembly Hall faithful performance, but a comfortable ‘W’ all the same.

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  • John Cole

    Hopefully they will be “up” for the Boilers on Saturday and not look past them to their game next week at MSU.

  • Dick_Pepperfield

    To all the Dakichheads; Too bad we’re only the 4th best team in the Big Ten. I guess if we were the best team in the Big Ten we would have won by 50.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Well… that’s the best answer in the second half I could think of for a slow start in the first, that’s for sure.

    Really, though, given the emotion spent beating Ohio State, I was honestly not going to be surprised if IU only won by 10. The fact that they nearly made it 30 shows how far along they are this year, and how explosive they can be even when they’re not using their top gear.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Sometimes, you just have to go win one almost boringly… But you still gotta win. And the guys did that tonight.

  • BrierBrax

    It seemed like Watford was getting after it harder than anyone else when it came to hitting the glass. So long as that continues to happen, we won’t lose

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    It’s really weird that a 29 point win was “almost” boring. But you’re right: You got the feeling that in the second half they knew this was no problem, all they had to do was tighten their game up a bit and they’d blow by those guys. And they did just that, all the while appearing as though they didn’t need to switch into high gear.

    So yeah: Sometimes you just gotta do the workmanlike games in-between the marquee ones.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I’m just disappointed that, in honor of their player Almeida, I didn’t remember to get a “Yo center’s so fat” thing going in the Hoosier Scoop chat. 😉

    “Yo center’s so fat, his belly got called for 3 seconds while his butt was in three point land…”

  • AZIU71

    Last 5 games Team Free Throw 100/115 = 87%. Extra 4-5 pts/game will be huge Tournament time.

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    Side topic: Looks like Luke Fischer has leaped Beejay Anja in ESPN’s latest recruiting rankings. Seems to be a less of a “project.”

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    Side topic: Looks like Luke Fischer has leaped Beejay Anja in ESPN’s latest recruiting rankings. Seems to be a less of a “project.”

  • marcusgresham

    Damn glad no one had to compete against Almeida in a pie-eating contest.

  • marcusgresham

    “Yo center’s so fat he’s not a Cornhusker; he’s a Corn Silo.”

  • marcusgresham

    I’d hope Zeller is up after what Hammons did in the first game.

    I’d also suspect Painter is already drinking Pepto-Bismol by the pint.

  • marcusgresham

    Am I the only one who thought Luke’s arms looked quite a bit bigger in that most recent picture than they have in the past?

  • HOOSIERS135

    I think it’ll be pretty crazy in AH this weekend. Always a lot of noise against pu.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    If only DeAndre Thomas were still on the team… 😉

  • DeeLyle

    Your center is so fat, his neck looks like a pair of hot dogs.

  • DeeLyle

    Your center is so fat, they had to iron his uniform on the driveway

  • HoosierGrad07

    Yeah really happy for Luke being at #67 and finally getting the respect nationally he deserves. Now all those people that were worried about having to start a “3 star, unranked” freshman at center next year might be okay w starting a “4 star, top 75” freshman.

    He’s the same player either way guys, and he’s gonna be great for us.

  • HoosierGrad07

    Yeah really happy for Luke being at #67 and finally getting the respect nationally he deserves. Now all those people that were worried about having to start a “3 star, unranked” freshman at center next year might be okay w starting a “4 star, top 75” freshman.

    He’s the same player either way guys, and he’s gonna be great for us.

  • Kenneth234

    I think the adjustment for Hammons is to front him in the post with Zeller and continue the ball pressure on their guards. Forcing them to throw a perfect pass over the top of Zeller while trying to deal with our guard pressure may hold Purdue under 40 points for the game. The only downside is giving up rebounding position to a bigger man down low, but I would rather take that chance and force Purdue to throw up long jumpers and hope for long rebounds than allow a freshman to get easy catches in the post.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Yo center’s so fat, he went to the bench and sat next to everyone.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    Yo center’s so fat he has his own zip code

  • iuoiu

    Honestly my biggest wish before the game was that our bench could play meaningful minutes and hot dang they did. We also saw why that’s so huge when Cody got saddled with foul trouble. It’s gonna happen in a big game this year and we better be prepared, whether it’s Cody or VO that ends up in trouble (those are the 2 I worry most about losing for good minutes).

  • SCHoosier

    The “Big Handsome” showed up second half to negate a “Big Ugly” performance by the entire offense in the first half (thank god for defense and TO’s). Guess it says something that IU can have that kind of half..3 starters with two early fouls and still win by 29. One thing for certain..Hoosiers can NOT afford another half like that in any game remaining on the schedule. Good to see the bench get some quality minutes. Anybody but me concerned about the lack of consistent scoring from our starting guards?

  • SCHoosier

    He and Tijan could have enjoyed a real cage match.

  • SCHoosier

    I hope..last night Crowd in first half was as lethargic as the offense. One fuels the other I guess.

  • SCHoosier

    Hammons did not look good against ILL last night (PU looked awful). Orange doubled the big guy and his turnaround was not falling. Boilers will be ready Sat..cause after all “It’s Indiana”

  • JerryCT

    That pass into the post to guy being fronted is very very difficult with pressure on the ball. I agree with you completely on this

  • HoosierD

    Agreed. Zeller did a nice job fronting Nix in the MSU game. Gave up a few easy lobs but overall was a factor. PU is no MSU.

  • MillaRed

    I remember looking on the floor and thinking, “OK, Cody is 240 pounds. This kid might be 500. And he may eat Cody Zeller.”

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Yo center’s so fat:
    – his blood type is cool ranch
    -he popped a flat on his roller skates

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    anya can’t get up and down the floor fast enough to play our style

  • calbert40

    He’s listed 6’11” 320, but WOW…he looked, um, huskier than that.

  • Earl Scheib

    I was waiting for the Hanson brothers to come off the bench for Nebraska. What a total hack fest. Stayed with us for a bit, though. Glad the bench got some time and that we breezed by them and everyone ended up playing so well. Liked the behind the back bounce pass from Jeremy towards the end. And Watford, he’s really upping his game each night. Keep it rolling boys!

  • CreamandCrimson

    As long as Victor, Watford and Zeller keep scoring, I don’t think a bit of inconsistency in our backcourt will cost us. Would I prefer Hulls and Yogi consistently scoring 10-12 points a game each? Absolutely. However, if they can keep the turnovers down (last night was an improvement) and keep getting the ball down low and our current “Big 3” keep it up, I won’t be too worried about our offense. You are right though, they are certainly a bit inconsistent. For what it’s worth, I have noticed Hulls is breathing kind of hard and coughing a bit on the bench and I heard Fish comment that Hulls was dealing with “bronchial issue” and has been dealing with it for a little over a week.

  • CreamandCrimson

    As long as Victor, Watford and Zeller keep scoring, I don’t think a bit of inconsistency in our backcourt will cost us. Would I prefer Hulls and Yogi consistently scoring 10-12 points a game each? Absolutely. However, if they can keep the turnovers down (last night was an improvement) and keep getting the ball down low and our current “Big 3” keep it up, I won’t be too worried about our offense. You are right though, they are certainly a bit inconsistent. For what it’s worth, I have noticed Hulls is breathing kind of hard and coughing a bit on the bench and I heard Fish comment that Hulls was dealing with “bronchial issue” and has been dealing with it for a little over a week.

  • IUMIKE1

    A “4 star, top 75 freshman” coached by the same guy who helped get a couple of barely top 150 freshmen, now juniors, get a ” little bit ” better.

  • marcusgresham

    He’s from Sao Paolo. I’m pretty certain the only Brazilian who weighs more is Christ the Redeemer.

  • MillaRed

    I think he eats Huskie’s

  • twarrior87

    you’re taking what he said out of context… DD talks about how teams look currently… that was right after we blew a game against illinois and while he was watching the Wisco game. He came back after they beat OSU and said no one in the nation is good as IU when IU is playing like they should.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    Ah, leave it alone, we explained this to him once. He wants to fixate on it. Dakich is a bit of an acquired taste. I didn’t like him at first. Most people that I talk to that are big IU fans don’t like him unless they listen to him a lot. Some of the stuff he says is an honest opinion of IU. Other times, I feel like he is just trying to stir up his listening base a bit. The old adage that any publicity is good publicity seems to be true in radio. I don’t believe that Cowherd truly believes half the stuff he says, but he is a genius at generating interest. And I like Cowherd. Dakich isn’t as antagonistic as he is. I guess I’m more turned off by analysts that generally sound like they don’t know what they are talking about (haven’t done the work) or have an obvious bias. Neither Dakich or Cowherd fall into those categories. Dakich knows IU basketball better than most and it that is apparent the more you listen to him. And if you do listen to his radio show, you are guaranteed to hear IU basketball talk. He caters to his listening base just as much as he riles them up.