The Minute After: Purdue

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Thoughts on a 83-55 win over the Boilermakers:

Another rivalry matchup against the Boilermakers, another familiar result: A beatdown in Bloomington, 83-55. Christian Watford, as he so often does, got things going early by hitting a bucket at the rim and two threes. It resulted in Indiana’s first eight points to get the Hall rocking. Justin touched on this after Wednesday’s victory over Nebraska, but Watford has put together a terrific Big Ten season. He’s posting double-doubles and the days of hunting shots in favor of working within the context of the offense are over.

Watford also reminded us why this was still Indiana-Purdue despite the 28-point margin of victory: He jawed with Terone Johnson in the first half and a referee would tell them to can it. Later, a contested tie-up on the floor had Watford hot and bothered. He finished the afternoon with 14 points and four boards, including a 3-of-4 effort from distance.

Save for a dip in the first half where Indiana starting taking bad shots too quickly, which allowed Purdue to make a mini-run to try and keep this one respectable before half, the Hoosiers would continue to do what they do on offense: Turn defense into scores, get up the court quick, run a little of something for a good look, make the extra pass and share the ball. With Victor Oladipo saddled with an ankle injury for the second half, Will Sheehey was the benefactor of Indiana’s ball movement, scoring on sharp cuts to rim and from distance.

Sheehey, who has struggled at times this Big Ten season to score at the efficient rate of some of his teammates, was perfect on the afternoon (9-of-9 for a career-high 22 points). If there was a silver lining to Oladipo’s injury — which seems like a minor blip, but further word is sure to come on that soon — it’s that Sheehey got to spread his wings a bit more. His 9-of-9 performance will also go down in the record books: It’s the most field goals attempted in a game without a miss in Indiana history.

Cody Zeller also scored the ball in multiple ways: He registered a tip-back dunk that harkened back to the Michigan game. Zeller would also score on the break, on a drive from the top of the key, in the post and from the line. He scored 19 points and grabbed nine boards, another (almost) double-double performance. Jordan Hulls hit 3-of-6 from distance and 2-of-2 from the line for 11 points, and that’s just a vintage Jordan Hulls performance. The Hoosiers again failed to take care of the ball at an acceptable rate (21.3 percent). But this may just be their flaw, and on an afternoon where they won by 28 points and forced a higher rate of turnovers on their opponent (25.5 percent), it doesn’t much matter.

Purdue continues to go through its growing pains and immaturity and you just can’t come into Assembly Hall and expect to win if that’s your makeup. Matt Painter sat A.J. Hammons to start the second half and though he got great looks at times, he failed to connect much. He would not repeat his tremendous performance at Mackey like last time around. Instead, he’d scored just six points on 3-of-10 shooting.

So the Hoosiers rolled through this week as expected: Comfortable home wins against inferior opponents. But Tuesday brings perhaps the toughest test of the season. A trip to East Lansing against the Spartans awaits, and the Big Ten’s best two squads are about to do battle.

  • jc4iu

    Now its time to get our game on. BEAT MSU!!!!

  • JC4IU

    Best wishes for a healthy oladipo..

  • A Train

    Hammers and Rails thread titled Purdue versus Indiana Round 2: The Horror…
    that pretty much sums it up for the year in this rivalry, or former rivalry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.spera.3 Gregory Spera

    An unfortunate byproduct of playing the Boilermakers is when the network cuts away to a more competitive game in the second half. Purdue is why, universally, whenever something REALLY stinks, people say PU.

  • Alex

    The “Ball State’s better” chant was genius.
    lol purdue

  • SCHoosier

    VO @ 90% is better than most other players at 110%. Didn’t think he would play the second half regardless of the injury…glad he didn’t. From the way he was acting on the bench…I think the injury was not the serious./ Anxious for the official report though.

  • unclekerfuffle

    If my memory serves me correctly, Mike Giomi went 8-8 back in the 80s. Has anyone else matched that number until today?

  • Bobby

    Let us not forget that they were saying the same thing about us only three short years ago. Eventually they’ll get close to us again, the rivalry will and should live on.

  • Bobby

    Let us not forget that they were saying the same thing about us only three short years ago. Eventually they’ll get close to us again, the rivalry will and should live on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.ducharme Sharon DuCharme

    IndianaMBB tweeted: Jared Jefferies, Matt Nover, Ricky Calloway and Mike Giomi had 8. Tom Pritchard had 7 once.

  • Kelin Blab

    Never thought I would see the day IU trounces Purdue Twice in a season by 25+. Matty P had a helpless look on his face early.

    + Jeremy Hollowell is going to be good folks. REAL GOOD
    + I expect Cody and Watford to really go at MSU big men. They are really playing well for IU these last few games.

    + Love the Ball State is better chant. Ouch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jobybarnett Joby Barnett

    Jared Jeffries, Matt Nover, Ricky Calloway and Mike Giomi all went 8 for 8.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Only down spot is seeing Victor go to the locker room early. Only upside of the downside is seeing Will come in and nail 22 with less than a full game of play.

    As long as Victor’s not hurt for the rest of the season, then today will go down as a good day. If this has any lingering health repercussions and keeps Victor from being 100%, though, then it simply will have been a bad day. Here’s to hoping VO only got tweaked and will be ready for the rest of the season.

  • Gbwoolman

    Jefferies, Nover and Calloway also shared the record

  • A Train

    I agree, just twisting the knife a bit. As someone who has walked out of Mackey in IU gear getting drinks poured on my head I don’t have a lot of sympathy for their current situation.

  • PDXHoosier

    Purdue was terrible. every time they looked like they might make a run, they would turn it over or miss a bad shot right on cue.

    hollowell keeps improving
    Painter showed some class with his comments and interactions with our guys
    holy jeebus i hope dipo is ok

  • SCHoosier

    re: Hollowell..yes..when he finally learns he can not drive thru an entire defense. Like his improvement on D..but everytime he puts the ball on the floor it’s anybody’s possession.

  • SCHoosier

    re: Hollowell..yes..when he finally learns he can not drive thru an entire defense. Like his improvement on D..but everytime he puts the ball on the floor it’s anybody’s possession.

  • MikeinNC

    We are nearly impossible to beat when Watford gets off to a strong start like that.

  • marcusgresham

    Kelin style:
    + What you saw from Will Sheehey today was a sneak preview of his senior season. He WILL (no capitalized pun intended,) be the leader of this team next year.
    + Ditto for Jeremy Hollowell. He continues to be solid and quietly contributes. Seems like he blocks at least one shot every game, despite how little he may play. Next year he’ll score, too.
    + I think Vic is going to be fine. I don’t think he’d have been out on that bike if there wasn’t a chance he could have gone back in if needed.
    + Loved the look on Hammons’ face when Cody flew past him for the break away. I know he thought, “Oh, s—-, I forgot he runs like that and I’m supposed to chase him.”
    + I was glad to hear Dakich point out how Cody tends to shoot from his chin instead of bringing the ball up high (and I know some people disagree with me, but I could listen to Dakich talk all day because he really knows his stuff, he’s funny, and he’s not afraid to speak his mind. Wish I could get him on the radio down here instead of the UK/U of L idiots.)
    + Another thing some of you will disagree with me on, but let’s root for Purdue a bit (if they win a game or two in the B1G tournament we can beat them like “The World’s Biggest Drum” again.)
    + Ball State truly is better.
    + IU wins; Kentucky, Duke, and Purdue lose. That’s almost as perfect as a day can be.

  • BCharles9295

    The only thing making the day truly perfect would have been MSU losing. Of course Nebraska is utterly useless, so that didn’t happen.

  • BCharles9295

    The only thing making the day truly perfect would have been MSU losing. Of course Nebraska is utterly useless, so that didn’t happen.

  • BCharles9295

    I too thought that was funny. I believe it trampled on Dan Dakich’s delicate sensibilities though. He had something to say such that he did not approve of the chant. Never mind other crowds yell obsenities or make light of a grandmother’s death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.wilson.9404 Doug Wilson

    Dam Marcus, your had alot to say.
    As far as listening to Dakich, get the App for your tablet/mobile called Toon-in Radio. It’s what I use to listin to the IU games in Australia. I hope this helps. Nice win today by the Hoosiers.

  • PDXHoosier

    Painter looked like he wanted our players on his team

  • Hoosier1388

    Yeah he’s not afraid to speak his mind alright… Ask someone about his pre game speech after CTC invited him to speak to the team… He’s been invited once and never will be invited back… He does know basketball… Then again everyone from Indiana does…

  • Hoosier1388

    Yeah he’s not afraid to speak his mind alright… Ask someone about his pre game speech after CTC invited him to speak to the team… He’s been invited once and never will be invited back… He does know basketball… Then again everyone from Indiana does…

  • Dick_Pepperfield

    Not too shabby for the “4th best team in the Big Ten” huh Dakichheads?

  • Dick_Pepperfield

    4th best team in the Big Ten – Dakich

  • Garble62

    Yeah, he felt compelled to immediately take a shot at our football team for losing to Ball State twice in a row. He really seems to reach at times to appear “unbiased” toward in-state programs, so much so that he, for example, brings up a totally irrelevant thing like that during a basketball game.

  • SCHoosier

    Hard to believe that Cody missed (couldn’t finish) four at the rim shots yesterday. Yes I know he gets hacked..but DD is right..he starts his slams from his chin…when he shoots them on the move. At least he’s getting to the foul line..but there are a lot of potential 3 pt plays he can not finish for some reason. Now against MSU’s front line..I just hope he survives..cause Cody is gonna get hammered. (again)

  • MikeIU

    Get well, Victor.

  • IUMIKE1

    And pUKe, not only getting beat, but getting smoked by 30 and by TN at that. Got beat by 30 and the game really wasn’t even as close as the score indicates. Calislimy said after the game that he was going to burn the tape instead of reviewing it cause he had to sit there & watch it live & he darn sure wasn’t gonna force himself to live thru it a second time. Also found another of his statements kinda funny. He said that they had a couple of players that just did whatever they wanted, regardless of what they were told to do. Question: Johnny boy if you’re gonna get beat by 30 and they do that then why don’t you sit their butts on the bench ? Answer: He would rather lose big than do that cause he’s afraid it might hurt him recruiting.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t have a tablet/mobile. I have a crappy home computer and a slightly better work laptop, upon which I am not allowed to add programs. I also spend most of my day in my car (a 2001 Hyundai Sonata with a 2001 stereo–part of which is a non-functioning CD player, forcing me to spend most of my time listening to the local yokels. Damn I miss Rick Bozich having a radio show.)

  • marcusgresham

    Interesting to note that, of the four who held the record together, only Nover completed his four-year career at IU.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    Too bad they let him back in the building. I thought with you leading the charge, he would never be able to set foot in Assembly Hall again.

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