Around the Hall: Indiana-Michigan State reaction

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Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff. (Photo credit: Joe Eke/IU Athletics)

· Robert Mays of Grantland writes that he can’t remember watching a player whose “activity is so consistently useful” as that of Victor Oladipo.

· Eamonn Brennan of ESPN.com writes that balance and depth and experience and leadership were all on full display for IU on Tuesday night.

· The Big Ten Geeks proclaim: “Say hello to your Big Ten champs.”

· The Hoosiers once again reign supreme in Luke Winn’s power rankings over at SI.com and in Mark Titus’s over at Grantland.

· Mitch Albom of The Detroit Free-Press writes that Michigan State had no answer for Victor Oladipo.

· Could Oladipo rise all the way to No. 1 in June’s NBA Draft? It’s not out of the question according to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford.

· Rick Bozich of WDRB.com borrowed a lyric from The Beatles to describe Oladipo’s presence on Tuesday.

· Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News believes that Oladipo’s “can-do attitude” enhances his enormous talent.

· The Big Ten Network debates the race for Big Ten player of the year

· Dick “Hoops” Weiss believes the Hoosiers are a team possibly on the verge of a national championship.

· Police in East Lansing are investigating fires set after Michigan State’s loss to IU.

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

    “My biggest remaining concern about Indiana is that Tom Crean continues to refuse to make in-game adjustments.”

    Jeeze, just when I start feeling great about CTC and start singing his praises… I read something like this, that just tries to pull me back into that dark place where I was after the collapse at Illinois. Damn!

  • http://www.babytown.com/ OceanArcher

    I’m so happy for Oladipo. What a story. Nobody thought he was NBA material coming out of HS. Most schools didn’t even think of him as D1 college material. He worked so hard to get to where he is now. That’s millions of dollars of hard work. Bravo Victor! Of course I’m happy for Cody too, but it there wasn’t much question whether or not he’d play in the NBA when he was in HS. I’ll appreciate each game the rest of this season so much more knowing it will (should) be their last.

  • http://www.babytown.com/ OceanArcher

    I’m so happy for Oladipo. What a story. Nobody thought he was NBA material coming out of HS. Most schools didn’t even think of him as D1 college material. He worked so hard to get to where he is now. That’s millions of dollars of hard work. Bravo Victor! Of course I’m happy for Cody too, but it there wasn’t much question whether or not he’d play in the NBA when he was in HS. I’ll appreciate each game the rest of this season so much more knowing it will (should) be their last.

  • Semper IU

    I’m so glad I recorded the game on my DVR it was a early game out here in Cali. I get to see facial reactions by the MSU cheerleaders & assistant coach almost falling out of his chair in slow motion when VO embarrassed the Sparty Defense on the OB play & it’s priceless! Go Hoosiers!!!

  • Kenneth234

    I have to say, of all the great information and news presented in this thread, my favorite is that Michigan police are investigating fires set after the game last night. I was discussing the game on an article on ESPN webpage about Oladipo expecting to play despite the ankle, and eventually it led to another Indiana fan predicting Michigan State fans would turn cars over and set fires following the game because they cannot handle losing. Of course, there were plenty of Michigan State fans who acted like that would never happen; as if it had not already happened before. But boy do I find the accuracy of the prediction to be funny.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.carnes.186 David Carnes

    My biggest question after the game is? Is michigan State that good or do they just rough people up at home? I am going to need to see if they can play basketball when they aren’t getting everything they need.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.carnes.186 David Carnes

    My biggest question after the game is? Is michigan State that good or do they just rough people up at home? I am going to need to see if they can play basketball when they aren’t getting everything they need.

  • Oldfan

    Michigan police are investigating Oladipo as the cause of these fires after thousands of witnesses report seeing him burn Michigan State.

  • Kelin Blab

    MSU fans were not happy after this loss….I really don’t think the NIX comments helped the situation either.

    Victor #1 draft pick….wow. I could see it now and jordan bowie situation. Do I take Nerlens or Victor?

  • chiswede

    They are super-pissed. To the point that they have deluded themselves into thinking Zeller is a dirty player that hit himself in the jewels. It’s pretty impressive how quickly a fanbase I respect can devolve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/blair.mckee Blair McKee

    Lent Resolution #1: I have got to stop reading all these links and get back to work!!
    #2: And I will not speculate any more on Zeller’s parts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/blair.mckee Blair McKee

    Lent Resolution #1: I have got to stop reading all these links and get back to work!!
    #2: And I will not speculate any more on Zeller’s parts.

  • SCHoosier

    VO has the best public relations in the world going for him right now..his own personal performance on the court in a multi-media environment where everyone is looking for a good guy hero. Look no further that #4 in cream and crimson.

  • Geoff_85

    If something is pulling you into a “dark place”, then go. No one is forcing you to come out. Now, if IU’s play is what is pulling you out of that “dark place”, then you should feel comfortable being out of it. They get better every game, and in most games they get better as the game goes on. All this guy says in regards to Coach Crean is, “His hidebound ways contributed to the Hoosiers’ losses against Butler and Wisconsin and they helped Michigan State keep the game close Tuesday night.” Uh, ok. Maybe you could be just a little more specific? It’s extremely hard to blame the Illinois loss on Coach Crean if you ask me. That was a case where the team flat out didn’t close. Obviously, it was an anomaly, and the TEAM learned from it. I also don’t see how the Wisconsin game can be blamed on him. How can you blame a 5 point loss on the coach when the team shot 27%??? To say that Coach Crean doesn’t make in-game adjustments is just flat out incorrect. The way he has mixed defenses and kept teams off-balance offensively has been huge, if you ask me. This team is on another level defensively this season, and it’s not just because of Victor Oladipo. Also keep in mind that late in games to protect leads, Oladipo has guarded different guys. He was guarding Harris some late in the MSU game, and remember who guarded him on the 3 in which he was “fouled”? Mr. Will Sheehey. That was by design. Coach Crean didn’t want Harris shooting over Jordan Hulls would be my guess as to why that happeend. That would be an “in-game” adjustment. If that’s not enough to keep you out of a “dark place”, then at least consider the fact that Coach Crean has the #1 team in the nation and they are playing their best basketball as they near the end of the season. I urge you to keep 2 other things in mind as well: 1. Remember last season? When did the Hoosiers start playing their best basketball? At the end of the year. Rolled over MSU, annihilated Minnesota on the road (after losing to them at home earlier in the season), went to the Sweet 16. 2. If you are in the camp of “this is probably the most talented team in the nation, anyone could coach them”, then I urge you to take some time and reflect on the Mike Davis years (no disrespect to Mike Davis intended).

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