The Minute After: Iowa

  • 03/02/2013 10:21 pm in

zellersmile

Thoughts on a 73-60 win against the Hawkeyes:

Woof.

Forty minutes of basketball tonight inside Assembly Hall, and it was a foul fest — 52 combined between the Hawkeyes and Hoosiers. That’s 1.3 per minute. Blink and the whistle blew. Sneeze and there might have been another couple fouls called. Indiana got to the line a ridiculous 42 times, but converted on less than their average, making 29 of them for 69 percent. But the whistles won’t be the only knock against this game. Neither team shot the ball well. Both failed to shoot over 40 percent from the field (Iowa: 21-55, 38.2 percent; Indiana: 21-54, 38.9 percent). It was especially pathetic from distance. The Hoosiers nearly went 0-for the game, but two 3-pointers in the last minute by Victor Oladipo and Yogi Ferrell bumped the Hoosiers to 2-for-14 (14.3 percent) on the evening. The Hawkeyes were just 1-of-13 (7.7 percent) from beyond the arc.

With all the misses, both teams would get after it on the offensive boards. The Hawkeyes rebounded 43.6 percent of their misses, but only converted those extra opportunities into eight second-chance points. Indiana snagged 41.7 percent of its misses for 19 second-chance points. Indiana was able to tally 1.03 points per possession with Iowa scoring .88.

Somewhere amongst all the missed shots and whistles, there were some strong individual performances for the Hoosiers. Cody Zeller, as he’s done after losses before this season, had a great game. After getting knocked back on his heels against Minnesota on the road earlier this week, the sophomore was the aggressor tonight, throwing down dunks and swatting away shots. At one point in the first half, a ball Zeller lost track of started an Iowa fast break. But there was Zeller laying out his body for the steal from behind and then coming back down the court and receiving a pass from Will Sheehey and finishing with a jam. Zeller scored 22 points (7-of-13 from the field, 8-of-13 from the line), grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded three blocks.

Ferrell posted a career-high 19 points. He continually got into the lane and scored at the basket — atoning for some shots around the rim he missed against Minnesota — and added that aforementioned late 3-pointer to boot. Ferrell would also shoot well from the line (8-of-10). Tom Crean used this game to give the bench some decent run. Remy Abell played 14 minutes, but only offered up two points and two rebounds. Derek Elston saw nine minutes of action and scored five points.

But with all the missed shots, there were some performances to forget. After his 0-of-10 performance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Jordan Hulls finished tonight’s contest 0-of-7. That’s 0-of-17 on the season against Iowa by one of the of the better shooters in the country. Christian Watford was 0-of-8 from the field tonight and failed to reach double-figures (five points) for the second consecutive game.

Not a whole lot else to say about this one. It’s a win, Indiana’s 25th on the season and 13th in conference play. This makes the 2012-13 Hoosiers the sixth team in school history to record 25 wins in the regular season. Not too shabby. We’re now into the final week of the Big Ten season: A home bout with an Ohio State team looking for revenge awaits on Tuesday; Sunday brings a rematch with the Wolverines, another team looking to avenge an earlier conference loss to the Hoosiers.

The home stretch is here, and Indiana finds the conference title within its grasp.

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  • Wyatt

    I personally just believe that good clean officiating is a lost art. It just seems like refs can’t seem to get it right in any sport. I’m not saying refs have it out for IU (Ted V being the exception) but officials for whatever reason want to be a part of the “show” instead of just making the calls. Bad officiating ruins the pace and makes games inconclusive. If this game has half of fouls, IU probably scorches Iowa in transition and wins by 20 or more. It was clear they couldn’t run with us but unfortunately the pace of this game was decided by team in stripes. In Bob Knight’s new book he talks about how much he appreciates good officials and how they are “priceless” as are all rare things …Couldn’t agree more!!!

  • shknqk

    Losses have come only to teams that have been in the top 10 this season (or could have been in case of Wisconsin). IU has dominated poor competition. Don’t get it twisted.

  • shknqk

    We have caused a ton of turnovers and many crowd pumping highlight plays out of that.

  • Is it me or do they seem to be playing tight. I hope the pressure isn’t getting to them. It’s like they try to win the game in the 1st minute. They are still being out muscled, especially Watford. I think teams will play them that way the rest of the year. If all the fouls that I saw were called there would have been 100. Ugly but effective I guess.

  • IUJeff

    No longer dumping on IU? How about giving IU credit for the best defensive half they have played all year?

  • cpjason311

    Can someone tell me if I am crazy to buy tickets for the regional in Indy in the hopes that we play there? Just curious what the chances are.

  • InTheMtns

    I wonder about that stat, too. You are right, the 07-08 team finished the season 25-6. The stat comes from IU athletics. We still have two games left in the regular season, so maybe what IU Athletics means is that this team is the 6th team to win 25 games by this point in the season?

  • danriggins

    Yogi has made some clutch shots, but his FG% is .39 and his 3P% is .32 which puts him below all the starters and Sheehey on field goals and he’s only ahead of Cody on 3-pointers…and Cody doesn’t attempt 3-pointers. For now, his first option should be to dish the ball.

  • Kenneth234

    Yes Iowa is improving, but they also have to find some real high level talent to come and elevate their program to the next level. If we didn’t get players the caliber of Watford, Creek (unfortunate for injuries), Hulls, Sheehey, Oladipo, Zeller, and Ferrell; we would have never got to this point. The question is, can Iowa pull in recruits that can make that culture change.

  • IUMIKE1

    Yea, but 60 to 70 percent of the players out there are more consistent than Craft from behind the arc. I completely get what you’re saying I just can never turn down any kind of an opportunity to take any kind of a dig at ” hatchet hands “.

  • LeeTimmer

    Put it this way: IU should realistically be 27-2, perhaps 28-1. I’m not complaining about the team at all; I love watching them play. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, they seem to have let off the gas against Butler and Illinois, and I can see that happening easily in the tourney.

  • SCHoosier

    A prayer that was answered..and I’m glad he has the stones to take the shot….just saying Yogi’s jumper should be the last resort (at this stage of his development) not our first option.. I’m glad I’m not coaching IU too!!

  • IUMIKE1

    Well put. I’m thinking that Iowa took a look at the tape from the Minny game and tried to replicate the approach. With all the fouls that were called maybe the refs also took a look at that tape and decided that that wasn’t gonna happen.

  • Tom S

    I didn’t think they seemed tight. I did think they looked like they had tired legs, from the opening minute on. Jump shots coming up just short, and shots at the rim doing the same. Maybe the intense practices had that effect.

    Whatever it was, it didn’t affect their effort on either end, or their results on the defensive end.

  • Tom S

    I didn’t think they seemed tight. I did think they looked like they had tired legs, from the opening minute on. Jump shots coming up just short, and shots at the rim doing the same. Maybe the intense practices had that effect.

    Whatever it was, it didn’t affect their effort on either end, or their results on the defensive end.

  • IUMIKE1

    What’s the name of his book & it’s new ?

  • HOOSIERS135

    Yea both teams had a rough night shooting. Neither team was able to get into a rhythm with the constant starting and stopping. And I believe they looked tired. Take today off boys and get some rest and be ready for Tuesday!

  • JC4IU

    Guys, CWat is a big key for our success but dont kid your self about his defense last night. Seemed he was standing in concrete shoes. We rip Jordy all the time for letting his guy dribble right around him and last night Cwats man went around him and to the hole at will. It was a pretty sub par effort. I do think his match up was bad because his man was quicker with the ball. Anyway he is the key to our title hopes so i will mark it down to just a bad match up.

  • And_One

    Lots of stuff to like last night…i guess…, but not a whole lotta fun to watch. I was expecting a romp. Romps are fun. Like to see one on Tuesday for the seniors.

  • And_One

    Lots of stuff to like last night…i guess…, but not a whole lotta fun to watch. I was expecting a romp. Romps are fun. Like to see one on Tuesday for the seniors.

  • Tom S

    I’ll respectfully disagree with your analysis of Watford’s defense last night.

  • kenny george

    I’LL go back to the star level of vo and sheehey and what they’ve done to progress. I’LL GIVE IOWA credit, I see the potential and it would only take one to excel like VO and they would be in the top 4. I’m OK with that as long as our beloved HOOSIERS are still tops….

  • Ole Man

    Who are you to arbitrate who can and cannot post on this thread. I think you owe an apology for being ill-mannered.

  • VAHoosier

    It’s not really a double-team. It’s just Cody hedging when his man sets a ball screen up high. Cody hedges much more aggressively than most big men, but he is very good at it, and almost always recovers to his man quickly, though you’re right, he did get burned once.