The Minute After: Wisconsin

  • 03/16/2013 5:56 pm in

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Photo via Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Thoughts on a 68-56 loss to the Badgers:

CHICAGO — Another shot at the Badgers for Tom Crean’s Hoosiers, and a frustratingly familiar result. Indiana had its chances to finally put together the Wisconsin puzzle, but it still remains unsolved with Indiana left picking up the pieces.

Jared Berggren worked hard and denied Cody Zeller post touches. Against the Illini, Zeller dominated a weak frontline. But he had to work and work and work this afternoon and found but a few decent looks all game. Mike Bruesewitz said after that Berggren “set the tone early” by knocking entry passes away and made “life miserable for (Zeller).” The numbers back such a statement. Zeller didn’t score his first bucket until the 3:49 mark of the first half — against a less-skilled post defender in Frank Kaminsky. He finished the game just 4-of-10, though a 5-of-7 performance from the line allowed him to sneak into double-digits (13 points).

“They do a nice job inside of not fouling, clogging the lane a lot,” Zeller said of Wisconsin’s defense.

But it was more than just the job the Badgers did on Zeller. Wisconsin’s defense suffocated Indiana’s offense over the final 9:45 of the game. After pulling to within one at 50-49, Indiana would score just seven points the rest of the way. The Hoosiers sat at 49 until a Christian Watford score at 5:13 gave them 51. Another score from Watford at the 3:42 mark and a late 3-pointer from Jordan Hulls (:34) would be the only points the Hoosiers mustered. They tried freeing Hulls. They tried Victor Oladipo going around ball screens. They tried going inside to Zeller. They tried converting on second-chance opportunities at the rim, only to miss. Wisconsin simply froze them in the halfcourt, took them out of what they tried to do.

“I think we played great defense,” Ryan Evans said.

They did. Wisconsin’s defensive efforts this afternoon resulted in Indiana’s lowest offensive output of the season (.89 points per possession). It was Indiana’s first double-dight loss of the season and the lowest final point total (56) of the season, too. The only other times Indiana has been held under 60 in 2012-13? Its previous loss to Wisconsin on Jan. 15 (59) and its loss to Ohio Sate on senior night (58).

And against this Wisconsin team, a team that bleeds the clock when it gets a lead and finds ways to score late in the shot clock to break your heart, it’s an almost impossible quest to mount a comeback if you’re not scoring on your own end. The Hoosiers used the 3-ball in the first half to stay close (4-of-8), but that went away in the second half (1-of-9). Indiana closed the gap twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half with runs, but the last 10 minutes it just didn’t score enough to make this a game.

Wisconsin was sloppy and turned the ball over on 22.5 percent of its possessions. Indiana ripped steals (nine) and the Wisconsin turnovers led to 22 points for the Hoosiers. But the Badgers’ halfcourt defense and strong work on offense (1.08 points per possession, 58.2 eFG%) more than made up for their miscues. Ryan Evans was particularly good, making his way around Watford with ease on a couple occasions. He finished with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

“We would have liked to play better today, no question,” said Tom Crean.

After a few blow-by handshakes this season and his dustup with Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer, Crean, perhaps with intent and design, was more cordial this time around with Bo Ryan. They stopped for an extended period and talked in each other’s ear.

“I told him he was a great coach,” Crean said of the conversation after the game. “I’ve always looked up to him and what he’s done with his program. I hope they go a long way in the NCAA Tournament and hope his father starts feeling better.”

Another chance, another loss, and Indiana will head into the NCAA Tournament licking some wounds. But six days off gives them time to regroup and refocus. And maybe most of all, rest, instead of playing three games in three games here at the United Center.

The real tournament awaits. Indiana’s shot at banner No. 6 is here.

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  • SCHoosier

    UL lived off beating the ‘Cuse zone on the baseline last night..and the Orange play a good one. Think what the Cards might do against an IU zone..scary.

  • SCHoosier

    For the last month..B-10 refs have permitted felony assualt in the paint and around the basket..and have called touch fouls on the perimeter. Go figure. Wouldn’t surprise me if every B-10 team gets in early foul trouble first round of the Big Dance..cause those paint and over the back calls will be made.

  • SCHoosier

    Sorry about your party Milla..hope you were serving those Badger fans cheap beer?!

  • SCHoosier

    I believe VO has lead the team (or tied Zeller) in TO’s the last 3 weeks..lot of one on one..and teams have figured out how to crowd the paint making it tougher for Vic to do his thing. I think its called good coaching and adjustment..

  • SCHoosier

    I hope Louisville is sent even farther and ends up against the Badgers.

  • He did go 4-0 against Belein and Izzo this year, though. Ryan just has Crean figured out and it seems to me like Crean is either too stubborn or just not capable of out dueling Ryan.

  • You missed a few dribbles.

  • IUMIKE1

    A very apt description as well and one that more of the younger ITH’ers can identify with.

  • IUMIKE1

    Strongly suspected that that was what was going on and just when he seemed like he was finally rounding into form and was going to be a noticeable help coming off the bench.

  • IUMIKE1

    I would be incredibly surprised if he even plays as many minutes next year as he did this year at the 2. In fact wouldn’t be surprised at all if he called it a career after this season. Can’t remember who it was but I heard someone on a segment of the DD show (but I do remember thinking coming from this guy I tend to think that there is a high degree of validity to it) and he said had seen him in a local restaurant more than once and he was limping really bad each time but seemingly not in any pain. Feel so bad for this guy had an incredible future ahead of him at IU as well as the next level had it not been for the injuries.

  • IUMIKE1

    Think at least part of Crean’s problem may very well be that he keeps believing that he can keep approaching the games against Slo Ryan the same way cause it’s not the method but the execution and executing that same game plan better will cause there to be a different outcome.

  • IUMIKE1

    Sheehey’s goaltending call on a VO shot that was halfway thru the basket and for sure going in and would have given us an and I was maybe the worst mistake I’ve seen him commit this year. No excuse for that one what so ever.

  • IUMIKE1

    Talk about a game being a foul fest. If all of the fouls that these two teams commit were called, even just all of the obvious ones, it would for sure be a game where the winner was determined at the foul line. Probably be more points scored from there than from the field.

  • MillaRed

    It was a looooong day.

  • IUMIKE1

    There is a difference between a rant and speaking the truth, especially when the truth is so obvious, and what you say is speaking the truth. Been saying this for some time now and not just this year or last.

  • IUMIKE1

    There is a difference between a rant and speaking the truth, especially when the truth is so obvious, and what you say is speaking the truth. Been saying this for some time now and not just this year or last.

  • MillaRed

    You did well here until “every single decision” No one deserves that kind of freedom.

  • MillaRed

    The kid perms his hair. Let me repeat that, He PERMS his hair. In no world should any red headed player smile and talk shizz when his hair is permed. What a dufus.

  • IUMIKE1

    Ain’t enough brawts, cheese & Kugels in all of Wisconsin to smooth that one over is there ? I know there wasn’t enough Leininkugels in southern IN to have that effect.

  • MillaRed

    We actually run one play for Hulls. The play where he pops out top of the key? The one we ran 3 times? The only one we ever run for him? The one you can see coming from the moon? Change things up Coach.

  • IUMIKE1

    Yea, I knew he permed it and it always made me really wonder what the hell it must look like without the perm if he feels like this is a better look for him. He’s a bad enough mental picture without thinking about him being uglier than he is with that look.

  • MillaRed

    I have come to realize if we are getting half the calls against Slo Ryan we are doing well. Regardless of where we play. And i dont get it either.

  • Red Hot

    Agree Big Red. Silly TOs really hurting us as of late. Top 5 variations.

    1. The Yogi “look at me I’m flying”- leaving his feet with no where to pass
    2. The always popular baseline drive and step out of bounce play
    3. The Hollowell Bull Rush which results in a charge 50% of the time and some other form of TO 25% of the time.
    4. Vic’s ever popular penetrate the lane and then one hand bounce pass to the left and straight into a defender’s arms (in full effect yesterday)
    5. A Cody combo of either a travel, entry pass bobble, or charge

    Cut these in half and we can win this thing!

  • Red Hot

    Agree Big Red. Silly TOs really hurting us as of late. Top 5 variations.

    1. The Yogi “look at me I’m flying”- leaving his feet with no where to pass
    2. The always popular baseline drive and step out of bounce play
    3. The Hollowell Bull Rush which results in a charge 50% of the time and some other form of TO 25% of the time.
    4. Vic’s ever popular penetrate the lane and then one hand bounce pass to the left and straight into a defender’s arms (in full effect yesterday)
    5. A Cody combo of either a travel, entry pass bobble, or charge

    Cut these in half and we can win this thing!

  • IUMIKE1

    Just like anyone can make a mistake, no coach should never ever have any of his decisions questioned. A fanbase that never questions their coach’s decisions deserves a coach that makes dumba$$ decisions on a regular basis and that is what they will get if said coach is never called on it.

  • MillaRed

    I didnt see anyone say they were jumping ship. I think Coach has more responsibility here than the players. We seemed to learn very little from the losses over the last few seasons.

  • MillaRed

    Moronic, pathetic & stupid. Other than that I’m a really nice person.

  • MillaRed

    5th year senior at Redshirt University.

  • MillaRed

    5th year senior at Redshirt University.

  • Indypin

    Truth hurts sometimes. I only say what half of the IU fan base has the right to be concerned about and expressed concerns for. Believe me, I will be more than happy to eat crow if the boys go deep in the tournament and possibly take it this year. I could care less where we go because I honestly think IU plays better far from home (mostly). Still love to see them in the MIdwest.

  • Thanks, I’m 33 yrs old and I’ve been watching Indiana since I could remember. Love the game love this team but its very frustrating at times.

  • Thanks, I’m 33 yrs old and I’ve been watching Indiana since I could remember. Love the game love this team but its very frustrating at times.

  • Kevin Tolliver

    Ive been saying this all year. At the start of the year even the TV announcers talked about how unselfish and what a great passing team we are. What happened? The dribble drive isolation is for the NBA because they don’t play defense or zones.

  • SCHoosier

    everybody makes mistakes..its when you repeat those mistakes…that u have a problem.

  • SCHoosier

    Hey..national TV..probably gonna get a hair product endorsement..he’s a senior and can take the money:)

  • SCHoosier

    Hey..national TV..probably gonna get a hair product endorsement..he’s a senior and can take the money:)

  • SCHoosier

    If Mo is back in a playing role next year..one of our recruits will be in prep school. I’m hoping he’s with the Hoosiers in a minor staff role

  • MillaRed

    Sorry I can’t put this on the players. Jordy’s deal is mental and that stuff can be coached up too. Will agree it’s not all on Coach.

  • MillaRed

    Sorry I can’t put this on the players. Jordy’s deal is mental and that stuff can be coached up too. Will agree it’s not all on Coach.

  • MillaRed

    I will stick with the”fare well” thought. He’s around 50-50 I suppose. But Wisconsin and Butler’s styles are similar and they seem to have us figured out, with little for us to do about it.

  • IUMIKE1

    Just reread my post that you responded to and what I was trying to get across was that no coach should not ever expect to never have any of his decisions questioned. Bad job of conveying that. How is it the saying goes, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing the same way over and over and expecting a different outcome or something like that, I think you get what I’m saying.

  • Jeffrey

    I love Indiana Hoosier fans. When I got to part 10 of what you wrote about that curly read headed Howdy Doody, Danny Partridge looking freakin’ idiot play again it will be tooo soooon! That is why I lost in and had tears coming out of my eyes laughing hard. You have to love the passion of Indiana fans.

  • Mooks

    The key factors of Wisconsin were Ryan Evans and Mike Bruesewitz. Both are 6’6″ and are 225lbs listed. That is actually great heigh to weight ratio which gives them alot of versatiliy. Its hard to defend forwards/guards like that. Their built like “Great Danes” while we have alot of “Greyhounds” built guys on our team. With Jarred Berggren, Ryan Evans, Mike Bruesewitz gone, next year may be our best opportunity to beat Wisconsin. They will still have Ben Brust, Gasser, Travon Jackson, Sam Dekker, and Frank Kaminsky, but those guys won’t have nearly the impact as the 3 seniors. Keep your chin up, next year may be different, since Crean is starting to recruit more athletic players.