The Minute After: James Madison

  • 03/22/2013 7:27 pm in

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Thoughts on an 83-62 win against the Dukes:

This was how it was supposed to go.

Indiana did not mess around, did not let the Dukes for a second think an upset was brewing. Yogi Ferrell, with JMU perhaps keying on Cody Zeller and all the shooters around him, hit on drives at the rim and from beyond the arc. He scored the Hoosiers’ first nine points as JMU scored none. 9-0 Hoosiers, and the blowout was on.

This had the look and feel of an early season non-conference home game for the Hoosiers. The talent gap between them and their opponent was vast and the game was pretty much over at halftime. But as we also saw in those games, Tom Crean made sure his Hoosiers remained engaged after halftime. They would full-court press; they would trap in the halfcourt; they would keep the pedal firmly to the metal. Their edge remained intact. Some late 3-pointers from JMU would take this from a 30-ish point victory for the Hoosiers to where it finished up — a 21-point win.

The numbers impress: The Hoosiers ended the game scoring 1.297 points per possession with an eFG percentage of 60.9. Indiana also snagged 41.4 percent of their offensive rebounding opportunities for 12-second chance points and scored 15 points on the fastbreak. It also was pretty good with the ball, turning it over on just 14.1 percent of its possessions.

They held JMU to .969 points per possession and just 41.9 shooting from the field. (Though, Andre Nations, who had five blocks in the Dukes’ win against LIU-Brooklyn deserves some love here. He led all scorers with 24 points and appears to have a bright future ahead of him as a two-way player.) Ferrell finished the early evening with a (sorta) near triple-double: 16 points (7-of-12), eight rebounds and six assists. This was a terrific debut for Indiana’s quarterback to start the NCAA Tournament. Jordan Hulls got out of his slump some, as he hit 2-of-5 from distance, 3-of-6 overall and 2-of-2 from the line for 10 points. Others joined Hulls and Ferrell in double-digits. Zeller had 11 (4-of-5 from the field, including some strong dunks, 3-of-4 from the line). Victor Oladipo scored 11 (3-of-7, 4-of-4 from the line).

Will Sheehey had a nice game off the bench, slashing in off the wing for buckets in the paint and hitting from beyond the arc as well. He finished with 15 points (7-of-14). Christian Watford almost joined his teammates in double-digits with nine (2-of-4 from distance, 3-of-4 from the line). The comfortable margin also allowed for Crean to use his bench. Derek Elston got eight minutes and maybe his knee is going to hold up just enough to get some minutes in the tourney. Remy Abell hit two threes and 2-of-2 from the line for eight points in 16 minutes. And even Hanner Mosquera-Perea got points in this one. He had a late putback and also hit 1-of-2 from the line for three points in four minutes of action. He also snagged a quick three offensive rebounds during his time on the court, too.

The first one’s in the books, and Indiana will face Temple on Sunday. A tougher opponent awaits, but the Hoosiers started exactly like they needed. It was a dominant performance against a team they clearly outclassed.

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  • A good start. JMU is much better than your normal 16 seed. Let’s get ready for Sunday.

  • HardkoreHoosier

    Looked really good this afternoon. All business. Temple next victim.

  • Ole Man

    Good game. Temple will be tough on Sunday.
    Cody needed to take more than five shots.

  • marcusgresham

    Why? Seemed like things went pretty well.

  • SCHoosier

    Liked the energy and purpose IU started the game with..Yogi obviously had a big part in the game plan.What I didn’t like was all the open three’s JMU shot right in the face of Hoosier defenders the second half. Score in the second half by the way was 40-40..with them shooting a higher percentage. I know what this game was all about..and I’m sure the Hoosiers benefited..but it will be a long afternoon Sunday..against an even better shooting Temple team..in they play the same “in your face” 3 pt offense IU couldn’t stop in the second half. Great start on offense for the Hoosiers.

  • Kevin Tolliver

    what time is game on Sunday? Is the game being aired on CBS ?

  • Hoo Hoo Hound dog

    Good job Hoosiers. Happy to see Hanner contribute. Man if CTC can get him going next year with his athletic ability . Glad to see Yogi get off to a great start in the tourney. Ok the easy one is over its on like donkey kong from here on out. Get ready for Temple and Wyatt and his ability to control the game. I think VO will be up for the challenge.

  • miked

    Pleased Overall. Some items that I’m less than enamored with
    – Yogi’s love of leaving his feet with the ball
    – A rising trend of IU players driving the baseline and getting stuck (usually in the air). I think Sheehey took two shots behind the backboard.
    – Inability to guard against 3 ptrs
    – Vic’s ball handling – he coughs up the ball when he drives into traffic
    – Cody usually has good hands but it seemed like a a lot of rebounds were evading him and deflecting off his hands (although IU still came up with most of them)

    There were plenty of positives though…

    Temple could be a handful. I think the best success against them will be to be strong with the ball and pound it inside and let them keep fouling.

  • InTheMtns

    I see your point, SCHoosier, about the second half 3’s, but with ten minutes to go, we had only allowed them 31 points. It’s tough to keep up that kind of defensive intensity when you’ve got a huge lead and you’ve only allowed them 31 points. We let our guard down a little in the last 10 minutes and we let JMU enjoy their last game a little bit. And we didn’t show Temple everything we’ve got.

  • notfargj

    didn’t realize temple beat syracuse and VCU and lost to kansas by 7 on the road. this will be a good one.

  • notfargj

    didn’t realize temple beat syracuse and VCU and lost to kansas by 7 on the road. this will be a good one.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    They also lost to Canisius, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne, and Umass. So who knows?

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Game time and network not announced yet.

  • Hoo Hoo Hound dog

    If you are going to the game sunday be prepared 6-10 inches of snow expected sunday.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    5 guys in double figures. Thought the offense was pretty good today.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    Great to see Yogi have an MVP game.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    anyone know what time IU plays sunday?

  • Great game, IU. Not to go off topic, but just watched Georgetown get busted by Florida Gulf Coast. Unbelievable. I had Gtown in the FF. This year is crazy. And I’ve got to ask… Why are we the only ones that can’t beat Wisconsin? My bracket is toast.

  • SCHoosier

    Can U believe what those Florida Gulf Coast kids did to G-town..what an effort. As Butch Cassiday said to Sundance..”Who the hell ARE those guys?” Great game by some very athletic guys. G-townslept thru the first half.

  • SCHoosier

    Can U believe what those Florida Gulf Coast kids did to G-town..what an effort. As Butch Cassiday said to Sundance..”Who the hell ARE those guys?” Great game by some very athletic guys. G-townslept thru the first half.

  • SCHoosier

    all true I just hate sloppy D habits that occur when a game is out of reach.

  • SCHoosier

    Not sure what’s going on with Vic..he made three terrible passes (Cody got charged with two TO’s as a result) and twice dribbled where he had no place to go. Big win but you just hate to see sloppy play at this stage…. Overall dye-NO-mite game for the Hooisers.

  • InTheMtns

    Yeah, me too.

  • Hoo Hoo Hound dog

    Yea, my bracket is completely blown up. Florida Gulf Coast probably would have beat any of the 1 seeds tonight. Wisconsin looked HORRIBLE today. I mean HORRIBLE. I had them and Georgetown in the final four.

  • Ole Man

    Vic is trying to hard. Earlier in the year, he let the game come to him. Now he’s forcing it.

  • Ole Man

    Vic is trying to hard. Earlier in the year, he let the game come to him. Now he’s forcing it.

  • PDXHoosier

    So that’s why we played so many cupcakes early in the year- practice!

    Great game, though. everyone contributing and all business.
    Now it gets real

  • CreamandCrimson

    Survive and advance….1 down, 5 to go….pick your favorite cliche about winning in the NCAA Tournament.

    -Yogi was awesome.
    -Great to see Hulls knock down some shots.
    -Sheehey was dynamic off the bench, especially when didn’t settle for 3’s and attacked the rim. He can hit the 3 but I love him attacking the basket.
    -Watford was steady.
    -Hanner caught the ball every time he could (and finished a putback). Yaay!

    Sunday will be tough. Temple is a good team who has played a whole lot of very good teams this season. Victor and Will (and whoever else guards him) will have their hands full with Wyatt, he’s really skilled and smart. That being said, play our game for 40 minutes and we are headed back to the Sweet 16. We comfortably took care of business, not all of the top seeds can say that right now! Go Hoosiers!

  • BrierBrax

    Yogi’s early 14 points have resulted in a smile that still hasn’t left my face. My goodness that was awesome to watch

  • Hoosier Pete

    Great guard play wins NCAA games and wow did we have that today! Yogi dominated from the tip, Hulls was very good, and Remy played quite well off the bench. Love the focus and intensity on both ends of the floor. One game at a time, boys! That’s the urgency needed to beat a very good Temple team.

  • Hoosier Pete

    Great guard play wins NCAA games and wow did we have that today! Yogi dominated from the tip, Hulls was very good, and Remy played quite well off the bench. Love the focus and intensity on both ends of the floor. One game at a time, boys! That’s the urgency needed to beat a very good Temple team.

  • notfargj

    agreed. he doesn’t seem like himself.

  • IUMIKE1

    I know this isn’t bball related but that has to be one the best lines of all time from one of the best movies of all time done by two of the best actors of all time. I read the first 3 words and could have finished the line without reading the rest of it and immediately had a picture of Butch saying that to Sundance. Can kinda equate Gtwn being told what they would have to do to win the game with the, ” I don’t know how to swim”, thing. lol Hey at least Sundance has the word Dance in it.

  • A TRAIN

    gr8 job hoosiers way to take care of business..now dont let up tommorow n its off to DC….go iu