The Minute After: Southern Indiana

  • 10/26/2013 11:07 pm in

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Thoughts on an 83-68 win over the Screaming Eagles:

I. With so much scoring gone, and so many unknowns with this young group of kids, Yogi Ferrell’s been pegged as a guy that’s going to need to step up and score more as he begins his sophomore season. He did that tonight — in impressive fashion. Ferrell splashed 6-of-10 from distance and finished the night with a game-high 20 points. He isn’t going to continue to shoot 60 percent from 3-point range this season. But if Ferrell becomes a legitimate threat from beyond the arc, it’s a more efficient way to score and should help open things up for IU’s offense if its point man will need to be taken seriously out on the perimeter by the opposing defense.

Speaking of needed increased scoring from returnees, Jeremy Hollowell got it done tonight, too. He ran the point in a sixth man role and seemingly got to the bucket whenever he darn well pleased. He was smooth; he was confident. Hollowell finished the night as IU’s second-leading scorer (13 points) and added two assists. Good early signs from two important sophomores who are sure to see expanded offensive roles this season.

II.  About those freshmen. As his reputation dictates, Troy Williams is a special talent, a kid on the verge of a highlight block or dunk on either end of the court at all times. It’s great stuff. Williams threw one down just as time expired in the first half and he was all over the rim, as he missed a few tip-backs and alley-oops and snagged an impressive 10 rebounds in his Hoosier debut. But Williams, as he reputation also dictates, was erratic at times and took some ill-advised shots. At one point he drove to the hole, had nowhere to go and tossed the ball back into the paint for a turnover. During an early timeout in the second half, Tom Crean spent time instructing Williams one-on-one before he addressed the whole team. Crean also reportedly told Williams “under control now, let’s go” as he returned to action in the second half.

Noah Vonleh showed his versatile game tonight, putting up shots over both shoulders down low, splashing a 3-pointer at the top of the key, blocking a shot and snagging 12 boards. But Vonleh — who shot under 50 percent from the line in high school — missed all five of his shots from the charity stripe this evening. And like Williams, there’s certainly still a lot of rawness to his game, despite the talent.

III.  Hanner Mosquera-Perea looked like a young man who understands the sport of basketball much better than he did a season ago. Mosquera-Perea contributed on both defense (a block, a late steal that got the crowd excited) and offense (did you see that silky baseline J?). And on a night when Indiana struggled from the line (just 18-of-31), the sophomore hit on all five of his attempts on his way to nine points. It’s but one game — and only an exhibition, mind you — but his start to the season was about as good as one could have hoped for.

IV. Indiana appears to be a team that still wants to get up the court fast once it get possession of the ball (77 possessions) and one that still crashes the offensive boards (45.6 OR%). But the Hoosiers had problems converting their 21 offensive rebounds into much and were actually outscored in the second-chance department 12 to 11 by the Screaming Eagles. Indiana also turned the ball over at a high rate in both the halfcourt and on the break (21.8 TO%), which might be a reoccurring side effect of a young team trying to find their way in Tom Crean’s system.

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  • hoosier1158

    By the time the B1G season starts, he will be at the starting 5 spot. Unless Hanner keeps improving.

  • USMC_Hoosier

    I disagree, he certainly has a better chance for PT at UK. UK is all about bringing in freshman. I do believe JBJ had a chance to be special at IU, he is just another hired gun at UK.

  • TomJameson

    I think that’s right. Tons of practice to get the muscle memory in place, good coaching for form (or at least the form that fits the individual player best), then experience hitting them in games for the confidence and getting that “ice” in the veins. Personally, if I were a player, I’d practice free throws on my own, regardless if the team practices had time for them also.

  • notfargj

    amen.

  • notfargj

    let’s hope.

  • TomJameson

    Noah will be going to the free throw line a lot this year. Hitting a good percentage can make a very big difference. For example his stats could be 5 for 8 threes and 10 of 20 free throws (25) vs 5 for 8 threes and 18 of 20 free throws with front half of 1 & 1s being made as well (say 35) Just saying if you can make 10 or more extra points in a game, it could make a difference in losing by 5 or winning by 5. And my humble opinion is that there will be close wins and close losses this year.

  • Hoosier Hall

    It wouldn’t surprise me to see several different starting lineups this year. These guys all bring something to the table and other than Yogi/Will, I think the starting lineup could be ever changing.

  • SCHoosier

    Agree based on limited highlites I saw. Kid knows the game and his role in it. Worked the pick and roll perfectly with Yogi..also hit him with a lazer pass in the corner for a three. Luke does not have to do Cody’s numbers every night..to make everybody else on the team better. But Hoosiers are going to need his post presence…cause there didn’t appear to be any last night.

  • MillaRed

    Trust me

  • SCHoosier

    If both Harris twins go pro..JB is the man at point.

  • SCHoosier

    HOpe you are right..his history suggests otherwise..needs to.put his mind to it and accept coaching..anybody can learn to shoot a FT (in a packed house..maybe not:)

  • TomJameson

    I agree, would be very surprised if he didn’t make that rotation. I also agree with the school of thought that has Crean playing differend lineups through the year. I really think that is how we’ll have to play, especially considering all the different matchups we’ll face.

  • SCHoosier

    Was referring to only his FT shooting (has been that way all thru HS and AAU.” He is a man-child beast in every other area which is why we need him on the floor at crunch time every game. Needs to be our go to guy down low…can’t assume that role if he can hit the fouls shots??

  • TomJameson

    Thanks for the link!

  • Hoosier Hall

    Starting to see some Trey Burke in Yogi. That can only be good for us. Vonleh is just coming into his own and he will be a stud this year. Troy looked great and I’m really interested in seeing Stan play soon. He looked good at Hoosier Hysteria.

  • Ole Man

    Vonleh looked great last night. Now go practice free throws young man. You’re going to have a lot of attempts this year.

  • Ole Man

    Liked what I saw of him last night. Got beat a couple of times on D, but that’s freshman “learning” and coming off the injury.

  • notfargj

    famous last words. love your optimism though. ITH twitter: “vonleh has scored three times and been fouled each time. missed all three free throws.” about 11 minutes ago

  • notfargj

    Justin Albers ?twitter: “And again, Vonleh misses the free throw, and it wasn’t close.” about 20 minutes ago

  • IUMIKE1

    click on the final score, highlighted in red, right under the picture for this piece and it will link you to the box score and the play by play. This is always part of ” The Minute After ” piece after a game to link you up with that stuff.

  • IUMIKE1

    Thought YF probably suffered through that very thing last year.

  • MillaRed

    No offense man, but without this kid we probably really, really suck. He is this year’s Cody Zeller. And his FT percentage is the last thing on my mind right now. He has logged 23 exhibition minutes in candy stripes. Let’s cut the kid some slack.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I agree w milla – IU – NV = rough season, free throws will improve or be just won’t play the last few min of tight gamea

  • John

    I do not care about who starts. It is the mins played and who is playing at crunch time.

  • Ole Man

    Kid is good; but hard to compare him to Cody at this point. Totally different style of play. Plus, Cody hit his free throws.

  • MillaRed

    I didn’t. He is this year’s top 20 freshman. Better?

  • Ole Man

    Thanks! My comprehension is off…..LOL!
    Why didn’t I get that the first time?
    Did you watch last night?
    If not, you’re in for a treat at times.
    Anybody that runs with this team is in trouble, even at this point. They are super athletic.

  • InTheMtns

    Austin led the White squad in scoring in the Haunted Hoops scrimmage Sunday. He finished with 15 points which included two 3-pointers. Granted, it was just a scrimmage, but he’s holding his own with the others right now. If he keeps it up, I think he’ll have a spot in the rotation.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    At least Shaq had an excuse- a wrist injury.

  • kwehner

    Shaq holds the record of free throws made against IU…Who’d a thunk it? It was during the ncaa tourney game a ways back.

  • Snookafly

    We ended his college career and sent him packing that night.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Well, I can see Hollowell possibly embracing the same type of role Sheehey played last year. Sheehey was one of our five best players last year, IMO. Wouldn’t surprise me if Coach is selling that same “6th-man, energy off the bench” thing to Hollowell.

  • MillaRed

    I did not see it yet but hit the DVR and will see it tonight. What do you think of Hoetzel? Does this mean no DR???

  • Ole Man

    I’m guessing nor DR; but hey, I’m wrong so many times.

    Hoetzel seems like a good shooter, but it’s hard to tell from only one tape. Also, hard to tell since you don’t know the level of his competition. I don’t see the minutes for him next year as we only lose Sheehey from the front line players; and there is too much improving athleticism in front of him.
    I personally would have liked to save the scholarship for next year, 2015, as their are some real studs in that class.

    Last thought, watch AE. Seems to me, he is really beginning to find his game. And if we can’t find minutes for him, I don’t know where Hoetzel’s minutes are coming from.

  • notfargj

    totally agree that he is going to be a huge difference maker on this squad. he’s a great all around kid, too. trust me when i say that i am extremely grateful we have him and am trusting his shot will improve over the course of this year.

  • Eugene Debs

    Worst prediction ever.