The Minute After: Samford

  • 11/15/2013 9:20 pm in

Thoughts on a 105-59 win over Samford:

The Hoosiers were on point from the get-go tonight.

They established Noah Vonleh early and played downhill for pretty much the whole first half. Eight blocks — including three from freshman Luke Fischer, who had his best game so far this season — led to several quick scores on the other end. They kept coming and coming and Samford simply had no answers. Hanner Mosquera-Perea threw a couple down with serious authority. Troy Williams had a tip-in slam and some other nice scores at the cup. Yogi Ferrell threw a few impressive passes to his teammates and finished the half with five assists.

Collin Hartman even got in on the action, faking a 3-pointer, pulling up inside the arc and hitting. He would dive on the floor for a loose ball not much long after, much to the delight of coach Tom Crean and IU fans. The Hoosiers’ defense was strong and limited opportunities.The only way the Bulldogs were able to slow them down was to foul. By half, IU was 16-of-21 from the line and up 54-25.

The second half brought similar returns.

Instead of blocks being the catalyst for the break, it was steals (10 steals and 10 blocks in total tonight for IU). And Ferrell really began to shine, hitting 3-pointer after 3-pointer (5-of-7 for the contest). He would end the game with a career-high 26 points. Ferrell’s ability to hit the 3-ball, drive to the rim for scores and find his teammates all over the halfcourt tonight (six assists) made him that complete point guard he’s working so hard to be. Vonleh posted another double double (13 points, 10 rebounds) and became the first Hoosier freshman ever to start his career with three straight double-doubles. Williams was close to one of his own (10 points, eight rebounds).

Mosquera-Perea, after his highlight reel dunks in the first half, perhaps saved his best for last. Off an Austin Etherington miss, the sophomore grabbed the ball with his right hand outside the backboard area and ripped it back through the rim for a putback dunk. Shortly after, the Big Ten Network showed Williams’ reaction on the bench, a slo-mo cackle at just how filthy a display of athleticism it was. It was the exclamation point on a night where the Hoosiers were simply unstoppable and never took their foot off the gas.

By the time it was all over, the Hoosiers scored 105 points, good for a seriously dominant 1.34 points per possession. There is much for this young squad to feel good about and grow upon after this one. But they can’t bask in tonight’s glory all weekend. Stony Brook comes to Assembly Hall on Sunday. KenPom ranks the squad 76th in the country, and the Seawolves are sure to present a tougher challenge than the Bulldogs.

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  • InTheMtns

    That was pretty. And a good response to the performance shown in the LIU game. Loved seeing Bennie again!

  • BMusic

    Did last year’s team beat anybody by 46 points? Or the year before that?

    Everybody impressed me at some point tonight. But I’ll point out three:

    Colin looked like a classic Hoosier out there, stroking the midrange J, hitting the floor, grabbing 50/50 balls and igniting the break.

    Hanner was the guy we’ve been waiting for since he signed.

    And Yogi. Yogi gave us a glimpse of the next three years. He was the General, and did everything.


  • John

    That was fun to watch!!

  • Steve Fischer

    NOtes: Is Syracuse scared yet? Can I now look and see which Top 25 team lost so we can be rated? Did you know the big Ten only has 2 losses? Every other major conf has at least 5. “The Minute After” usually takes about 30 min. Will Jurkiin contribute significantlhy? Happy to see a team of walk-ons take the floor, Nice shot by the guy whose name sounds like something from a Sushi Bar. The walk-ons deserve lots of credit – they might be regulars if they played for mid-majors but they love IU.


    looked like a different team tonite very fun game to watch, i screamed at hanner then screamed 4 him…that was dunk of the year!! liked seeing everyone contribute would like to see stan n luke play a little more they could help during big ten season…yogi was amazing if he shoots well he is unguardable…go hoosiers

  • Eric Kinman

    Decent game. Fun to watch. Not impressed with our perimeter and weak-side defense.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    This was the exact opposite from the game the other night:
    Tuesday – what happens when a young team doesn’t have a good week of practice and never gels together, plays street ball, and never gains a rhythm.

    Friday – what happens when a young team has a great week of practice, plays together, takes their time on offense, and locks down defensively.

    There’s still a lot of room for improvement but there were a lot of great takeaways from tonight’s game all the way down to the little things like the catch Luke Fischer made late in the 2nd half!

    1) Yogi
    2) Nobody really forced anything (Hollowell a couple times) especially Will who played a very controlled game.

    3) Freshman looked great!
    4) Defense
    5) I know only a little bit of the offense has been put in but at least it looked like there was a half-court offense tonight . . . and a pretty good one with all the back cuts, dribble drives, and moving without the ball.
    6) Noah will be a double-double machine during his IU career

    All around, this was a fun game to watch and even though it was against inferior competition it showed what this young team could become.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    The ball Hanner grabbed looked to be at least 3-4 feet from the basket! I was amazed he was able to bring it back to the basket that fast!

  • mjwade

    I was impressed with Hanner PM. Not the dunk so much as his defensive positioning and calling for the ball–he seemed comfortable on the court. In addition, the ‘freaky athleticism’ was on display. When he wanted to elevate, he was suddenly elevated–no sign of gathering himself or effort, it just happened. Amazing to watch.

  • shknqk

    Conspiracy brotha says… notice how the 3 point shooting shot up as soon as those LOI’s were signed?

  • Oldfan

    I thought Colin Hartman put in some good minutes tonight.

  • DeeLyle

    Just FYI…last year we beat Sam Houston St by 54 and Ball State by 49. The year before, we beat Howard by 57. I do get your point though. I thought Hanner was better tonight, but had too many situations where he either fumbled the ball or had bad footwork. Hopefully he continues improving. What a fun game to watch!

  • Alford Bailey

    My goodness when Hanner and Troy are in there all Yogi has to do is dribble in the lane and toss the lob and hope they dont run into each other as one throws down WITH AUTHORITY!!!

  • TomJameson

    As so many said, that really was fun to watch! The number 1 thing I took away from this was the improvement of the whole team from one game to the next. Not much forcing it.

    I really like Troy, but I think he plays too fast. I think if he slowed himself down just a bit at times, he would be more in control and do a lot more damage. He is going to be awesome as the season progresses.

    I’m really finding it difficult to name only 1 favorite. lol

  • TomJameson

    That was really an amazing shot. Got to be an ESPN highlight dunk!!!

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Well… on the one hand, we can’t pretend that Samford is anything other than who they are: A tiny school which any major university team should blow out without difficulty. Can’t think this game’s an indication the Hoosiers will blast teams in the Big 10.

    But on the other, didn’t IU look good tonight? Vonleh moves so well, Troy Williams is such a spark plug, Yogi’s showing off his 3 point shot now, Hollowell’s radically changed from last year…and even Hanner had some plays.

    And the bench showed some skill. Don’t know if I’d say there’s no drop-off, but it’s not like we’d have to worry about the starters sitting for a spell.

    Sheehey moves with confidence, the starters and a good deal of the bench is just so athletic… I know this team’s young, but man, they’ve got all the pieces. All that’s needed is experience. Granted, they’re flawed without that, but next year? What a ceiling I see.

  • TomJameson

    If Noah stays we’ll have a real title shot next year. Think of the team you saw tonight with a full season of experience, and a summer of workouts and practice (shooting, footwork, strength conditioning). Add in the 2014 class of shooters/guards. WOW. Hope it all works out! Go Hoosiers!

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Yeah, exactly my point.

    And ditto on Noah. Everyone’s talking about his potential in comparison to Zeller’s legacy, but I’d also stack him against past big men like Alan Henderson. He’s truly got the potential to be regarded as highly as the classic players.

  • BMusic

    Haha…well there ya go. Yes, he’ll continue improving. They all will.

  • Frosch

    First of all, much love goes out to Bennie and all he went through with this program to get us where we are. I could sit and list out everything I enjoyed, but HMP is the main thing that keeps popping up in my head. Ever since we began recruiting him, you could see the upside in all the videos (athleticism, tenacity, length, etc.). Finally, tonight gave us a glimpse of his true potential and I couldn’t be more excited for the rest of the season if he can make an impact on the glass/defensive end. We don’t need him to score many points (the highlight dunks are plenty fine for me this year), as Noah can provide the scoring and inside game. Simply making a positive impact every time he’s on the court plays a crucial role for this team…I keep watching highlights to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me, but YES, he is who we thought he was!

    -“I’ll make it”

  • OhioHoosier

    Loved seeing hollowell run the point against the 2-3 zone tonight. The way he slashed and was able to see over the defense could be a significant help in the future against zones especially if yogi can shots on the wing

  • Snookafly

    If Yogi is still the only one who can knock down a three, I doubt Syracuse is scared, but things are definitely looking up.

  • Oldguyy

    His outlet passes after his rebounds were outstanding.

  • kaponya44

    Enjoyed the game tonight.Great all around effort by the team. Although I thought Evan forced a few too many dribble drives and subsequent shot attempts IUs tenacity in attacking the rim was huge .Gordon looked much more decisive and good things will happen even for him once he looks for his teammates more.Still impressed.Air Colombia took to the friendly skies and HMP is going to be a robeast on the glass.My biggest take away:Once our experience gains ground on the sheer athleticism its curtains for the opponents.I’m anxious to see them go against another high major next week.

  • As so many have said, YES, YES, that was pretty. So much fun to watch.

    1. You have to love what Hanner MP is, and will become. Seemed like just about every one of his dunks was highlight reel stuff. As Yogi said, that one was even better than the ‘near dunk’, by Vic last year.

    2. Noah is just great. At this point, he seems to even be more of a force than Cody was last year. Not to take anything away from Cody, but seems like Noah is just more dominate, blocking shots, rebounding and all around playing with more authority.

    3. Troy Williams is going to be fantastic. I felt he played under control much better last night. As one of the announcers indicated, defensively reminds you of a bigger Oladipo, or something to that effect ( forget the exact quote).
    4. Yogi does now have an outside shot, hope that continues to improve.
    5. Hope we can take that game and apply it against all future teams. Realize we’ll soon be facing much stiffer competition, but if we can continue to move without the ball, play defense with that same tenacity and rebound offensively and defensively like that, we will be a very hard ‘out’ by tourney time.
    These guys are going to bring us a ton of enjoyment in the future. GO IU!!!!

  • TomJameson

    I guess people see different things. I believe most of those awesome blocks came from the weak-side defense. I also think that the perimeter defense, as well as the entire defense, is improving noticeably game-to-game.

    IMO, the guys are improving on their overall defense, and a couple are really coming on (Devin and Evan). Remember, the defense is different now that you can’t put your hands on anybody, and I think IU is adapting to that pretty well.

  • TomJameson

    I really agree about HMP! He still has work to do to become consistent, but, IMO, if he stopped thinking about his offense, and concentrated on being that presence under the rim (both rims), he would actually increase his offense output just by cleaning up (think awesome put-back!!) His shot blocking and rebounding could also be the start of many IU fast breaks.

    I strongly believe we are seeing a story unfolding for this team.

  • TomJameson

    I agree, but I hope he stays 2 years to enjoy that level. lol

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Agree with all of your points, but we have to win Sunday. Last night was a huge grow up game and I am very proud of the whole team.

  • Rkeg

    Spacing spacing spacing – even on the breaks guys we’re finding their lanes – 100% better for a team that likes to run.

  • Dave Carnes

    Hey who was the new guy wearing #12

  • SCHoosier

    re: Syra..let’s see..they have a huge veteran front line the best zone in college b-ball and will be facing a young IU team that can play out of control at any time. Nah..I doubt if they are paying much attention. I will say that if “Cuse shoots badly (not likely at home)..and IU can board and run before that zone gets set could be interesting.

  • Dave Carnes

    He looks like the most NBA ready freshman we have had since????? Honestly maybe since 81

  • SCHoosier

    Hate to see an ‘ol IU friend like Coach Bennie take a whopping like that..let’s hope he and his lads took a nice check home for their athletic dept!. Nice to see so many of our guys get floor time. I’m officially on the HMP improvement bandwagon..kid is really quick off his feet and playing like he belongs. Let’s see how he does against some of the big bangers coming up (WASH/UCONN/Syra etc) Hartman helped his cause with good minutes and poise..and Yogi re-established himself as a 3 pt threat by simply going with the flow. Nice scrimmage..on to Stony Brook..a “cupcake with teeth.”.:)

  • Ole Man

    Honestly? Cody Zeller — remember him.
    Vonleh is going to be a beast; but he’d be the first to tell you he has miles to go with his game.
    Love him; but he’s not “NBA ready” at this point.
    If he continues the same play against stiffer competition, then he’ll change my opinion.

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    I totally agree with you on all points, especially about Vonleh. NH isn’t far from what Zeller was last year already, I think he’ll be a better player come tournament time. If we’re lucky enough to get to see him another season, he could be absoulutely dominant with improvement in his overall game, mindset, and strength.

    Oh, and I think all of the angst about his FT shooting can be put to rest.

  • Dave Carnes

    I said the most ready. And yes I remember Cody.IMO there have only been a handful of 18 yearolds that were ready.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I agree. Honestly, I was wondering if Evan Gordon was a guy we were going to regret spending a scholarship on after the first couple games, but last night I thought he contributed. Hopefully he continues to improve and learns to play with his new team because it would be nice to have another upperclassman who pulls his weight.

  • TomJameson

    I’m excited about Noah also, but don’t let the competition tint your excitement too much. lol Yes, he’s dong really good, record-breaking double-doubles and all, but he’s not NBA ready yet. By the end of the year he probably will be, but still hopes he stays for two.
    I guess my overall feeling for this team is optimistically hopeful. Have bunches of (undeveloped at this time) talent, and lots of athleticism, but really untried as of yet. Liked the gut-out of LIU though and the focus for Samford.

  • TomJameson

    I think this whole team will be much better come tournament time, but Noah still has to play some B1G competition for me to compare him to Zeller last year.

    I really like this team and it’s potential!

  • Eugene Debs

    Get those boys on the treadmill – eating cupcakes can make you fat and slow.

  • SCHoosier

    It appeared the Hoosiers were on a treadmill against LIU-Brooklyn? I mean they ran a lot without getting anywhere!!

  • Nathan

    Can someone please link me a video of Hanner’s dunk(s)? I didn’t see it!

  • mharv2631

    New name…. Hanner MoSCARY Perea!!!

  • Hoosier Hall

    The dunks and put backs were very impressive, but we know these guys can do that. What I liked most was the teamwork and cohesiveness that is starting to improve. Did anyone see that slick pass to HMP by Hollowell? It was better than the slam that followed!

  • Old Guy

    How about since Big George in the early 70’s ? Same body.

  • kwehner

    Number 4 Top Ten play on ESPN.