The Minute After: Washington

  • 11/22/2013 1:01 am in

Thoughts on a 102-84 win over the Huskies:

All the spotlight on Noah Vonleh’s sensational start to the season, but under the lights at Madison Square Garden fellow freshman Troy Williams finally got his.

In Indiana’s first four games, Williams has had some near misses on home run plays, some steals where he’s stepped out of bounds on his way to a sure slam. But tonight at Madison Square Garden, he couldn’t miss.¬†Williams finished an alley-oop from Stan Robinson on the break in the first half. He hit shots from the outside. He had some up and unders off the baseline in the second half that, like Will Sheehey, are becoming his trademark move. Williams did have another near miss, a dunk attempt where he was fouled in the first half that might have been his biggest “wow” play of the night. It was an electric 22-point (8-of-12, 6-of-7 from the line) performance. Williams was feeling it, he knew, we knew it, and it’s perhaps a sign of things to come.

The Huskies tried throwing a zone at the Hoosiers in the first half, and though there were some possessions early where IU floundered around and had to jack something up late in the shot clock, they rarely settled for long twos or 3-pointers. It was shots at the cup with clean up, a 50-point first half performance where the Hoosiers shot 16-of-18 from the line and rebounded 71 percent of their misses for 19 second-chance points (1.37 points per possession).

Vonleh was all over the boards for easy put-back dunks again tonight when he wasn’t making his own moves for scores in the post otherwise. His double-double streak ends (17 points, nine boards) tonight, but he continues to be hyper-efficient and forceful around the rim. Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge was in the building tonight. Vonleh and Williams certainly gave him something to think about.

Yogi Ferrell had another strong performance (20 points, seven assists, just three turnovers). He continues to take the quick 3-pointer (3-of-7 from distance). He was vocal and fiery and there is just something in his eyes on the court this year. It’s early and Ferrell really wants it all. It will be needed come the battles of the Big Ten. Sheehey was a little sloppy early, but had a great game when it was all over, scoring on his slashes to the basket off the baseline and wing (16 points on 7-0f-11 shooting) and finding some teammates on sharp passes (five assists).

The defense wasn’t always up to par tonight. The Huskies got a string of points in the first half off penetration and managed 1.10 points per possession. The Hoosiers also popped out to some large leads, only to see Washington rip off a few runs to half the deficit. And yet, it was another decisive victory for IU where they relentlessly attacked, absolutely mopped up the boards and posted 100-plus points.

The toughest test of the young season hits tomorrow night at MSG against UConn. Can these Hoosiers keep it up?

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  • CreamandCrimson

    It’s going to take a really good performance from our Hoosiers to get the W tonight. UConn can shoot, has a really good backcourt (Napier will really test Yogi) and is a more veteran group. Plus, there will be a lot more UConn fans in the Garden than there were UW fans last night. It’ll be a very tough test.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Marcus Smart is the best point guard in the country. It’s not even really close. I love Yogi and he has improved so much but there’s just no way Yogi is better than Ok. State’s Marcus Smart.

  • Kenneth234

    I am still going to be optimistic about Hollowell’s potential. He is going to come up big for us sometime soon. He is stuck between being a little to aggressive at times and then responding with a little too passive. Once he finds the pace that he needs to play at, he will be a factor for this team consistently.

  • CreamandCrimson

    The ref signaled that Devin made contact with the UW player’s face. “DD limited by foul trouble” has been a theme thus far. I love what he brings to the team when on the floor but he’ll need to defend without fouling a bit better to increase his role.

  • Kenneth234

    I agree with this comment, aside from the concern that Napier is going to be a big test for Yogi. I think Yogi is far more talented and Napier didn’t seem to have a quickness that I would think would cause problems for Yogi.

  • Kenneth234

    The kid is just trying to find a way to have in impact in his role. It will just take some time, but I am confident he will find it sooner than later. One thing is certain, he is not going to get sent to the bench because this team is going to need his impact and that is why he is getting every opportunity to perform to his ability.

  • IU scout

    Look at the minutes played..yes he will take them!!

  • Kenneth234

    One of my few concerns with this team is the lack of accuracy on certain passes. The ball is not getting to the receiver of the pass in a position to catch and shoot often. Which prevents players from going into their shooting motion in a fluid motion or forces a bobble which is allowing defenders to recover and force a drive. I’m not saying on every pass this is a problem because there are many very good passes, but at the same time the kick out passes have not been as consistent as those to cutters and into the post.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I went back and watched that play over and over in slow motion. He never made contact.
    Yes he does need to play smarter, but I do like the physicality he brings. He displays a very strong desire to win and compete.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Interesting…it didn’t look like a foul to me and it sounds like it wasn’t. Too bad, Davis was playing well. I agree with you, he brings physicality and I would add, a lot of versatility off the bench. If he can give the Hoosiers 10-12 minutes a night and learn how to defend without getting in foul trouble along the way, I think he’ll be a big-time factor by mid-season.

  • Kenneth234

    We are starting to see why many of the top 2014 recruits thought better of coming to Indiana to compete for minutes. This team is loaded at nearly every spot, and would be hard for anyone to crack into a major role to showcase a players talent for the next level.

  • CreanFaithful

    29 min for Troy. What are we missing here?

  • Hardwood83

    I agree, obviously Yogi needs 2 more years to work on his game.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Hollowell is confusing. He looks great sometimes and then just looks like he doesn’t belong. He could be very valuable at the point if he could get it together. It could get tough for him next year if he doesn’t step it up.

  • pga

    It seems many times our best offense is a mid range shot from JH…(not necessarily last night but in general) we have such good rebounders in NV, WS, and TW — just get the ball in the paint and up on the glass and go get it…like Michigan St used to

  • Hoosier Hall

    Doubt that. Gordon has played surprisingly well for us even though he didn’t score much last night. He is a veteran and we need that. Stan will play plenty next year though.

  • IUMIKE1

    Wondering if some of the refs’ day jobs aren’t as mediums cause I’ve seen some real phantom calls this year. Pun intended.

  • IUMIKE1

    I’ve pulled hard for JH since he stepped on the court the first time and will continue to pull for him, but I’ll have to admit I told Crean that he needed to come out of the game more times last night than I ever have. You know you’re out of control on a drive to the basket if you get a charge called on you this year and that’s exactly what Jeremy did.

  • IUMIKE1

    Egg zack ta moon dough !!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    First to admit I may have been over critical, but I do think it is reasonable to expect improvement.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Evidently he has taken Tom Pritchard’s class on the fine art of hacking – if he can get the fouls under control – he brings a lot to the team.

  • r

    Yes, he does. I wonder, though, how many guys (especially guys his size) can truly transition from position to position. It can’t be easy. I like his shot-blocking ability, but this team is loaded with players that have that in their set of skills. I expect Jeremy to due great things in the future.

  • r

    Yeah, it’s the long-range shooting that worries me far more than the rebounds. If UConn doesn’t miss, there aren’t many opportunities for fast breaks off rebounds…and with the new rule that doesn’t allow players to breathe on the opponent, there will be far fewer on the ball steals. IU is long, though, so some steals can still be had in the passing lanes.

  • r

    The most frustrating thing for me is that they have Hollowell playing the point guard position. This is unnatural. I’m not surprised by the turnovers. How many turnovers does the typical freshman point guard make? Hollowell has even less experience at the position than nearly all freshman collegiate point guards. I think fans expect too much from a 6’8″ player recently moved to point guard for the first time in his entire basketball career.

  • r

    Crean spoke with Don Fischer about how the rotations are not the future rotations. He is currently still in the process of figuring out, in game settings, how players will be best utilized and in what groups or what order.

  • Outoftheloop

    Jeremy really needs to get mentally focused at all times. He just does not finish the play, on offense or defense. But the talent is there.

  • Outoftheloop

    Stan is earning 10 plus minutes/game this year.

  • Outoftheloop

    This game should be a very important opportunity for Yogi to show that he is a premier point guard nationally. He looks very hungry to me.

  • Outoftheloop

    Coach Crean is looking for a “Magic Johnson” type of PG. Sure it is a stretch and will be tough on Jeremy. But if it is successful by next year, it could be a “Banner” decision”!

  • Outoftheloop

    I think that was a very insightful comment by Fraschilla. Troy has more offense than the early Pippin and more defense-rebounding than the early George.

  • Kenneth234

    Lane violations are not that uncommon. It happens a lot more, and to act like it was “mind-boggling” is way too extreme.

  • notfargj

    re: hollowell & uconn game

    still not seeing it.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Did you see what he did? It was bizarre… Not your run-of-the-mill violation. It was absolutely mind-boggling… Like he forgot where he was.