The Minute After: North Florida

  • 12/07/2013 10:41 pm in

Thoughts on a 89-68 win over the Ospreys:

Beyond bouncing back to form after the Syracuse second half debacle, two things stood out in this one. The first is the Hoosiers started hot from beyond arc. Austin Etherington stopped passing up shots from distance tonight and starting taking them (2-of-3). The Hoosiers were 5-of-9 from distance at half. By the end of the game they cooled off after a string of late misses (6-of-19, 33 percent). Still it’s encouraging to see players other than Yogi Ferrell taking and making shots from 3-point range, as Evan Gordon (1-of-2) and Jeremy Hollowell (1-of-2) also connected from beyond the arc this evening.

The second is the Hoosiers, who have been quite turnover prone so far this season, did a great job of taking care of the ball — save for a sloppy stretch in the first half. The Hoosiers turned the ball just 11 times tonight and only three times in the second half. That’s good for a turnover percentage of just 14.0. The team also shared the ball well, as it assisted on 17 of 32 makes and posted an assist to turnover ratio of 1.5.

Once Big Ten season hits, the Hoosiers stand a better chance of winning ball games if they can find another consistent shooter or two outside of Ferrell that’ll keep defenses honest and spread the floor as 3-point threats. This team is one of the better rebounding teams in the country and likes to get out and run. But when they’re forced into the halfcourt — which is bound to happen in the Big Ten season at times — and each possession becomes crucial, less turnovers (and thus, more opportunities to end a possession with points) and more points per possession off a 3-ball could be huge in close contests.

Gordon had his best game of the season, as he led the team with 15 points and was 7-of-7 before missing his final two field goal attempts. Stephen Bardo talked about the Hoosiers looking for a third scorer outside of Ferrell and Noah Vonleh on the broadcast tonight with Gordon being one of his candidates. Still a lot of season left and there are other candidates here (Will Sheehey, Troy Williams, Jeremy Hollowell, etc.), but Gordon has so far shown he can get to the rim and shoot it from the outside a bit.

He also has a ton of experience and a maturity to his game which is likely to continue to warrant him good minutes once the Big Ten season hits — and maybe even a return to the starting lineup on occasion. Vonleh did as Vonleh does (13 points, 11 boards, five steals) and Stanford Robinson (six points, eight rebounds) and Hanner Mosquera-Perea (eight points, three rebounds) also chipped in with some nice stretches.

North Florida was a bit more athletic than most of the non-conference home opponents so far this season and it showed up at times, like their five blocks on the evening or that slick spin move freshman point guard Dallas Moore scored on in the second half. (Moore was pretty brilliant tonight, scoring 27 points and hitting 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.) So this wasn’t quite a wire-to-wire blowout, as the Ospreys actually got a string of easy looks to start the contest. But once the Hoosiers settled in a bit more on defense, it was clear this one wasn’t going down to the wire.

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    Have been wondering if the, ” we want you to try coming off the bench “, experiment isn’t one worth having at this point. If things haven’t changed in the next 2 to 4 games I think it becomes imperative that it’s tried. Have to think that he would be willing to try and see what happens as well.


    Would like to see HMP get every minute he can. Still have to believe that there is something there worth polishing up. Would liked to have seen Crean experiment with NV & HMP on the floor at the same time and for more than just a couple of minutes too.


    Agree !!

  • iuoiu

    It sounds fun, but I think it goes against the goal of this team in being an up and down the court squad. There may be times though when it’s a good thing (I’m looking at you Wisky).

  • Alford Bailey

    Just arguing my point. I understand I embarrassed you by calling out your Will Sheehey is All Big Ten comment but dude that was a LONG time ago. You gotta let it go. This is kinda creepy!

  • Ole Man

    What qualifies you as such an expert on the subject. Either you’re speaking from some experience you haven’t shared with the rest of us, or you’re just being bull-headed and want listen to or respect anyone else’s opinions.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’m not sure what it is, but I think Will has put an enormous amount of pressure on himself this year. He just needs to be Will and let the game come to him.


    Agree & coming off the bench may be the best way for him to do that. We are deep enough and I think Will has the team’s best interest at heart enough that if he seen that it helped the team he would do it and not be bothered by it at all.

  • ForeverIU

    Well Ole Man, it looks like our friend gently weaseled out of this one and is playing by the rules on some other post. Don’t you love cyber-amnesia. It’s okay, we all have our days.

  • Ole Man

    Yep; I’ve had my share on here…LOL!

  • Shawn Congo

    How many did you buy this year?

  • Shawn Congo

    With that kind of schedule, Louisville will never win games in the Big Dance or compete for anational championship.

  • calbert40

    Thanks for the info! The problem is that there is very little incentive for a power conference school to schedule more than 2 or 3 other non-conference power schools.

    We have the ACC Challenge, and then throw Washington (down a little, yes) and UCONN on a neutral court…that’s three solid non-conference games against good competition away from Bloomington. It isn’t like we’ve played nobody. Throw in a game with ND, and I don’t think IU has anything to be ashamed of SOS wise.

  • calbert40

    I don’t recall where I read it, so excuse the lack of cited source on this information.

    I read that the B1G does not plan on adding conference games to the schedule in the near future. They want to keep it at 18. Equally, they claim that there is no desire to go to a divisional format for basketball either.

    However, if you do the math on a divisional format schedule, it makes a lot of sense. Seven teams per division. You play all teams within your division twice (12 games). You play all teams outside of the division just once (7 games). That gives you a 19 game conference slate that is balanced!

    I’d be all for adding one game to give each team a balanced schedule as opposed to the schedule we have now. The problem is how do you divide the divisions? The current football divisions are awful, and would be worse for basketball.

    I also think they’d have to go with the same divisions for both football and basketball to avoid mass confusion. If we went with an East/West division, the dividing line would be between IU and PU (MD, RU, OSU, MSU, UM, PSU and IU or PU). Who wants to be in THAT division?!?!

  • Southport65

    Are you a Coach? How do you know these kids learned nothing? Maybe with all your experience as a Coach you should apply for an IU job or are you an arm chair fan who thinks he knows everything there is to know about Coaching and running a team at the Division One Level? Did you ever Coach anything or even play Basketball at the college level? Just wondering because you act like you have all the answers or at least you know how to repeat the same thing 4 or 5 times.
    We all by now know how you feel so cool you jets! Also, please leave my Lord and Savior out of your comments because I know him on a personal level and it is extremely offensive to me. I am sure you can make your point without using the Lord’s name in vain!! If you can’t please leave.