The Minute After: Purdue

  • 02/15/2014 6:59 pm in

Thoughts on a 82-64 loss to Purdue:

As it turns out, it can get worse.

The Penn State meltdown. The Hanner Mosquera-Perea middle-of-the night arrest. And now, on a Saturday in Mackey Arena, a pathetic performance against a Purdue team and student section smelling blood in the water. If timing is everything, this was about the worst time for the Hoosiers to take a trip to West Lafayette. But the schedule is what it is, and Indiana’s ship, for the moment, looks sunk.

The Hoosiers were their typical silly turnover self to start this one. But as the first half went along, Indiana started to match the intensity of the building. Purdue was heaving some bricks, and Indiana got back into the game — even taking a five-point lead at 27-22 with 6:30 to go. But with Noah Vonleh on the bench with three fouls, the lead slipped away and the rout was on. Indiana could have taken a lead into halftime on a Yogi Ferrell 3-pointer with eight seconds to go. But he missed with Indiana trailing 35-33. Devin Davis fouled Basil Smotherman on the rebound. In the double bonus, he’d make the first, miss the second, get his own rebound and drop in a lay-up at the buzzer to put Purdue up 38-33.

It was one of those afternoons for the Hoosiers.

Purdue dropped trey after trey (10-of-18, 55.6 percent) and hit some tough shots that resulted in and-1 opportunities. It finished the game scoring 1.15 points per possession, its highest mark for the conference season. The Boilermakers were feeling it today and couldn’t be stopped. Indiana’s offense, on the other hand, slipped into a vast void of nothingness.

Its field goal drought was almost unfathomable. From Jeff Howard’s lay-in with 2:33 to go in the first half until a Yogi Ferrell 3-pointer at the 13:08 mark in the second half, the Hoosiers didn’t make a shot. That’s 9:25 of game clock coming up blank along with twelve missed shots in a row. Indiana failed to convert on a number of lay-ups. A tie ballgame at 33-all suddenly became a 15-point deficit (53-38) and it appeared as if the Hoosiers had thrown in the towel.

As the shots weren’t falling, and Purdue was humming on the other end, things got stale on offense. Indiana stood around like trees; there was little movement or purpose and you wondered what the heck was going on. The Hoosiers took far too many shots from distance (8-of-23, 34.8 percent) simply because they’d have nothing much going and they’d just heave from the perimeter late in the shot clock. The Paint Crew chanted “IU sucks” and “Ball State’s better,” and well, those taunts rang true on a day like today.

There is no plug to pull here, no reset button on the machine to start this season over and try and play it out any differently. Indiana’s program just had its roughest week in some time — maybe the worst of the Crean era, depending on criteria? — and who knows where it goes from here.

A strong, ranked Iowa team comes to Assembly Hall on Tuesday evening. Indiana has shown the ability to beat ranked foes on its homecourt in conference play, but it’s also shown the ability to lose to every Big Ten team in conference with a sub-.500 record.

The bleeding can stop with a win Tuesday, but is the wound already too deep?

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  • Kevin Tolliver

    Lets face it, we are young playing in the toughest conference in the land. If your not healthy and have some senior leadership your gonna get beat up.

  • Kevin Tolliver

    Really think Jordans shoulder had something to do with last years loss to SYR. Not making excuses but just saying

  • Kevin Hobgood

    Come on calbert, that B1G Championship banner should’ve just been included on the B1G Championship already hung and not given it’s own… I understand it was a pivotal season for us, but I feel as though with that one hung from the rafters we are just settling now and saying well as at least gave it our all… Might as well hang 2 Sweet 16 banners as well for that matter…

  • CreamandCrimson

    Yes, the booing was directed at the coaching, I was at Assembly Hall that night (I chose not to boo) and it was definitely aimed at the coaches…here’s my problem though…the players don’t know that. The boos aren’t labeled. All a player would know is that the fans at Assembly Hall were booing loudly right after an epic collapse on the floor. They don’t know who it’s directed at but I’m sure some of them felt it was directed at them. A lack of confidence and low morale has been talked about on this board….a player thinking they are getting booed isn’t going to help those things.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Should we ask for a higher standard? Yes and I think the AD and the coaching staff will be the first to tell you at the end of the year that this season has been disappointing. Next year needs to be improved…or we might be holding a new coach to our high standards.

    Logical reasons CTC stays? His buyout is very expensive for another season (drops from 8 million to 1 million), we were the #1 team in the country last season and won the Big Ten title outright.

    Reasons to be optimistic? I think James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Stan Robinson and Yogi Ferrell could be a really good and fun backcourt (I said “could” not “would”).

    Aren’t we a ‘blue blood’? I like to think so but results beyond the very early 90s suggest otherwise.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Yogi can’t coach! Fire Yogi! His offense stinks! (please note people…this is sarcasm)

  • CreamandCrimson

    He seemed to take way too much pleasure in bashing Hanner, the offense and most of our players (not that it wasn’t largely warranted). Meanwhile, Purdue’s fan base “recognizes hard work better than any fan base in the country” and Bryson Scott is the “toughest freshman in the Big Ten”. Alrighty Dan…

  • INUnivHoosier

    At this point, I will take NV chucking up some three-pointers just to see him shooting the ball.

    The kid is a player. Can we set up some plays for him, please?

  • INUnivHoosier

    Quote of the year:

    “He covered the game. He used words.”

  • calbert40

    That’s only the second time in history that a banner was hung separately from the other conference championship banners, and I completely agree with that decision.

    I don’t think we are settling at all when we take a moment of special privilege to acknowledge last year’s accomplishments. I don’t necessarily advocate doing that in the future, though. So far as the Sweet 16…I don’t understand how IU fans can look upon those accomplishments with so much contempt. We are one of only 7 teams in the country with back to back Sweet 16s. Sure, we wanted more last year, but that doesn’t mean that accomplishment is worth our contempt.

  • IUMIKE1

    Exactly what someone that was really was DD would say…..just sayin” LOL

  • chiswede

    Cody wasn’t NBA ready either.

  • chiswede

    Well ERIC Gordon certainly would be a solution. 😉

  • chiswede

    Exactly. None of them had to develop a jump shot b/c they simply owned everyone with their driving ability.

  • hoosier1158

    Too much “up-tempo” for young inexperienced players. Might be best to slow it down a bit.

  • TomJameson

    Don’t think there was an announcement made after the game that subsequent booing is directed at the coach, and the players should disregard. Yeah, a little tongue-in-cheek, lol Point is the players just played the game, and the game got booed, what’s a player to think?

  • calbert40

    I disagree with Dakich all the time, but he was 100 percent right about that entire situation.

    He said that HMP was selfish for being out in a bar at 3 am the night after a big loss and the night before playing our biggest rival. He also said that he should be punished for the DD.

    I don’t see how that is a controversial statement in the slightest.