The Minute After: Ohio State

  • 03/02/2014 7:03 pm in

Thoughts on a 72-64 win over the Buckeyes:

The Buckeyes threw punch after punch in the second half, trying their best to break through, seize back the lead and leave Bloomington with a victory.

But the Hoosiers, without Noah Vonleh (who was out with a foot inflammation), would counter again and again. No second half collapse here, just Indiana doing what it’s done best this season: Beat a ranked team at home during a national broadcast. Another one goes down on Branch McCracken Court, and this may have been Indiana’s finest performance of the season.

The shots weren’t falling early for the Hoosiers. Ohio State jumped out to a 20-12 lead on a¬†Lenzelle Smith Jr. free throw at the 7:54 mark. But Indiana would turn it up and make an important 21-5 run to close the half up eight (33-25). The Hoosiers moved the ball, pushed the pace and got scores at the cup. Yogi Ferrell, Will Sheehey and Troy Williams all converted on layups on three of Indiana’s next four possessions. That fourth possession featured two free throws from Jeremy Hollowell and it was quickly tied up at 20.

Indiana brought it at the other end as well, not allowing the Buckeyes to score after that Smith free throw until a Shannon Scott layup at the 3:11 mark.

Seniors Sheehey (18 points) and Evan Gordon (nine points) made sure the door remained closed in the second half. IU’s most-tenured players came up big during a crucial stretch when LaQuinton Ross (19 points) was nearly unstoppable, making play after play in the paint and the Hoosiers having no answer for his smooth length. For almost an eight-minute stretch (11:30 to the 3:33 mark) of game clock, Gordon and Sheehey accounted for 10 of Indiana’s 12 points. Gordon drove and scored and hit two threes. Sheehey had a trey of his own and a jumper.

This was the second-straight game Sheehey (8-of-12 shooting) turned into an efficient volume shooter. There’s no question there’s a piece of last year’s player back on the court, and the Hoosiers are the better from it. He’s showing more emotion and fire; he’s swearing when he comes off the court after picking up a third foul. He’s also playing that defense he was known for last year, shutting down Aaron Craft on three straight late possessions to help seal the victory.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea (eight points) also came up big in the closing minutes. He scored on two nice pick-and-roll opportunities in the final three and a half minutes, including an and-1. This was after he showed some nice polish on a turnaround in the first half.

Just like the Iowa contest on Thursday, the Hoosiers had their supporting cast step up. It made the difference again in this one.

The turnovers (24.3 TO%) and offensive rebounding (just a 15.3 OR%) weren’t great, the latter of which could have probably been helped by a Vonleh appearance. But the Hoosiers made the plays when it mattered. Sometimes that’s all you need.

What might we be looking at if Indiana just took care of Northwestern and Penn State at home? But the past is gone, future opportunities still to come.

IU’s present, though, is looking better than ever this season.

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  • Walton

    That’s two games in a row!

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Pat Forde’s a long time UK hater. And for that, I thank him.

    Cal was so insufferable about this year’s class, he deserves every bit of that.

  • ForeverIU

    Yeah, but if it’s bad enough for the draft boards, isn’t it also bad enough for us? I want the best for Noah, great young man. I’d love to see him stay.

  • ForeverIU

    I’m a big believer in karma.

  • ForeverIU

    LOL, glad you’re having fun with it. Keep the stories coming.

  • ForeverIU

    You got me all teary-eyed! I never gave up on this team or coaching staff. Never will. I heard about CTC choking up on #iubb twitter. It makes perfect sense that CTC would get emotional like that (Remember him with Victor at Michigan?), and Fischer has a way of touching these chords, lol.

  • ForeverIU

    I’m sure CTC and staff are working on him, ha!

  • Walton

    Also OSU shooting 0-11 from 3-pt helped overcome the turnovers.

  • ForeverIU

    Ha, Kman, you are making us look like an oppressed minority. Don’t believe the hype.

  • Walton

    The fans sticking with the team and showing up too!

  • CheesyHoosier

    Two things happen Wednesday: We roll over Nebraska and continue to build on our recent play, or our horrible letdown tendency rears its ugly head. I’m betting on the first, and I think Will’s great play continues through the rest of the season. Great win over OSU, who played awful (especially Craft.)

  • Walton

    I think Gordon’s consistency has been an issue his whole college career. As many minutes as he gets with the ball in his hands, it is critical he consistently plays like he did in this game finishing out his career. If he does this our chances of winning greatly increases.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i agree with you. this isn’t the same team that got embarrassed by NW after beating wiscy. sure looks to me like things are starting to sink in, lessons are being learned (that goes for the players and coach). and they’re not going to forget those games they shouldn’t have lost and why they were lost.

  • Walton

    Awesome assessment. The team has been consistent with rebounds all year. The difference lately has been sharing the ball, creating better shots, and hitting them throughout the game and especially down the end and slowing down the game at the end creating less turnovers.

  • b_side

    The original poster/comment was obviously asinine, but I did notice Gordon shouldering a heavier load of the point guard duties in the second half. That allowed Yogi to play off the ball more and stay a little more fresh. If we’re going to play to 6 ft guards similar to last year, might as well save the legs of the better shooter a la Jordy last season. Smart move by Crean.

  • That’s the other end of this tougher schedule topic. There just wasn’t that much available to work out a date or agree on a venue, etc. I think the team has come along well, if we can just continue for the next several games.. It’s too bad we couldn’t come up with the win in a couple of earlier games, especially Northwestern and Penn State, but it is what it is, and we’ll just have to try to continue this streak fo as long as possible. Hopefully can win out and do well in the B1G Tournament.

  • ForeverIU

    Thanks for pointing this out. Obviously, our comments were more a reaction to the criticism of Yogi, regardless of what we might think of Evan. I think Evan is key to our team, and his unshakeable confidence and nerves of steel will be important down the road as we approach the Tourney (keeping my fingers crossed).

  • iubase

    agree – nice win and contribution by Sheehey and Yogi. I was also excited about Hanner’s play. When he was out OSU could score inside without any inside presence for IU. When Hanner was in he changed the game. OSU missed lay ups and he got some solid rebounds and deflections – things that help you win without the stats. Quite a week for him. I couldn’t be happier and hopefully this will carry over to the next few games. When Vonleh is healthy HMP now gives us more depth.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I can’t lie, I didn’t see this win coming. That said, that makes it all the sweeter to enjoy.

    Two more games, then the B1G tourney. Then we’ll see what the future holds.

  • HoosierFan76

    Nice “A Clockwork Orange” reference.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    “The stuff I had to accept this year, the program almost got hijacked. Never in my career have I surrendered in any way to any team, and I did that at times this year – to try to save guys, to try to help guys. And it never works.” – John Calipari

    What a piece of work.

    There are things I don’t necessarily like about Coach Crean, but I definitely don’t have to worry about him rolling over on his own teenage players after they’re gone….

  • MillaRed


    Karma baby. It can be a b—–

  • JWaltFTW

    I’m sure some forget that HMP is looooong, and that length will alter shots. He’s also a super athlete; opposing teams know this and they know they must work through him, not around him (shot blocking). If he works on his footwork and puts on a few more pounds of muscle this off-season, he will be a force to be reckoned with at the rim.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    That’s the exact quote I pasted into my email to my brother. Really cowardly.

    Alsio, I hate the thing where he criticized Julius Randle for not subbing himself out. If he looks tired, Cal, take him out.

    Reminded me of Crean saying Hollowell (I believe) should have called a TO against PSU. You CAN call a TO from the bench.

  • calbert40

    It was actually Willie Dean in ’01-’02’. He averaged 17.3 ppg, which was just ahead of one of our favorite former Hoosiers who decided to transfer to Iowa. He averaged 17.1 ppg that year. I used sports-reference. com (stretched out the address so I wouldn’t have to go through a mod). Just go through the appropriate links.

    It really is a pretty great site. They have individual stats for every B1G season through ’97. They also have conference info (league champs, tourney results and records, etc) going back for 100 years. A great resource.

  • calbert40

    Completely agree. He has more “bounce” in his shots now. He looks like Will from last year. Hope he keeps it up!

  • ExMeaSententia

    Whatever you’re smokin’ has got to be illegal.

    Yes, this was a good win for IU, but as inconsistent as they’ve been this year no one can guess what they’re going to do the next game, let alone the next five or six. Really, who’d be totally surprised if they lost at home to Nebraska on Wednesday?

    Yes, there’s some nice talent on this team, but there are serious doubts about the ability of the current coaching staff to take any combination of talent past the Sweet 16, let along bring back banner # 6.


    Damn ! And just when I thought all the screaming I had done this year was starting to work and they were starting to listen to ME. lol


    Not just you and I was thinking the same thing, then the person I was watching the game with made that exact comment just as I was about to.


    I can envision you as a lot of things my friend……but “gangsta” in any way shape or form isn’t one of them. lol
    Is this where I get the proverbial cap busted up my cracker a$$ by you to prove I’m wrong. lol Ole Man leaked the secret hand signal to me so try to test me in that way.


    Shades of Mike Davis playing pUKe behavior ?

  • HoosierFan76

    How many minutes have Yogi and Hanner spent on the court together in the last two seasons, though? Most of the time Hanner has played, it hasn’t been with the first unit players, and Yogi may or may not have been in there with him for very long. Gotta have the guys in there at the same time for the opportunity to arise.

  • HoosierFan76

    It did remind me a bit of that…man, gotta hate those flashbacks.

  • William Hagenmaier

    where is peter jurkin

  • JWaltFTW

    Raw, very raw