The Minute After: Ohio State

  • 01/10/2015 3:24 pm in

Thoughts on a 69-66 win over the Buckeyes:

The Buckeyes switched IU’s dribble handoffs, containing the Hoosiers’ offense on the perimeter. Indiana turned the ball over a few times. The Hoosiers couldn’t find the hole. It was a shaky start for them back inside Assembly Hall.

But things changed. The Hoosiers started bringing energy and intensity and the crowd fed off it. A 9-2 deficit became as much as an 11-point lead (26-15) before they settled for a six-point advantage heading into break (32-26). Indiana, not known as a prolific rebounding team, was extraordinary on the boards in the first half, rebounding 48.8 percent of its misses to Ohio State’s paltry 13.6 percent. It led to 12 second-chance points and was the difference in a half they turned it over far too much (27.7%) and couldn’t hit from distance (3-of-12). At one point, the Hoosiers were able to get three offensive rebounds in a row, the last of which ended the possession with a Yogi Ferrell triple from the top of the key.

Troy Williams, after a forgettable performance against Michigan State, also was a big reason Indiana was able to win the lead in the first half and keep it to the final buzzer. Williams had eight points and eight boards (three offensive) at the break. He finished with a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with 15 points. Williams also had a pair of dunks — one in the halfcourt over Amir Williams and a double-clutch on the break — that brought the Assembly Hall faithful to a fever pitch. That latter dunk on the break was followed by a big time block from the sophomore on the other end. Williams also found James Blackmon Jr. for a 3-pointer early in the second half which started to really get him going.

The freshman was just 1-of-5 heading into halftime, but he got to the hoop for a score early in the second half and it seemed to ignite him. He hit the aforementioned 3-ball. He hit a floater. He also hit some key free throws down the stretch (5-of-5) — as did his backcourt mate Yogi Ferrell (7-of-8) — to keep Ohio State just a touch behind the Hoosiers as D’Angelo Russell’s 3-ball try to tie the game at the buzzer didn’t find the net.

The freshman finished the game 6-of-13 (18 points) after a strong second half. As Dan Dakich said on the call: “Water finds its level and James Blackmon’s is really high.”

Nick Zeisloft broke out of his prolonged shooting slump to hit two triples before halftime and scored eight points in this one. His play off the bench was a big reason Indiana found the momentum midway through the first 20 minutes. Ditto for Collin Hartman. Hartman made Hartman plays in both halves. He had three blocks and six rebounds on an afternoon where Hanner Mosquera-Perea picked up two early fouls and again was a non-factor, looking like a shadow of his best self. Hartman simply was in the right place at the right time on a few occasions and his hustle helped make sure the Hoosiers didn’t blow this one.

With Mosquera-Perea only logging eight minutes in the contest, Emmitt Holt got the opportunity and seized it. Holt still shows inexperience — as only a guy who thought he’d be playing at prep school this winter and not in a tightly-contested major college conference showdown can. But he made the most of his time on the court. In 14 minutes, Holt gobbled up seven boards, scored five points and had two blocks. He stepped up when the Hoosiers needed him to.

Indiana’s defense held in pretty well today against a strong Ohio State offensive squad, allowing under a point per possession (.98) while holding the Buckeyes to just a 36.6 effective field goal percentage.

This win is Indiana’s modus operandi under Tom Crean inside Assembly Hall against ranked Big Ten squads. More often than not — now 11-2 over their last 13 shots at it — they come out with the victory.

Despite not closing this one out as strong as they could have, the Hoosiers start the Big Ten season at 2-1, including a split on the road and a win over No. 22 Ohio State. It’s about as good a start as fans could have hoped with a winnable game against Penn State back in Assembly Hall on deck Tuesday evening.

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  • RU4IU2

    Foul trouble also limited his minutes in the Eastern Washington, Pittsburgh, Savannah State, Georgetown and Louisville games. Might have also seen less PT in the Texas Southern game, but Emmitt was “not available”. Point was that most of the fouls he commits are the result of poor positioning…which is a teachable and learnable skill. I firmly believe that Pritchard got a reputation among the officials for being “foul-prone” and in nearly every situation which involved a judgment call, he got the short end of the stick–not always for what actually happened (as numerous replays showed) but for what was “likely” to have occurred. I think Hanner has inadvertently become the least likely Hoosier to be given the benefit of the doubt in any judgment call this year.
    Did you happen to notice that TV Ted did his best to “see” a couple fouls that could not be substantiated by ANY camera angle? Fortunately none had any real impact on the outcome of the game.

  • RU4IU2

    There are none in the cupboard for Morgan or Anunoby, either. Yet.

  • Jrod

    Good words couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Ole Man

    You, and your buddy are two of the more negative posters on here. Rarely do you sound positive notes on anything.
    Nothing is gained by trashing a player. Your interpretation of his post is opinion, not fact.
    Frankly, I find you to be less of an IU fan and more of an IU attacker; nitpicking at this and that.
    Looking through the history of your posts, there is a clear pattern of near-trolling.
    Maybe it’s because you live in SEC country; but honestly, you come across as someone who would make a dang fine Kentucky fan.
    Yes; this is personal. But, according to you and by your philosophy of attacking Hanner and supporting attacks on Hanner, it’s quite alright.

  • ForeverIU

    I wouldn’t compare the free and paid forums. I actually enjoy both. I joined the paid forum recently and love it. You will be treated like royalty by Alex and some of the other regulars!

  • ForeverIU

    I knew you couldn’t resist a good joke. I still have faith in you Ken, lol.

  • ForeverIU

    Okay, I have to admit, I’m actually ROFL.

  • TomJameson

    Marcus I agree. Some of the fouls called against Hanner are just outrageous. If they called the game like they call against Hanner in the first minute, the game would last 4 hours and most everybody would foul out! LOL I really do believe there is a “focus” on Hanner, soooo …. Start Holt and bring Hanner off the bench. Let them split the minutes depending on who we’re playing and which one is playing better at the time.

  • TomJameson

    You’re right about being a correct call, but that moving screen call can be made all the time but seldom does. It’s like the arm bar or hand-checking. That doesn’t get called much either. IMO, if an official makes those calls against one team but not the other, his partiality to me is suspect.

  • ForeverIU

    You mean the “did you win or did you win you’re damn right test”? Yes, but what I’m saying is that IF we’re going to say that IU was lucky in a win, we could equally say that IU was unlucky in some losses.

  • TomJameson

    Russel was trying to make a case that he got an elbow to the jaw at one point (Russel was called for a hand-check foul) and the many times they replayed it, and the extra times I replayed it in slo-mo, NOTHING came close to his jaw. LOL he wasn’t elbowed, head-butted, slapped, nothing. I agree with SilentBob, Russel is a big flopper!

  • TomJameson

    Robert Johnson is one of the best all-around players as a freshman as I’ve seen in a while. He has a high basketball IQ, great court vision, and doesn’t force his game. Even in his “slump” JBJ is still the 4th?? highest scoring freshman in the country. THAT is why CTC is in love with his freshmen. LOL

  • INUnivHoosier

    In defense of those of us living in SEC country, we can be positive. I think I’m positive 80% of the time or more, and I’m definitely not a UK fan (I bought tickets to see 5 South Carolina games for the sole purpose of having an opportunity to see a possible upset of UK. That is some true positive mental attitude.)

  • INUnivHoosier

    I actually like Holt starting for the sole purpose of giving Hanner the opportunity to settle down before he gets in the game. I think Holt is a little more even-keeled. Even if he gives up a few points, we’ve got Hanner coming into the game without quick fouls.

  • TomJameson

    That moving screen call was a good call, but it’s the moving screens that DON’T get called that gets my goat. It’s like a hold in football, or a travel in the NBA, or the excessive hand-checking in CBB … they only seem to get called when the officials “want” to make a call. Just an opinion, but man, I am so angry at CBB officiating and how inconsistent it all is.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I bet if you came into Ol’ Pat Henry’s place and said, “God save the King!” you would’ve left with a couple less teeth.

  • TomJameson

    The paid forum is still contentious at times, but not nearly at the level you sometimes see in here. I think it’s well worth the money just because of the level of poster competency. b_side and David Macer said it well … sane and well-thought IU discussions, and well monitored. A lot of times self-monitored.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Late response, but if you aren’t fighting to start, why bother playing the game? They are teammates, but they should be trying to beat each other every day in practice.

  • IUMIKE1

    BUT towards the end of a close game and us holding a slight lead the other team is going to foul and foul the player least likely to make his free throws. On possessions where we are running the shot clock down before taking a shot a lot of the time a shot has to be taken from behind the arc. RJ is the logical choice over SR in those scenarios. I like SR and I really hope he gets his game back to the point where it was last year.

  • IUMIKE1

    Or just when the other team makes it blatantly obvious that they are going to double someone even if that means they risk that player throwing a lob to Hanner. If I was the coach on the other team I would for sure try that because we have not shown any real desire to make that pass other than the Nebraska game and then it was only after they had double teamed Yogi several times. If memory serves me right the first time Yogi lobbed it to him it was only after looking elsewhere and doing it out of necessity rather than taking advantage of what the D was giving him.

  • InTheMtns

    Agree that moving screens happen a lot and are often not called evenly.

  • Corey Dunigan

    So righteous of you. I’ll pick up a brother if they say lose a loved one or get injured. I’m not going to mince words with the drugs and alcohol, it is a matter of public record. You know it. My comment was deleted for that? I guess we can’t reference his documented past on ITH when discussing possible explanations for his lack of development..

    You called bro first, old man. My bros know.