The Minute After: Rutgers

  • 02/22/2015 8:01 pm in

Thoughts on a 84-54 win against the Scarlet Knights:

The mental makeup of this Indiana squad has proven to be pretty resilient this season. And so any lingering effects from the Purdue loss simply didn’t manifest at The RAC on Sunday evening. Indiana took care of business in a big way against a Rutgers squad coming in losers of 10 straight en route to a 30-point blowout.

The Hoosiers started the game shaky with four turnovers before the first media timeout. But they carried a 10-point lead (40-30) into the break. A 9-0 run to start the second half opened the floodgates and the rout was on. James Blackmon Jr. (17 points, seven rebounds) paced the Indiana offense in the first half on some nice scores at the bucket and behind the line. Hanner Mosquera-Perea was active from the onset and it helped him get to the line eight times this evening. He made seven of those attempts and went 3-of-3 from the floor — including a nice finish on a pick-and-roll with Yogi Ferrell — to end the contest with a career-high 13 points.

Ferrell played the role of distributor in the first half but exploded offensively after the break. He tied Blackmon Jr. with a team-high 17 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists. The Hoosiers didn’t shoot it particularly well from distance up through the beginning of the second half, but started dropping more as the lead ballooned up during the rest of the contest to shoot close to 40 percent from distance (10-of-27, 37 percent). Nick Zeisloft hit 3-of-4 from deep and added a 2-point jumper as the shot clock expired in the first half to finish with 13 points.

Indiana finished with 1.21 points per possession and a 62.1 eFG%. Not its best offensive performance of the season, but a strong one that propelled them to a lopsided victory.

Indiana’s defense held Rutgers to just .78 points per possession. But Rutgers came into the game with the league’s worst offense and played a bit apathetic at times — looking like a team that hasn’t won a game since Jan. 11. Its win over Wisconsin seems even more bizarre now as the Scarlet Knights are losers of 11 straight after tonight’s loss.

Indiana got up by so much in the second half that we got to see a garbage time lineup that hasn’t reared its head since the non-conference with Max Hoeztel playing point guard. Jeremiah April — a player some Indiana fans have been calling to see on the court — scored four points during this stretch thanks to a putback and a catch and finish. And the IU faithful were finally graced with some Priller Time. It had been too long.

Next up for the Hoosiers is a Wednesday tilt with the Wildcats up in Evanston. They’ve won three straight against Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State. That Penn State win was by 21 points on Saturday.

It’s another winnable road contest as the Hoosiers try and close in on lock status for the NCAA tournament, but the Wildcats are not to be taken lightly.



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  • Eljay

    I’m guessing Troy never wants to come out of any game! That said, I’ll trust Coach on knowing how to calibrate that hot-running motor Troy possesses.

  • Eljay

    Some kids only bring it during games—while not doing so during practice. Not saying that’s the case with JA, but guys who work hard all the time probably see more game minutes in almost any big-time program than those who don’t. JA looked good Sunday. Hoping he gets even better as he progresses.

  • IUMIKE1

    Add my name to the list of those that have consistently said that Hanner should play at times WITH Emmitt or Collin “. There have been more than a time or two that it at least deserved to be tried, if for no other reason than to see how it worked. Am firmly convinced that there will more instances this season to where it could advantageous to have Hanner and one of those two on the floor at the same time.

  • IUMIKE1

    And on of those wins against PSt would not have been a W if Chris Reynolds had not, somehow, gotten away with openly and blatantly grabbing of the PSt players’ jerseys to prevent him getting away from him for a game winning shot.

  • IUMIKE1

    And TC probably fretted and worried more that one minute over that than any other one minute stretch in the game, probably felt like he had messed up and chalked it up as a mistake by him. He probably then turned to find the assistant that is charge of making sure he never has those two on the court at the same time, to give him the WTH are you doing look.
    I’m not nearly as displeased with Crean as several that comment on here are, but his stubbornness in not at least experimenting a little bit with the idea, especially when certain situations show that nothing else seems to be working, irritates me more than just a little bit.

  • IUMIKE1

    Can’t help it, but I just keep thinking about how much better he would look and how much it would probably help him if he didn’t have to play out of position every single game. I think that he would remind me of Jeff Newton to a certain extent when it comes to how he could help protect the rim if he was playing the 4. Oh well, when Santa makes a super, super early Xmas delivery of that ready to contribute right away, high profile, true center, we will be able to see if I’m right…..no, wait a minute, cancel that thought, Crean probably will have some reason to not ever play HMP and the quality 5 at the same time. lol

  • IUMIKE1

    Love the kid too, but yea, if memory serves me right he was responsible for a turn over three possessions in a row early in the first half.

  • Yep, exactly. I remember one specific turnover (ball knocked out from behind), but had a general sense that he was a bit out of control.

  • IUMIKE1

    I can’t give you the exact date and time that Crean said what he did on the subject of why JA doesn’t play more, nor can I give you the EXACT words that he used when he commented on it, but I am sure that Crean has, on at least two different occasions, in a not so subtle round about way, said that he didn’t work hard enough in practice. I remember this because I felt like JA, given our clear lack of size, deserved to be given more of a chance and was really wondering why he wasn’t getting that chance. I believe one of those times was on his weekly radio show he does with Fisch. Unless his effort in practice is just way under par, situation permitting, I would like to see him get a decent chance at some actual game time minutes and if he grades out decent, Crean going to him and telling him that if his effort in practice can improve his chance of getting actual game minutes will continue to improve. Just about every kid has a certain way they need their buttons pushed and maybe that is the way that his needs to be pushed. I’m not saying that if he is given some actual game time minutes and he does ok, and shows promise, that a lack of better effort in practice should just be ignored, but rather see if actual game time minutes could be a catalyst to getting the necessary effort in practice. Just a thought. lol

  • IUMIKE1

    Mom goggles, lol. That one deserved an upvote on just that. lol Gotta file that one away and promise to give you the cred if and when I use it.

  • IUMIKE1

    Looked like to me that he was fading backwards as he shot on at least a couple of his 3’s that he shot from the corner.

  • IUMIKE1

    Maybe it’s just the old fundamentals are important, the little things matter coach in me, but I would really like to see him use two hands a lot more often when he passes the ball. I know certain situations a one handed pass is the best type of pass to make but it seems like almost all of his passes are of the one handed variety.

  • Outoftheloop

    The same number you have. So what? I have watched every minute of every game, taped it, then re-watched the full game with stopping and going back and forth. The games are what the program and coaches are graded on (plus academic progress, citizenship, etc. where Crean excels)! The grades are W’s and L’s. If Crean had 4-5 losses, then I would be very quiet on criticisms. He has 9 L’s (19-9) and 4 L’s “should/could” have been W’s (EWU at home, Georgetown on a neutral court, MD away, Purdue at home). At 23-5 Indiana is a Sweet Sixteen, #4 seed (or better) and in the Final Four discussion. That is what I want!

  • Outoftheloop

    Have I ever complained about your posts? I disagree, that’s it. Rude (I prefer “direct”) and confrontational are my professional requirements! LOL. Glad to hear that they are still sharp! I don’t do “name-calling”, exaggerated adjectives for dramatic effect, like “sophomoric”, yes. Name-calling like “girlfriend”, never!

  • Outoftheloop

    That does not appear on my tape of the last 5 minutes of the game as far as I can tell. About what minute of the game clock? What was the defense, why would April be guarding a perimeter shooter, etc.?

  • Outoftheloop

    OK. And I stand by mine. The only specific that you offer for your “sophomoric comment” is that the tip-in was on a highly contested play where the Rutger’s player is trying to deflect the ball away from the hoop, while Jeremiah successfully deflects the ball into the hoop for 2 points. To me that is evidence that your premise: that Jeremiah looked “awkward and confused” while playing his 3 minutes last night, is wrong and not justified by the facts!

  • beer30

    How do we now that his work ethic is not up to par w/ the rest of the team?

  • David Macer

    CTC stated one of the reasons he is not playing is because of his work ethic. He was asked that direct question by the media.