The Minute After: Delaware State

  • 12/19/2016 10:45 pm in

Thoughts on a 103-56 win over Delaware State:

On a quick turnaround after Saturday’s loss to Butler, Indiana absolutely blew the doors off Delaware State back inside Assembly Hall.

The numbers impress. According to Indiana basketball’s Twitter account, the 32 points the Hoosiers ripped off in the first 10 minutes of the contest were the most ever in the Tom Crean era. At half, Indiana averaged 1.46 points per possession, sported an eFG percentage of 83.9 and hit 8-of-13 from distance (61.5 percent). Four players scored in double figures including OG Anunoby (15 points), Thomas Bryant (12 points), James Blackmon Jr. (11 points) and Robert Johnson (11 points).

After his illness and ankle injury, Anunoby returned to how he looked in earlier games this season, scoring from both the perimeter and at the rim on his way to a hyper-efficient 9-of-11 performance and a game-high 19 points.

It wasn’t just that the Hoosiers were hot to start the contest and pretty much carried it through the whole game. It was how Indiana got those looks. It started with the ball finding the paint on drives from the likes of Robert Johnson and then kicking it out for 3-pointers where the Hoosiers were able to step in and rise and fire. Indiana has been less than elite this season from behind the arc, so it was a good sign to see the team tick up over 40 percent this evening (11-of-26, 42.3 percent). The Hornets also utilized a zone for periods of the game, but Indiana had no problem moving the ball and scoring against it with ease.

There were a number of memorable dunks in this one. An Anunoby tipback slam early in the first half. Bryant’s take-a-couple-steps-from-the-free-throw-line throwdown on the break. The Josh Newkirk to Juwan Morgan alley oop in the second half. The double pump from the right side from Anunoby a couple possession later.

By game’s end, the Hoosiers posted a season-high 1.53 points per possession. And while their defense wasn’t that sharp to start, Indiana eventually ended up holding the Hornets to just .83 points per possession. As Jon Crispin noted on the broadcast after a chat with Tom Crean, the Hoosiers made it a point of emphasis to get hands up on shooters after failing to do it at times against Butler. It led to a couple 3-point shooting fouls, maybe not the worst result as they try and shore that area up on D.

Alex mentioned Johnson as a standout performer in At The Buzzer and his 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists in 28 minutes were another positive sign. A more engaged, assertive Johnson on the offensive end — both in getting up some more shots and driving to feed his teammates — just makes this team better.

We’re getting to the point in the season where this guarantee game are wearing a little thin and there’s not a whole lot to be gained from another cakewalk. Just one more remains Thursday against Austin Peay before they’re gone for good this season.

Despite its losses to Fort Wayne and Butler, the trajectory for the Hoosiers this season hasn’t changed. They are still a talented, athletic bunch of kids with a high ceiling and plenty of time to keep getting better as the conference season looms in just over a week.

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  • ForeverIU

    The photo in this article is hilarious! The two Delaware players are like:

    “You stop him.”

    “No, you stop him …”

    “Oh whatever, we don’t get paid enough to do this.”

  • vicbert caladipo

    OG is the coolest.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    They were up by 50 for a bit. They finally didn’t give up a big lead like that to only win by like 30 when the bench comes in. When was the last time we won by 47?

  • Miamihoosier

    I dont think i can watch them again till Louisville. I wish this cupcake game amd the next were the BTN Plus internet scam ones instead of the early season ones. At least the early ones are interesting to see whose gonna start and what the freshman can do. Its not the players fault, but after a loss to Butler who needs to see them beat up on school like this? Their next chance to earn some respect back wont be till Louisville

  • MikeinNC

    “The numbers impress”.

    Really?

  • CreamandCrimson

    Since you asked…on November 14 of 2014, the Hoosiers beat Mississippi Valley State by a score of 116-65, a margin of 51 points. The win last night was the largest margin of victory since that night.

  • Ole Man

    No problems with the zone? Tell that to the “second unit.” And why did IU have those shot clock violations if it didn’t have any problem with the zone?
    Nit picking, I know. But it would have been a great time for CTC to give the first team some practice against the zone because they will need it down the line.

  • ForeverIU

    C&C, where have you been? I am missing your posts or something, or have you been gone?

  • SCHoosier

    Yep..second team looked like they were in aerobics class not participating in a zone defense. Lessons to be learned:) (first team included)

  • CreamandCrimson

    It is nice to be missed :)…I have commented some in the “Premium Forum” and I’ve been reading most of what’s been posted on here. I’ve commented less because I haven’t really had much of substance to add and I saw no reason to just add extraneous words to the discussion. I like watching this team play and rooting for them. I believe we are currently flawed and still have a long way to go before we can think about another Big Ten title or a deep run in the tournament (and that’s okay, there’s time). I thoroughly enjoyed Bryant and OG asserting themselves offensively last night and I felt like our ball movement was fun to watch as well. I know many are tired of the cupcakes and didn’t even watch and that’s fine but I enjoyed it and thought it was a good performance, despite the woeful opposition (although Delaware State had interesting and mildly appealing uniforms!).

    Hope you are doing well and have a very Merry Christmas.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Meanwhile, others were upset that Green and McSwain and Gelon and Davis didn’t get more minutes last night and didn’t like that a few starters were still in while the Hoosiers led by 50…I don’t know what the right thing to do would be in games like this but I know there would be dissatisfaction either way. Again, not saying you are wrong or right but I read “clear the bench” beginning with around ten minutes to play while others wanted the starters left in to work against the zone.

  • ForeverIU

    Ah, excuse ME! You are now in the big league, the Premium Forum. LOL. Good to hear from you buddy, and Merry Christmas to you too.

  • iugradmark

    A piece of me wants to try and analyze this game and see if there is improvement or more issues but in the end, I think it is difficult to take much away from this at all. Perhaps the best thing is that nobody got injured and OG is looking more healthy. Yes we gave up some points early, etc. but this was probably just a way for the team to take out their frustrations on the egg they laid against Butler. Time to focus on getting ready for Big opening. Not sure these glorified scrimmages are going to help us get ready for conference play so just need to stay away from injuries.

  • Ty Webb

    Am I the only one that is pissed about the way our program, like other big programs, are now playing about 4 meaningful games in the pre-conference? The rest are basically exhibition games. Would it kill us to mix in a couple mid level BCS schools to just to keep the fans interested? I’m as big a fan as anybody but I’m sick of these snoozer games. Not sure why anybody buys season tickets anymore when

  • Ole Man

    LOL! Aerobics class! Classic!

  • Ole Man

    Well said; cause it’s one of those situations.
    My point is/was with only one game left before the “meat” hits the fan, work on situations you know will count for something.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    Lol… Fair point Ole Man. God forbid we end up facing say… Syracuse in the Big Dance. I hear they sometimes throw a zone wrinkle in their defensive schemes!