The Minute After: Michigan

  • 02/12/2017 3:56 pm in

Thoughts on a 75-63 loss to the Wolverines:

Indiana entered Big Ten play riding high on a 26-game home winning streak — one of the longest in the country. No matter the ranking of the opponent that entered Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers had a way of showing up, knocking down shots and emerging victorious. We saw it against North Carolina in November.

But since conference play began, Indiana’s home-court advantage has dissipated to near non-existence. Indiana came out flat against Nebraska to start Big Ten play and lost. Same thing happened against Wisconsin a few days later. And despite a valiant effort against Purdue on Thursday, it still resulted in a third home loss.

Indiana’s fourth home loss in conference against Michigan today was a clunker. The Hoosiers never led. James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson combined for just three shots in the first half and scored no points. They were both more aggressive in getting up shots in the second half, but without much better results. Both finished just 2-of-7 from the field and combined for just 11 points. Thomas Bryant’s offensive output wasn’t much better. Bryant missed all four of his 3-point attempts on an afternoon the Hoosiers hit just 4-of-19 from beyond the arc. The sophomore finished the contest with just eight points. For the game, the Hoosiers failed to score a point per possession (.98).

We know the Hoosiers have struggled to take care of the ball — something they did again this afternoon with a 23.3 turnover percentage — and haven’t defended at a high level this season. But when you add a ho-hum offensive performance to the mix, you get a game like today where a Michigan comes to town 0-6 in true road games and dispatches of the Hoosiers with relative ease.

Today’s loss had some historic implications as well. This was Michigan’s third straight win against the Hoosiers, it’s first time with such a streak since 1994-95. Michigan was 1-17 in its last 18 tries in Assembly Hall. We can make that 2-17 after today’s win.

After the contest, Tom Crean did something different. He came into the press room much quicker than usual and before his players, an anomaly. He pulled no punches.

He said his team’s  “immaturity in the backcourt” is a large reason they’ve struggled since OG Anunoby went down with injury.

“I’ve never coached a team with this lack of maturity when they face adversity,” he said on his postgame radio show.

Crean also shouldered the burden, saying: “I’m not shirking responsibility one iota. If I’ve learned one thing in nine years, it all falls on me.”

With today’s loss — and barring an unforeseen, miraculous run to a Big Ten Tournament championship win — Indiana’s NCAA Tournament chances have just about gone out the door. And things could really get ugly the rest of the way out. Four of their remaining five conference games are on the road. The Hoosiers have just one conference road win this season against Penn State thanks to a Blackmon Jr. buzzer beater.

With all the turnovers, the poor defense, an offense that’s losing steam of late and a team with an apparent lack of maturity, your Indiana Hoosiers are a middling Big Ten team unlikely to make the NCAA Tournament in a year the conference isn’t as good as its been.

A sad reality after such a promising start to the season.

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  • John D Murphy

    Bingo

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    I like CTC a lot I think he is a very good coach and he is tireless in his efforts to do the best for his team. That being said we have been mediocre way to long. We have some amazing players on a lot of mediocre teams to include a number of years under the helm of the RMK.

    I will say it now and I have been a CTC supporter I would like to see someone else at the helm. Billy Donovan, Brad Stevens, Sean Miller or another proven name. Indiana is a hotbed of talent and there is no reason we not to get a big name coach and have an elite basketball team every year.

    It is not because I dislike CTC as a coach it is more because I think it is time and he has had the opportunity to prove himself.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    There you go again bringing sanity when we want insanity. 🙂

  • David Schwind

    Here’s the deal, though. I want my coach talking about wins at the pressers. The very fact that people on this thread are debating how to act in a loss is very telling. At least Crean gets lots of practice.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Agreed. It’s been rough. Take care.

  • Apoc

    Champs: 1 Sweet 16: 1 including a national title runner-up, something Crean has never achieved. All within 6 years, with better win %’s in EVERY category, compared to Crean’s 7 years (with a grace period at the beginning).

  • Apoc

    Time for a phrase lesson: “Get over yourself” means according to Urban Dictionary “Patronizing phrase used to tell someone that you believe they hold too high an opinion of themselves” and ego means: “A person’s sense of self importance”. There is no filler involved. And your repeated use of trite is, consequently, trite.

    Maybe you should keep the conversation about basketball and not about personal insults, as I have no time for the latter.

  • Mark Hahn

    TC has some sort of premonition that the dribble-drive offense is the answer to all good basketball teams. Problem is, when the personnel on the team lack the driving skills (per Yogi) to penetrate to the rim, they eventually end up turning it over among a cluster of defenders just waiting for them. This is a classic square peg in a round hole syndrome. Good coaches mold their offense around the talent that they have on the court. This year’s team has decent talent, they just are not very good “dribble-drivers”. I can’t bear to watch anymore.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    I did mention over the past couple of years. 1-3 over the past two years against UM. I’d say that qualifies as tough. They have beaten us three in a row.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Every good program should have the depth to withstand a couple of injuries. That’s not the issue for IU. We have good depth. The problem is when the injuries happen to the same position. We’ve lost CH and OG for the season as well as Morgan out for a few games (not to mention not as effective when he has come back). All of those guys play a 3/4 on this team!

    Preseason lineup, by my estimation: Newkirk, JBJ, RJ, OG, TB. First off bench – CH, JM. Now take OG and CH completely out, have a less than fully effective JM, and then roll in JBJ, and it isn’t hard to see why we beat KU and UNC early in the year, but now we can’t beat anyone.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    no one was saying that when IU won B1G title … lol

  • DonaldneedsAsafeSpace

    Maybe some people, but a lot of us were pretty surprised that he won BIG COTY. I think Blackmon’s defense has also still been in question all year. I don’t think it’s a coincidence after he left last season the team gelled better on both sides of the ball.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    A lot of CTC hate on every blog… Heck Crean hasn’t been all world,but I’m still more angry over Yogi and Hulls going scoreless against Syracuse in the NCAA’s than coach calling time outs…or taking techs or even bigs out on the perimeter taking 3s

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    he recruited these guys expecting better at this point

  • DonaldneedsAsafeSpace

    IDK whose fault that is? Was it bad recruiting or developing? Or were they simply not trying? Everytime someone talks about Crean, they say he’s bringing respectable kids to IU. I take that as hard working focused kids. So if they are just not talented recruits or not developing fast enough, that’s on him

  • DonaldneedsAsafeSpace

    We need to get more scum bags, so our team is good… Though Vic, Yogi and Zeller are all class acts

  • Wannamaker

    And…you are obviously oblivious to how the police blotter events played out. And Crean’s use of pulling scholarships for his own purposes. (Gosh, it was Perea’s recruitment that got Crean in trouble with the NCAA in the first place…) As for smoking weed (no judgement here) there’s Yogi and Troy’s multiple transgressions that Crean saw fit to overlook as, well, they fit into the team plan.

    Enjoy the laughs. Crean’s constant adventures – signs from the bench, sideline stomping, etc. – are keeping the entire basketball nation laughing at IU. His knockdown by Wagner’s a great trending meme.

  • IUMIKE1

    Well if they go thru those type of screen doors with the same sense of urgency that they use a screen on the floor there are going to be an awful lot of flies in the house.

  • IUhudson318

    idk..I think there are far better options than dane fife..

  • IUhudson318

    totally agree…and all coaches whether they played the game or not watch every single game film!

  • IUhudson318

    yeah and we have also made the tourney 4 times in his 9 years…that is not acceptable!!!

  • IUhudson318

    the first 3 years??? 1 year maybe 2 tops!!

  • Larry Brown

    1 Sweet 16 vs 3. 0 B10 titles. Hmmmm. Methinks ye cherry pick again ….
    Oh and btw, as we always hear about IU’s last Final 4 appearance, “he did it with KNight’s players” (I don’t really accept that, bu just using the “logic” of most of the people who now wish to fire Crean so that we can have another 3 years of turmoil and complaints)

  • Larry Brown

    Oh c’mon. I remember Mike Davis outcoaching him in the Final 4, as Packer kept wondering out loud why Sampson didn’t put backcourt pressure on IU’s banged up PG. Sampson was/is nothing special as a coach. But a good liar, I’ll give you that.

  • Larry Brown

    Sampson’s teams were not that great. And Mike Davis outcoached him in the Final 4. Sampson couldn’t even figure out that he should have pressed IU given that IU had a PG with a sprained ankle (I remember Billy Packer wondering out loud again and again why Sampson wasn’t pressing). But then, you guys will believe what you want to believe, the grass is always greener.

  • Larry Brown

    That’s the problem. They cannot get one of those big name coaches, for whatever reason. I suspect the big names aren’t impressed by the IU leadership, and can you blame them?

  • Larry Brown

    Those guys are idiots if they leave the CTC is an idiot if he leads tem to believe they are ready. Not one of them is NBA-ready. Bu JBJ has reached his ceiling and is determined to leave, so he’ll be gone. TB and OG (esp OG) may very well stay, and then IU should be very good … and if so, I think they will be, because those guys + RJ may finally have realized the kind of leadership that is needed.
    Finally, don’t discount RJ, DD, and DG. Those guys are all really good. And if CH returns …. things don’t look too bad, at least offensively. But the swiss cheese D needs to change.

  • Larry Brown

    Butler is the new IU. They play the way IU used to and should play. IU now is all about dribbling and 2-man isolations and porous D … totally unsavory to the classic IU base

  • Larry Brown

    I’m going to agree with you here for a change …. and actually, after this past game , I imagine about a lot more. After turning it 2 impressive performances given how banged up they were, not to show up for this one was inexcusable.
    As for TB, I am continually amazed by how he never thinks an whistle on him is deserved. Some of his drives are so telegraphed and slow, I’m pretty sure I could draw a charge on him. Likewise some of his defensive fouls. He needs a coach who will hold him accountable.

  • Larry Brown

    If a coach can be said to be inconsistent, he’s it. A model of inconsistency.

  • Ole Man

    LOL!
    I was thinking that if they hit them as hard as they do when the other team screens, they wouldn’t make a hole big enough to let a moose through!

  • Ole Man

    First, I taught English, so your condescending drone is horse hockey.
    Second, your words: “Bryant comes off as an immature whiner who has trouble controlling his emotions on the floor “. That’s more of your personal projection onto a player and has nothing to do with basketball. You should practice what you condescendingly preach.
    Last, I used a generic term. You not only filled it with your self projection, you come back and dump more of your personal attitude into the hole. Keep digging and shoveling.

    I love talking about basketball. I don’t like “high-minded” fans who think the players can be targeted with their tripe because that fan is having an immature, emotional crisis over the performance of a 19 year old. If you can’t see that, admit it, and grow from it, then move on.

    I Am Here To Talk Basketball #Not Psychobabble from a frothing fan..

  • DonaldneedsAsafeSpace

    Kelvin Sampson coached the hoosiers 1 year, and made it to the tourney, through the first round. He recruited Eric Gordon, in his first year. we went 21-11. I say that’s a step up from Crean’s 8th year, at 15-11 currently. I guess technically we could win out.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    LB Your probably right to an extent but Calvin Sampson’s with a big name at the time of hire. Coach Tom Crean was a young up-and-coming coach at the time of hire. I really think we could get Billy Donovan to pay him a lot but that is the type of coach that could do really well at IU. Just think he could be the next Larry Brown of college basketball.

    I stand by CTC but I just think it’s time.

  • Apoc

    If he doesn’t want to be scrutinized, then he shouldn’t play on a national stage. He’s a grown-up and he better put on his big boy pants if he wants to have a permanent spot at the next level (I seriously doubt he needs you to do that for him). And, to be quite clear, I never said he was anything. I said, and as you quoted, “comes off as” and even gave him credit for probably being the best player IU has. All of my comment was focused around what Crean had said. And personal crisis….LOL. I almost spewed my drink out when I read that…

    English background yet you are not familiar with the actual meaning of your phrases and then try to go all psychologist on me…LOL..newsflash, I have degrees in psychology/math so you may save that for someone who won’t bite on your psyche bit, as it became old hat very quickly.

    I have seen you on numerous occasions talk negatively about players/coaches, yet you come on here spewing your hypocrisy? You clearly have a weird obsession with TB, and it is very
    disturbing…I would say it’s almost as if you were a relative of his,
    which would almost make sense, although I find it highly unlikely.

    However, in all honesty, you’re not here to talk about basketball. Just troll. Not one word you said has been about what happens on the court…it’s all about personal attacks with you and trying to get a rise. That’s all you are and that’s all you do. That is why this will be my last comment, as I will reserve my conversation and time for those who want to have an actual dialogue and not a war of words. Good day to you sir.

  • Apoc

    Mike Davis was the recruiter and he recruited the freshman Jeffries, Moye, and Leach and it was his 2nd year there that he went to the final four, so not as much Knight’s team. He, like Crean, had to oversee an abrupt regime change.

    Davis: 1 national runner-up, 2 second round exits, and 1 first round exit. Mike Davis has 1 B1G title, and only placed lower than 4th twice in his career (Crean, after his first two years, finished lower than 4th going on 5 times this year). Davis missed the tourney 2/6 years, making the NIT once out of those two. Crean has missed the tourney 3/7 years (2 year grace period), not evening getting NIT invitations.

    Almost every major % is in favor of Mike Davis, who was only coach for 6 years and made far, far less in salary than Crean does. There was also less swings from good to bad. I can’t really justify keeping Crean based on comparisons to a coach who was given far less time and accomplished about as much (and in a lot of categories more).

  • Ole Man

    You obviously are well practiced in the art of deception, i.e. lying.
    You are blocked because you attack players and now other posters.
    Also reported.