The Minute After: Purdue

  • 02/28/2017 9:58 pm in

Thoughts on an 86-75 loss to Purdue:

In front of a raucous Paint Crew on senior night with Purdue going for a share of the Big Ten title, the Hoosiers put up a fight and keep it somewhat interesting for a good chunk of the contest.

But in the end, it’s another loss — one once again highlighted by Indiana’s glaring weaknesses. Another enormous foul discrepancy in this one. Purdue hit 28-of-33 from the charity stripe as Indiana’s frontline failed to defend without fouling. Thomas Bryant and De’Ron Davis fouled out. Tim Priller and Freddie McSwain came close, each ending the contest with four fouls. Indiana didn’t shoot a free throw until the second half of the contest, though the Hoosiers got there at a decent clip late and finished 13-of-17. Still, it was a 15-point advantage for the Boilermakers at the line.

Indiana had a slew of unforced turnovers to start the game and finished with a turnover percentage of 20.2. It didn’t kill the Hoosiers tonight, though, as both teams scored 14 points of each other’s turnovers. Still, it was another game Indiana wasn’t sound enough with the ball, a sloppy team being sloppy once again.

Some individual highlights. McSwain got the start and tied his Indiana career-high with eight points. The junior added four rebounds and unlike other times in the season when he’s looked a little out of his depth, McSwain played and acted like he belonged tonight.

Juwan Morgan is definitely looking more mobile and springy with each passing game, and you wonder with all the close games Indiana has lost over the past few weeks what a more healthy Morgan could have done to potentially sway the results. The sophomore snagged 11 boards this evening and chipped in seven points.

Devonte Green continues to show flashes of consistent, strong play and racked up 13 points thanks to a 3-of-3 performance from distance. If Green keeps at it and improves during the course of his career, he’s on pace to turn out as a strong upperclassman.

And then there was Tim Priller, folks. Tim. Priller. After getting a bit of run on Saturday night against Northwestern, Priller saw the court for five minutes in the second half due to all the foul trouble in the frontcourt and contributed well. Priller pumped in a hook, a lay-up and two from the line for six points. He sets screens. He played decent defense. Considering it was a road Big Ten game, it was probably the most comfortable minutes of his entire Indiana career.

But any way you want to slice this one, it’s another loss. Indiana’s sixth in its last seven. At 6-11 in conference play, the Hoosiers currently sit in 13th place with only lowly Rutgers behind them in the Big Ten standings.

It’s nowhere for an Indiana team to be with all the talent on this squad, and certainly nowhere anyone expected this team to be after some expectation-defining wins over two of the country’s best teams in the non-conference.

One more game remains this Big Ten season.Will it be another loss to round out conference play?

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  • Hoosier84

    Please can this be over already??? And by over I’m referring to Tom Creans tenure. I appreciate his effort but even the reasonably intelligent basketball mind can see Crean just is not a good enough basketball coach. If Fred Glass cannot see that then he has no business as AD as well.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Every loss makes me wonder how many changes next years team will have.

  • Ben thorne

    The last 3 paragraphs say it all.

  • Jeff Crowder

    I say IF we let go of Crean, go big! IU has the facilities and the tradition and the funds to go after anyone. It can’t hurt to call Donovan or Stevens or Hoiberg. Call McDermott, Chris Mack at Xavier and Archie Miller at Dayton next.

  • Jeff Crowder

    Call Tony Bennett, Scott Drew too.

  • Deplorable Highwayman

    Crean doesn’t have a team. He’s got a group of basketball players looking for leadership.

  • Kwang

    Dane Fife will get it done!

  • Kwang

    Tony’s sister was fired, and Scott cheated badly on Hanner’s recruitment.

  • Bankshot

    Hanner was a loser just like you!

  • bojak

    For crying out loud coach Crean, stick up for your players, just once and don’t be afraid to say something about the difference in free throws. Are you so afraid you might get a 25,000 dollar fine.? You make millions a year, what would a measly 25,000 hurt your finances? Stick up for your players and IU for a change.

  • IUintheD

    I can’t believe people keep mention Stevens. Like he’s going to leave the Celtics to come to Bloomington. Get real.

  • Jeff Crowder

    I’m not saying he would, but you make the call. That’s all. He’s been successful in Boston, so he probably wouldn’t leave. But aim high

  • Jeff Crowder

    Scott cheated? I haven’t heard that. I just know he’s winning at Baylor. Freaking Baylor! A program that almost got the death penalty. Guy can coach.

  • IUintheD

    I would be for it! Kind of reminds me of the Knight hire. It’s a gamble, but a safe bet I think!

  • N71

    This is hearsay but there were rumblings from Hanner’s AAU coach or sponsor…some guy in Bloomington that brings in foreign basketball kids, don’t remember who exactly, that the Baylor staff threatened to have Hanner deported/sent back to Columbia if he didn’t sign with Baylor. That’s just one example, if you look at the ramp up in talent Baylor has gotten there are likely some unorthodox things going on.

  • IUintheD

    Sure, make the call. But you have to be careful calling a bunch of people who won’t take the job. Word gets out. But I agree with you, aim high. One question, do you think Fife would be ready???

  • Jeff Crowder

    Tough to say. Good pedigree. IPFW to Izzo assistant. Could he galvanize the state and create excitement? Idk.

  • Jeff Crowder

    Ok. I just know it’s tough to win there.

  • Jeff Crowder

    And I keep saying McDermott when I mean Marshall from Wichita state

  • Jeff Crowder

    I guess a HUGE question is do we go to the RMK coaching tree?

  • shawlawoff

    Can we self-impose probation before the conference tournament?

  • Ole Man

    Scott would be a major character mistake.

  • Ole Man

    Reported for trolling and personal attacks.

  • IUintheD

    I think Fife would solve that problem. Maybe galvanize the fanbase. He’s not Steve Alford, who many like and some dislike, but he IS from the Knight tree and was a fan favorite. I don’t really know if he has the experience but if I was going to go with a young coach, he would definitely get an interview.

  • IUintheD

    CTC should have imposed some serious discipline by now and I don’t see it. Last year, JBJ gets hurt and IU suddenly gets better…JBJ is back and once again IU doesn’t play defense and is sloppy (as usual) on offense. I love watching JBJ shoot a 3-pointer, but I don’t see the grit and determination that is required on both ends of the court. But it’s not just him, it’s pretty much the whole team. Thomas Bryant works hard, but most of the other guys don’t sprint and don’t work hard and fight. McSwain has limited talent but is getting it done with hard work. Devonte Green appears to want to play good defense, but makes freshman mistakes on both ends. But the whole team hasn’t bought in…not even close.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Good post with good points. I too hate to single out JBJ as you said, but sometimes one guy can change the culture of a group. Just speculation here, but it is possible that one or two bad apples could spoil the whole barrel. If a couple guys on the team don’t respect the coach, are only worried about “getting theirs”, and refuse to do basic fundamentals, it can spread to the rest of the team. I see some individuals working hard all the time, and others don’t. Just a guess based on the eye-test, but sometimes a small contingent can ruin it for the whole group.

  • IUintheD

    Marshall has no ties to the Midwest and doesn’t seem to have a desire to leave Wichita State. He’s turned down offers from Texas, Missouri, Cal, NC State, and Alabama. While he’s been a great coach, he hasn’t proved he can recruit. He mainly gets 3-star guys, JUCO’s, and transfers. The other crazy thing is I think he makes about the same money as Crean. So he can stay at Wichita State, not have to recruit any 5-stars, and be a perennial powerhouse in his conference, and still make the same money or more than guys in power conferences.

  • IUintheD

    Yep, I agree. It can rub off on others and it can splinter a team. I love watching him shoot, but he’s not a leader. Thomas Bryant might be TOO emotional, and I haven’t seen anyone else that has the talent and work ethic on the court to step up and take over the team and hold everyone accountable. I’m sure that’s why TC started McSwain vs Purdue. I can’t imagine McSwain coming in as a JUCO and being a team leader this year though. I’m afraid this season is lost. We may need our star shooter to go to the NBA for someone to emerge next year as a leader and help form a real team. Too much talent out there to be next-to-last in the league.

  • HoosierOne

    I’m really happy with how DG played last night. He gets better with each minute he gets into the game. Does he still make mistakes…yes, he’s human. However, he could be the guy that fills the shoes of Yogi over his time at IU.

    The foul calls were really tough on TB and DD…..crazy how they didn’t commit a foul for the first 30 minutes of the game or so….pretty suspect. All in all PU is the better team this season though…Swanigan is a beast.

    I do love how Priller came in and set more off the ball screens than I saw anyone else set all season long…we have too many guys standing around without the ball which drives me nuts.

    RJ was captain clutch last year but seems like he’s got something going on that’s distracting him mentally….I wish I knew what it was. His clutch 3 point shooting is what made him great before….wonder if he’s focusing on other things or shooting a zillion 3’s in practice to maintain that clutches.

  • Bankshot

    get real ole man. you’re a whiner just like Bryant! You would never call me a troll to my face!

  • Ole Man

    You’re right. I don’t keep company with miscreants.

  • Bankshot

    your boy bryant is as lame as your comments.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    I think it is a little simplistic to say that we were good without JBJ and not good with him this year. Last year, we also had Yogi, Max, CH, NZ and OG playing too. That was a better club that was balanced and had good leadership on the floor.

    I understand your point, though. JBJ *should* be a leader on this club. He *should* be a two way player. He just isn’t. That doesn’t make him a bad player. It is just a fact that he is a pretty one dimensional player, though. Great offensively…liability everywhere else.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    No. We get the best coach available. Alford is not that. He wouldn’t make the top 10 most likely. I’ll be very disappointed if Alford is our next coach.

  • I agree.

  • Jeff Crowder

    Me as well…he can stay at UCLA. Chris Mack at Xavier?

  • Jeff Crowder

    If we go the assistant/young route, Fine is my choice as well.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    I think he should be on the short list.

  • Ole Man

    You’re the loser. You haven’t posted one basketball comment, yet. All you’ve done is attack other posters.
    Sorry, but you’re a chump.
    Bye, bye troll!

  • Kwang

    Show your face, you troll.

  • Outoftheloop

    No, not yet. The Wichita St Coach is ready, willing and able!

  • Outoftheloop

    Bennett yes, Drew never!

  • Outoftheloop

    And never be a top 10 team or an elite 8 or above. Yes I know that Crean at IU has never been elite 8 or better.

  • Outoftheloop

    He threatened Hanner (his assistant coach did the threat).