At the Buzzer: Wisconsin 70, Indiana 60

  • 03/10/2017 8:34 pm in

WASHINGTON – Quick thoughts on a 70-60 loss to Wisconsin:

How it happened: Early on, it appeared Indiana would give Wisconsin a battle in Friday’s quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson both came out hitting from the perimeter as the duo hit all four of IU’s first half 3-pointers in the first seven minutes. Nigel Hayes picked up two fouls in the game’s first four minutes. By the 7:59 mark of the first half, the Hoosiers led 22-19 on a Juwan Morgan layup. But as it always does against Indiana, Wisconsin found its footing and mounted a run. The Badgers outscored Indiana 14-5 over the final eight minutes of the first half to grab a 33-27 halftime lead. It only got worse from there. Indiana was within nine at 51-42 on a Thomas Bryant free throw with 8:55 to play, but the Badgers answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead to 15. Indiana never got closer than four the rest of the evening. The loss dropped Indiana to 18-15 overall, 4-9 in the Big Ten tournament under Tom Crean and 2-16 against Wisconsin under Crean. With the NCAA tournament out of the question, the Hoosiers will await their NIT fate late Sunday night.

Standout performer: Johnson finished with 13 points (5-of-13) and seven rebounds in 36 minutes. Blackmon Jr. had 17 points, on 7-of-12 shooting, and eight rebounds in 34 minutes.

Statistic that stands out: As noted in this morning’s “what to watch for” piece, Wisconsin’s 2-point field goal defense is one of the Big Ten’s best. And that was the case on Friday night as Indiana shot just 41.1 percent on 2s.

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  • Well, we’ll find out sooner or later. Hopefully sooner, ’cause man, the speculation between now and then is going to be hard to take.

  • Zach

    I think the bigger gamble is staying and not improving with this offense. Go to the NBA and work on basketball 24/7. Whichever team takes him will have a plan for him and know what his role should be.

  • Mike Twain


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  • Bud Jenkins

    hail mediocrity !

  • Bud Jenkins

    I don’t agree, hear me out.

    Who spends time message boards commenting and educating themselves? The real ‘fan’-atics. The folks that if you bring up IU BB in polite company, will always have a strong (and informed opinion). This has a trickle down effect in the zeitgeist that is IUBB fandom. Word gets around, and before you know it the entire fanbase is talking about what is being discussed on the boards. Think of it as a grass roots campaign of ideas…

  • HenryHansen

    Why on earth would any one of those guys take the IU job. Maybe Hoiberg…but Bulls won’t fire him this year. Stevens has one of the greatest jobs in all of basketball… the Celts are positioned to be a great team for the next decade.

  • Ole Man

    That is a very wise statement.

  • Speed

    Thank you sir…judging from your past posts you know the game. Not being nosy but did you play and are you really a seasoned vet? I played late 60’s to 70 for the Holland Dutchman under a system of fundamentals and defense. I was a minor cog in a team led by Don Buse but the Hoosier turnover machine drives me nuts.

  • Ohio Hoosier

    Wisconsin first possession:
    Hayes makes open 12 ft jump shot from right wing guarded by TB.

    IU 3rd possession:
    Hayes fouls RJ on drive to basket.

    Wisconsin fifth possession:
    Hayes makes open 15 ft jump shot from left wing guarded by TB.

    Wisconsin sixth possession:
    TB reaches in and fouls Hayes on right block with 1 second left on shot clock. Hayes makes 1 of 2 free throws.

    Wisconsin seventh possession:
    Hayes drives right side of lane , forces shot over TB, grabs rebound
    goes up again and TB reaches and fouls him. TB leaves court
    exasperated with 2 fouls in the first 4 minutes of the game.
    Hayes makes 1 of 2 free throws.

    Next IU possession:
    Hayes fouls JM on right block, leaves game with 2 fouls.

    After 4 1/2 minutes:

    Nigel Hayes
    6 points (all while being defended by TB)
    2 fouls ( none while guarding TB)

    Thomas Bryant
    2 fouls (all while defending Hayes)
    1 turnover for traveling
    3 missed shots (2 left handed off balance runners and one foot
    lay in right in front of basket.)

    TB back in game guarding Vitto Brown:
    Brown hits 3 pointer from top of key at 5:15 of 1st half (TB still has one foot in the lane)

    2nd half begins

    Wisconsin first possession:
    Hayes scores on left hand push shot from right block over TB

    At 15:00 minute mark Hayes scores layup on spin move from
    right block over TB
    At 14:40 minute mark Showalter scores on left hand floater in
    the lane over TB. (not TB’s man)
    (13:52) Happ scores on reverse layup around TB who is now guarding
    (13:30) TB spins on Hayes falls down loses ball out of bounds.Turnover
    (12:54) TB fouled by Hayes, makes 1 of 2 free throws
    (9:25) TB gets called for 5 second violation in corner. Turnover
    (8:55) TB gets fouled by Happ on dunk attempt. Makes 1 of 2 free
    (4:37) Happ scores on reverse layup around TB. Left flailing at the air
    on other side of basket.

    19 points scored directly on Thomas Bryant in 23 minutes of playing

  • Ohio Hoosier

    See breakdown above.

  • Ole Man

    Thank you for that break down.
    Glad you like to watch tape.
    Even better that you obviously have a hate-on for TB.
    How many of his games when he carried the team this year did you do the same break down for?
    Don’t bother. I already know the answer with people like you.
    Also, how many other IU players who “failed” in their assignments did you do this breakdown for?
    Don’t bother. I already know you didn’t.
    Enjoy your hate-on.

  • Ole Man

    Never played beyond HS in the mid-60s. Small colleges wanted me to and wanted me to pursue coaching. I, like a dummy, wanted to be an engineer. LOL.
    So, I never even made the minor cog level. And wow, hadn’t heard Don’s name in years! Flash from the past! What an experience that must have been.

  • vicbert caladipo

    All I can say is WOW! CTC talks about having to go back and watch the film. You did. When there is a debate with Ole Man, I normally take his side,l cuz he’s ole man and has shown me a couple things, but this is like salt in the wound. I watched the game and read the box score and TB played terrible, but after seeing your post, I can almost remember every one of those plays and all I can say is WOW. I’m not sure if OM is correct about you being a hater, cuz I’m not familiar with your history, but you definitely proved how bad TB was and that he did not draw the 2 fouls on Hayes. Maybe CTC should hire you. You seem to know more about film than him.

  • Ohio Hoosier

    I have been a huge IU basketball fan since 1960’s so I’ve seen a lot
    of different teams, coaches, and players over the years. I certainly
    don’t hate TB but I don’t see him as an above average player and
    certainly not a great pro prospect at this point in his career. My observations
    have been made over two whole seasons and I just don’t see the
    development. He is not the only current hoosier player that doesn’t
    play good fundamental defense but I saw teams with good offensive
    post players continually isolate TB and score without much resistance
    or draw reaching fouls on him. Personally I don’t see many current
    players in college basketball that are concerned about playing defense. More just about dunking and shooting threes. My post was
    just to clarify your original post about TB drawing two fouls on Hayes
    which I knew wasn’t correct. I hope we bring in a new coach that
    can help our current players become better all around players and
    learn to play fundamental defense. Hopefully TB stays and improves.

  • Speed

    No college play for me either. Buse was something. Arms twice as long as a normal person. Highlight was 68 when Oolitic and Holland were the last two undefeated teams in the state and met in the regional. Danny Bush versus Don Buse. Holland won overcoming a twelve point deficit in the last two minutes and Buse scored all the points. Then lost to Jeffersonville in the final by I believe two.

  • Hoosier Fanatic

    Is JBJ, RJ, or JN on pace to graduate after 3 years? ( I realize it is actually 4 for JN) If so and say CTC heads to MIZZOU, what are the chances one or more of them follow him there a graduate transfers?

  • Ole Man

    Thank you.
    Now that is a clear, understandable, readable position that you have outlined.
    Much to agree with on that.
    My entire “rant” was based upon this one simple idea: basketball is a team game played against another team. TB isn’t one man against another man; he is one of a team against another team.

  • Ole Man

    Those were the days, my friend. The game has changed so much since then. And not always for the better!

  • Ohio Hoosier

    I have to agree with you

  • Ole Man

    Which part? LOL!

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    Just to disallow anyone to use the full 9 years against Crean, there is no coach in the country who would have taken those early rosters dancing.

    Let’s be academically honest. Tourney 4 times in 6 years. (still not good enough)

  • joshhyde

    Bryant only 2 points and 3 rebounds same as Davis. I’d draft Davis before Bryant.