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@rlcarr34 on Twitter writes: Why do you think HMP plays less after having his best game when the need for a big is there? (Vonleh out, J. Morgan crushing us)
I think a lot of it has to do with matchups. Against Ohio State, Mosquera-Perea was effective in the screen and roll and defensively, he was essentially able to hover around the rim because Amir Williams and Trey McDonald aren’t threats on the perimeter.
That obviously wasn’t the case against Nebraska as Walter Pitchford plays the five, but operates primarily on the perimeter. That likely would’ve been a poor matchup defensively for Mosquera-Perea.
Against Michigan, if you look at what Indiana was running offensively, most of it was coming off of movement from the sides. IU had great spacing, which allowed for plenty of easy baskets at the rim. That’s not really conducive to using Mosquera-Perea because that’s just not his game. Morgan did hurt IU inside, but IU also scored 80 points and had its best offensive output in Big Ten play, so I’m not sure it was a bad tradeoff. IU was going to have to score a ton to win in Ann Arbor and the lineups used probably gave them the best chance to pull it off, even though they fell short. – Alex Bozich
Noah Vonleh finished the regular season as the Big Ten freshman of the year and averaged 11.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He was also named third team All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media.
At just 18 years old, his long term potential continues to make him a frequent topic of discussion amongst those who cover the NBA draft, with most projections slotting him into the top 10 if he decides to go pro.
In our latest edition of draft watch, we take a detailed look at where Vonleh’s stock stands heading into postseason play:
ESPN: (8) Draft Express: (7) NBADraft.net: (5) Sports Illustrated: (6)
· Analysis: Since our last update in late January, Vonleh moved up in each of the four big board rankings we’re currently tracking. ESPN and Draft Express each moved him up one spot, NBA Draft.net moved him up 11 spots and Sports Illustrated elevated him by three spots.
The Big Ten Conference released the annual All-Big Ten teams this evening live on the Big Ten Network and Yogi Ferrell, Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey were among the honorees.
The All-Big Ten first team as selected by the coaches and the media for the 2013-2014 season is Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, Michigan State’s Gary Harris, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble.
Stauskas was named the Big Ten player of the year by the coaches and the media.
Ferrell was a second team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media, while Vonleh was named the league’s freshman of the year by the coaches and the media. Vonleh was also named third team All-Big ten by the coaches and the media.
Sheehey was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media and was also Indiana’s Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree.
Nebraska’s Tim Miles was named the league’s coach of the year by the coaches and Michigan’s John Beilein was the media’s choice for the same award.
Ohio State’s Aaron Craft was named the Big Ten defensive player of the year by the coaches for the second time.
The complete list of winners is available after the jump.
The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the final week of conference play and to look ahead to this week’s Big Ten tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:
· Prior to the call, the conference announced that Indiana’s Troy Williams was named the league’s freshman of the week and Nebraska’s Shavon Shields and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas were named the league’s co-players of the week.
· Opening comments: ”We’re getting ready right now full-tilt for Illinois. We have great respect for them and really, with the exception of their game with Michigan last week, they have been playing great basketball over the last month. I don’t think there’s any question that they are playing with excellent confidence. Their defense is at a high level and they are really, really playing with tremendous energy. We’re going to have our work cut out for us at any point in time with anybody in this league, but certainly going into this game, we have great respect for what they are doing and how they are progressing and that’s where we sit.”
· On what Illinois is doing so well on the defensive end towards the end of the season: ”I think they are just trying to control tempo. They are much like Ohio State in that they create a lot of turnovers with the way if you’re loose with the basketball. If you drive it into traffic, they make you pay for that. They are very strong defensively. They are opportunistic with their running game. The bottom line is that they are making it hard for you to get good looks and they expose you if you over-handle. And they are rebounding at a high rate. Those are the things that stand out the most to me.”
Regular season play is now complete and Indiana will open the Big Ten tournament on Thursday afternoon at 12 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network against Illinois with the winner facing top-seeded Michigan on Friday at noon.
Indiana is the No. 8 seed and will be the home team on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which means the Hoosiers will wear the cream version of the special edition adidas uniforms.
The full Big Ten tournament bracket is available after the jump.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The same script has played out over and over for Indiana this season: build a lead on the road and watch it slip away into a loss.
It happened on Saturday, once again.
After the Hoosiers built a 10-point lead in the first half at the Crisler Center, a 12-turnover second half saw the Hoosiers’ lead evaporate. And in the regular season finale, the Michigan Wolverines (23-7, 15-3) emerged with an 84-80 victory over the Hoosiers (17-14, 7-11) in front of an announced crowd of 12,701.
“There’s times this year, hence our record, that we haven’t been as consistent,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said following the game. “Even though we lost the game today, we did a lot of good things that we can build on.
“But it’s still the same things.”
Throughout Saturday afternoon’s game, though, the Hoosiers’ offense clicked. Against the conference’s No. 10 defense in league play, Indiana averaged 1.23 points per possession — its most since a 102-84 win over Washington on Nov. 21.
Check out 19 photos by Dustin Johnson of UMHoops.com from Indiana’s 84-80 loss to Michigan at the Crisler Center in the embedded photo gallery after the jump.