Pick to Click: Purdue

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Video: Elston, Hulls and Zeller preview Purdue

Via IUAthletics on YouTube:

Film Session: Top-of-the-key problems

Indiana came out flat on ends of the floor against Michigan on Wednesday. And in the end, it was too much to overcome.

A look a three plays near the top of the key in the first half where Michigan carved the Hoosiers up in the latest edition of Film Session.


Here we see Jordan Morgan setting a high ball screen for Trey Burke:

Christian Watford, Verdell Jones and Cody Zeller swarm Burke. He loses a bit of a handle on the ball:

But is able to knock it up top to Stu Douglass:


What to Expect: Purdue

The Hoosiers will look to avoid a five-game road losing streak on Saturday night in West Lafayette in a meeting with the Purdue Boilermakers. Indiana’s last win over Purdue came on Feb. 19, 2008 at Assembly Hall. 

The game will be shown on the Big Ten Network (Dave Revsine and Jimmy Jackson) and broadcast on the IU radio network (Sirius 92/XM 190):

The road in the Big Ten won’t get any easier for Indiana on Saturday night. Purdue is looking to solidify its NCAA Tournament resume and a win over the Hoosiers in Mackey Arena would be a step in that direction. With a trip to Columbus looming next, the Boilermakers are viewing this game as a must-win.

For the Hoosiers, this is one of three chances remaining to beat a Big Ten team on the road not named Penn State. In terms of entering a hostile environment, Indiana has not and will not face a more daunting task than Mackey Arena. The Boilermaker faithful are always charged up to play the Hoosiers, but Saturday night should be an electric atmosphere given Indiana’s resurgence this season and success in recruiting. The good news for Indiana is that Purdue has dropped two of its last three at home. If they can avoid a start like Wednesday night, this could be an opportunity to quickly swing momentum back to the positive side.


Both teams will enter Saturday’s game with a negative efficiency margin in league play. Indiana is scoring 1.09 points per possession while surrendering 1.10 and Purdue is scoring 1.04 points per possession while surrendering 1.07. The Hoosiers have hovered near the bottom of the Big Ten defensively all season. And Purdue, the top Big Ten defense a season ago, has fallen to the bottom half of the league.

The main hole defensively for Purdue is defending the 3-point line. Big Ten teams are shooting 40.6 percent from beyond the arc against the Boilermakers and the Hoosiers are the league’s best 3-point shooting team. Indiana will still look to play through Cody Zeller first in this game, but ball movement is going to be pivotal on the perimeter to find open shooters.

Beyond the 3-point defense, Saturday should be a good opportunity to pound the ball inside to Zeller. Purdue is allowing a 2-point field goal percentage of 50.2 percent and they’re blocking just 7.9 percent of shot attempts. If Zeller can establish himself early, trips to the foul line could follow. The Boilermakers are allowing an opponent free throw rate of 37.1 percent, which is fourth-worst in the conference. If Purdue elects to go small, Robbie Hummel will likely draw the Zeller assignment. A bigger lineup would mean Travis Carroll starts out on Cody.


Podcast on the Brink: On to Purdue

The Hoosiers have a chance to redeem themselves in the most satisfying of ways Saturday – with a win in West Lafayette.

Hosts Matt Dollinger and Greg Rosenstein dive into Indiana’s upcoming battle at Purdue with Indianapolis Star IU beat writer Terry Hutchens and Indiana Daily Student columnist Avi Zaleon on the latest episode of Podcast On The Brink.

Among the topics discussed:

· The 68-56 loss at Michigan and how IU dug itself into such a deep hole

· The awesomeness of Big Ten officiating and how it changes the game

· Tom Crean’s usage of time outs and different lineup combinations

· How the Hoosiers stack up against Purdue and who will win

· Whether or not Indiana is still destined for a tournament berth

So tune in and let us know what you think about this week’s topics. As always feel free to drop us a note at podcastonthebrink@gmail.com.

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Notebook: Crean unhappy with starting lineup

ANN ARBOR, Mi. — Tom Crean didn’t have kind words for his starting lineup, calling it “a joke.”

It was Michigan’s 13-0 start in the first four-plus minutes that got the Hoosiers behind the eight ball before they knew what hit them in Wednesday’s 68-56 loss to Michigan at the Crisler Center. The deficit swelled to 20 at one point in the first half.

“The start of the game, we allowed a very good team to play like a great team, because our players came out like they’d seen a ghost,” Crean said. “You cannot come out and not have a physical presence right off the bat. You can’t come out and give that kind of space to a team that’s as good as Michigan. … We knew we were going to be in position to come back if we just settled in.”

The Hoosiers were able to cut it down to two points in the second half, but could never get over that hump. The start put them in a hole they were never able to climb out of.

Instead of calling a timeout to try to gather his team during the early run, Crean wanted his guys to play through it. He felt it was pretty simple what needed to be done.

“It wasn’t anything that a timeout was going to correct, in that sense, in the first couple minutes of the game,” Crean said. “It’s going out and doing what we practiced. You want to give guys a chance to get into the flow of the game, but (the
Wolverines) weren’t doing anything different. … I wasn’t concerned about they were doing, I was more concerned about what we were doing.”


Photo Gallery: Indiana at Michigan


Check out 30 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 68-56 loss to Michigan at the Crisler Center in the embedded photo gallery after the jump.


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