The Minute After: Pittsburgh


Thoughts on an 81-69 win over the Panthers:

They billed this one as a toss-up.

But the Hoosiers, save for a little lag at the end, put together a strong 40 minutes of basketball, leaving little doubt as the lead ballooned to 23 points in the second half that this was their game. While Pitt, one of the better offensive rebounding teams in the country, excelled in that category again tonight (52.1 OR%), Indiana still gave great effort on the defensive boards, gang rebounding as best it could. And it actually had a strong night cleaning up its own glass (42.4 OR%), leading to a 17-14 second-chance points advantage over the Panthers.

Couple that with adequate defense and a tremendous performance on offense, and you get a result like tonight for the Hoosiers. Indiana had one of those fun-to-watch games where it appeared Pitt — especially in the first half —  just had no chance on the dribble-drive as Indiana’s ball-handlers either scored at the cup or dished it for corner 3-pointers or easy looks for teammates at the rim. The Hoosiers entered the half an efficient 5-of-7 from distance and simply didn’t need to launch any more from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes because of their work around the rim. By game’s end, the Hoosiers amassed 58 of their 81 points in the paint and scored a strong 1.27 points per possession.

It was a balanced attack. No Hoosier had more than 15 (Emmitt Holt), but seven players had six or more points. With Hanner Mosquera-Perea saddled with two fouls in the first half, Holt entered the contest and continued to show he belongs … and then some. In 19 minutes of play, Holt led the Hoosiers in scoring on a perfect 6-of-6 line. At one point in the second half, he poked a rebound loose from a Panther, sprinted up the court, received the pass on the break and scored. Holt was also active on D (two blocks) and the boards (five).

Beyond Holt, Ryan Burton also needed to put in first half minutes for the Hoosiers up front and gave some solid time on the backline of Indiana’s 2-3 zone, which did a decent job of keeping the Panthers at bay during that stretch.


Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Pittsburgh


Check out 28 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 81-69 win over Pittsburgh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.


Video: IU players react to win over Pittsburgh

Nick Zeisloft (eight points), Robert Johnson (six points, nine assists) and Emmitt Holt (15 points, five rebounds, two blocks) met with the media following Indiana’s 81-69 win over Pittsburgh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Video: Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh players react to loss to Indiana

Jamie Dixon, Michael Young and Chris Jones met with the media following Pittsburgh’s 81-69 loss to Indiana in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Assembly Hall.

Watch both press conferences below:


News and notes from Tom Crean’s weekly radio show


Monday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at his one-hour radio show with host Don Fischer at the Bloomington Holiday Inn. It was his first show since the opening week of November — before the season even began.

During the show, Crean spoke on a variety of issues — from player and team development to Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. News and notes from what Crean said are posted below:

— Firstly, Crean said the Hoosiers need to start making consecutive stops on the defensive end, as that will only improve the team’s offense going forward. As he noted, the Hoosiers have made three stops in a row just five times through their first six games this season.

— Crean admitted the Hoosiers also have yet to gain an understanding of “how hard you have to play for every possession at this level.” Acknowledging the defensive struggles his team has had early this season, Crean said he knows his team wants to win, however he believes the team has to “play harder, longer.”

— Indiana’s freshmen are playing “too many minutes,” Crean said. But “that’s the way it is” because of the close games early this season. Even junior Yogi Ferrell is playing too many minutes, he said.

— The Hoosiers also will benefit from the diversity of early-season opponents, Crean argued, saying “in the long run it will be invaluable” for them to have played a team like Lamar (which ran at them), like Eastern Washington (which dominated the paint) and like UNCG (which shot well from behind the 3-point line). Pittsburgh, though, Tuesday’s opponent, is a different story. “That’s going to be a whole other indoctrination for our guys,” Crean said.


Video: Crean previews Big Ten-ACC Challenge matchup with Pittsburgh

Tom Crean met with the media on Monday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Tuesday’s matchup with Pittsburgh in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

Watch the press conference below:

What to Expect: Pittsburgh


After a shaky 87-79 win on Friday night against UNC Greensboro, Indiana returns to Assembly Hall for its seventh regular season game opposite Pittsburgh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It’s the first meeting between the two programs since Dec. 8, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic.

The game will tip at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Bob Wischusen and LaPhonso Ellis on the call:

Indiana’s home-only November schedule is complete and whether the Hoosiers are ready for it, December is here with several significant challenges. First up is Pittsburgh, which is coming off a 2-1 trip to the Maui Invitational, which included wins over Chaminade and Kansas State and a loss to San Diego State.

The Panthers have been without guard Cameron Wright all season due to a foot injury and also lost Durand Johnson to a season-long suspension. Wright is due back soon, but without that duo, Jamie Dixon is playing a young rotation (312th nationally in experience, per KenPom) that will be entering its first true road environment.


Pitt comes to Assembly Hall with an efficient offense through its first six games, but its one that operates deliberately and will look to grind things out in a half court slugfest. The Panthers are averaging just 69.8 points per game and have just two scorers averaging in double figures in Michael Young and James Robinson.


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