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Film Session: Michigan State


Indiana fell behind early against the Spartans on Monday night and it simply never was able to recover. Michigan State came out of the gate playing excellent defense, hedging ball screens on the perimeter and recovering to keep the Hoosiers out of the paint. It’s a place on the floor they love to get to in order to kick out to the perimeter for 3s after collapsing the defense or hitting their bigs in the short corner for easy looks at the rim.

We’ll take a look at Michigan State’s defense and some James Blackmon Jr. miscues in the latest edition of Film Session:

With just over two minutes expired in the contest and it knotted at 2-2, Emmitt Holt sets a ball screen for Robert Johnson. But here’s Gavin Schilling hedging and cutting off Johnson’s path to the basket:


Schilling and Lourawls Nairn recover back to Johnson and Holt. Johnson makes the pass to Yogi Ferrell, unable to get into the paint:


The ball finds its way back over to the left wing and Holt again is ball screening for an IU guard. This time it’s Blackmon Jr. But the freshman is met by Schilling who is hedging again:



Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss at Michigan State


Indiana fell to 1-1 in the Big Ten and 11-4 overall with a 70-50 loss at Michigan State on Monday at the Breslin Center. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Spartans:

· The Hoosiers never found their footing: After handling the road atmosphere at Nebraska so well last Wednesday, the Hoosiers struggled from the get-go in East Lansing on Monday. From the time junior big man Hanner Mosquera-Perea left the game just 1:24 in due to foul trouble, the Hoosiers were never really able to find their rhythm against the Spartans.

They were unable to establish their inside-out game and found themselves dribbling instead of passing, ultimately starting the game just 2-for-16 from the field. By then, the Spartans were ahead 19-4 and were well on their way to a blowout of the Hoosiers.

Indiana finished just 17-of-60 from the field and with 0.82 points per possession — its worst marks of the season — and 20 points below its previous lowest points output this season. Not a great follow-up performance after Wednesday’s win in Lincoln.

“I was concerned about how we were going to score in this game and how we were going to stop them,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said after the game. “Because when you don’t attack them with screens and move the ball at a pace, we just didn’t do any of that. So we have got to get better in a hurry. This league is obviously very unforgiving.”


Hoosiers have no answer as Spartans roll, 70-50


EAST LANSING, Mich. – Coming off a hard fought 70-65 win at Nebraska to open the Big Ten schedule on New Year’s Eve, Indiana came into Monday’s game at Michigan State excited.

But being excited to play and being ready to compete are two different things. And against a Michigan State team coming off of a double overtime home loss to Maryland, Indiana’s lack of fight showed up early and often throughout the night in its second conference road game.

The result was an ugly 70-50 setback in which Michigan State led by 30 at one point and was never really challenged after racing out to a 13-2 lead.

“Our guys were excited to play, we practiced well, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” Tom Crean said. “But being excited to play is a lot different from being ready to compete and fight with a team like Michigan State.”

On a night where Michigan State would play arguably its most complete game of the season, Indiana suffered through its worst performance in 14 games.

The Hoosiers shot a season low effective field goal percentage of 32.5 and allowed the Spartans to rebound 50 percent of their missed shots. Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Troy Williams, who were both key performers in the New Year’s Eve win in Lincoln, combined for no points and two rebonds in 27 minutes. And James Blackmon Jr. hit just one of his 14 field goal attempts in 32 minutes.

Besides Yogi Ferrell and Robert Johnson, no other IU player made more than two shots.


Video: Tom Izzo reacts to win over Indiana

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Tom Izzo met with the media following Michigan State’s 70-50 win over Indiana on Monday night at the Breslin Center.

Watch his full press conference below:

Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss at Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 70-50 loss to Michigan State on Monday evening at the Breslin Center.

Watch the full press conference below:

The Minute After: Michigan State


Thoughts on a 70-50 loss to the Spartans:

An abysmal offensive start for the Hoosiers only compounded itself as the first half went along.

Yes, Michigan State did a nice job with its perimeter defense early, not letting the Hoosiers get into the lane for kickouts to 3-point shooters or dumpoffs to the short corners. A good 3-point defending team, the Spartans stopped the attack and also kept Indiana’s shooters close.

Still, when the Hoosiers have had to take even semi-contested 3-pointers this season, they’ve found a way to drop them in the bucket. It’s the luxury of having multiple guys shooting at a high clip from distance. Keep hunting and somebody’s going to hit.

But not tonight. No, this was Brick City at the Breslin Center. There was an airball from Robert Johnson. There were 3-balls that hit only the backboard. There were some that barely kissed the rim. So many ugly misses. By game’s end, the Hoosiers hit just 5-of-24 from distance (20.8 percent). James Blackmon Jr. missed all five of his attempts from distance, was blown by for a score out of an MSU out of bounds play and missed an open Collin Hartman in the corner in the second half, as his attempt to score over the trees in the paint didn’t work out. The freshman started the game 0-of-10 and finished just 1-of-14 from the floor.


What to Expect: Michigan State


Indiana hits the road again for its second Big Ten game on Monday evening as the Hoosiers will be in East Lansing to take on Michigan State. The Spartans lost their conference opener at home, 68-66 in double overtime to Maryland, and are 9-5.

The game will be broadcast on BTN at 7 p.m. ET with Kevin Kugler and Seth Davis on the call:

It’s a retooling year at Michigan State for Tom Izzo. The Spartans reached the Elite Eight last season, but injuries derailed a season that opened with the Spartans ranked No. 2 in both the coaches and Associated Press polls. The offseason brought roster turnover as Adriean Payne and Keith Appling graduated, Gary Harris left early for the NBA, Kenny Kaminski was dismissed and both Alex Gauna and Russell Byrd left the program.

Despite the losses, the Spartans still return a solid core of experience, led by junior Denzel Valentine and seniors Branden Dawson and Travis Trice. The program also added Cleveland State transfer Bryn Forbes, who was granted immediate eligibility, and a three-man recruiting class.

The personnel transition, however, hasn’t been particularly smooth thus far as the Spartans are 0-4 against teams in the top 50 of Ken Pomeroy’s ratings. Michigan State also lost at home last month in overtime to Texas Southern, which is 4-10. Even with the early setbacks, counting out an Izzo coached team would be unwise. The computers still love the Spartans: They are ranked No. 22 in Pomeroy as of Sunday and that model projects a 11-7 Big Ten finish. Coming off a narrow loss to Maryland, Michigan State will be desperate for a win to avoid a 0-2 start in the league with a trip to Iowa City looming.


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