Stanford Robinson Archive
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Stanford Robinson.
Robinson (32 games): 6.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 44.8% FG, 18.8% 3PFG, 60.0% FT in 16.9 minutes per game.
Heading into the start of the 2013-2014 season, it was apparent that Indiana would need its freshmen to contribute significant minutes after it lost more than 75 percent of its scoring from just one season earlier. And one of those players that the Hoosiers looked to rely on was 6-foot-4 Stanford Robinson, a guard out of Landover, Md.
And boy, did Robinson contribute.
From the first time Indiana fans saw Robinson’s game as a Hoosier — a get-to-the rim, fearless type — they came away impressed. That first impression came during the annual Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage, but in the waning seconds he injured his right knee and had to be helped off the court.
He would miss the Hoosiers’ opening exhibition against Southern Indiana and much of the preseason practice slate with that bruised knee, which slowed his contributions toward the beginning of the season. In the non-conference, he averaged 4.8 points in just 10 minutes per game.
But as the season went on and Robinson got more and more comfortable within the Hoosiers’ offense, the freshman guard gained confidence with his game. Robinson became known as one of the Hoosiers’ best players at getting to the basket and finishing, notably scoring a then-career-high 13 points off 6-of-10 shooting in their 75-72 upset over Wisconsin on Jan. 14.
INDIANAPOLIS — There have been plenty of recurring issues for the Indiana Hoosiers in the 2013-2014 season. Scoring slumps, second-half collapses, the list goes on.
But on Thursday in their Big Ten tournament opener, another recurring issue reared its ugly head: turnovers.
In their 64-54 loss to Illinois, the Hoosiers turned the ball over 16 times — on 25.9 percent of their possessions. Through 32 games this season, the Hoosiers have turned the ball over on 21.8 percent of their possessions.
No Indiana squad has had a worse turnover percentage since the 2009-2010 team that finished 10-22. And after the Illinois loss, many of the Hoosiers weighed in on why it has remained an issue throughout this season.
“It was just awareness on the court,” redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington said. “Some of the times the turnovers we had, we had the right intentions and we were making the right play, just sometimes you were over-dribbling or over-thinking a play.
“I wouldn’t say it’s something like skills-wise, that’s the reason why we had turnovers — with a young team it’s hard to really get used to everything. But I mean it is the end of the year and you don’t consider them freshmen anymore. It’s something that you just have to be more aware of on the court.”
Will Sheehey (30 points) and Stanford Robinson (17 points) scored career highs in Indiana’s 93-86 win over the No. 20 Hawkeyes on Thursday evening.
A look at some of their scores in the latest edition of Film Session:
The Hawkeyes are throwing a bit of a 2-1-2 trap at the Hoosiers and Yogi Ferrell throws it cross-court to Robinson:
Noah Vonleh sets a pick to try and give him some more room to operate:
Indiana’s up-and-down season continued on Thursday night as the Hoosiers knocked off another ranked opponent at Assembly Hall. The latest victim was No. 20 Iowa, which jumped out to an early lead but couldn’t stop IU thereafter in a 93-86 loss.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Hawkeyes:
· Sheehey shines in career night: It’s not fair to call this Sheehey’s best overall game ever at Indiana (he told us so himself in the postgame press conference), but offensively, it clearly was. The senior has taken his fair share of criticism this season as he’s navigated a major shift in his role, but last night, Sheehey played with extreme confidence. He moved away from the ball and beat the defense down the court repeatedly, which resulted in a ton of easy looks.
He finished with 30 points, eight more than his previous career-high and hit 11 of his 13 2s. More importantly, on a night where Yogi Ferrell and Noah Vonleh didn’t contribute a ton offensively, Sheehey morphed into the go-to-guy, even if it was for one night only. Afterward, rather than talking much about himself, he gave his teammates the credit.
“I think Yogi threw two or three over-the-top passes, Stan (Robinson) finds me on back cuts all the time,” he said. “I mean, really I was scoring without the ball in my hands and these guys found me. So a night like this really just shows the kind of teammates we have.”
· Bench comes up big: Indiana hasn’t received consistent production from its bench for most of the season, but the Hoosiers had 42 bench points against the Hawkeyes from five different players.
Well before Indiana took the court on Thursday night against Iowa, Tom Crean declared how his team would match up with the No. 20 Hawkeyes on his pre-game radio show appearance.
They were going to run with them, play at Iowa’s desired tempo and go deep into their bench to support their style of play. If there was a time for the Hoosiers’ supporting cast to step up, this would be it.
And that is exactly what they did. In one of the most exciting, up-tempo games in the Big Ten this season, the Hoosiers scored a whopping 93 points behind 42 bench points and 81 from players outside of their two leading scorers (Yogi Ferrell and Noah Vonleh). And in a game where stops were at a premium, it was enough for Indiana (16-12, 6-9) to pull off a 93-86 victory over Iowa (19-9, 8-7) at Assembly Hall.
“Great respect for Iowa,” Crean said. “Really proud of our players and the way they kept taking punches and responding to it. From the beginning of the game, to the second half, it was a game of runs, and we were right in the middle of it. I thought our response, our intent, our resiliency was excellent.”
From the opening tip at 9:10 p.m., both teams exchanged blows. Iowa had a 10-2 lead just 1:49 into the game. By the first media timeout, the two teams had already combined for 27 points.
Evan Gordon (12 points, four rebounds), Stanford Robinson (17 points) and Will Sheehey (30 points, four rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 93-86 win over No. 20 Iowa on Thursday at Assembly Hall.
Watch their postgame comments in the media player below:
The first half of IU’s Big Ten schedule is complete and the Hoosiers are 4-5 heading into Saturday’s game at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
Here’s a player-by-player look at how each Hoosier performed in the first half of the Big Ten schedule:
Yogi Ferrell – 19.2 ppg, 53.8 eFG%, 46.3 3PFG%, 85.2 FT%, 3.7 apg, 2.2 rpg in 35.6 mpg
Through nine league games, Ferrell is clearly Indiana’s best player and is one of the top three players in the conference along with Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Michigan State’s Gary Harris. He’s second in scoring in Big Ten games and has been incredibly efficient as he’s among the league leaders in both effective field goal percentage and 3-point shooting percentage.
Defensively, he’s routinely taking on the challenge of guarding some of the league’s best players. On Sunday, Ferrell proved he can be elite in that area by shutting down Stauskas in IU’s win over No. 10 Michigan.