Keys to the game: Iowa Hawkeyes

  • 01/23/2008 7:00 am in

mandeville.jpgI figured you’d rather not relive Justin Johnson’s 19 points in 1:55 in pictures and you’re probably tired of looking at Eric Gordon and D.J. White. So I did you a favor and found a nice picture of Rachel Bilson Richard Mandeville. You can thank me later. And one more note, Happy Birthday, PostmanR.

After dropping their first three Big Ten contests, the Iowa Hawkeyes have won two of three and enter Assembly Hall looking for their second straight conference road win. Todd Lickliter’s club pulled off the biggest upset to date in the conference on January 12, a 43-36 stunner against Michigan State. After a 67-62 home loss to Purdue, Iowa beat Michigan 68-60 Saturday in Crisler Arena and will meet the Hoosiers tonight at 9 p.m. Without further ado, here are the keys to the game:

Stop Justin Johnson: In case you forgot, Johnson scored a ridiculous 19 points in the final 1:55 of Indiana’s 79-76 win at Carver Hawkeye Arena on January 2. Johnson is a streaky shooter and it’s important for the Hoosiers to keep him contained and prevent another outburst. This sounds like an assignment for Mr. Eric Gordon or according to the Indy Star, Jamarcus Ellis.

Defensive intensity: We’ve yet to see a convincing defensive effort for 40 minutes from this year’s version of the Hoosiers. The problem: Too many mental lapses and missed assignments leading to easy buckets. Is this the game where Kelvin Sampson gets the message to his team that it’s time to tighten up the loose ends?

Feed the post: The more touches for D.J. White, the more the perimeter will open up for the Hoosiers. When the double team comes, D.J. will find the open man on the perimeter. If the Hawkeyes fail to collapse on D.J., it’ll be a long night ahead for Cyrus Tate and Seth Gorney.

Armon’s Ankle: The sophomore guard from Terre Haute is coming off a 17-point performance against Penn State where he played the entire second half and moved well despite bone chips in his left foot. Indiana is clearly a more organized team on offense with Bassett leading the attack (no disrespect to the undisciplined one, Jordan Crawford).

If all else fails, send them to the line: Iowa is the third worst foul shooting team in the conference at 62.9 percent. Cyrus Tate, who leads the Hawkeyes in free throw attempts, is shooting just 54.2 percent. Conversely, the Hoosiers sit at the top of the pile at 74.9 percent.

Your keys to the game and analysis in the comments, por favor.

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  • DavidC

    I'd be down to voting for the picture of the game

  • DavidC

    I'd be down to voting for the picture of the game

  • T

    I don't want UConn to lose to Cincy tonight, i'd rather have them coming off a win and not pissed off looking for redemption.

    I think the Hoosiers should win big tonight, but I thought that against Penn State and they made me sweat for a solid 30 minutes of that game.

    I'm curious to see if Basset and Stemler start tonights game or if Sampson goes back to Crawford and manbearpig

  • T

    I don't want UConn to lose to Cincy tonight, i'd rather have them coming off a win and not pissed off looking for redemption.

    I think the Hoosiers should win big tonight, but I thought that against Penn State and they made me sweat for a solid 30 minutes of that game.

    I'm curious to see if Basset and Stemler start tonights game or if Sampson goes back to Crawford and manbearpig

  • Quincy

    What could be better than the beautiful Ashley Judd, and reading of the dismantling of her Ky. Wildcats… kudos… more please… keep up the good work.

  • Quincy

    What could be better than the beautiful Ashley Judd, and reading of the dismantling of her Ky. Wildcats… kudos… more please… keep up the good work.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Nooooo! MORE soft porn!

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Nooooo! MORE soft porn!

  • E.

    Just stick to the good basketball coverage, please.

  • E.

    Just stick to the good basketball coverage, please.

  • JoeBob Jr.

    Richard Mandeville!!?? WOW. Who's next? Robbie Eggers?

  • JoeBob Jr.

    Richard Mandeville!!?? WOW. Who's next? Robbie Eggers?

  • MKH

    I'm expecting a big game tonight. Were I KS, I'd be replaying the last 1:55 of the first Iowa game as proof: you absolutely cannot let off the gas against Big Ten competition. I do expect the team to respond. I agree with most of the keys above, but particularly about feeding the post. The way DJ is playing, he should touch the ball every possession. The one concern I have is that I'd really like to see KS spare Bassett a few more minutes on the bench to heal up.

  • MKH

    I'm expecting a big game tonight. Were I KS, I'd be replaying the last 1:55 of the first Iowa game as proof: you absolutely cannot let off the gas against Big Ten competition. I do expect the team to respond. I agree with most of the keys above, but particularly about feeding the post. The way DJ is playing, he should touch the ball every possession. The one concern I have is that I'd really like to see KS spare Bassett a few more minutes on the bench to heal up.

  • Stunnedmonkey

    The terrorists have won…

    Dick Mandeville…

    yay….

    oops sorry to offend those who cringe when the see “Dick” in words.

  • Stunnedmonkey

    The terrorists have won…

    Dick Mandeville…

    yay….

    oops sorry to offend those who cringe when the see “Dick” in words.

  • mike

    I WANT MALCOLM SIMS!!!!!

  • mike

    I WANT MALCOLM SIMS!!!!!

  • Jmoney2584

    EDIT #6: It has always been my understanding that he who rolls it lights it and is therefor the first to pass..no exceptions.

    Oh yea, and of course more movement when the ball goes into the post.

  • Jmoney2584

    EDIT #6: It has always been my understanding that he who rolls it lights it and is therefor the first to pass..no exceptions.

    Oh yea, and of course more movement when the ball goes into the post.

  • SteveO

    Speaking of defensive intensity, can we tether Jordan Crawford to the hoop support so he doesn't gamble on every single pass outside the 3-point arc? It leads to way too many open shots and profanity-laden tirades.

  • SteveO

    Speaking of defensive intensity, can we tether Jordan Crawford to the hoop support so he doesn't gamble on every single pass outside the 3-point arc? It leads to way too many open shots and profanity-laden tirades.

  • SteveO

    Jessica Biel and Erin Andrews would be nice. Either that, or Tom Coverdale.

  • SteveO

    Jessica Biel and Erin Andrews would be nice. Either that, or Tom Coverdale.

  • Tom

    i don't get the erin andrews thing. not at all.

    not bothered by the photos of girls, just don't see the point.

  • Tom

    i don't get the erin andrews thing. not at all.

    not bothered by the photos of girls, just don't see the point.

  • Michael

    My views have have a lot less to do with my political ideology (I am a moderate Democrat) and my religious beliefs (I am a Christian) and a lot more to do with my respect for women as individuals and not objects than anything else.

  • Michael

    My views have have a lot less to do with my political ideology (I am a moderate Democrat) and my religious beliefs (I am a Christian) and a lot more to do with my respect for women as individuals and not objects than anything else.

  • Jmoney's definitely right on this one. No. 6 is overruled!

  • Jmoney's definitely right on this one. No. 6 is overruled!

  • DavidC

    You might be too tall (or too short) to 'get' Erin Andrews. I imagine most teenage boys coming into their own can see exactly what they 'get' about Erin Andrews.

  • DavidC

    You might be too tall (or too short) to 'get' Erin Andrews. I imagine most teenage boys coming into their own can see exactly what they 'get' about Erin Andrews.

  • Jmoney2584

    I live in a fantasy world where instead of ME “getting” Erin Andrews, Erin Andrews actually “gets” ME….follow closely now, this is not lazyness on my part…just a fantasy world..thats all that this is…yes, just a fantasy….hmm…

  • Jmoney2584

    I live in a fantasy world where instead of ME “getting” Erin Andrews, Erin Andrews actually “gets” ME….follow closely now, this is not lazyness on my part…just a fantasy world..thats all that this is…yes, just a fantasy….hmm…

  • LRubes

    Um yea, bring back the pic of the hott chick

    IU 75
    Iowa 64

  • LRubes

    Um yea, bring back the pic of the hott chick

    IU 75
    Iowa 64

  • PMK

    In honor of PostmanR's bday (Happy Birthday, R!), I would like to see pics of him in his birthday suit. Maybe not though. How about pics of the three authors lounging around in their underwear while they blog? No?

  • PMK

    In honor of PostmanR's bday (Happy Birthday, R!), I would like to see pics of him in his birthday suit. Maybe not though. How about pics of the three authors lounging around in their underwear while they blog? No?

  • Hoosier_Hound

    IU 78
    Iowa 60

    I think DJ is going to have a big night, but more than that, I have this strange sense that Jamarcus is going to come up with a triple-double tonight. It's just a feeling, but after it started I looked up the boxscore from the first game and he went for 15-7-7 there, so it is more than possible.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    IU 78
    Iowa 60

    I think DJ is going to have a big night, but more than that, I have this strange sense that Jamarcus is going to come up with a triple-double tonight. It's just a feeling, but after it started I looked up the boxscore from the first game and he went for 15-7-7 there, so it is more than possible.

  • Jerry

    Geezuzz! Its time to return to basketball. I will stir the pot by saying UCONN will trap us us just after half court and terrorize us for awhile under the basket before the game settles in. If we donto zone them like Providence did we could have a tough day. Man ton to man I donot see how we guard 7'3″ Thabeet, 6'9″ Robinson ( 21pts last yr ) and Adrien ( 15pts, 12 rebs last yr ).

  • Jerry

    Geezuzz! Its time to return to basketball. I will stir the pot by saying UCONN will trap us us just after half court and terrorize us for awhile under the basket before the game settles in. If we donto zone them like Providence did we could have a tough day. Man ton to man I donot see how we guard 7'3″ Thabeet, 6'9″ Robinson ( 21pts last yr ) and Adrien ( 15pts, 12 rebs last yr ).

  • peaychris

    i think you need to feature sports related girls. erin andrews, natalie gulbis?? or you could call gene keady for a photo spread! or feature IU cheerleaders..

  • peaychris

    i think you need to feature sports related girls. erin andrews, natalie gulbis?? or you could call gene keady for a photo spread! or feature IU cheerleaders..

  • PMK:

    You can view all that foxy, sexy stuff at our paid section of the site:

    insidethehall.com/xxxbloggers

  • PMK:

    You can view all that foxy, sexy stuff at our paid section of the site:

    insidethehall.com/xxxbloggers

  • HoosierSmitty

    You suck Hoosier Hound…I was going to suggest the same thing…but you beat me to it….then again, i have been predicting Jamarcus to get a triple-double for the last five games…so I'm not exactly prophetic if it happens.

  • HoosierSmitty

    You suck Hoosier Hound…I was going to suggest the same thing…but you beat me to it….then again, i have been predicting Jamarcus to get a triple-double for the last five games…so I'm not exactly prophetic if it happens.

  • NickG

    This is not the place for Maxim-style photos. Keep it about basketball. Michael, of course, is absolutely right and makes his point very clear. Also, it is rather disrespectful to the female fans (like my wife) to show this on a site that should be about the basketball. This is an excellent blog and I enjoy that I have an alternative to peegs. If this blog will be opting for the “Maxim” approach, I won't be reading. Thanks, guys.

  • NickG

    This is not the place for Maxim-style photos. Keep it about basketball. Michael, of course, is absolutely right and makes his point very clear. Also, it is rather disrespectful to the female fans (like my wife) to show this on a site that should be about the basketball. This is an excellent blog and I enjoy that I have an alternative to peegs. If this blog will be opting for the “Maxim” approach, I won't be reading. Thanks, guys.