Game Thread: Indiana @ Penn State

  • 03/09/2008 9:40 am in

whitepenn2.jpgOpponent: Penn State

Date: Sunday, March 9 | 2:05 p.m. EST

Arena: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261) – University Park, PA

Line: Indiana by 8.5

All-time series: Indiana leads 27-3

Previous meeting: Indiana won 81-65 on January 20 in Bloomington

TV: ESPN (Dave O’Brien and Bob Valvano)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary and Joe Smith)

Probable Starters:

  • Indiana (25-5, 14-3 Big Ten): Armon Bassett, Eric Gordon, Jordan Crawford, Lance Stemler, D.J. White
  • Penn State (14-15, 6-11 Big Ten): Talor Battle, Stanley Pringle, David Jackson, Andrew Jones, Brandon Hassell

Game notes (Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view):

Gameday reading:

As always, your predictions and analysis are welcome in the game thread.

(Photo credit: JoeNicholson via Flickr)

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  • Jerry

    I am anxious to see today if we are ready for the B-10 tournament . To me this means locking down on Battle and Corn;ey and 4 guys in double figures with Gordon dishing for a change, low to's.

  • bleeding crimson

    We have to win today to get a two seed either playing maybe Iowa/Illinois? A three seed would have us playing Minn/Northwestern, Which I like better. Regardless we might get to play Purdue twice.

    Can we talk about maybe who the next coach would be and when after the game thread. BigA I know you had the voting and I like the turn out but I truly think that no one will decide until the NCAA rules a decision in June. That can not be in our favor to get someone that late, in my opinion. That's almost four months after the season before we get maybe even started to pursue a coach. I know anyone could jump up and say “pick me” but I really think everyone wants to wait and see the ruling. YOUR THOUGHTS?
    bc

  • DC_Hoosier

    Unrelated, but it just took the BTN 2:30 of game time to get the score graphic up in the OSU/MSU game. I came in a little late and was ready to scream at the TV because I couldn't see what the score was for a few minutes. I love being able to watch all these games out east, but the production level flat out sucks.

  • Jerry

    We can and will get a new coach after the NCAA. Matta went to OSU knowing he would not be in the NCAA and had a great recruiting class. Other thoughts:

    1. we need a coach ASAP to recruit for 09 which happens in August
    2. we self penalized already and terminated the NCAA's new whipping boy now that Tark the shark is no longer around
    3. we are selling the IU program not one year
    4. KS may actually have a case
    5. next coach cannot wait until August to know where he is
    6. if sanctions then its a pressure reliever , rebuilding year for the coach, new coach may want the grace period
    7. IU officials cannot stand up to criticism if they wait

    The bigger questions are: a) “can IU put a package together to get the coach we want and need ? and b) are we aiming to be a regional-based program ie Xavier ,or a national program ie Kansas,Duke ? This will determine the coach more than the NCAA

  • Jerry

    While we are on this topic and waiting for the game I wonder how folks think IU should build going forward w ANY coach. For thought starters I offer :

    1. Establish mission as a national program ala DUke, UCONN etc
    2. Clear success measures and milestones eg NCAA 99% of years, Sweet 16 50% etc
    3. Recruit in the top 100 w 2 top 50's every year, never losing a top 4 Indiana kid
    4. HIgh grad rates
    5. Type of game national TV wants to watch
    6. best fans in the country

  • kelin

    I heard something intersting….OJ Mayo says…NOW he will definitely be back next year. MMMMM

  • jdhoosier

    Jamarcus Ellis did not make the trip….suspended for disciplinary reasons…..see The Hoosier Scoop

    http://blogs.heraldtimesonline.com/iusp/?p=1772

  • BrianK

    The decision might not come till August. By then we lose our recruiting class and take a hit for next year. They need to find one as soon as the season is over. Theres no point in waiting to see if we get sanctions before we pick one. Thats one reason why I think we will go with a younger coach. The sanctions won't bother them as much as an established coach. Hopefully they don't hire a head hunting firm and attack this as soon as tournament is over.

  • BrianK

    Wonder if this means Dakich is finally laying some thunder down and not pussyfootin around them

  • IRISHP1MP

    God I hope so, I mean I love the way Ellis played b4 KS was fired, but he seems to be playing a little THUGISH, oops I mean SLUGISH of late, like he is in a dazed and confused state since his coach was cut loose!!!!!!!! Get over it Ellis we love you man just play ball for Indiana that's what it is all about…………..

  • HoosierSmitty

    74-68 IU wins

  • HoosierSmitty

    Gordon has completely lost the ability to shoot the three. Signs of a mental case or what? He's pretty much wide open on most of these shots.

    (Nice dunk right there though…)

  • I wonder why he's still sporting the wrap on the wrist if it's not bothering him? I've read a couple of quotes that seem to indicate that he's gotten used to it, but it seems like his shot has really tailed off recently.

  • JamesHardy

    i heard DD talking to don fisher before the game…he said Fink and McGee were goint to see playing time today….psh!

  • dabig

    In the 4 complete games since Sampson left, Gordon is 3 for 22 in threes, or about 13%. Before Sampson left, he was hitting about 40% of his threes.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I have never seen so many BS traveling calls..then add in the Bassett 3 point play that was taken away…are you serious? That wasn't even close to a charge.

  • BTOWN40

    It's as if Miles Brand talked to the refs b4 the game….I don't know what's more dissapointing the refs calls or IU's lack of passion….except Taber

  • BTOWN40

    Taber MVP MVP MVP

  • Tim

    Why does DD hate Taber, all Taber does is produce in every way other than scoring yet DD puts Stemler and Dee in the game before Taber.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Welcome back EJ's 3 point shot!

  • Jay

    Excellent post, Jerry. You nailed it.

  • Thank you Kyle Taber.

  • JamesHardy

    KYLE TABER IS A F###ING PIMP!!!

  • HoosierSmitty

    Gotta love the ESPN recognition of Taber!

  • HoosierSmitty

    One word that isn't really a word…but I'll still use it…

    PutAwayAbility….we don't have it…and it will cost in the NCAAs…

  • Ben

    what is wrong with these people

  • HoosierInTheVille

    Go Hoosiers!

  • Tim

    Is it just me or does it seem that as of late DJ lacks intensity on the boards. He keeps just standing there while others scramble for the ball.

  • Jay

    Anyone know if “KS” is still on the shoes?

  • BrianK

    We're gonna end up getting a 5th seed because of our play finishing out the season

  • dabig

    Let's send Crawford back where he came from and see if we can get a refund.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Today I've seen DJ out on the wings and the top of the key a lot … I don't think he's been in good position lately…but I don't think he's lacked intensity…just

    1. been out of position…
    2. our other players don't box out worth a damn, so other players shoot the gaps and get offensive rebounds which are no fault of DJ's.

  • Ben

    This is like a 2 or 3 seed team….really disappointing year. It will be a long time before we have a mature big man and a superstar freshman…..really hope we get it done in indy and at least get a 4

  • BrianK

    This is a 1 or 2 seed talented team but plays uninspired b-ball. Instead of making plays and working a play they play like it should just open for them and they don't have to work for it.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Hey Coach…did you happen to tell YOUR team not to FOUL on a freaking layup?

  • Ben

    ot at penn state….impressive

  • Tim

    Please

  • HoosierSmitty

    WOW….we got lucky there…Crawford loses it and Penn State can't convert on three open looks….nice finish by DJ

  • Tim

    What the fu<k are these traveling calls?!

  • HoosierSmitty

    Are we really traveling? This is unreal…

  • HoosierSmitty

    1. There's no way Taber traveled on that play…nor did DJ on his…EJ..maybe, but still horrible calls.

    2. Penn State has 11 fouls….draw contact and get to the damn line! It's pretty damn simple….We're the best FT shooting team in the league…too late now for that though

  • HoosierSmitty

    Good….maybe we'll fall to a six seed….

  • Tim

    We've reverted to last years team, We play good enough to win at home and can't win away from AH in the big ten

  • Tim

    Don't rush the court you fucks

  • Ben

    this is really sad

  • Jay

    Didn't have a TV. Did we at least play hard? I'm not being sarcastic. Any insight into how the team played will be appreciated.

  • Don D

    What a way to finish up the Big Ten season? Penn State playing short and still beats the mighty Hoosier's. Better hope Michigan beats Purdue.

  • BTOWN40

    Simply put no movement on offense, barely any on defense. We deserve exactly what we got a swift kick in the ars. At least one thing is for sure,,,,,,Mike Davis has to be proud that we brought his offense to Penn State today……………..one on one ball will not get it done no matter how talented a team you have…..Bring on Tony Bennett, Sean Miller, Mark Few……Hell I'll even settle for Todd Jadlow….Neil Reed, Mike Bradley or Mike Davis,,did I just say that wow I must be depressed….Maybe I'll just write FU on my shoes and get suspended for one game for conduct detriminal to my team……Somebody just help us soon our promising season is sinking fast

  • Ben

    I just want this to end so I can forget it ever happened

  • Ben

    this sucks