The Minute After: Florida Gulf Coast

  • 11/12/2010 9:34 pm in

Musing on a 88-60 IU win over Florida Gulf Coast:

Them threes is back.

As I wrote after IU’s first exhibition game, there’s enough 3-point shooters on this team to really do some damage. But as we saw against Ferris State, when they’re contested and don’t come in the flow of the offense, the 3-point shooting percentage can struggle.

Tonight against Florida Gulf Coast, IU did a much better job of stretching the floor, moving the ball and making the extra pass to get the likes of Jordan Hulls open down in the corner for good looks. The Hoosiers started out hot from beyond the arc (8-of-11) and though they cooled off in back half of the first half (0-of-7), they were mostly still smart looks.

Hulls was 6-of-9 from distance for 18 points. He had it tonight.

For the game, IU hit 50 percent (14-of-28) of its 3-pointers. And they shot an impressive 52.6 percent (30-of-57) from the field.

IU’s overall energy was also high from the get go, which allowed them to get up early, and despite a few defensive lapses and turnovers that allowed Florida Gulf Coast to chip away at the lead, the Hoosiers were pretty much in control all evening.

Verdell’s return.

Part of the reason the Hoosiers’ offense opened up tonight was due to the return of Verdell Jones. Jones’ debut saw him taking over point-guard duties from Jordan Hulls, and his ability to get into the lane and draw the defense allowed for less predictability and more variety. And guys like Derek Elston, Tom Pritchard and Christian Watford worked well around the rim with some nice passes for easy looks to vary the attack as well.

Verdell was a little rusty in his debut, as he finished with seven points (3-of-10, 1-of-2 from three), one rebound, two assists, one steal and five turnovers.

Speaking of turnovers …

They are still this team’s Achilles Heal.  A rough 24 of them tonight to go along with 22 assists. IU shot well enough to mask all the bad passes and miscues, but against teams that are playing better defense or nights when the Hoosiers are not hitting shots at a high clip, the turnovers could be the difference between a win and a loss.

Without Guy Marc-Michel, the likes of Derek Elston, Tom Pritchard and Bobby Capobianco will need to do their best to stay out of foul trouble. Elston fouled out with over 10 minutes to go in the second half, and Pritchard played with four for a while in the second half.

On night’s like tonight it’s not as big of a deal. But until Guy returns, it’ll be something to watch.


IU recruiting target Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell was in attendance tonight, and on cue, Assembly Hall busted out the “WE WANT YOGI!” chants. Trey Lyles, an IU commitment for the class of 2014, was also in attendance this evening. Some students were also wearing “FREE GUY” t-shirts in the stands.

Christian Watford scored a career-high 24 points (8-of-12, 1-0f-3 from three, 7-of-9 from the line) to go along with five boards, four assists and only one turnover.

Great game from Watford, and good to see he got to the line a good amount and converted as well.

And last, but surely not least, Jeremiah Rivers led the team with +21 in the plus-minus category. Impressive.

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  • UncleKerfuffle

    Make sure you don’t blame Kanter–he was just trying to get a salary increase by going to UK.

  • Anonymous

    When does “Pick to Click” return?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve made that same statement several times over the last day and a half. I don’t see John leaving the NFL, but Jim is at Stanford, which isn’t traditionally an easy place to win (although they’ve had far more success than IU,) and he’s a Big 10 guy. I can’t imagine he’d want to make that move, other than that fact and the chance to be near family.

    Fred Glass should call two people: Joani Crean to recruit her brother and Mark Cuban to contribute currency to hire him, because we all know the athletic department has a long history of not really wanting to dump cash into football.

  • Anonymous

    Like Gary Harris?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Wright State:
    +Not sure of their height but regardless we need Guy inside to shut down the lane.
    +Keep VJ at point and Hulls as three point threat with Creek, Watford and TP at 5 unless Guy starts at 5 and TP off the bench?
    +15 or less turnovers, Bob Knight like no more than 10.

    Alex not trying to rush but I’m getting ready to leave the house and won’t have internet access?
    Pick to Click: Watford.

  • MillaRed

    I think the weight loss will really help TP. He had a nice, athletic rebound putback and looked so much quicker to the ball. It may give him another 2-3 boards a game.

    The bad fouls are simple mental breakdowns. He has to break out of it to be the best player he can be. The bad fouls get the opponent one foul closer to the bonus and he is gaining no advantage. Very frustrating.

    Rooting for him to have a good season for the Hoosiers.

  • MillaRed

    I think Yogi, more than anyone we are chasing, really enjoys the recruiting game. He seems outgoing, funny, playful etc. And it just wouldn’t surprise me if he likes all of the attention. I don’t blame him. I probably would do the same thing.

    He’ll take his visits and have his fun. But I would be really surprised if he didn’t hook up with Cody in due time.

  • MillaRed

    I was at the game Dan and apparently it was an audible by the backup QB and he got an earful about it right in front of us on the sideline.

    Bielema apologized to Lynch after the game too.

    At any rate, if Indiana wants to have a football team, they need to completely tear the thing down and rebuild it. There are D2 teams that would have looked better than that. I was wearing my IU gear and wasn’t very proud of it after that performance.

  • Anonymous

    They didn’t have in their first string. We were getting beat up on by reserves… I look forward to Indiana basketball pulling a Wisconsin football tonight.

  • Anonymous

    It was a terrible and embarrassing effort. In my opinion, that had very little to do with coaching. When it’s that bad, there is no amount of coaching or preparation that is going to make an effort. The players needed to look at themselves and show some pride to fight back.

    Anyway, Tre Roberson will be there next year. I don’t know if anyone else has seen him play or has been paying attention but Roberson is a difference maker as soon as he steps on the field. Of course, Roberson won’t be playing defense.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen others say that too. I’m sure Purdue did as much work on Hummel as IU has done on Creek; sometimes guys are just more fragile than others. Tough break for them, but I’d hope they didn’t rush him back too soon. (Obviously they did, but I’m saying it just may be he has a bad ligament and it would have torn no matter how long they’d waited.)

  • Anonymous

    Hell, they didn’t have their starting RB the entire game! I guess it wasn’t all bad, though. At least they were held to field goals twice–it could have been 91 instead of 83.

  • RJG

    I never really followed IU football, but I did make it to the Northwestern game this year and had a great time. I wish the football team could do better than they historically have, but if only one team can be great, I’ll pick the basketball team every time.

  • RobD

    I’d take free trips to North Carolina (Wake), Miami, Gainesville, and Virginia in the winter if I could, too.

  • RobD

    if Stanford Harbaugh goes anywhere in the Big Ten it’ll be Michigan.