The Minute After: Wright State

  • 11/14/2010 9:49 pm in

Notes on a 67-44 Sunday night win over Wright State inside Assembly Hall:

First 10.

Wright State took away the 3-pointer from the Hoosiers. Couple that with its impressive ability to draw charges — and IU’s penchant for silly turnovers and travels; it had six turnovers in the first 10 minutes — and it left the Hoosiers with little to show on the offensive side of the ball.

Maurice Creek went out quick with two fouls. Christian Watford didn’t have anything going offensively early. So the Hoosiers turned to where they have so many times in the past when nothing is cooking: Verdell Jones. He scored IU’s first four points on two drives off the wing.

Near the end of the first 10 minutes, IU was able to get out on the break to open things up a bit. Shortly after entering the ballgame, Victor Oladipo scored on the break off a Wright State turnover, and on another fast break, Jordan Hulls was fouled and hit both free throws.

10-8 Hoosiers.

Second 10.

With the shot clock winding down, Jones bailed out the Hoosiers with their first made three of the night.

And then IU coupled points off the break with free throws by getting into the bonus early. Hulls was fouled on Wright State’s end of the court and made both free throws.

Jones was fouled during an inbounds play, and though he missed the front end of the one and one, Watford grabbed the rebound — IU continues to be a strong offensive rebounding team in the early goings of 2010-11 — and found Jones for another three.

The Hoosiers continued to get free throws — Bobby Capobianco made one of two; Watford hit three of four. Jones got another two points on the break and Vic stole the ball just before half and scored on a slick spin move as time expired.

Another six turnovers for a total of 12 in the first half, but IU’s uptempo attack and free throws  — along with Wright State having trouble creating in their halfcourt offense due to point guard N’Gai Evans being out — saw the Hoosiers with a 30-19 lead going into half.

Jones had 14 points. Vic had six.

Third 10.

This frame started out with the makings of a blowout. Jones got out on the break and a goaltending call gave IU two points.

Creek hit a three. Watford hit a pull-up jumper. Jones scored and was fouled on a mini-break, but missed the and 1.

IU stretched the lead to 39-24.

But then it hit a wall. Stuffed into the halfcourt after they excelled on the break, and failing to draw foul calls, the Hoosiers didn’t score for almost seven minutes, had a number of turnovers and it allowed Wright State to get within nine (39-30) with plenty of time to make things interesting.

Last 10.

Watford and Jones stepped up, and that was all she wrote.

Christian looked strong in and around the rim on a few takes, and even scored on a double-teamed jumper from just outside the paint. And when Wright State decided to go to a full-court press to try and get back into this thing, Jones became a one-man wrecking crew.

He went coast-to-coast a couple time for easy buckets, and finished with 27 points (11-of-14 from the field, 3-of-6 from the line, 2-of-2 from three), six boards, two assists … but six turnovers.

Watford had 17 points, 10 boards and four assists. Strong line.

As Creek continues to work back from his knee injury, Watford and Jones proving they can step up and close out games will be big for this team.

Impressive stuff from both of them this evening.

Wrapping it up.

After attempting 28 threes in the opener, IU only attempted nine tonight (4-of-9, 44.4 percent). But with a lot more attempts in and around the rim — 18 fast-break points, 36 points in the paint (53.7 percent of their total points) — the Hoosiers shot 60 percent (24-of-40) for the first time since 2007.

That’s encouraging.

IU also hit 71.4 percent of its free throws (15-of-21).

The turnovers (21) were again at issue. Tom Pritchard fouled out and Bobby Capobianco had four fouls. Again, without Guy Marc-Michel, those fouls might come back to hurt IU’s frontline against other opponents.

And it helped that Wright State only shot 43.5 from the line (10-of-23) and 32.6 percent from the floor (15-of-36), although a few guys flashed some strong on-ball defense for IU tonight to help there.

Anyway you slice it, though, it’s still a pretty strong win for the Hoosiers. They move to 2-0 with a win against a team billed as one of their toughest non-conference home opponents this season.

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  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    Yeah, I agree. I think the best lineup we could put on the floor offensively at this point would be VJ3, Mo, CW, DE (or TP), & Guy. That would put DE guarding the 4 and he may be able to do that with Guy behind him to clog up the middle. It could be that Jordy continues to play at the two and CTC goes with his favored 3 guard lineup with VJ, JH, Mo, CW, and Guy. The positive here is that when Guy and Roth are back we have a very deep team. It might not be the most talented team but there’s depth and there is something to be said about having strength in numbers.

    We do need to slowly eliminate the TO’s and get it down to say 15 per game. I think with our style that 15 per would be okay, not great, but okay. Unfortunately I don’t see the TO’s being eliminated as a problem until say 2013 when Yogi is a sophomore. It’s very hard to control the ball consistently without a true PG.

    I would tend to think that CTC is more likely to go with the three guard lineup still once Guy comes back and bump TP to the backup 5 spot, but I obviously don’t know for sure. I still think we will finish the season with a lineup of VJ, Mo, CW, DE, and Guy but only time will tell.

  • cooper

    Jones is by far the best player on the court. Scoring droughts and turnovers have to stop or tough oppenents are going to be difficult to play with

  • Anonymous

    As a student I refuse to sing that song when we are playing such competition. The students will continue to do it if they play that song though. The only way to stop it is to stop playing it.

    Aside from that at the south end of the court some kid was yelling at Donlon calling him a f***** because of his pink tie. I thought that was far worse and was hoping he’d get kicked out.

  • MillaRed

    With that being said, I have been a little confused about something as I
    watch these games. We are going with the 3-guard starting line-up with CW
    and TP in the post. Yet every post-game interview I see, they talk to
    Christian about his adjustment to playing small forward.

    So, are they saying CW is guarding the 4 spot and playing the 3-spot on O?
    If so, where is the !*^! *!^!# power forward in our offense? I am assuming
    it is where he is on the wing etc but still yet he is flashing into the post
    regulary like a 4?

    Help me out Alex!

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    I think you are exactly right. He is guarding the 4 but we play zone a lot with that small lineup in there but he is playing the wing on offense. It’s the exact reason why I think CTC keeps the same lineup but drops Guy in there for TP when he’s eligible. I think he’s assuming that Guy’s size will be able to guard he lane in that zone and make it possible to have no PF on defense and 3 guards and CW on offense. I’m not sure how it works but we’ll see as the season goes on and if Guy is cleared.

  • MillaRed

    Well if that is the case, I can see now why he wants all 5 crashing the
    boards. Because as we noted earlier, if the second tallest kid on the team
    is on the wing, your starting center CANNOT have 2 boards against the better

    Free The GUY!

  • IUstudent

    – We didn’t play well, I get it, but we still won by 23. You can point to turnovers as being the reason why the game was even within 20. Verdell, for all his scoring prowess, is a major liability with the ball. He tries too often to make the spectacular pass instead of the smart pass. The same can be said for Watford.
    – We didn’t rely on the three point shot, but still took too many jumpers that were questionable.
    – Unlike the past few years when we got leads and lost them, we responded each of our lulls with better highs. Multiple times throughout the game I saw Creek showing a lot of emotion trying to get the crowd in the game after we made a run. This is a good sign. Once we start playing B10 teams and AH gets full, we should really do our best to stay loud at all times. Our team runs on emotion and we give them a great boost.
    – Why does Elston freak out so much? I swear the kid is on cocaine sometimes. You can tell when he gets the ball he is pressing to do something. He was the same at the beginning of the year last year, so I hope he gets more comfortable sooner. Until then, someone get the kid some Valium (kidding).
    – Pritchard didn’t play as bad as some indicated. I think he’s accepted that he’ll never be an offensive threat and that’s something that the fans should learn too.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    that’s how i feel. i’m not so much offended, i just don’t want to look like an as*hole.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see if Butler beats Wright State twice by an average of 23 points!

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    he starts at the 4, but occasionally during the games there has been times when he has been at the 3.

  • Casey B.

    Players I feel confident about on the floor:
    – Watford
    – Jones
    – Creek
    – Oladipo
    – Hulls (most of the time, at least)
    – Moore (not flashy, but reliable)

    The not-so-sures:
    – Pritchard
    – Rivers (he’s played well so far, but last year’s struggles still leave me cautious)
    – Sheehy (obviously still a lot to prove as a freshman)
    – Elston (where are his minutes, though?)

    Players I’m never confident in:
    – Capobianco
    – All of the walkons

  • Anonymous

    A good game. The first game had three problem areas: 1) interior defense, 2) turn-overs, 3) fouls. This second game had much improved interior defense. However, turn-overs-21 and fouls-24 were still an issue. Am I just a Hoosier Fan or did Mo Creek get 4 fouls, 2 of which were very bad calls? Mo just keeps taking steps forward in his play, every game is better. Elston reduced his foul total to 2 from the previous game’s 5. I hope that that is a trend and not just random. But he needs to score and to rebound, he took no shots. Capo did the opposite from 2 to 4, but he had some nice out-let passes for fast breaks. Tom Pritchard, relax and PLAY, we need you ON the court! You have to love Victor-denied on a charge call just before half-he was NOT going to the locker without a PLAY! So he stole a pass and styled a nice 360 lay-up before the buzzer. Did you happen to see his eyes? He was on a MISSION! Don’t mess with Vic! Verdell showed that he is All-Big 10 caliber, as is Watford. Mo will be there soon. GO IU! Why only 15,261 (11/14) and 15,478 (11/12) fans? THIS IS THE YEAR that IU Basketball comes BACK! Fill the HALL!

  • Anonymous

    Nice point.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree. But with Guy IU can be a 20 win team.

  • Anonymous

    If you notice the minutes played, when you add up Pritchard, Capo and Elston, you get 38 minutes = 1 position (40 minutes = 1/5 of 200 minutes). For the first game the total was 39 minutes. Crean knows what he is doing.

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    I think he looks like he’s playing nervous because he knows he’s the one guy who gets yanked for a mistake. He’ll play a good few minutes then commit a foul or turn the ball over and you can immediately see him look towards the bench because he is expecting to see the sub get up, and they almost always do. I see him as the type of player that tightens up and plays nervous when he’s always looking over his shoulder. That being said, there’s no way he could have played for Coach Knight but I don’t see CTC taking that approach with other players. Then again, I have no idea what goes on in practice. Elston grew up near me and all accounts have him as a pretty good kid but maybe he’s a moron or a jerk in practice? I just don’t know, but I wish he had a slightly longer leash and could play a little looser. He occasionally displays post moves that no other player on the team has (spin moves, post moves, drives to the basket) that is his size.

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    Exactly! Free “the” Guy. I like that.

  • millzy32

    Dumes is probably the only guy that would pass up an open shot from 12 feet just so he could dribble out about 30 feet and jack up some prayer.

    He sure did love the long ball.

  • Anonymous

    Now, without Guy, we only have 3 Bigs (C/PF)-Pritchard, Capo and Elston. Now, those three guys are not playing well enough to have 2 out of the 3 on the floor together, plus we have to use all 3 carefully to get 38-39 minutes of play as a total without all 3 fouling out! So Watford is having to play the 4 on defense and the 3 on offense. When we face a bigger team, look for Victor to guard the 4 until Guy is back. Victor is tenacious on defense and when he explodes for a rebound, unless you are good and 7′, Victor is going to get it!

  • Anonymous

    But Stevens at Butler is only 13, and they each look like they can coach!

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    I saw something on that series at the end of the first half! VO got pissed off!!! I loved it. They called the charge and it was a rough call but you could see him as he picked up Duggans off the inbound that he was mad and he controlled it. He stuck on him like glue, pressured him, eventually picked off the pass, and would not be denied on that drive to the bucket.

    That showed me something. He’s going to have his freshman growing pains but we as fans are going to LOVE this kid. He showed a fire and anger on that play but he controlled it and didn’t pick up a stupid foul (a lot like what JR did many times last year) like a lot of players would!

  • Anonymous

    Will does not get much playing time, but he also closes out well. He also plays closer to the shooter, so the frantic leap is not necessary.

  • The time to get him PT, then, is junk time where he knows he won’t get yanked. I hope Elston hasn’t taken a Pritchard-style approach to his sophomore year (regression).

  • Anonymous

    We have 4 proven scorers-Hulls 18 points in game #1 plus 4 = 22/2 = 11/game. Derek needs to play relaxed and confident for IU to reach post-season play. He is out of position on defense and stands around on offense when his great strength is his athletic movement on rebounding and shooting. Not sure what Coach Crean needs to do there. Victor and Will are some additional guys to score. Each is very capable, but not trusted yet, the way Rivers and Moore are trusted.

  • millzy32

    Running onto the court after meaningless games, chanting obsenities against weaker opponents it’s all pretty bush league and I’m sad to hear that our future alumni are acting in such a silly manner.

    Plain and simple folks act like you’ve been there and show some class. Why perpetuate the negative rap that the Hoosiers have had for several years. Someone needs to take charge and it needs to be Crean. He’s a laid back guy when it comes to discipline but he needs to step up and clean this up like he has cleaned up the team. No place for this crap.

  • millzy32

    I doubt it they always have trouble with Wright State. Cleveland State is also going to give Butler fits this year.

  • Anonymous

    I think that you are totally correct!

  • Casey

    I agree with every point. It’s getting embarrassing.

  • Anonymous

    I thought that Capo was much better last night. He understands the out-let pass, 2 assists and 1 TO, plus 2 rebounds in 8 minutes! Rivers has played much better, but he should only get 15 minutes, not 20 (last night was unusual with Mo in foul trouble). We need to play Sheehey 15 minutes/game and Victor 20. They each add a lot, defense PLUS scoring (unlike Moore and Rivers)!

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