The Minute After: Purdue

  • 02/08/2011 9:59 pm in

Thoughts on a 67-53 loss to Purdue:

Tonight’s performance reminded us a bit of the Hoosiers of old.

Missed shots — 22-of-62 from the field for 35.5 percent, 2-of-13 from three for 15.4 percent.

Blocked shots — eight swats for Purdue with JaJuan Johnson notching four of those.

Credit is due to Matt Painter’s kids, who entered the game at fourth in the Big Ten in allowing 1.05 points per possession to their opponents. Purdue’s defense — which held the Hoosiers to a season low 24 first-half points and a season low points total in a loss  — was perhaps the best these Hoosiers have seen all season. They were physical. They took away the three-point shot. They protected the paint and the rim. They got after an Indiana team that hadn’t played a road contest in over a week, that had been bolstered by a home crowd of late and that is without Christian Watford and Maurice Creek.

The Hoosiers simply struggled all night to establish anything on the offensive end.

Still, Indiana never lacked for effort and kept fighting — and that’s sometimes all you can ask for in a road bout like this against the No. 12 team in the country.

Though the Hoosiers never grabbed a lead or tie in the second half, they were within striking distance (4-10 points) until the clock became its enemy and there just wasn’t any time left to mount a run. Of course, only scoring four points in the last 4:54 of the game — a rough 1-of-10 stretch with two made Will Sheehey free throws — didn’t help matters.

But that was the story of the night for Indiana. Nothing doing on offense, as Purdue’s defense was just too much for them to overcome.

Other thoughts:

+ Another impressive performance for Sheehey tonight, save for that fast break he tried to lead in the first half that led to a charge call on him. He scored a career-high 14 points (5-of-12 from the field, 1-of-3 from three, 3-of-3 from the line) and had some strong takes to the hole. He also chipped in three boards, two assists a steal and a block.

+ As has happened on many occasions this season, the Hoosiers got dominated at the line. Purdue went there with frequency (23-of-28, 82.1 percent), while Indiana managed only seven trips — though they hit them all.

+ All and all, Indiana did a pretty solid job on JaJuan Johnson, who only went 4-of-10 from the field. Though, seven free throws allowed him to score 15 points in total and he did notch seven boards as well. The same can’t be said for the defensive job on the struggling-of-late E’Twuan Moore, who pumped in 25 points (7-of-15 from the field, 3-of-6 from three, 8-of-10 from the line). At one point the second half, Moore burned Jeremiah Rivers around the rim on successive Purdue possessions, and Crean pulled Rivers in favor of Daniel Moore.

You know it was a big night for E’Twuan if it comes to something like that.

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  • Furthermore, I’d take our frosh right now over their sophomores (I am not impressed with Byrd or Barlow).

  • MillaRed

    By the way guys am I freaking out or did The Pritch take 2 – 15 footers last night?

  • Oh, and if I had just skimmed the comments a bit further, I would’ve seen you basically said the same thing, so sorry for the overload.

  • 2) is impressive considering we just played a game on Saturday, and he had to guard JJ a lot of the time last night. Maybe those minutes are why he didn’t have the legs to dunk when going to the basket (got swatted after he beat JJ off the dribble)?

  • As much as any weight room time, Sheehey (and VO) need to work on dribbling going LEFT.

  • MillaRed

    Can I have your autograph? Seriously.

  • I wouldn’t recognize him if he walked into my classroom while wearing his actual jersey.

  • PUke fans whine at the same rate that Bruce Webber talks (which is, like, 97% whining).

    Jones has been getting those calls almost all season, but they disappeared last night (except maybe once).

  • Glawton12

    Here’s an example. You’ll notice this is a game against Buffalo of the MAC (presumably that Buffalo). The inferiority complex going on here is really kind of depressing. I get that they’re our rivals, but so are Kentucky and Illinois and you don’t see either of them, or us, doing something similar.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWSUiYDDfzU

  • JerryCT

    When Watford threw it off the guy’s butt

  • Anonymous

    That is exactly how I’m seeing it. I have a love/hate view of VJ. I want to see him out there fifty percent of the time, but I am also yelling at him the most through the tv. He always looks to the bench for the call when he has the ball in the beginning of a possession. I remember us in transition one time last night and he literally dribbled the ball to the sideline where our bench was to get a call – in transition?? The offense looks completely different when he is bringing the ball up compared to when JH is. And even if JH brings the ball up as soon as he dishes to VJ it starts all over again. I thought of our best games this year was when he was sidelined, not so much because he wasn’t in the game, but because he wasn’t in there running the offense. I would like to see him catch and shoot or catch and drive and then shoot or pass, but I don’t think he should be dribbling around waiting for the offense to start. I also like him and feel he can contribute a lot, but I wish Crean would use him differently in the offense – wasn’t that stretch of great games evident enough?

  • Anonymous

    took the words out of my mouth. besides these comments and gestures I’ve never heard his name before. I never heard it last night or in any other Puke game I’ve watched. who is he? I might take more offense if he had any relevance with anything at all.

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking the exact thing when I saw Elston pleading his innocence to the refs last night. He’s been doing it all year! I feel he actually deserves most of the fouls anyway. I just don’t like to see it in any sport. Sometimes players can’t control it and sometimes they are deservedly right, but when I see certain players, coaches, or teams do it all the time it drives me nuts. Elston needs to cool off on it, like you said it sure as heck isn’t helping.

  • MillaRed

    He is the guy that will be coaching 3rd grade PE in 2014.

  • Anonymous

    That other big needs to happen and it needs to be Walter Pitchford. He fills a need and would be a great late get. Etherington is a better perimeter shooter than Will and he is a little bit bigger. However, I don’t think he has the same explosiveness Will has. In my opinion, AE will have a positive impact on next year’s team but he won’t be seeing the same minutes Will is this year. A lot of that will be due to the continued improvement of Will Sheehey.

  • Anonymous

    Not surprised. Barlow has been a problem child for Purdue from the start. Dakich says quite regularly that Barlow isn’t all there and that’s why he isn’t improving. That was coming from people inside the Purdue program.

    I am looking forward to next year when they have to count on him for more than 10-15 minutes a game.

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t real happy about this game. I liked WS and VO’s intensity, but thought the rest of the team lacked it. I thought the overall effort was ok but the emotion wasn’t there (except hulls getting upset that one time – i liked).

    + I did think Pritchard played well on Johnson and he ended up playing a lot of minutes, but what happened to the dunk every thing mentality
    + again Sheehey out shined his teammates tonight but in a rivalry game the upperclassman should be doing this
    – IU took bad shots and missed open shots, Hulls had a off night, but has to continue to shoot
    – Bad inbound plays again
    – Roth is good against zone defenses but struggles against man
    + Elston had a good rebounding night,( – ) but is still struggling with other physicality needs – needs to continue to have the rebounding/screen mentality and shrug off the 10ft+ shots
    + Jones made some good buckets ( – ) but the offense again looks one dimensional when he is dribbling in the offense. He needs to shoot quickly or dribble drive quickly instead of dribbling and waiting for plays to develop. And too many times on defense I saw him giving his player a couple feet space to do whatever they wanted to – get in their face!
    – Cmon Rivers snap out of it – noticed a drop off since he missed the FTs against state, just finish out your last few games in an indiana jersey the same way you started the season, also continue to look for shots

    This is a purdue game! IU should be terribly upset about losing this even though pu was ranked and it was at their place, blah blah blah. iu played bad but pu played very bad as well – they missed a lot of shots too and johnson wasn’t his usual dominant self – they just hit free throws. The way pu played made me think that this was our shot at beating them. we had several several opportunities in the second half to cut the lead to six minus and didn’t capitalize on any of them. Add all those up and i think we could have had a decent lead with few minutes left.

  • MillaRed

    Indeed. They are playing Buffalo, and IU is on their minds. It’s the ultimate compliment isn’t it? They are too dumb to get it. How often did you guys think about Purdue when we were playing Evansville?

    Apparently size does matter. Buy yourselves a Corvette or something. And please keep in mind, we are not thinking about you people. You can’t win championships. So why worry?

  • HoosierFromCT

    #1? really? i hpoe you’re right. We will be ranked but #1 might be to much.

  • MillaRed

    PhD this is not unique to our young Hoosiers, It’s a lost art that just isn’t taught enough at the high school level. You are absolutely right but these younger, taller wing types almost always have a weak left hand. The fact they will be stronger next season helps a lot, along with the work in practice.

  • MillaRed

    It’s almost like someone is flipping a switch and the telecast is 30% slower. It’s weird. We just stop moving. He needs to stop waving people off all the time. He just isn’t a PG.

  • MillaRed

    If you can’t start over DJ Byrd, you aren’t doing much to impress me.

  • marcusgresham

    As dumb as “boiler up” is, nothing will ever top the stupidity of “rock chalk jayhawk”

  • dfitz

    Will 2.0 and VO 2.0 are going to be fun to watch. Add in Cody and AE and a healthy and improving crew and we will beheading for our rightful place atop the B10.
    Go Hooooooooooosiers!!!!!

  • Hardwood Hoosier

    You forgot AE. He can also sub for Sheehey as well. I think what we are going to see starting next year and moving forward is a fierce competition for playing time and starting spots. Will and VO will continue to push each other and AE plays their position as well. When 2012 gets here the practices may be more competitive than half the games.

  • Anonymous

    i think you’re giving him too much credit here

  • walt

    I did not dislike PU before last night, forgot about idiot Barlows’ choking image. But when the announcer brought that up and later on the IUsucks coming from all over that arena, I formed a “mild dislike” of the PUkes. Again, we could have changed all that with shots going in etc. Very proud of the IU ball players, a valiant effort on everyone’s part. Is there a chance Watford would be able to play on 23d? Will and VO exciting to watch

  • That’s some best-case-scenario optimism there, MillaNun. I suspect that convent helped you become a little more glass-is-half-full kind of guy?

  • MillaRed

    The sisterhood was not a good fit. You know why they call them nuns?

    Alcohol? They get nun.

    Messing around? nun

    Cursing? nun

    Cruising Inside the Hall 90 minutes a day? nun

    I could not live my life when getting nun of these things.

  • Anonymous

    i’m not sure that percentage is from that range. ugh…. it just doesn’t seem like his spot to shoot; 1 or 2 a game is fine by me and if he is having a game where he can’t miss then possibly more, but I would rather see someone else taking them which leads me into this…..he gets a few of these open looks every game and I think they come from screens (or screen attempts) so why not run similar plays with someone else like Sheehey or VJ or Oli or Hulls or Watford – anyone who does not have the ball in their hands at the time? As mentioned by jerry (i think) it seems logical to have more people set these screens than the common Pritch and Elston.

  • Anonymous

    i’m not sure that percentage is from that range. ugh…. it just doesn’t seem like his spot to shoot; 1 or 2 a game is fine by me and if he is having a game where he can’t miss then possibly more, but I would rather see someone else taking them which leads me into this…..he gets a few of these open looks every game and I think they come from screens (or screen attempts) so why not run similar plays with someone else like Sheehey or VJ or Oli or Hulls or Watford – anyone who does not have the ball in their hands at the time? As mentioned by jerry (i think) it seems logical to have more people set these screens than the common Pritch and Elston.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Also, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Jordy whooped his *ss!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Also, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Jordy whooped his *ss!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Yeah, imagine the improvement CWat and Jordy have experienced and then transfer that over to guys with the upside and athletic ability that Will and Vic have and we’re starting to get somewhere!

    I still say Will is a Rex Chapman clone and Sexy Rexy (even playing for the hated pUKe’s) was a darn good player and had real good career. As bold as this is, I really think Will could be better!

  • MillaRed

    Full name is Kelsey Barlow … Majoring in communications … Born on Feb.
    14, 1991 … Son of Kenneth Barlow and Shawn Johnson … Father played
    basketball at Notre Dame and was a first-round selection by the Los Angeles
    Lakers in the 1986 NBA Draft … Has a brother, Keenan.

    OK, so Kelsey likes to talk about being “hard.” Correct? “Hard” while used
    in this definition meaning being tough, and this slang typically used in a
    rough neighborhood like Compton or The Bronx etc.

    Dude, your dad was an NBA basketball player. What the hell do you know about
    being “hard?” You know what is hard? Hard is knowing you are not following
    in your dad’s footsteps buddy. You are 2nd string to DJ Byrd.

  • MillaRed

    The fact they were getting so many calls led to the late fouls. It all adds up.

    Cover it up in sugar if you like. It’s BS.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Both were shot clock violations in the making or he doesn’t take them, BUT it’s an improvement and let me tell you why: He would have just let the shot clock expire three weeks ago but now he’s at least willing to take the shot. His confidence is improving!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Many, many, many of us are in this same corner Speedway. We all see the obvious improvements on and off the court and I for one believe that next year will be more of a surprise year than a stepping stone. With the improvements in hustle, heart, and effort along with the improvements in talent, athleticism, and cohesiveness I think next year’s team will surprise a lot of people when they finish in the top four of the Big Ten and make a run to the sweet 16 or so.

    Will, Vic, Jordy, CWat, Pritch, even Jones and Elston with one more year to play together and improve their games added to a possibly healthy Mo Creek and newcomers like CZ and AE and all of the sudden this team looks a lot more balanced and even deeper than this year’s team.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Many, many, many of us are in this same corner Speedway. We all see the obvious improvements on and off the court and I for one believe that next year will be more of a surprise year than a stepping stone. With the improvements in hustle, heart, and effort along with the improvements in talent, athleticism, and cohesiveness I think next year’s team will surprise a lot of people when they finish in the top four of the Big Ten and make a run to the sweet 16 or so.

    Will, Vic, Jordy, CWat, Pritch, even Jones and Elston with one more year to play together and improve their games added to a possibly healthy Mo Creek and newcomers like CZ and AE and all of the sudden this team looks a lot more balanced and even deeper than this year’s team.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I’m getting chills!!!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    LOL – that’s pretty freaking bad! The best inbound play we’ve had all year is a gutsy choice made by a player!

    NOT GOOD!

  • Anonymous

    Burr does officiate Big 10 games. At the 1:30 mark of the first half Musburger and Dakich discuss how Crean was concerned that because this was a Big East crew they would allow much more physical play and this would favor Purdue. Sounds like they may ref that way in the Big East too.

  • MillaRed

    It will be nice to consistently have upperclassmen that have gone through
    the rigors of the weight program so the “physical” thing won’t be an issue
    any more eh?

  • JerryCT

    Speed:

    Are you saying the comments on HT “suck” ?

    ……….. very impressive posters here at ITH , hopefully you stick w it

  • JerryCT

    You cannot get better if you don’t try. I am one who does not really care if every shot goes in for him (or for JR).

    The question is whether the shot was in good judgement and whether Pritchard ( JR ) is at least trying to score. I loved his drives to the bucket despite the results ……………..one day ………. he will Matt Nover a team.

  • JerryCT

    Agreed. When you see TP or DE heading out to the arc everybody knows what happens next. We are so predictable on this we become easy to defend and to pressure the ball.

    Last night Hulls set a screen for Jones and we got an easy layup.

    Like you say our most dangerous players should be setting screens because if the other team switches we get a mismatch in theory and a roller who is good at finishing like WS, VO, CW and even Jones

  • defendtherock

    The best cheer we could yell at them would be ‘LITTLE BROTHER’. I know they have to hate it. They had college gameday, and they spent a segment talking about Indiana. I had a purdue fan text me last night….’I hate ESPNIU!”…hilarious.

  • since1957

    cager3,

    I agree with you. Everyone misses shots, but DE is a scorer and given the chance can and will score. Problem is that he misses a shot or makes a mistake (as they all do) and out he comes. I have never figured this out.

  • Anonymous

    this team has been turning the corner with effort and certain players have been turning the corner with confidence and play making ability. I think its time now to combine this effort with creative coaching and more execution. I agree with you that at this point we are becoming predictable. Also teams aren’t taking us as lightly as before. We’re going to need to mix things up on top of the consistent effort if we’re going to win many more games this season.

  • Anonymous

    I actually found Dakich to be irritating last night. Now he isn’t on the Stephen Bardo level but Dakich sounds as if he is getting a big head. I”d like to see Raftery (sp) do some IU games as I enjoy listening to him but unfortunately I think he is still on CBS and with regional coverage in Texas, I have to watch Big 12 crap. I can handle Dakich most of the time but last night he irritating.