The Minute After: Michigan

  • 03/08/2014 9:13 pm in

Thoughts on an 84-80 loss to the Wolverines:

In their final Big Ten contest of the 2013-2014 season, Indiana showed exactly what it was this year: A talented, yet flawed team that just never showed enough consistency to make it to the Big Dance as an at-large squad.

Indiana’s offense was terrific in this one. John Beilein never tossed a packed 2-3 zone at the Hoosiers, and so Indiana was able to play with confidence and to its strengths. It was easier for Yogi Ferrell to move around in the half court. He scored at the rim and from beyond the arc (4-of-8) and the attention he drew helped him set up his teammates (eight assists, tied for a season high) en route to 16 points. Troy Williams and Will Sheehey cut off the ball for scores as Ferrell found them. Sheehey chipped in two from distance for six of his 17 points, as IU shot 38.9 percent from 3-point range. Williams had a number of highlight dunks, none more emphatic than a first half slam over Jordan Morgan. He finished with 16 points. It was another strong game for the freshman, adding to his late-season offensive surge.

Stanford Robinson, who’s struggled at the line this season, hit all nine of his attempts for most of his 13 points. The Hoosiers notched an effective field goal percentage of 66.3 percent and scored 1.21 points per possession. In most games, this is enough to grab a victory. But Indiana also did what it’s done pretty much all season: turn the ball over in wild, silly ways. After just three turnovers in the first half, the Hoosiers coughed it up 12 times in the second half and ended the game with a 22.7 turnover percentage. There were bad passes, poor dribbles, travels — no good, horrible decisions abound. They played too fast and without poise.

It allowed the Wolverines, who, don’t forget, own the top offense in the conference, to come roaring back from their six-point halftime deficit to punch a lead out to 11 with 4:55 to go. It seemed they would run away winning this one. But Indiana never turned the ball over during the final five minutes as the offense continued to hum. A Stanford Robinson score tied it up at 75-all with 1:29 to go. But on the Wolverines’ ensuing possession, Nik Stauskas, who was much more effective in this one (21 points), broke down the defense, got Devin Davis to commit and stop his drive to the rim. This left Glen Robinson III open in the corner. He splashed the trey to put Michigan up three. Indiana would get within two after a Noah Vonleh 3-pointer with six seconds to go, but Stauskas sealed it with two late free throws.

Michigan scored 23 points off Indiana’s turnovers — 18 of which came in the second half — and notched 15 off second-chance opportunities by rebounding 34.5 percent of its misses. It also had a strong offensive performance as it ended the contest with 1.32 points per possession.

It was all just enough to sneak by the Hoosiers as the confetti rained and the nets were cut down.

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  • Gregory Spera

    I know we lost, but nothing but positive vibes from me tonight.
    First of all, that was just a great game to watch.
    Loved the ball movement and the way we worked the baseline, especially in the first half.
    Killed Michigan on the break with only three turnovers in the first half.
    How spectacular is Troy Williams?
    Stanford Robinson making himself a good free throw shooter.
    Devin Davis. Just everything about Devin Davis.
    Will Sheehey fight for his life defending the post.
    Speaking of which, Indiana has played all year without a center, but the first half they played without a 4 or a 5 on the floor and made it work.
    Yogi stepping up and hitting a big three when Michigan was pulling away in the second half.
    Apparently Perea’s suspension is ongoing.
    Call me crazy, but I’m looking forward to the B1G tourney

  • Hoosier Hall

    Other than the wild turnovers, this was an excellent game from our guys. 4 players in double figures, 8 assists from Yogi and over 60% shooting overall. Great free throw shooting too. If not for leaving Robinson open in the corner and a few of the crazy turnovers, we’d have won it. I’m proud of the no-quit attitude tonight and I’m getting excited about Troy, Stan and Devin next year. If Noah stays, look out boys.

  • Speed

    No good vibes for me. Good teams are measured on how much they improve throughout the year. We get an F. We still play out of control, force the ball, and turn it over. Why anyone does not play a two three zone is beyond me and it almost cost Michigan. I too am looking forward to the Big 10 tourney so we can put this season to rest. Sad to say until we learn to beat a zone we will continue to struggle. Perhaps Crean can find an assistant who can teach the team this valuable lesson because this year coaches did a poor job of teaching this valuable lesson.

  • InTheMtns

    Lots of heart and never say quit from the Hoosiers in this one. It surely would have been nice to win this one, but I really appreciate the game the team played tonight.

  • 5_Banners

    Great effort today. GRIII corner three was dagger even though I want him to shoot that shot.

    I, like you, am excited too about the tourney. I hope they bring the energy next week in Indy.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    You nailed it.

    We can win the B10 tourney if we play to our potential. Some of the freshman are real ballers. Can’t wait to see them next year.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    Our guys showed no fear tonight.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I believe we are matching up with Illinois in the 1st game, so that (to me) is favorable to start off with.

  • Alford’sMyFavoritePlayer

    No reason SR needs to be taking a 3 in crunch time. We should have drawn up a play to drive and dish or get the quick layup/dunk. He got a good look and was able to step into it but not the person you won’t shooting. Next UM possession, GRIII with the 3 in the corner – GAME OVER!

  • creamdelacrimson

    I was at the game and I was the only IU fan in the section and everyone kept asking me what year Troy Williams was. The look on their faces when I told them he was a freshman was priceless. We are going to be very good in the years to come.

  • JC4IU

    I could be wrong but, I believe Stan took that three after GRIII hit his 3 to put us down 3.

  • JC4IU

    Although i agree a better option could have been found.

  • BMusic

    I thought that too, at the time, but when a 50% free throw shooter is hitting those and then finds himself wide open, I say let er fly. Next year, Robert or JBJ takes that shot and we win.

  • JC4IU

    Because I live 20 minutes from the U of I. I wasn’t begging for that match up. Only because I’m not sure if the good half IU team shows up. But I do believe we are a better team.

  • Ole Man

    Where was Hanner? Was he dressed?

  • Alford’sMyFavoritePlayer

    I thought that as well. About 1/2 through the first half I was wondering where he was. I didn’t here he wouldn’t play

  • Alford Bailey

    I’m cautiously excited about going to Indy. If we get by Illinois (big if they are playing better) I like our chances against Michigan again. Then a possible rematch with Nebraska. Who knows.

  • Steve Fischer

    Winning the Big 10 Tourney is the only salvation for this team-nothing else counts. No team needs to win the tourney more than we do. Crean has been criticized for his weird substitution patters.. Perhaps Crean has figured out the right lineup -just in time . We are out of excuses but if we win no one will care about our season record.

  • Jeeps Johnstone

    This was a highly entertaining game to watch. After seeing how deflated the team was after the Nebraska game, I really thought we were going to get blown out. Kudos to the team for being able to get their heads emotionally straight for the game. Maybe they will make a nice run in the B1G tournament knowing they have nothing to lose.

  • Ole Man

    Praise for the coaching staff getting this team up off the floor to play as well as they did.
    They could have mailed it in, but they didn’t.

  • Alford Bailey

    The recent play of Troy Williams and Devin Davis has become a nice bright spot here at the end of a rather disappointing year.

  • David Macer

    Well said Ole Man.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Don’t know why HMP didn’t get some minutes…perhaps at some point in the B1G tournament, CTC will want to see what happens when NV and HMP are on the court at the same time. I’ve got a feeling that they’d be very good…oh wait, my bad–I forgot that he’d also have to figure out a way to give them more than 2-3 touches in the entire game and that ain’t gonna happen.

  • Snookafly

    I loved the way we played. I think our guys showed a ton of heart. On the flip side, I hated the officiating and I really hate listening to Dakich.

  • BKLock

    I don’t like losing but this was and exciting game to watch. Except for the second half turnovers which I believe were the reason we lost, I felt the team played their best road game of the year. Both the coaches and players were engaged the whole game. They could have easily been blown out in the second half but they fought hard, hung around and had a chance to win it.

    Also need to give credit to the Wolverines for playing an very good game.

    Now can they take the way they played today,with fewer TO’s, into the BIG tourney? As with most of the season we’ll just have to wait and see. Good things could happen if they do.


  • yaman22

    I just think there are very few freshman ready to play high level college
    basketball , despite all the hype the media showers on them. Florida’s seniors destroyed UK’s one and done squad today. Our freshman have a lot of talent, and they’re getting better every game, give them a little more experience , and watch out. Really enjoyed the game today despite the loss, the future looks very bright for this group ! Go Hoosiers !

  • Robert J Morgan

    Only 3 to’s in first half, then Creans half time speech, 12 to’s the second half. I think Crean is out of control. He thinks he has to be out on the floor dictating ever move. Then tonight he walks on the floor and shoves a ball handler iwhere he wants him. He could not coach at Vanderbilt. The game started great then they went back to the over dribbling again. If we could get 1 point off every 10 dribbles we could not be beat. In the second half they were dribbling helter skelter, leaving their feet not knowing what they are going to do with the ball. The hurrier we go the be hinder we go. Will be interesting to see who is tired of Creans bull and transfer.

  • Alford Bailey

    Giving up 26 points off turnovers is just so freakin frustrating!

  • Kenneth234

    In a lot of ways, this team reminds a lot of the 2010-2011 Hoosiers squad. I can remember, despite all the losses, that the team that year was right on the cusp of turning many of their losses into victories. Despite a very poor record, that team had many glimpses of being able to compete. The same sort of willingness to compete that many of this years players displayed often. This team is not that far off from being highly competitive and in the thick of the best teams in the conference and in the country. A team doesn’t just get leads in big games, without the ability to match their opponents. The next several months, this team has plenty of work to do, but if they stick together, and bring in the new guys well, they have the foundation to be very impressive next season.

  • ForeverIU

    B1G Tourney here we come. We’re loose, we’re hungry. We will not go gentle into that good night.

  • dwdkc

    I thought that at the time, on the other hand I didn’t hate the shot. Stan was playing well, hitting all his FTs, and he got a very good look in rhythm and went up with confidence. Almost went down but didn’t. All I wanted was for IU to put in a good performance, and they certainly did that. Big props for fighting back to even after being down 11. I thought Yogi was tremendous, maybe the best game I’ve seen him play all around.

  • David Macer

    Wow, pretty harsh post. In the past, those 12 second half TO’s would have want the ends of times. But this team did not fold up like a bad suit. They played thru the adversity and most cam away with a big W.

  • MPmike B

    Come on everbody! There are no moral victories. A lost is a lost. Of course, IU is going to give effort. That’s what Tom Crean is really good at- motivating his team. However, IU needs to start winning these types of games. No excuses about age or experience. The players have already played a full season, so they should figure out a way to win at least one of these many close games played this year. It’s too frustrating as a fan to watch dumb and careless mental mistakes and breakdowns time after time. When is it ever going to stop? Either play smarter or coach better, and if you have a problem with that, then recruit smarter b-ball-IQ players or hire better assistant coaches. No more excuses! Go I.U.!

  • OhioHoosier

    Would have loved to hear that speech when Crean emphatically yelled at his players “WE CAN DO THIS. JUST DRIBBLE RIGHT INTO THEM, OR WHAT THE HELL, JUST PASS IT TO THEM. I BELIEVE IN YOU GUYS BUT WE MUST GET THESE TURNOVERS UP!”

  • OhioHoosier

    Exactly. The fact that we don’t have Jabari Parker, Doug McDermott and Gary Harris on the floor at all times is just unacceptable. For some reason Crean must have left our assistants namely Boeheim, Krzyzewski, Stevens, and Donovan at home. We just didn’t bring our all star lineup here today and clearly this is why we lost by 4 to the outright big ten champions at their place. What on earth are we doing???

  • BMusic

    I stopped caring about our season record a long time ago. This team doesn’t need salvation. They came close to getting beat at home in the preseason by a cupcake, and tonight came close to beating the outright conference champions on their own home floor — or at least, gave them all they could handle. What I care about is improvement, and it’s clear that it has happened. Guys know what they can and can’t do, and are playing to their strengths. Looking forward to next year…and to the loose, nothing-to-lose Hoosiers tearing it up in the conference tournament!

  • Robert J Morgan

    I am only saying how I feel about Crean. With his no pick or screen offense Alford nor Calbert would have avg 10 points a game. It did not take Calbert long to abandon ship. Possible the Harbaughs could coach them how to pass. His one one offense is strictly ALLEY ball. Sorry I was so harsh.
    Bob Morgan

  • Kent Thomas

    In my opinion CTC is THE problem. He tolerates YF’s out-of-control play and he refuses to give some of his best and most promising players minutes.
    You can get your hopes up if you want to but last year we didn’t get pass the round of 16 even with 2 NBA lottery picks and this year we got no where with a group of excellent recruits. CTC can recruit but he can’t coach. Again, my opinion.

  • NC Hoosier

    I hate to lose. I hate to know we are not going to the Big Dance save a miracle run through the B1G tourney. So right now I am not happy. That out of the way, I was extremely proud of how the Hoosiers played last night. With nothing other than pride to play for, they came out and gave 100% when they could have mailed it in. Hoping beyond hope that nobody transfers. I believe NV is gone. But I also believe HMP and DD will be fine in the post next year, and TW and SR are very dangerous wings who can get to the bucket. I’m beginning to like a line-up next year of YF, JBJ, SR, TW and HMP; not extremely tall, but very athletic. RJ, DD and JW being the first three off the bench is solid as well.

    One final thought; I didn’t notice HMP in the game for a single minute last night? Did TC suspend his suspension for the two games that NV missed? If so, that looks pretty self-serving. Had another coach done this, say Calipari, we would be all over him. Just a thought.

  • Your critiques would be more believable and favored, if you’d learn the difference between pass (as in throwing the basketball) and past (as in getting past the round of 16)…lol.. I hope you didn’t graduate from IU…

  • b_side

    To me his TOs were too costly – especially the ones underneath the basket where he got caught up in the air on a few occasions with no options.

    Yesterday’s performance didn’t come close to the effort, both offensively and defensively, we saw vs UM at home (8-10 shooting, shut down Stauskas on D). We won that game too.

  • Dave Carnes

    Everybody improved this year.I am afraid some are thinking of leaving.

  • Dave Carnes

    I said it here first>I am afraid HMP had already decided to leave when he went out and got in trouble.Maybe Crean figured that out and that is why we didn’t see him last night.

  • Ole Man

    Crean wouldn’t do that.
    You shouldn’t speculate using a player’s name on the boards.

  • Don’t get too excited about next year. Unless Crean can land an underrated big man. A talented big man from a coaching change. A talented juco big or a try to save the season 5th year big…..we will only have an improved backcourt but our overall record may not improve. You need a front court to be successful (see Cody Zeller). We have a coach we is a good recruiter, but when you don’t recruit the pieces that make a TEAM it’s really pointless. Here is to hoping for the best but expecting the worst.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’m really getting tired of listening to his ignorant comments. We were 9/9 to start the game and he was still reaching for negative comments. Can’t stand that turd burglar.

  • RayFinkle5

    Underachieving season – BUT these freshman look good. As a group much better than the “Movement 5” for sure

  • Alford Bailey

    I’m not counting on IU landing a big for next year. With the exception of Marvin Clark (not really a big only 6’7″) most of the other 2014 bigs CTC is looking at would not help anytime soon and just tie up a scholarship(ala Jurkin). I think we land another quality big for 2015. DD and HMP may be it for next year if NV leaves. This offense seems to rely on perimeter shooters anyway and I’m not counting NV gone til it happens.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    The story for me was Yogi and Will 4 turnovers apiece ..IU played well offensively but the 12 second half giveaways made it hard to watch and when games get tight IU starts to stand around ..what a season…

  • phaluska

    Agree. A questionable three at the end by SR- sure. Leaving GRIII that wide open for a three- yeah, questionable. But when you don’t get a shot so many possessions in a row due to stupid turnovers, that’s how they lost the game.