The Minute After: Northwood

  • 11/06/2014 9:53 pm in

Thoughts on a 94-70 win against the Timberwolves:

I. This roster-depleted, emotionally-tested Hoosier squad started slow. Despite getting in the bonus early and being the more talented and athletic team, it took about 14 minutes to grab the lead back for good and grow it. Once the second half hit, it was pretty much all Hoosiers en route to a victory with several Indiana players making big contributions.

II. Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s feel for the pace and rhythm of a college basketball game is still a work in progress. But this is fact: Tonight was his most complete game in the cream and crimson. As noted on the broadcast, the junior’s previous career-high in minutes was 15; he passed that in the first half. In that first 20 minutes, Mosquera-Perea connected on a long two from the right baseline and rolled to the rim to finish an alley-oop from fellow junior Yogi Ferrell. In 33 minutes of actions, Mosquera-Perea posted a double-double (10 points, 12 boards) along with a block, an assist, a steal, four turnovers and just two fouls. A good start, but room to grow.

III. Broken record at this point, but Indiana turned the ball over at an alarming rate last season. But on this night, the Hoosiers were pretty good with the ball. Mosquera-Perea’s four turnovers accounted for nearly half of Indiana’s miscues (10), as its turnover rate was just 13.0 percent. Turn the ball over on just 13 percent of its possessions for the rest of the season, and the Hoosiers are going to end up with a lot less empty possessions than their 2013-2014 campaign. But it’s too early right now to know if Indiana has really turned the corner in this category.

IV. I said it during the contest, but it deserves a repeat: James Blackmon Jr. was born to score. He is effortless and smooth and plays with a wisdom beyond his freshman status. Blackmon Jr. led all scorers with 26 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added a perfect 10-of-10 performance from the line. Riding his heels was junior transfer Nick Zeisloft. The Lyons Township (Ill.) product connected on 4-of-8 from distance and also chipped in a perfect 10-of-10 mark from the free throw line. Once Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson return from their four-game suspension, Zeisloft may slide back to a reserve role. If that’s the case, he appears to be in line to add some scoring pop off the bench when his number is called.

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Ferrell was hard to keep track of at times as he dribbled all over the place, getting Northwood defenders leaning this way and that. Indiana’s point guard turned the ball over just two times in 34 minutes of action. He also hit just one of his five attempts with distance, but still finished with 16 points, six assists and four rebounds. Robert Johnson also had a rough go of it from 3-point range (1-of-6), and so Indiana finished with just a 33 percent mark from distance (9-of-27). Johnson was still able to score double figures (13 points) and hit 4-of-4 from the line. Northwood kept fouling Indiana all game and the Hoosiers made them pay for it at the line, connecting on 81.6 percent (31-of-38) and sporting a free throw rate of 66.6.

Despite the slow start, the Hoosiers scored 1.22 points per possession.

V. During garbage time, Tim Priller — who appears to be an early fan favorite — banked in a 3-pointer and Nate Ritchie threw down a dunk much to the delight of fans who stuck around during the closing minutes of the blowout.

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  • Hoosier Pride

    as of right now, stan

  • KmanCRK

    Hate to rain on Priller, but I’d be surprised if this guy gets minutes at all this year. I don’t see us being in a position to put guys in during garbage time, and that’s the best he can hope for. He wasn’t even 1st, 2nd, or 3rd off the bench with 6 guys out. If he is able to build up his athleticism over the next two years maybe he can be useful, otherwise this guy is way to slow to play in the Big Ten.

  • jmac

    I think we are really going to miss Devin Davis!
    ; (

  • I agree with all of you.. Not me. Prior to the game, it was reported that Northwood has several D1 players, a couple of which just transferred in.. I thought this was a very good start. Think we’ll all be happier this year with our Hoosier’s performance..

  • ForeverIU

    Yeah, and one of them from USC …

  • Florida Girl

    Didn’t know we could see it that way. So glad you mentioned it.

  • millzy32

    I guess it’s back to basketball. Unfortunately I was unable to see the game but I have a few questions.
    Is JBJ that good? I mean is he Eric Gordon good? I hope he is. His stats would suggest that he might just be that good. Thoughts?
    Also, Hanner looks like an absolute beast in the picture above. Reminds me of Mbakwe from Minny in the eye test department.
    Winning could heal all wounds. Lets hope we win when we play real competition. Go Hoosiers.

  • Florida Girl

    I used to listen to him back in the Steve Alfred days on the radio. If it was a night game I could get the Fort Wayne AM radio station even in Florida! You had to work for it though, a Spanish music channel would float in and out! LOL! It really made it fun screening at the radio, as if that helped, to get it to float back to me! LOL!

  • Florida Girl

    My brother in Louisville recorded the 1987 championship game for me of Don’s call just so I could hear him be excited.

  • ForeverIU

    Oh, JBJ is a champ! He is a threat from every square inch of real estate on the court.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Blackmon vs. Gordon is an interesting one. In my opinion, a healthy Eric Gordon is better than Blackmon as an overall player. Blackmon is a better shooter but he’s nowhere near as explosive or strong around the rim as Gordon was. I would also say Gordon was a superior defender to Blackmon. That being said, Gordon wasn’t healthy for most of his only season (wrist injury, mainly). Blackmon is every bit as good as advertised and I think he can actually “live up to the hype”.

  • ForeverIU

    Sounds like a nice scene for a movie! I once scheduled a class I teach so that my drive back home (one hour) coincided with Don Fischer. I would get home right around half-time and catch the rest of the game on TV, and the radio part was just as good!

  • TomJameson

    Hmmm .. good point. Another thing to consider is that when we get a full complement back, the minutes will level out between RJ, Stan, & Nick. They all have their strong points, and weak points. I’m only using these 3 as an example, but the same thing might be said about most of the team. Nice to have such a strong bench!

  • TomJameson

    Now that’s being a fan!!

  • TomJameson

    I agree Forever. I think Hanner, as well as the whole team, was so anxious to play because of a multitude of reasons, they were all pretty tight. And Hanner was trying to prove something, so probably trying a bit too hard at first. Once they all loosened up a bit they started to show their game. It will only get better!

  • TomJameson

    I really hope he stays 2 years. I can’t imaging how good he’ll be as a Sophomore.

  • millzy32

    It will be great watching a player that can get his own shot. Vonleh was a good player but he had to rely on some suspect passes actually getting to him and or rebounds which limited his effectiveness.
    Thanks for the analysis and now I have one more for you. JBJ vs Gary Harris. Thoughts?

  • Brad

    The one from USC was the guy that Yogi absolutely embarrassed on the dribble.

  • Brad

    Honestly, he reminds a lot of Gary Harris. Smooth, never looks lost. The game never seems too much for him.

  • CreamandCrimson

    You’re welcome. Tough, tough question…I saw both of them in high school and I have to attempt to remember what Gary Harris looked like at the start of his MSU career in order to make a good comparison. If I remember correctly, Harris averaged around 12-13 ppg as a freshman. I think Blackmon will exceed that. Partially because I think he is a better shooter than Harris and partially because I think he will be relied upon more than Harris was. Harris was slightly bigger and was a really good defender, something we can’t say about Blackmon at this time.

    In my opinion, Blackmon is the better offensive player while Harris was the better defensive player. Harris was the B1G Freshman of the Year, an award I think Blackmon wins this season. It’s very close but I think I think I would take Blackmon’s offensive prowess and shooting as an ideal fit for this offense and for this team. I’d love to have either of them on a team I was rooting for, that’s for sure!

  • CreamandCrimson

    We have a strong bench in one area…the backcourt. No doubt about that. I don’t think we can say that we have a strong bench when it comes to the frontcourt though. We have no clue when/if April will be able to play, Devin Davis appears to be a longshot to play this season, we know nothing about Emmitt Holt yet, we know Hoetzel can shoot but we don’t know how he can defend or contribute in other areas, Priller is a question mark. The guard depth is great and it will be a huge weapon. The forward/big depth is a huge question mark that looks worse today than it did a week ago. Will it be a downfall for us? Impossible to say but it will be something to watch for/worry about all season.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Promises ,promises I truly believe CTC makes min/starter promises on the recruiting trail and is part of the reason his rotations leave you wondering.I also think it played a role in Remy leaving ….we sure could use some veteran leadership the last two years..

  • IUMIKE1

    My dirty old man’s butt probably belongs in that discussion, especially if it’s a, not the amount of miles but instead how those miles were put on, type of thing lol

  • IUMIKE1

    Upvote given and several Hoosier points awarded.

  • TomJameson

    lol .. I always say that it’s not the age, it’s the mileage.

  • TomJameson

    I will agree that there are question marks in the frontcourt, that’s pretty obvious (no question about it 🙂 But I think there are enough pieces to it that it won’t really be a downfall for us except maybe when we come up against a premier center. Question marks aside – Holt, Hoetzel, Priller, April, Troy, who am I leaving off?

  • MK

    Yogi still dribbling the air out of the ball

  • CreamandCrimson

    Plenty of pieces…true. How many of those pieces can rebound and defend players with size consistently? No idea. I’m not worried about premier centers because there aren’t many of those out there. I’m worried about big, strong forwards who are 6’7″-6’9″. There are plenty of those and I don’t know how well guys like Hoetzel and Holt will matchup with them. So, we have some quantity there, how much quality do we have? Only time can tell.

    As for who you are leaving off…the only scholarship guy is Hartman. I could see Burton and/or Ritchie getting the occasional meaningful minute if April isn’t anywhere close to ready. I only say that because they both got in the game ahead of Priller. So, if Priller is on the list, those two probably should be as well.

  • Corey M

    Ok so the 4 Game Suspensions for TW, Stan, and Holt.. Is that 4 Regular Season games or the 2 Exhibitions and 2 Regular Season games? Thanks

  • CreamandCrimson

    2 exhibitions and 2 regular season games.

  • Corey M

    I appreciate the clarification and that is good to hear!

  • Corey M

    I am not quite sure what you are watching but….

  • TomJameson

    C&C I believe that we agree! lol I will acknowledge the question marks, and I will hope that we can rise to the occasion enough to not be a handicap.

  • Zach

    -Nick was extremely impressive. I wanted him to shoot every time he got the ball.
    -Can’t remember who it was in particular, but we were missing a lot of free throws in the first half it seemed. Don’t know what the stats were, but that’s how we didn’t pull away at the start
    -Perea did pretty well, but I didn’t see a lot of competition out there for boards so I expected at least what he got
    -Robert Johnson’s shot was a little off and seems somewhat inconsistent at this point and I think he turned it over a few times, but he also had a few really nice drives where he sped right by a couple guys for layups (Stan-esque)
    -When Priller banked in the 3 followed by Burton’s dunk, the place went crazy and it was awesome

  • Zach

    I remember seeing at least one jump pass on the baseline from Yogi but it was definitely fewer than usual and I was overall pretty pleased with his ability to share the ball around and not turn it over

  • kaponya44

    No ….In the context of the situation(first exhibition game and all other known issues/challenges included.) it was promising.When a team plays an exhibition game it is about the team,not the opponent..Sloppy is sloppy against anyone.After the way they started off I kept waiting for the problems (specifically -bad ball movement,turnovers,hesitation on shooting,guys trying to do too much shorthanded,Hanner disappearing,uneven effort due to 2nd half fatigue)and guess what …IU proved to do a steady & solid job handling the factors they could control.It was a pleasant surprise as anyone following the events over the last week or two wouldn’t have been shocked if we had come out,laid a 40 minute egg and got upset..Just being honest about how I felt pregame and how different I felt post game.I said some negative things (offline)to people who brought up IU basketball and crow is some good eatin’ this morning.I expected a flat slow collapse out there since we were playing a relative nobody.not the strong collective performance we saw as the game progressed.It was a return to from cautious to cautious optimism.

  • kaponya44

    I can agree with that.It still appeared to be more of a scenario where they couldn’t stop certain things and we mostly stuck with that was working.

  • kaponya44

    The biggest difference is his dribbling will end with more finishing options.Trust me Yogi on the dribble will get the kind of respect that ,unfortunately for other teams,results in them losing some pretty dangerous shooters for us.That also plays right into the hands of guys like Troy and Hanner.Forget an athlete like either of them for one second and you get dunked on.

  • kaponya44

    It definitely wasn’t James or Nick missing the free throws.Lol

  • David Macer

    Lets deal in facts on this site, not speculation.

  • David Macer

    What are we fans going to do if Don ever decides to hang up his mic ???

  • David Macer

    Like Cher slapping Nicholas Cage in Moonlight….”SNAP OUT OF IT”

  • Chris Wight

    It was Hanner, then Yogi who missed some free throws that they should have made. I was a bit let down by that but ultimately chalked it up to jitters/overthinking the situation. I was very happy with what I saw overall throughout the rest of the game. Free throws will be a big difference maker for us this season, especially when we have two new faces (JBJ and NZ) shooting 20 out of 20 from the line. No reason not to be optimistic about shooting this year after that!

  • ForeverIU

    LOL! Yeah, love that movie. You mean Moonstruck!

  • David Macer

    I fixed it….moonlight…moonstruck… but there was a face slap there !!!

  • IUJeff

    Ok I’ll tell him. It is idiotic to call an almost 100 point performance pathetic.

    Yes they were rusty and young, but geez when you also have as good a game taking care of the ball as you had all last year, you play without 3 of your best returning players, and you have zero seniors, what the h do you want?

  • C&C now can you really draw that conclusion after just one game with Blackmon again a DII school wherein you have a season of Gordon to compare it to? I can’t help but think your analysis is a bit one sided and therefore jaded.. and really not valid.

  • I frankly did not see Gary Harris in JBJ at all. JBJ is much better shot creator.. more mobile and I think more explosive. Probably at this point even much more accurate.. if one can draw that conclusion after only one game.

  • yimyames

    And somehow we had two other players score 26 and 24.

  • Chappy Dan

    WOWO baby!