Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Texas Southern

  • 11/18/2014 11:15 am in

Indiana moved to 2-0 with a comfortable 83-64 win over Texas Southern on Monday evening at Assembly Hall. The game was the first in the four-game Hoosiers Showcase and also marked the return of Mike Davis to Bloomington for the first time since the 2005-2006 season.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win:

· Johnson showing uncommon maturity for a freshman: It’s only two games and the competition level hasn’t been great, but freshman guard Robert Johnson is showing why he’s a major part of the equation for the Hoosiers. Johnson is a little older than your typical freshman because he reclassified after his junior season from the 2013 class to 2014. The extra time to develop at the prep level obviously proved beneficial as Johnson transferred to Benedictine Prep and saw his recruitment take off the summer before his senior year there.

Arguably the most physically developed freshman that Tom Crean has ever recruited to Bloomington, Johnson’s skill set is solid all around. He’s a very capable perimeter shooter and he’s good off the dribble despite lacking elite athleticism. In Monday’s game, he was on fire early on as he had 17 points by halftime and had a lot of ball handling responsibilities once again. Johnson’s turnover percentage is just 14.7 through two games, the lowest among IU’s starting five which speaks to his willingness to make the simple play and not try to do too much.

Like any freshman, he’ll have his ups and downs, but through two games, Johnson appears to have put a stamp on a starting position for the foreseeable future.

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· Mosquera-Perea excels again: Is it too early to proclaim that Hanner Mosquera-Perea has arrived? Yes. But with each game that passes, it becomes more and more clear that the Colombia native has improved significantly. There’s still plenty of work to be done, but it’s obvious that Mosquera-Perea is gaining comfort, particularly offensively.

On one sequence last night, Mosquera-Perea scored six points in 1:13 and each bucket showed something different. The first score was off a solid move in the post, the second was a rim shaking dunk after a steal and the third was a midrange jumper. A year ago, it’s tough to say if he would have converted any of those opportunities. Mosquera-Perea also blocked five shots in 26 minutes.

“I feel like Hanner this year has gotten better with timing the block now and going up and blocking it, so if we get beat off the dribble, we know we’ve got back line defense, and Hanner is going to be up there to block it for us,” Yogi Ferrell said. “We’re going to definitely need that from him.”

· Defensively, Indiana has a long way to go: The Hoosiers have been lighting it up offensively through two games with an effective field goal percentage of 70.9. But when the games get tougher, it’s tough to count on that type of efficiency to continue and getting stops is going to be imperative in tight games.

On Monday, Texas Southern missed quite a few easy looks that good teams will convert. So as the Hoosiers go back to practice and watch film in preparation for SMU on Thursday, there will certainly be plenty of learning points from watching the film from the defensive end.

· Without three rotation guys, Indiana took care of business: Assuming Emmitt Holt is going to be a contributor, the Hoosiers did exactly what needed to be done (win) in four games without Holt, Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson. Crean had to play guys more minutes than he would have liked this early in the season, but given the circumstances, Indiana comes out of the suspensions with some experience for its young players.

“They’re playing an awful lot of minutes early on in the season, and we’re spending a lot of time together,” Crean explained. “The last couple weeks, these kids have gone through a lot, and then the games come, and you would think that would be the freedom of movement, and boy, let’s go, and it’s — you know, they’re carrying a lot.”

· Quietly, Zeisloft puts together a solid night: Monday’s performance from redshirt junior Nick Zeisloft is more in line with what he’ll produce on a regular basis than the offensive explosion he had in the exhibition opener.

In 32 minutes, Zeisloft made both of his field goal attempts and finished with six points, six rebounds, two steals, an assist and a turnover. More importantly, he corrected a few of the mistakes of over dribbling and trying to do too much at times that he had in previous games.

It’ll be interesting to see how Zeisloft’s role changes once Indiana gets Robinson and Williams back into the rotation, but regardless of whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, his play so far shows he was a solid offseason addition for the program.

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  • Eugene Debs

    2nd half was kinda awful. We basically beat these bums by a similar score as Eastern Washington. But, we were short handed; lets hope Williams and Holt can provide some good minutes (collectively) up front.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Watching Lou Rowles @ MSU game, wish we got him . . . solid pg.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Two, count em, TWO great and hilarious fouls in about 30 seconds of real time (1 second of game time)!!! It was great for comic relief.

  • ForeverIU

    Folks, please don’t make me list the numbers for you, lol, but you have to trust me on this one. Turnovers are a fact of the uptempo team. Open up kenpom (the free interface) and rank teams by AdjT (adjusted tempo), the check some of their recent box scores (the likes of Arkansas, Louisville, Iowa, North Carolina) … all very uptempp teams with relatively high turnover numbers. The more important stat (which CTC pointed to) is whether we are forcing a greater number of turnovers from our opponents (thus the defensive deflections stat).

    Make no mistake about it, Yogi & Co. are being encouraged to play the high octane and often reckless game (or at least CTC turns a blind eye, lol), because recklessness matched with achievement is a badge worn by the alpha male, ha ha. If I can learn to cheer the dumb fast plays as manly feats instead of inventing yet another Yogi profanity, I’ll be a much happier man! (Still a work in progress!)

  • ForeverIU

    Lourawis?

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Nairn, speed demon pg

  • ForeverIU

    mini Yogi?

  • AgentaAllstar7

    The Boos were raining down kinda noticeably after prior trucked the guy.I was at the game and didn’t Boo him.Having some edge isnt a bad thing.

  • EdgarAllenPoor

    I agree that the 2nd half looked a lot like the old, one guying dribbling offense – with the accompanying loss of momentum. I think much of the credit for that return goes to Yogi.

  • EdgarAllenPoor

    I agree completely.
    I think the team often plays better when he is on the bench.

  • AgentaAllstar7

    I was lucky enough to make the drive from southern Indiana and watch RJ breaking down the opponent with a 1st step that can’t be coached ! With yogi ,JBJ and RJ ( who im officially saying was snubbed as MAA) is an incredible backcourt and they must all start! Troy at the 4 and I believe Hanner can hold down the 5.That leaves NZ,Hartman,Holt and Stan logging alotta minutes off bench,which I like.Max will see some PT in situations but having guard stability could be HUGE guys.Potentially ofcourse I think there should never be a time without one of our big 3 guards on the court.Stan would be my 1st sub off the bench for RJ unless he’s hot so I could rest him a few mins and pull out yogi for Rob to run offense.JBJ will improve initiating offense.Ya some of you were right about the dreaded 4 corners offense creeping back for a stretch.Hartman has a very High IQ ,he’s gotta play.

  • AgentaAllstar7

    Ya he is pretty good .Ill take RJ and JBJ over Rawls nairn whatever And it’s not really close

  • AgentaAllstar7

    Hartman is one of my fave hoosiers currently.In my own personal power rankings

  • ForeverIU

    Yea, we practically have three McD All As! Deliciously scary thought.

  • ForeverIU

    Ohio State beats Marquette with 18 TOs, lol. Anthony Lee with as many fouls as points (2). Wasn’t he supposed to be their star at the 4/5? Our backup 5 (Jeremiah) is so far doing better, lol.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    He’s a junior playing Texas Southern, when, exactly, will he tighten it up? Isn’t he supposed to be the leader? When will he make the smart play that wins games over the flashy play that may make for a sport center highlight or lose the game?

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I think/hope OSU is overrated

  • SilentBob

    Idk bout star but he was supposed to be pretty good. Russell looked very sloppy tonight (7 turnovers) but Matta has to like he didn’t force anything and instead dished out 4 assists. Shannon Scott is dishing it out like he Rajon Rondo or somethin’ so far and Kam Williams is a stud. Great back court, but other than that and Slam they got a lot of kinks to work out as far as rotation goes before Big 10 play roles around.

  • SilentBob

    What ya thinkin’ bout this UK game though? Bout makin’ me wanna barf. Honestly I think that Tyler Ulis kid makes this team unstoppable. The pressure he brings makes it near impossible for a team to settle down. I thought Kansas was overrated simply because they lacked the guy to go to on offense, but still. Right now it looks like the only team that can stop em talent wise what so ever is Duke. Here’s to hoping a highly uptempo team can mess with them. Otherwise it looks like its going to be a miserable season lol.

  • ForeverIU

    They were down at the half with Buffalo, ha!

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    TC should have called a timeout and “coached” his team with a choice to either work the offense or sit on the bench and watch someone else work…oh wait, maybe that WAS the offense.

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    Keep an eye on Donovan’s Florida team and Miller’s crew in Arizona. Both are loaded w/ballers…UK is very good, but not great.

  • Jonny McClain

    can someone please translate —

    “The last couple weeks, these kids have gone through a lot, and then the games come, and you would think that would be the freedom of movement, and boy, let’s go, and it’s — you know, they’re carrying a lot.”

  • Jonny McClain

    can’t disagree with you here but I am actually hoping that as the season progresses that Rob Johnson and James Blackmon will actually rub off on Yogi a little… maybe they all grow together. that’s my hope anyway.

  • ForeverIU

    It means they’ve gone through an emotional traumatic experience (Devin, teammate suspensions, etc.) and you would think the games and beginning of the pre-season would bring some reprieve, but no …

  • ForeverIU

    Coach Brown of SMU did say that UK is basically two teams in one, and they are the #1 and #2 teams in the nation. But Bob Knight once said that a good college team if it shoots at a high percentage can beat any NBA team. Lol, probably a bit of salt and pepper there, but it sounded good!

  • wesmont

    Did you notice there were nba scouts at the game? Yogi did. He simply hogged the ball and tried to put on a show in places.great talent,needs to be yanked and reined in at times I think.

  • Dave Carnes

    Careful Yogi was a McDonald all American and we true IU fans won’t let any reality get between that and our opinion of him.

  • N71

    As does Calipari with the NCAA after watching last night’s UK v KU game…absurd. UK didn’t even get out of second gear and completely waxed the #5 team in the country. It looked like some type of exhibition, so much so it had me curious so I visited ncaa.org to read the following under “Fairness and Integrity”:

    We are committed to enforcing the rules and creating fair competition for student-athletes across the country.

    Really. The NCAA has bodies so-to-speak at both UMass and Memphis and now the most ridiculous recruiting perhaps ever, in any sport and they’ve sat on their hands as best as I can tell for 5 years now. There even appears to be a smoking gun right here in Indy under their noses (hint #41) and still nothing. I know there’s a process, innocent before proven guilty, etc. but really…really, could this be any more obvious. What is going on?

  • Ole Man

    Agree: Kansas vastly overrated.

  • Ole Man

    FL lost to Miami.

  • Ole Man

    Really? Not being contrary; but I thought he was okay, nothing great. Was glad we got the guards we have instead of him.

  • Ole Man

    HEADLINES!!!
    Oleman isn’t being hard on Yogi today. Thinks he’s still adjusting.

  • Ole Man

    Let’s hope your sainthood papers aren’t delayed too long in the mail.
    He’s a barely 18 year old kid, who learned a valuable lesson. How mature were you at that age?

  • Ole Man

    David, we’d better hope JBJ averages 20 per game; because whomever he’s guarding is going to score 18 or 19.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Well, in that case, he should probably just stop practicing. He’s so good that criticism is no longer helpful, so he should just show up for games.

  • Ole Man

    That was an ugly game, wasn’t it? Just couldn’t watch very much.

  • KmanCRK

    I was thinking more of, “I wish we would have gotten Clark”.

  • KmanCRK

    It will be very interesting to see if Crean still goes with Hockey Line Changes this year. With Yogi, RJ, Stan and JBJ it will be hard to keep any of them on the bench much. I feel good knowing we have 4 very good guards and a great wing, so we should always be able to have 3 of the 5 on the court at any given time. Just say NO to scoring droughts.

  • millzy32

    Yogi has had 3 years to “tighten it up”. Ain’t gonna happen. What you see is what you get. Learn to embrace the “no, no, no, yes!” or the “Not again” because you’ll be saying it all season long.

  • millzy32

    Practice? You talkin’ bout practice? not not not the game, practice?
    Sorry it’s my best Iverson today.

  • Brad

    Crean sat Yogi for a good portion of the first half last year against Wisconsin for not playing well. The Yogi came back in and single-handedly beat Wisconsin.

  • ForeverIU

    Not defending UK, but Kansas was not playing at #5 levels. I think NBA-type college teams are very beatable. Buffalo had UK down at the half, after all. I remember Bobby against Tarkanian’s UNLV in 1987. Wow, talk about a giant on his knees. What I would be more concerned about with UK is not winning or losing but getting injured; it’s the only reason I wouldn’t want to play them.

  • David Macer

    I agree with you OM. If the casual observer can see this deficiency, what do you think the NBA scouts will think. JBJ better learn to play some D or think about 3+ years at IU. Even Steve Alford learned to play a little D !!!

  • Brian Goodman

    as you should be blasted… Yogi is a top 3 point guard in the nation if you’re expecting isiah thomas you’re just being unrealistic

  • BMusic

    I just love watching Hoosier basketball.

  • drunken_cardozo

    Almost as scary as 9 MAA

  • Ole Man

    Got an out loud chuckle on the Steve Alford reference! It is true, however.

  • IU diehard from CT

    dude, he’s a college basketball player, who is 21 years old…give the kid a break. he’s not handing in TPS reports and late to work every day lol

  • IU diehard from CT

    guy, he’s a junior. in his 2nd game. this is now the 3rd role he will be taking on for this team. first year he was a facilitator, last year he was a volume shooter and our go to guy, this year its going to be a mix. give it time. its clear he is trying to figure out his way and role, and what better way to make mistakes than to make them against lousy teams. if he continues to make poor choices, than i’ll eat my words. he’s IU’s best player, and most important. a 21 year old kid. let crean criticize him.