Plenty has changed as Hoosiers, Buckeyes prep for rematch

  • 01/24/2015 8:28 pm in

It’s been just two weeks since Indiana and Ohio State played to a 69-66 Hoosiers win in Assembly Hall. But plenty has changed since then.

For Indiana, 6-foot-9 forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea was declared out with a knee injury. For the Buckeyes, two newcomers — Jae’Sean Tate and Anthony Lee — have made their way into the starting lineup.

After playing three games each since their last meeting, the Hoosiers and the Buckeyes will play once more on Sunday in Columbus at Value City Arena. And despite the changes in each squad, Indiana coach Tom Crean said on Saturday it still is the same Ohio State team the Hoosiers beat two Saturdays ago.

“They’re everything that they were and they are a product of playing in a tough league like the rest of us are,” Crean said. “There’s going to be some good nights, some tough nights, but they are outstanding.”

With the introduction of Tate and Lee — a former Indiana recruit — into the Buckeyes’ starting lineup for their latest game at Northwestern, it has given the Hoosiers another two names to watch out for outside the likes of D’Angelo Russell, Marc Loving, Sam Thompson and Shannon Scott.

Tate, a 6-foot-4 freshman, drew comparisons as a younger version of Maryland’s Dez Wells during Saturday’s pregame press conference at Indiana. Crean praised him for his attacking presence toward the rim, his shooting confidence and movement.

But Lee, who is 6-foot-9, presents another challenge for the Hoosiers — more specifically 6-foot-7 Collin Hartman. In his three games in the starting lineup, Hartman has slowed down the likes of Donovon Jack, Nnanna Egwu and Damonte Doddd — all of whom hold at least a two-inch edge on the Hoosiers sophomore.

The Hoosiers, though, are more than confident Hartman can continue his success against Lee and 6-foot-11 Amir Williams.

“He’s been doing really well these past two games being inside,” sophomore Troy Williams said. “Then also we’ve got to look at it as they’ve got to also check us on offense. So adapting to them? It’s more like they have to adapt to us.”

Since replacing Mosquera-Perea with Hartman in the starting lineup, the Hoosiers have indeed forced multiple matchup issues against opponents.

All five players on the court can shoot. All five can spread the floor. With Hartman and 6-foot-8 wing Max Hoetzel at the five and drawing big men outside due to their ability on the wings, it has allowed the Hoosiers to get more opportunities inside, as well. In each game since Mosquera-Perea’s departure, the Hoosiers have shot 50 percent or better on their 2-point attempts.

“We’re confident at the five in guys like Max being able to be the five,” freshman Robert Johnson said. “It helps spacing wise and just gives us another shooter and more mismatches on the floor. It just creates more problems for the defense to check and at times that’s a big advantage for us.”

Even with the changes on both sides, Crean highlighted the same dangers the Buckeyes posed just two weeks earlier. That they can score from any position on the court. That they force turnovers.

This time, though, it’s two teams that each must adjust to different circumstances.

“We’ve got our eyes on what we think fits us and we’re not getting away from size,” Crean said. “We are not going to get away from size. Coaching is putting your players in the best situation possible for them to be successful. Do we have a system? Do we have a style? Yeah, I guess.

“But at the same time it’s pretty much built on what the talents of the players are and that’s where the adjustments come in.”

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  • Bk39

    The first OSU game IU shot 22 % from the three, Hanner played 8 min and fouled out with 4 free throws 1 rebound and a block. Yogi was 1-8 shooting and RJ was 2-8 shooting. Lee played 4 min for OSU had an assist and a missed FG. Be interesting.

  • inLinE6

    I’m sure the second game won’t be any easier for OSU. We had a rough shooting night the first time out. Russell’s showing poise lately but he has to face Ferrell, again. As long as we’re making some shots, and Ferrell contains Russell in a reasonable way, I’m confident for this game.

  • Brad Norrington

    I wouldn’t be super confident about this game. 2 reasons. 1. This team is very young and are coming off the biggest win since the Wisconsin win at home last year. Their mental preparation is key and whether or not they are mature enough to handle a victory like the one at home against Maryland. 2. It is the B1G…..anything is possible, especially on the road.

  • Bruce Clark

    Love what Williams said about them adapting to us. This team is gaining huge amounts of confidence, which goes a long way in closing out games and winning.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Has their been a bigger flop in recent OSU history than Amir Williams?

  • SCHoosier

    I doubt if Lee is a great offense threat (maybe put backs) but he will be steady on defense and not totally “disappear” as Williams was prone to do. Bucks are gonna score at home..IU just has to have one point more!:)

  • SCHoosier

    I doubt if Lee is a great offense threat (maybe put backs) but he will be steady on defense and not totally “disappear” as Williams was prone to do. Bucks are gonna score at home..IU just has to have one point more!:)

  • SCHoosier

    We had a rought shooting night??!! True..but OSU only shot 14% from 3..that is NOT going to repeat. Both teams get hot I like our chances.

  • PBzeer

    A win today sets us up nicely for the rest of the season, especially from a mental perspective, I think. Need to go in and be steady, rather than streaky, and close out. Possible, but we’ll see if they can do it.

  • Michael Crawley

    Amir has all the tools and more but for some reason he does not get it done and it is baffling. He was easily a pro prospect and CTM appears to have given up on him. I feel bad for the kid all that work years and
    and years of practice and this was possibly his last chance for the NBA. Not CTMs fault but I hate to see a kid fail. Except when they play IU and then I hope they fall off the cliff.

  • OhioHoosier

    A loss doesn’t worry me but a win would speak volumes.

  • sd chuck

    If we continue to play the way we have as far as rebounding, defense, and taking care of the ball, it really comes down to how we shoot the ball, if everybody is hitting the three ball, I don’t care where we play, we’ll win, if we don’t shoot well we’ll struggle! A high energy game out of TW is a must. The bench also needs to contribute some positive minutes. 8.5 pts is a lot!

  • I’m not expecting to win, but hopeful that we can. A tough team on the road in the B1G can mean a loss for anyone, as we’ve seen. What I’m looking for is effort, toughness, and confidence–if they compete strongly following the Maryland game, I’ll believe that their performance on Thursday wasn’t just a fluke (like I believe their performance at MSU was). Win or lose, I just want to see them fighting.

  • Agreed. And, it’s the right mindset from an execution perspective as well. It means that perhaps they really understand what they need to do to make sure those matchups stay in their favor.

  • Zach

    Not expecting a win, but I’m optimistic this is another one we can steal. I’d like to think we’ll shoot much better than our first matchup with the buckeyes but they also will certainly shoot much better. If Yogi can disrupt Russell again, I think we have a good shot!