Hoosiers not underestimating Scarlet Knights ahead of Sunday rematch

  • 02/22/2015 9:44 am in

It seems like it is now a distant memory — but just over a month ago on January 11, Rutgers defeated No. 5 Wisconsin at home by a 67-62 score.

Perhaps that is because since that upset win, the Scarlet Knights haven’t had a victory. They have lost 10 games in a row. They have dropped to last place in the Big Ten standings.

But while the Scarlet Knights have been struggling heading into this afternoon’s game against Indiana (5:15 p.m., BTN), the Hoosiers insist they are not overlooking this game.

“You don’t play their record, you don’t play their percentages, you play the players,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “We had a very tight game with them a couple weeks back. They’ve been in some very close games and they’ve also had some tough losses but they can score.”

The Hoosiers learned what trouble the Scarlet Knights pose just three weeks ago, when the two sides faced off in Bloomington. Indiana struggled to put its stamp on the game, as Rutgers dictated the pace in Assembly Hall and even had a seven-point lead midway through the second half.

Heading into today’s game, Crean said that is one thing the Hoosiers don’t want to allow in Piscataway. He said he wants his team dictating the pace — and with good reason. In games played at or faster than Indiana’s average tempo, the Hoosiers are 4-1 against Big Ten opponents. Rutgers, meanwhile, is 0-5 in games that are that quick.

“(Friday) was spent making sure that we review the film and getting into Rutgers later on but really getting back to making sure our speed game is where it needs to be in the half court and in the full court which increases our defensive pressure,” Crean said. “And again, it wasn’t as much the post-ups but the ball pressure we needed to have to make it harder to get in and circle up the post.”

Defending the Scarlet Knights was something the Hoosiers struggled with in their first matchup. 5-foot-10 senior Myles Mack got hot in the second half and the Hoosiers had trouble stopping him — en route to 20 points with four 3s in the last 20 minutes. 6-foot-9 senior Kadeem Jack got his mid-range jumper going. And Junior Etou, an unexpected contributor, notched 13 points and three 3s, as well.

Since that game, although Etou hasn’t had as consistent performances, the Scarlet Knights have seen additional double digit efforts from Jack, Bishop Daniels and D.J. Foreman. Simply put, Crean said, the Scarlet Knights have “more depth, more bodies and more people who are contributing for them.” Indiana, however, believes it is prepared for the challenge.

And although the Hoosiers haven’t won away from Assembly Hall since January 18, they believe today’s game is theirs for the taking.

“I think we’re ready for more road games,” junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea said. “I feel like we’re ready for those and we can win the rest of the games we have because we’re playing together and helping each other out there.”

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  • IUfanToby

    I fear we will drop one of the next two road games, hope I’m wrong

  • The Hound

    At Northwestern scares me. They are playing very well right now. THis one today is critical.

  • SCHoosier

    Let’s win this one then I’ll worry about NW with you:) Nothing that happens with this IU team will surprise me. Capable of performing over the full scale of options…excellent to awful. We need Very good today!

  • Ms hoosier

    Chris Collins has got Northwestern headed in the right direction. I would luv to have him coaching the Hoosiers. I think he could get a program like IU back to one of the elite programs again

  • Dave Carnes

    Sadly I am back where I started the season.After we got going about 6 games in I started thinking maybe Crean could turn around.Now I can see that is never going to happen and we will be lost out to sea for at least one more year.Brad Stevens what ever it takes.

  • IUfanToby

    Agreed. We need to build some momentum and confidence heading into March

  • Ms hoosier

    I’m tired of waiting one more year IU has too good of fans and too much tradition to keep waiting until next year! I believe Brad Stevens would luv to have the IU job

  • MillaRed

    Seems like we have three teams. One that can dominate you from deep. One that does just enough to win. And one that falls flat. Can’t afford to be #3 tonight. Yogi cannot bail us out every time we stink.

    And if we need a late bucket to win it, for the love of God Almighty call a timeout and run something. The Yogi game winner isn’t falling. Go Hoosiers.

  • Hoosier Hall

    All this talk of dictating the pace but we probably still won’t press. For the life of me I just don’t understand that. We could force the tempo against almost any team if we would press. Guys like Troy, Stan and RJ would be devastating in a full court press.

  • Bill

    Anyone else notice Creans after win hand shake of other team.

    After a win his facial expressions are priceless as he slaps the backs of the other team. It looks like ” hey thanks for losing” come back anytime.

  • iuball11

    Why are so many comments on The Minute Afters deleted? My favorite part of coming to this site is reading the irrational comments, they’re hilarious. It’s not as fun with every other comment in the thread deleted

  • iuball11

    Agree, that 1-3-1 we ran for a couple possessions against PU with Troy at the top was scary. Troy’s length and the athleticism and quickness of Stan and Yogi, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be pressing full court for at least some stretches

  • Michael

    tad premature

  • SCHoosier

    Change now and you’ll likely be waiting a lot longer than one year before the dust settles.

  • Yes, well. 30 point win. Can’t say much more about that, really. Next game…

  • Genius

    Ms hoosier is right. do you really want Crean over Collins? I don’t think so. It’s actually a two-man team, his Dad and himself…….his Dad is worth about 4 victories in and of himself. Putting Collins up against Crean is a joke. I bleed Cream and Crimson but NW will upend our Hoosiers by 4 or 5 and it makes me sick to think about it. UGH!!! I will get over the upcoming Wed. loss and just hope and pray that we win out and lock up a 9 seed.