The Minute After: McNeese State

  • 12/12/2015 9:35 pm in

Thoughts on a 105-60 win over the Cowboys:

In transition or in the halfcourt, it didn’t matter. Indiana’s offense stomped all over the Cowboys this evening en route to a blowout victory in a game it put away in the first half.

The scoring numbers impress: 1.39 points per possession, an effective field goal percentage of 59.6 and 13-of-28 from distance (46.4%). The ball movement was sharp and Indiana had five players in double figures. But most important, the Hoosiers took care of the ball. (Well, except Troy Williams. He continued to be sloppy and had four of Indiana’s nine turnovers.) Indiana turned it over on just 12 percent of its possessions. As we’ve noted time and again, when the Hoosiers limit their mistakes, the offense is a force that can make up for their deficient defense.

James Blackmon Jr. had his way with the Cowboys. The sophomore was aggressive in transition and in the halfcourt taking the ball to the rim for scores. But he also made 5-of-10 from distance on his way to a game-high 24 points.

The Hoosiers focused on getting Thomas Bryant the ball at the onset, but it faded as the first half went along and he had just two field goal attempts heading into halftime. However, in the second half, Indiana’s guards got Bryant some more looks and he created opportunities for himself. He finished a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line for 18 points in 21 minutes.

This was perhaps the most important performance of the game for the Hoosiers. Bryant was the absolute emotional leader the first couple games of the season — never more apparent than in Indiana’s win against Creighton. But since Indiana’s Maui slide and his “injury issues”, the lion has been in the cage. If Bryant can get a little healthier and re-establish himself more down low, it bodes well for the Hoosiers as they head into Big Ten season.

They need him.

O.G. Anunoby had a nice run in his 14 minutes of action. He didn’t shoot it great (1-of-5, three points), but played under control and with confidence. He added three block and three rebounds. Juwan Morgan’s return to the court was nice to see as well. Like Bryant, he’s needed as Big Ten season nears.

Indiana had more than a handful of poor defensive possessions. It left the Cowboys open on the perimeter for open 3-point looks all night, but they just couldn’t convert (4-of-22, 18.2 percent). The Hoosiers also failed to pick up players in transition, which McNeese State capitalized on for scores. And there were the typical breakdowns in the halfcourt as well.

All that said, the Hoosiers did hold the Cowboys to just .79 points per possession, under their .92 average heading into the contest. Indiana also turned McNeese State over on 25.3 percent of their possessions, though a healthy amount of the Cowboys’ miscues were self-inflicted.

The Hoosiers get a week before their matchup with Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic next Saturday. Notre Dame, like Indiana, is scoring well but is defense optional. If Indiana can take care of the ball like it did this evening, it should put itself in good position to pick up a victory in its last non-conference game against a competent opponent.

Filed to:

  • CTC during 2nd half, the few times he was shown on the floor or bench: no clapping, many times just sitting on the bench with scowl on his face. Is all the negative fan and press talk getting to him?

  • Speed

    Nice to see them taking better care of the ball. Exception is Williams but turnovers are usually a part of his game.

  • AZIU71

    Noticed the same thing. Like you said probably feeling the heat.

  • Samuel Davis

    Total ambivalence towards this team right now. That’s heartbreaking to face, but what CTC has wrought with his tenure.

  • CreanFaithful

    He was sniffling the entire presser after. Kept asking if everyone was finished maybe 2 minutes into a total 4 minute presser. Only had positive things to say about the performance. Seems he is under the weather.

  • myrddin

    “Well, except Troy Williams. He continued to be sloppy and had four of Indiana’s nine turnovers.”

    Because of course he did. I’m sure it won’t affect us against better competition. *eyeroll*

  • Tdavis

    Granted, this was supposed to be easy. But they played fairly well. When they go 0 fer the B1G, I might get riled.

  • Young Hoosier

    Will we have to do a brain swap for Troy to stop turning it over? Hell be a 4 year player. Don’t know if that’s good or bad. Maybe somewhere in the middle.

  • Young Hoosier

    Maybe he should just try sitting there and being a coach instead. Stand up every now and then. The clapping and hectic pacing needed to stop a long time ago. I’d rather him cuss than clap and pace. Instead he gave up the bad words.

  • Hoosier89

    He can’t coach and clap and pace? Who knew?

  • pcantidote

    Exactly, not a CTC fan, but this childish obsession with his clapping is what needed to stop a long time ago.

  • indigodoc

    I would say the fans’ childish obsession with his pacing and clapping is what needed to stop a long time ago. Get over it, it’s not a big deal.

  • pcantidote

    Are you echoing what I just said, or can you just not read?

  • TomJameson

    Well … you both are 100% correct! LOL

  • TomJameson

    You know that the poster you are responding to has the answer to everything, and is absolutely positive he is the only one who really knows. And the funny thing is that his knowledge extends even to how a coach should walk, his actions during the game, and when and for how long he should sit. Pretty sure he could give tips on what drink to have on the sidelines and how/when to drink it. Hahahahaha

  • TomJameson

    Just curious why a bandwagon fan such as yourself would even bother posting something like that, especially if you’re totally ambivalent toward the team right now. Really, I’d like to know … if you don’t care why bother posting? Just so that we all know that you don’t care?

  • TomJameson

    Hahahaha. I would bet that you, and many more, would get plenty riled if they went 0-1 in the B1G. If they lose their first game these posts will blow up. LOL Not trying to pick on you Tdavis, just saying that’s the way it will be. Hope we don’t lose that first one.

  • mharv2631

    I still for the life of me don’t understand why TB is guarding a screen 35 ft out on the court. Unless Steph Curry is out there back the heck up.

  • Well let’s be honest here, losing the first game against Rutgers should piss people off. And rightfully so. They’ll need to win just about every game they’re going to play in conference, particularly the cup-cakes.

  • I thought the younger players all looked better and liked their effort. Morgan in particular was good to see and made some solid plays on both ends. We’re going to need much more of that.

  • Avoid the clap!

  • TomJameson

    Yeah, I’ve had the same thought. He goes out too far just to help defend on a screen. That leave nobody under the basket so somebody has to rotate in to guard the rim. That’s one reason for some of the easy lanes to the rim.

  • TomJameson

    You’re right, absolutely, no doubt about it. LOL

    My point was that you wouldn’t have to go 0-fer in the B1G to get that reaction, it will come at the first loss. Maybe I shouldn’t have said the first B1G game, that would piss off even me! Hahaha

    You know though, they won’t win every game they play in conference. And I’m not sure there are any cupcakes at home. But that’s why they play the games.

  • Samuel Davis

    Brilliant assessment of me. Bandwagon? Have you done road trips to see them play? Have you flown across 7 states to bring a friend to AH to experience the madness? Have you road tripped to attend 3 of their last 4 Final Four appearances? I have, and I am not wealthy. Just ‘rich’ with the enthusiasm of following IU teams that played defense, won with less talent, had virtually none of the off the court adventures of these players, and for whom putting on that uniform was an honor that held responsibilities. I’m just tired of watching the same story unfold nearly every season with CTC. This one will be no different. You really should shoot the messenger, because the message was meant to express exasperation with my team’s mediocrity.

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  • theAnswerKey

    He’s out there hedging the ball screen and he needs to keep doing it. The reason our ball screen defense has been so awful was because he wasn’ coming out to hedge. The ball handler was going around the screen to an open lane. Big man hedges out on the ball handler to push them out off their direct path and give the screened defender time to recover. The wing defender shifts down to cover the rolling big man for a second to give Bryan time to recover from his hedge. Cody Zeller did this better than anyone in the country and everybody used to love him for it.

  • bvillehoosier

    Amen brother. I feel the EXACT same way…I’m so over it until Crean is GONE!! Sooner the better…