Northwestern at Indiana, in-game analysis (2nd half)

7 comments by   |   Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 1:13 pm EDT

Armon Bassett fights for a loose ball.

INDIANA 75, NORTHWESTERN 63 (FINAL)

Go watch the Super Bowl. Eat wings. Enjoy a frosty beverage.

But beware. Bill Belichick is probably video taping you.

INDIANA 66, NORTHWESTERN 54 (3:35)

Looks like the Hoosiers have escaped what looked like it could have been a dangerous game. They, as Sampson would say, “out-athleted,” the Wildcats.

But there are plenty of questions to be answered.

Is Kyle Taber a part of the rotation now? Will the Hoosiers play zone on a regular basis? How’s Jordan Crawford’s ankle (he hasn’t played since hurting it)?

What are you guys wondering?

INDIANA 65, NORTHWESTERN 52 (5:06)

How do you stop a team that’s shooting 50 percent?

Apparently, you go to a zone.

That’s what Indiana has done, and it has worked.

Gordon and White both have 24 points, by the way. Gordon’s 3-pointer stretched the lead to 13.

INDIANA 58, NORTHWESTERN 52 (7:47)

Someone on our weekly chat asked last week why Indiana hasn’t taken as many charges this season.

There’s one, and it could turn out to be a real turning point in this game. Coble was probably going to score over Bassett, and possibly draw a foul.

Instead, it goes the other way.

INDIANA 52, NORTHWESTERN 50 (9:02)

Coble’s free-throw miss deflates the Wildcats a bit, and its shots haven’t fallen the last two minutes.

Indiana’s picked up its points by working inside. First White is fouled and hits two free throws, then Bassett drives and hits.

INDIANA 52, NORTHWESTERN 50 (11:44)

Coble finds one of those holes I was talking about and gets to the rim for a basket. He also draws a fourth foul from Jamarcus Ellis, and he’ll shoot to make it a 1-point game.

INDIANA 52, NORTHWESTERN 48 (11:52)

Whites got 20 and Gordon’s got 17. The rest of the team has 15.

And while Indiana is scoring because of mismatches, Northwestern is scoring because it is 1) shooting extremely well and 2) finding gaping holes in the Hoosier’s defense.

One of those things Indiana can control.

INDIANA 46, NORTHWESTERN 42 (15:58)

While Indiana’s offense has changed apparently for the better, it’s defense has not. This team is just not anywhere near as tough as last year’s was. It doesn’t have the same pride in making it difficult, possibly because it’s too concerned with countering.

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7 comments:
#1
WW
Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 2:19 PM EDT

Chris, Saw you at the game. I was the goober that slapped you on the back while walking up to press row.

My guess is that Taber today is a message to the Hulk twins (Thomas and White) however he may be included in a four man rotation of Lance, D, Mike W and Kyle. In lieu of coach’s comments today about his coaching, I feel that he needs to give White and Thomas positive minutes to improve their confidence. We will need them in this huge stretch of games. Sitting them as a punishment is counter productive. Again, I am not the coach, but get those bruisers in there and develop some experience. If the effort is not there then bench them. Go Hoosiers! I loved the ball motion in the first half, but those lazy passes scare the be’jeezus out of me.

 
#2
West Coast Hoosier
Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 2:34 PM EDT

Where was Mike White today?

 
#3 Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 3:31 PM EDT

Mike White was on the bench, waiting for his name to be called. Maybe Kyle Taber has passed him up on the depth chart. Sampson didn’t mention his name during the press conference, either.

 
#4
Mickey
Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 3:44 PM EDT

Hope the excellent writers of this blog have fun at their super bowl parties! They deserve a break today.

 
#5
KevinK
Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 8:21 PM EDT

WW,
I agree the ball and player movement did seem better for the first ten minutes or so, but didn’t you think that it slipped a little as the game went along?

 
#6
KevinK
Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 8:22 PM EDT

It was good to see though, don’t get me wrong, I was glad.

 
#7
WW
Monday, February 4, 2008 - 7:38 AM EDT

KevinK……..I agree!

 


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