Indiana-Arkansas, in-game analysis

D.J. White watches his career end.

It’s done. Indiana’s season is over.

86-72. Not much else to say.


It’s all but over. Arkansas continues to hit free throws and effectively end IU’s season.

It’s such a sad ending for a team with such potential, a monumental collapse after the Kelvin Sampson debacle that ends with a first round NCAA tournament exit to an Arkansas squad that’s really not that impressive.


Gordon is now 2-13 from the field and only has six points. This has to be his worst game as a collegian, probably at the worst time.


Charles Thomas’ free throw extends it to twelve, but Bassett makes a pretty move and feeds D.J. for an easy two to get it back to ten.

Jamarcus Ellis hits a three-pointer from the baseline to cut it to 77-70.

Thomas will head back to the line for a chance to get it back to nine.

He does just that. 79-70.

It’s just all collapsing for the Hoosiers… Bassett’s telegraphed pass is stolen, and it looks all but certain that the Hoosiers will be exiting this year’s NCAA Tournament in the first round.


For some reason, Gordon’s free throw shooting is at its worst.

It’s at twelve after an Arkansas basket at the other end, 72-60.

But Armon Basset refuses to throw in the towel, as he drains a three-pointer from the top of the key to get it back to nine.

Weems is just off the charts tonight. His jumper in the lane just gave him 31. Indiana, no matter what they did all night, just had no answer for him. IU’s down 11 with two minutes to go, and it looks like D.J. White’s career at IU is coming to a close.


It looks like it can’t get any worse for Indiana.

Arkansas’ Charles Thomas just converted on a lay-in while getting fouled. 70-59.


Sonny Weems is the best player on the court tonight, and just reached his career high with another 3-pointer from the wing. It’s a ten minute margin and IU’s time is running out… 4:20 left.


Weems is just playing phenomenally. He hits again in the lane to get it back to ten, but Bassett answers to cut it to eight.

A Jordan Crawford steal-turn Armon Bassett three-pointer from the baseline cuts it to six.


Gordon can’t buy one from the outside. He clanks another from behind the three-point line.

Gary Ervin hits one of two from the line. It’s a ten point game with eight to go.

White won’t be denied. He just attacked the rim ferociously and drew the foul. But he can’t hit the first free throw. He hits the second. Nine points. 7:50 left.


Indiana doesn’t come out well after the timeout. Two UA baskets extend it back to six.

And Gordon quickly ends his cold streak, streaking down the lane and finishing a thunderous dunk to cut it back to four. But Arkansas comes back, as they have all night, to get it back to six.

A Razorback three-pointer by Sonny Weems sends it back to nine.

A long road ahead of the Hoosiers.


White hits again. But Arkansas answers on the other end in about three seconds. It’s getting to be crunch time for Indiana, with 12 minutes to go and their season on the line.

Stemler hits a three-pointer- his third of the night, and more in one game than I can remember for a long, long time- to cut it back to two.

After a foul on D.J. White on the next end, IU now has a chance to tie the game or even take the lead with a 3.

A Jordan Crawford runner and Lance Stemler tip-in won’t drop, so Arkansas takes over.


Armon wants it again. And he hits, this time from the right wing to cut it to three.

D.J. just drew his third foul on a questionable call down low. But either way, heading to the next commercial break, IU’s heart and soul has three fouls and Dan Dakich has a difficult decision on his hands about whether to keep him in the game or not.


DeAndre just can’t stay out of foul trouble. He just picked up his fourth, and that earned him a trip to the bench. Lance Stemler checked in for him.

A Patrick Beverly three-pointer extends it back to nine. It’s getting to be crunch time for Indiana. Eric Gordon’s block sets up an Armon Bassett 3 to cut it back to six.


White just won’t be denied. He’s got all six of IU’s six this half. Eric Gordon just tried to take advantage of a Razorback turnover, but he was called for a carry as he drove to the basket. Another turnover.

It’s still at six. It’s fair to say that if it wasn’t for White, this game would have turn into a blowout a long time ago.


The two best players on the court tonight exchange baskets to start the game. Weems hits a jumper on one end and D.J. White answers on the other. 39-32 Razorbacks.

White is the next to answer, hitting an elbow jumper to cut it to five.

Indiana’s man-t0-man defense yields a foul on DeAndre Thomas, his third.


20 minutes separates Indiana from either the second round or a long off-season filled with a great amount of uncertainty.

They’ve got a battle in front of them. The Razorbacks have come to play, and if Indiana continues to make the careless mistakes they have been making (turnovers, charges, missed lay-ups) then they’re just not going to get back into this game.


Thomas finishes down low off a nice pass from Jamarcus Ellis.

ON IU’s next possession, Hunter fouls D.J. White and the Big Ten Player of the Year hits the first of two free throws. He misses the second, and DeAndre Thomas’ hook shot in the lane rims out.

Still seven points.

The Hoosiers hold for the half’s last shot.

D.J. was unable to finish on an aggressive move to the basket; the ball bounced high off the rim and Arkansas’ half-court shot bounced off.

37-30 Arkansas at the half. The Hoosiers have some work to do.


Eric Gordon just can’t do anything right tonight.

He was just called for traveling, and the ball goes back to Arkansas. Not a good start for the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year.


D.J. White just finished an Eric Gordon missed lay-up to cut the lead to three, but Sonny Weems answers on the other end to push it back to six.

Gordon is only 1-6 thus far.

But D.J. White’s eight points have been huge, and a jumper in the lane keeps it close at 29-25.

Weems hits a deep 3 to extend the Razorbacks’ lead to 10, the biggest of the night.


Since Kelvin Sampson stepped down, Billy Packer assures me, Gordon is 7-44 from 3-point range. He just missed his latest attempt badly, banging it off the backboard and the rim before Armon Bassett was able to finish a lay-up on IU’s next possession.

23-21 Arkansas. Stefan Welsh just went down with what appears to be a turned ankle. He was helped to the sideline.

Indiana’s zone hasn’t yet proved to be effective. The Razorbacks aren’t hitting their long-range shots, but their length is helping them get good second chance looks.

Arkansas just captured the largest lead of the night, six, at 27-21.

Thomas isn’t able to be effective down low on the next play and is called for an offensive foul.


Off an in-bound, Gordon was unable to connect for a deep three.

Arkansas answers on the other end to break the tie and give them a 18-16 lead.

But Lance Stemler hits again- from long range- to give IU a 19-18 lead. It’s definitely a good sign for the Hoosiers to have Stemler hitting from deep. It will give him confidence if he’s needed to make a big shot down the line.

But Lance can’t hit on the next trip down, and Stefan Welsh can. 21-19 Arkansas.


Eric Gordon was just called for charging. Was it really charging? Not from my angle. He barely grazed Arkansas’ Steven Hill on his drive to the lane, but the official called a charge. A tough break for the Hoosiers.

Either way, it keeps Indiana’s lead at 16-15. Jordan Crawford just lost the handle on a fast break for the Hoosiers, but because a Razorback tipped it, Indiana will retain possession after the break.


A great pass from Armon Bassett to D.J. White down low gives Indiana the lead again, 12-11, as we approach the 15-minute mark.

Stemler passed up a 3-point attempt to pass to Ellis for a jumper, but Jamarcus couldn’t hit the jumper from the right wing.

But Eric Gordon answers on IU’s next possession, driving the lane and finishing on the right side.

D.J. White continues IU’s run, hitting a soft jumper from the left wing to give Indiana a 16-11 advantage. On the next possession, Weems answers with a jumper of his own.

Bassett isn’t able to hit on a deep 3-point look, and on the other end, Sonny Weems is again fouled. His two free throws cut the lead back to one, 16-15.


Apparently, Dan Dakich just got a technical foul. So Sonny Weems, the Razorbacks’ best player, subsequently hit two free throws.

Lance Stemler just drained a three from the left wing to give IU a 10-9 advantage for the under 16 timeout.


DeAndre has some fight in him. He missed two lay-ins, but was able to fight for three offensive rebounds and finally get his two. His play down low– especially against the trees Arkansas has down low– will be critical in tonight’s match-up.


A Jamarcus Ellis three-pointer cuts the 5-0 lead to 2. Arkansas is showing their athleticism, and Dakich’s move to start DeAndre Thomas hasn’t panned out well so far. Off an offensive rebound, Thomas fumbled the ball a few times before a Razorback ripped it away from him.

Armon Bassett makes a nice move and pulls up for a jumper that ties it.

Next trip down, Eric Gordon does what he’s done all season, driving to the lane looking for the foul. The referee called a block, but Gordon was unable to capitalize and missed both free throws. Can’t say that has happened so many times this season.

We’re set for the start.

DeAndre Thomas got the start at the 4, and everyone else is in their usual positions: Bassett, Gordon, Ellis and D.J.

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  • Chris says:

    So I’m only allowed five posts per half today due to NCAA rules, so I’ll check in mostly at breaks.

    Things are going exceedingly well for the Hoosiers so far. I say that because they’re getting contributions from the four. DeAndre Thomas was a defensive liability most of the time he was in the game, but his fight at the other end of the floor is something this team needed early in the game. It has not started well in weeks.

    Then Lance Stemler, who hadn’t hit a 3 since the Purdue game, gets an open look and it falls.

  • Chris says:

    Dakich got the technical for shooting the ball instead of handing it back to the official. Don’t know if the camera’s caught that, so I thought I’d throw it in there.

    The strategy thus far seems to be a quick rotation through the forwards. Get them out there with energy and hope they can make things happen while Arkansas tries to figure them out. It has worked so far.

  • Jim says:

    Chris, please tell me your lying about the first sentence in both posts. I think I’m being naive for even asking; but really??

    Not bad so far, but after the first couple minutes were back to never feeding the post.

  • Chris says:

    The Hoosiers have handled the press and have been fairly well organized in transition. They lost Stefan Welsh, a late trailer, a couple of times and he responded with two 3-pointers. Better awareness needed there.

    One thing absolutely needs to change if Indiana wants to win this game: it must get to the free throw line. The Hoosiers are 0-for-2 from the line; the Razorbacks are 9-for-9.

  • Chris says:

    I’m getting dangerously close to my limit of five updates per half, and I want no part of whatever the potential punishment might be. But I felt as though I should offer this insight: Somebody needs to make a few plays while D.J. White is on the bench with two fouls. Indiana needs an emotion boost. A Gordon steal and dunk. A Bassett transition 3. Something.

  • Jim says:

    Why dont we shoot more 3s?

  • Byron says:

    IU sucks. They are playing as expected. Very weak. GO HOGS!!!

  • Chris says:

    Last one for the half (I wasn’t kidding about either of the things you asked about, Jim.)

    The way things are going, it looks like cold shooting is going to doom Indiana’s season. Shots not falling has been the story of the last several games and here again tonight the rims have been unfriendly.

    Bassett had a good look. His miss bounced right out to Gordon. He missed too. The Hoosiers are shooting 12-of-30 as I type.

    I’ll check in with you at the half.

  • Scott says:

    I will never be happier to see an IU player leave than Eric Gordon.

  • admin says:

    HALF: ARK 37, IU 30.
    IU: DJ.White 11 pts, 5 reb; Stemler 6 pts; Bassett 4 pts; Thomas 4 pts, 4 reb; Ellis 3 pts; Gordon 2 pts.
    IU: 13-34 (38%) FG; 3-10 3PT; 1-4 FT; 18 reb; 4 TO; 8 fouls.
    ARK: 11-26 (42%) FG; 5-12 3PT; 10-10 FT; 19 reb; 7 TO; 7 fouls.
    ARK: Weems 13 pts; Townes 10 pts, 6 reb; Welsh 6 pts; Hunter 3 pts; Beverley 3 pts; Ervin 2 pts.

  • MM says:

    Put the fork in Gordon.

  • HighBar says:

    Since when do we run the offense through Thomas? He has the bball IQ of a squirrel. Gordon continues his saga of underwhelming performance.

  • Jon says:

    We are shooting poorly but our defense is suspect. They just flashed a stat on TV that DD’s defense gives up 10 more points a game than KS.

  • Jon says:

    HighBar I couldn’t agree more on the Thomas comment. Why is he getting so much playing time anyway? Seems we are better off with Tabor who knows he is a roll player and his roll is not scoring. We were winning games when Basset, Elllis and Crawford were all a part of the offense. What gives?

  • Ben says:

    Can someone explain to me why in the world the ncaa has regulations on a local newspaper message board? are you serious? What’s next, number of times a fan can clap his/her hands during a game? give me a break

    …this game is painful to watch, much like the last half of the season

  • J-Mo says:

    Perhaps Dakich should get another T, and get ejected b/c the players really can’t play at ALL for him!!!

    Deandre … have you ever heard of passing the ball back out.

    Guys … can we please be sure to pick up the trailers. That cost us AT LEAST a couple of 3s.

    I really try to stay positive with this team, but it’s so hard. MAKE SOME HOOPS!!! OR … give it to DJ EVERY time!!! He’s the only one doing anything consistently.

  • Bill Walker says:

    What do you mean Gordon “can’t do anything right tonight” – he’s not done anything right for about a month now!

  • HighBar says:

    Jon, yes, that has been the question here: Why is Tabor on the bench given how well he’s proved himself, how well he gels with the team, how he stabilizes the defense, and how he raises the team IQ and overall poise. A mystery.

  • Chris says:

    No special insight here. But I’d have to guess that Dan Dakich is giving an impassioned half-time speech now. Some coaches would just let this sit. What’s at stake here is obvious. But Dakich is a rouser. And he cares about moments like these, the meaningful times when a team has a chance to rise above.

    Statistically, Indiana’s poor shooting and inability to get to the line — or hit free throws while there — pop off the box score. The Hoosiers are shooting 13-for-34 (38.2 percent), with Gordon going 1-for-7. Gordon and White are the only players to get to the line so far; White’s 1-for-2 and Gordon’s 0-for-2.

    The Hoosiers have taken eight more shots than Arkansas (which is shooting 42.3 percent from the field) because they’ve been able to grab nine offensive rebounds. The effort is there, the touch is not.

    Would you believe that Indiana has scored 16 points in the paint and Arkansas has only scored 8?

    The Razorbacks lead in 2nd chance (10-4) and fast break (9-2) points.

    One interesting thing to watch as this game continues is whether Arkansas sticks with the zone defense it showed for a lot of the first half. They usually like to pressure the ball at all times but it seems as though John Pelphrey wants to have his players in a position to collapse on Gordon when he drives and White when he gets the ball in the lane.

  • JJ says:

    A lot of standing around on offense as has been the case all year. Gordon is not ready for the Pro’s

  • Mark K says:

    Enough defeatist attitudes guys, sure Gordon is cold as ice and why we have lost games of late, and Dre is not the brightest b-ball bulb in the box, but this game and season is not over. Have some faith in your Indiana Hoosiers!

    I think the team wants this victory and if we start getting better shooting percentage, keep going low to DJ and then later back out for some open 3s we should be fine. We are handling their press quite well too which has caused many a other team problems. Looking forward to the 2nd half. GO HOOSIERS!

  • Mark K says:

    DJ is our saving grace 🙂

  • Ben says:

    DJ…DJ…DJ thats all dakich needs to say in timeouts

  • Jon says:

    Thomas doesn’t know how to set a screen.

  • Jon says:

    Bassett is a stud.

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