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

14 comments by   |   Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:16 pm EDT

Eric Gordon’s body language says it all.


Neitzel drives and hits a lay in to get the Spartans to 100.

I’m not sure the analysis of this game matters much. It’s how the Hoosiers deal with it — whether it pulls them together or pushes them apart — that matters now.


So the Hoosiers cut the lead to under 20 with a Crawford 3 and a midrange jumper by Gordon. Quick question: why doesn’t Gordon do that more often. Make a move to the lane, then stop and hit the shot?

But the Spartans push back ahead. Lucas makes a spectacular lay-in to bring the score to where it is now, driving baseline and flying under the hoop before spinning the ball off glass.

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Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:20 PM EDT

I might throw up

Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 4:12 PM EDT

FINAL: MSU 103, IU 74.
IU: Gordon 22 pts; DJ.White 14 pts, 12 reb; Bassett 13 pts, 3-6 3PT, 6 ast; Crawford 12 pts; Ellis 5 pts; Thomas 4 pts; Stemler 4 pts.
IU: 27-61 (44%) FG; 7-22 (32%) 3PT; 13-21 (62%) FT; 32 reb; 14 TO; 8 (19) fouls.
MSU: 37-61 (61%) FG; 13-24 (54%) 3PT; 16-20 (80%) FT; 34 reb; 9 TO; 9 (18) fouls.
MSU: Morgan 20 pts, 6 reb; Suton 17 pts, 9 reb, 4 stl; Neitzel 17 pts, 5-11 3PT; Lucas 14 pts, 7 ast; Allen 11 pts; Summers 7 pts; Gray 6 pts; Walton 6 pts, 11 ast; Dahlman 3 pts; Naymick 2 pts.

Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 4:15 PM EDT

This is a step forward in my opinion. The more IU continued to win, the greater the chance DD had at becoming head coach (remember Mike Davis). DD is probably a good person, but he sucks as far as coaching D 1 basketball. There should be little doubt within the administration that we need to seek out a new leader for our program soon. This is the beginning of a new chapter.

Bill Gregory
Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 5:11 PM EDT

This is the future of IU basketball as long as AG appoints or hires coaches such as DD.Both belong in a mid-level conference. Maybe that is their goal for IU. A mid-level conference. Neither one of them belong in a program such as IU. If it is possible that we can ever be a force again.

Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 5:41 PM EDT

I agree Jon. There is a silver lining in this loss.

Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 6:19 PM EDT

I played golf today and saved myself the pain. A gorgeous day. I knew it was coming. MSU was overdue for a game like this. Suck it up and lets move on. We can do the same to someone else.

Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 6:38 PM EDT

take away all their scholarships, fire the staff, fire the president, destroy the university, eradicate the big ten conference, do away with college athletics……fire away everyone, come out of the woodwork. Just like after every other one of IU’s blow out losses in the last 6-7 years. After losses like this, you just have to learn to not take anything you read online seriously because idiots will shoot off about anything and everything. With that said, Gordon is in a shooting slump, but he is still one of the best guards in america. I’m not convinced that his wrist brace doesn’t effect him.

Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 6:55 PM EDT

Having Greenspan making the hire gives me zero confidence he will hire the right guy. I could see him coming up with somebody like Randy Wittman. He really has no business making these hires and he could well screw up once again.

Mark K
Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 6:57 PM EDT

I agree with ww…let’s chalk up the loss and move on. No team would have beaten MSU today with the way they played and they shot 71% at half with 9 3 pointers and they just didn’t stop in the 2nd.

As Dakich said after the game: “They played great and we did not and that’s my fault,” Dakich said. “If I’m going to be the guy that everybody pats on the back when things go well, then I’m going to be the guy that accepts it when things don’t.”

“These kids have been through a lot, but it’s been 10 days and that’s no excuse,” Dakich said. “We have to be better.

“I don’t know that I’ve seen a team shoot that well, but we gave them too many easy looks and I take the blame for that.”

We didn’t realize the team’s goal of a Big Ten Championship, but there is still the BT and NCAA tournaments to look forward to and let’s not forget senior night on Wednesday.

Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 7:14 PM EDT

I would agree with you Greg. Everybody chews up and spits out IU when they lose. A win, and a they think IU will win the NCAA championship. Wish everbody would quit stomping on them, give the team a break, and let them move on to the next game. btw, in case you didn’t know, the players are human.

Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 7:16 PM EDT

They are allowed to have a bad game.

Ryan K
Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 8:29 PM EDT

Sure they’re allowed to have a bad game. But this wasn’t a bad game. It was a horrible game. It was a game that teams that compete for appearances in the Elite 8 and beyond do NOT have.

and being human has nothing to do with it. i love this team. however, i do not enjoy horrible basketball. i do not enjoy a team that has no concept of defense.

Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 8:59 PM EDT

Ryan K, you’re right, but not enjoying a horrible game or a team with no concept of defense doesn’t mean people should complain about eric gordon like he does nothing for this team, and declare it the end of the world. I know you didn’t say any of the above but many do. Honestly, I didn’t really expect a win today…but i didnt expect no effort defensively and a blow out loss. I’m just going to look at the record we have and be happy and hope that we come out and play solid in our last two games and hope to play better in the BTT and NCAAs. Still lots of games to be played, although it hurts not getting a piece of the big ten title.

Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 10:27 PM EDT

You are right Ryan K. That was just a horrible game. I have watched alot of college basketball this year. I cannot think of seeing worse defense by anyone all year long. That is not a bad game. That is the sign of a team that probably is not going to go very far come NCAA time.


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