Hoosier Morning


1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense, a sign of the strides the Hoosiers have made on that end of the floor, Dustin writes.

Penn State was a tune-up for the difficult five-game stretch ahead was among the takeaways from Wednesday’s game, I wrote.

IU women’s basketball coach Curt Miller was at a loss after Thursday night’s disappointing loss to Michigan, Mike writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
In addition to the six fall signees, Indiana will add D.C.-area walk-on Andrew Calomeris next season as revealed in this Q&A, Eric Detweiler of the Washington Post writes.

The man who beat out Yogi Ferrell for Mr. Basketball, Gary Harris, expects some hostility in his Bloomington debut with Michigan State, Diamond Leung of MLive.com writes.

Michigan State will wear special Nike uniforms Sunday in a game the Spartans feel like they must win, Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press writes.

3. FRIDAY FEATURE
Sometimes a good story is just a good story, and in this case, also a tragic one. Learn how Southwest Minnesota State basketball coach Brad Bigler twice stared tragedy in the face, Jeff Goodman of CBSsports.com writes.

4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Just for Sunday’s game, it’s Sparta with “Breaking the Broken.”

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54 comments:

  • Punjab says:

    Interesting that the Spartans view this as a must win. Every contender will probably have to steal one or two on the road from one of the conference big dogs to win the title– especially if they’ve already taken a dump at home like we did vs UW– but I’d hardly consider a road loss to a top ten team to be the end of your season.

    I guess that’s the approach you have to take, but then wouldn’t that mean every game is a must win?

  • Bobskijo says:

    I’m afraid that I.U. Is going to get beat pretty desisivel by Michigan State! They will just be too physical for our guys!

  • Punjab says:

    I won’t be shocked if we lose. I would be shocked if we lost decisively.

    I get that sometimes FG% defense can just be a matter of our opponents having an off night, but to hold them down to the tune of leading the league in that category after six or seven games indicates that we must be playing some tough defense. Not to mention i believe we’ve outrebounded almost every opponent we’ve played, and are 10th in the nation in that category– ahead of the Spartans. Sure, MSU plays physical and has had a much harder schedule than we have so far, but I think we’ve shown that we can be pretty physical, too.

  • Laffy says:

    What games have we “been physical”?

    Sister Mary of the Blind Poor doesn’t count.

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    Punjab, just as you have stated leading the conference in FG% D establishes the fact IU is physical. 10th in the nation for rebounding puts it in capital letters.

  • Punjab says:

    Every game, Laffy. Or at least the vast majority of them. We dominated a physical Minnesota team in the first half before we almost collapsed. We banged with an equally physical team with Wisconsin. We’ve been physical in every B1G game so far, why is by almost all accounts the most physical conference in the country.

    Just because we haven’t always done if for a full 40 minutes doesn’t mean we can’t– which was the point of my #2 if you read it to the end. It’s just a matter of if we do. That will determine who wins this weekend.

  • Good Time says:

    Okay, since everyone wants to be a coach I might as well throw in my two cents worth.
    IU will start out with their run and gun game, and try to put a lot of defensive pressure On MS early.
    Mich ST. will slow the game down and force IU to play a half court game. They will be very patience on offense.
    IU will try to beat them with the 3 point shot, which will probably fail early in the game.
    Adjustments by MS will be minor, because their game plan has probably the best shot at success.
    IU will make some adjustments such as, resting their starters so they have a chance at closing out a game that will be close at the end. Zeller and CW will become the go to guys, and VO will have an all star game. The bench will play well and here it comes. IU wins by 7!!!!!!!!GO IU
    This is my story and I’m sticking to it

  • Lord of the Good Premonition says:

    I predict Podunker will have a strange dream during, before or after the game.

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    Movement in Hoosier FB recruiting. The offer to Texas HS DT commit Jacobi Hunter has been pulled(if you mess with coach Wilson you are toast)by IU. A verbal commit from Florida CB Nigel Tribune has been received. Makes 4 from Florida.

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  • Geoff says:

    Laffy,

    I think it’s fair to say we have been physical… It’s also fair to say we have been less physical than other teams – Butler for sure, but Wisconsin wasn’t necessarily physically tougher I think they were just more mentally tough.

    We have out-rebounded every team except Butler. We out-rebounded UW by 9. We are #2 in the country in rebound margin, and our margin in the B1G is +7.8/gm (although somehow the conference site has them at 5.8 game… I checked the box scores and we are +46 total over 6 games). That’s a pretty good mark of how physical a team is. Another is points in the paint… (I’ve been searching for an hour and can’t find any statistical rankings on this, but I know we are beating teams up in this area… I’ll keep searching) And yet another is FT attempts… IU has attempted 25 more FT’s than the #2 team in the conference.

    Tomorrow will be a great test of our physicality.

  • Laffy says:

    “10th in the nation” means zero to me when we played the 228th ranked pre-conference schedule…..and probably the easiest conference schedule of all the teams.

    And I could be wrong, but most of our “points in the paint” are from Cody beating his guy down the floor for a lay-up/dunk. That’s not “physical” to me.

    Not saying it’s bad, just not “physical.”

    And who is Watford been “physical” with? That is the LAST word I’d use to describe his game.

    And free throw attempts? Don’t most of those come when we’re fouled driving to the lane?

    I guess we have different definitions of “physical.” I also don’t see Jordy being “physical” with ANYBODY.

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    Earning a placement of 10th in the nation means zero but but owning the 228th spot is everything. Logic a 1/16th of an inch thick and 44 miles wide.

  • ^ The two are not independent placements Hotel Boy.

    One determines the other. Your logic is just as you describe it. Perhaps only Chet can state something stupider than what you wrote. Only he’s stuck in his little sword at the moment.

  • Geoff says:

    Laffy, I understand what you’re saying, but I think you’re being overly critical. Your opinion matters, but if you’re simply going by the eye-test then that’s just waaaaaay too subjective. Is Watford physically soft? Sure , at times. But I think he is a good position defensive rebounder, and that takes some physicality. Recently he has tried to take the ball strong to the rim, and he’s been rewarded with FT’s. He does get pushed around in the post and he’s easy to keep off the offensive boards. Cody has been pushed around some as well, but he’s still imposed his will on most teams. Dipo is certainly a very physical player, and Will is a very aggressive player. I think yogi is very physical, and not just for a freshman.

    We have some individuals who are physical and some that a tad soft. Some that we expect to be more physical…. As an aggregate though we are more physical than MOST of the teams we play against. We certainly aren’t the most physical team in the country or the B1G.

    When it comes down to it you have too measure “physical” in some manner. How would you do it?

    In my opinion the best measures are defensive efficiency, rebounding margin, FT margin, and points in the paint. IU does very well in those categories. If you want to throw them out because they have a weak schedule thus far ok….

    Let’s just look at how they’ve fared against the best teams. They’ve played 7 games against top-50
    Kenpom teams and they are 5-2. Here is how they fared:

    Opponent (record, Kenpom rank) – reb margin, FT margin, def eff (pts per poss)

    ND State (16-4, #39) – +12, +21, .88
    Georgetown (13-4, #44) – +5, +26, 1.06
    UNC (13-5, #49) – +7, -2, .80
    Butler (16-3, #32) – -2, +22, 1.16
    Iowa (13-6, #34) – +7, -8, .87
    Minny (15-4, #9) – +2, +25, 1.09
    Wisc (13-6, #13) – +9, +5, 1.08

    Overall that’s: +40 rebounding (5.8/gm), +85 attempted FT (12.1/gm), and .99 def points per possession.

    That would rank them in the #186 in def eff and #37 in rebound margin, when you compare their top-50 stats against everyone else’s overall (including creampuffs) stats.

    There is no ranking for FT margin that I can find, but clearly that margin is large. I am still looking for a PIP ranking…

  • Geoff says:

    Ok time to start painting again. Talk to y’all tonight.

  • Chet says:

    I would guess if you only counted everyone else’s stats against top 50 teams we’d be near the top.

  • Laffy says:

    Great points…..as usual.

    I agree that Victor and Yogi are physical.

    As a senior, it should not be “easy” to get rebounds against Watford.

    I guess I’m biased against him because I think he’s mostly been a waste of talent.

    Don’t inhale too many fumes………

  • Geoff says:

    I kick the wifey out of the house for that very reason…

    Awesome to watch Louisville and Syracuse lose today… That with Duke getting blown out the other night.. What a weird season.

    IU could lose in the second round or win it all, and so could about 10 other teams…

    If ever a mid-major we’re to win it all I think this is the year.

  • Geoff says:

    Ok now I really should get started on my house… Can’t have the wife come home tomorrow and not have everything done that I promised.

    Plus tomorrow I have to take time out for a HUGE Hoosiers game and then a men’s league game… Think tonight will be a late night of fume-huffing.

  • Ron says:

    Geoff. Points in the paint can be found at the IU BB site. Individual game box scores. Not easy, bring paper, pencil and calculator.

  • Geoff says:

    Ron,

    Thanks… I thought of that, but while it would be pertinent to the discussion of how they did against their immediate opponents it wouldnt give a perspective on how that compares to everyone else. I’m hoping to do both with a 100th of the effort!

  • Laffy says:

    Louisville lost again?

    Wow.

    Yeah, if we don’t win it all, I hope a mid-major does.

    CRAZY season.

  • Ron says:

    And San Diego State doing a number on New Mexico. Did not realize Steve Fisher was at SDS. Dude looks as old as me. Student section of San Diego is great.

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