Indiana’s season ends against Syracuse

43 comments by   |   Friday, March 29, 2013 - 2:47 am EDT

WHAT HAPPENED: No. 1 seed Indiana’s season ended with a 61-50 loss to Syracuse in the NCAA East Regional semifinals in front of 19,731 at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The Hoosiers finished with 29 wins, the most they’ve had since 1992-93, but they failed to advance further in the NCAA Tournament than they did a year ago.

The Hoosiers fell behind early, totally flummoxed by Syracuse’s suffocating 2-3 zone, and trailed by as great a deficit as 29-11 in the first half and were down 34-22 at the break. They rallied back and cut the deficit to 38-32 with 14:12 to go in the game and were down 46-37 with 10:25 left, but Syracuse sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams scored a bucket in the paint and then hit a 3-pointer to give the Orange a 51-37 lead with 9:10 to go. Indiana would come back to within 10 points with 3:40 left, but never cut it to single digits after that.

WHO MADE IT HAPPEN: Syracuse sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams came into the game as the No. 3 assist man in Division I and he finished with just one assist, but that didn’t much matter. He was dynamite off the dribble drive and just as good from outside. He was 9-for-19 from the field and 3-for-6 from beyond the arc for 24 points. He also had four steals.

Senior guard Brandon Triche also had 14 points and two assists, at times getting to the rim at will. Junior swingman C.J. Fair had 11 points and nine rebounds as well as two blocks and two steals. Senior forward James Southerland had five points, seven rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo was 5-for-6 for 16 points. He had three steals and one of the teams three 3-pointers, but the Hoosiers got little contribution behind him. Senior forward Christian Watford scored 13 points, but he was 4-for-11 from the field with five turnovers, and Indiana needed more than just two 3-pointers from him. Sophomore center Cody Zeller lost a number of battles inside. He posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, but he was 3-for-11 from the field.

WHY DID IT HAPPEN: Everything that could have gone wrong for Indiana against the zone did go wrong.

First and foremost, the Hoosiers turned the ball over far too many times, giving it away 12 times in the first half and 19 times overall. The Hoosiers were fortunate that Syracuse didn’t take more advantage of that, scoring just 13 points off turnovers and giving the ball away 14 times itself, but the empty possessions were costly. Indiana struggled to make anything resembling an entry pass, didn’t get much traction in the high post, and didn’t make shots inside or outside. They were 16-for-48 from the field (33.3 percent) and 3-for-15 from beyond the arc (20.0 percent). Every inside shot was challenged and many of them were blocked, with the Orange registering 12 blocks. The Orange probably should’ve been called for more than the 17 fouls they were whistled for, but the Hoosiers didn’t take advantage of all of their foul line opportunities either, making just 15 of 24 free throws. The Orange made everything difficult for Indiana, and the Hoosiers never appeared to have anything approaching a solution.

Defensively, the Hoosiers weren’t that bad and that was why they were able to stay in it, but they had no margin for error because of their offensive woes. Michael Carter-Williams was harassed into a few mistakes, but mostly, he was brilliant and his ability to hit outside shots was devastating. Syracuse’s size in the backcourt forced the Hoosiers into mismatches, and fight as he did, Hulls had little chance to shut down Triche. Once Indiana started to make a run, Syracuse kept getting just enough to answer to make sure the Hoosiers couldn’t take over, and the Orange advanced.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN: How to even put this into words.

This team will literally live with this loss forever. In so many ways, that’s unfair, because this group did nothing short of resurrect the Indiana basketball program from its lowest point. It will still go down as one of the most accomplished groups in Indiana history, having won 46 games over the last two seasons, won an outright Big Ten championship for the first time since 1993 and advanced to back-to-back Sweet 16s for the first time since 1991-94.

But something will always feel hollow for them because of this game.

The loss isn’t necessarily devastating for the program. IU coach Tom Crean has reached the point that he can recruit nationally. He has everything he needs to continue to do that. The talent should continue to flow in, and whether the Hoosiers have national championship caliber teams every year from this point forward or not, they will likely at least be Big Ten contenders for the forseeable future. There is talent coming, and he will be able to get more.

But this group expected so much more for this season, and it simply doesn’t seem to make sense for the story to end this way. This was the season they were building for, and this was the last chance for the players who had suffered through the hard times to get their just rewards for everything they had endured. Though there are still monumental accomplishments they will take with them, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston will leave Bloomington feeling somewhat unfulfilled. So too will Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, should they decide to leave. Perhaps unsurprisingly, both said they hadn’t even considered their futures as of Thursday night.

Next year is still promising, but it will be much, much different. The roster will seem almost mercenary by comparison, considering that most of the players will have committed to a program that was on its way up instead of digging itself out of a crater. One of the most meaningful groups ever to pass through Assembly Hall will have left, and with much less than it wanted and expected.

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43 comments:
#1
WestCoast Hoosier
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 3:33 AM EDT

I can’t be too critical of anything on the eve of such a devastating loss, including disappointed team members, fans and even wonderful writers.

But the word “mercenary” seems a bit harsh for the incoming class absent some evidence of such motive.

I’d prefer to think of them as new folks who have signed up for and want to carry forward to greater glory the Hoosier tradition so ably resurrected, instilled, burnished and even embellished by the current Hoosiers.

Thanks, guys, for an exciting and enjoyable year. Onward and upward!

 
#2
IUAL88
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 7:59 AM EDT

Fairly easy to sum up. Zeller, inconsistent, not playing well, and not physical. Will not take over a game. Oladipo, great player, not a leader. He will not take over a game. Watford not physically imposing at all. Bad hands, sweet stroke. Hulls, defensive liability, shut down by taller more athletic players. Yogi, a freshman in training who scores every once in awhile. Will, inconsistent. Our bench, got better, but nowhere near what we thought it was going to be.

This was never the no. 1 team in the country. I really don’t think there is one. Was the Big Ten the most competitive? Yes.

IU basketball needs leaders and “killers”. Guys who will take it to you, and take it away from you. This was a nice team, but I found myself constantly asking; “Who is the leader? Who is going to take over?” Hulls? Spiritual leader at best. Zeller? Oladipo? They just don’t or won’t do that.

Despite it all they competed and represented IU very well. Love that we won the Big Ten outright However, it’s going to be a long time before we hang another Championship banner.

 
#3
iamahoosier
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 12:36 PM EDT

I have no idea how long it will be before we hang another banner, had you told me in the car on the way home from NO having won the ’87 banner we’d be having this discussion, I wouldn’t have believed it….but here we are.
Disappointing, you bet.Surprising-nope.
Last season was more rewarding, more fun, because it was somewhat unexpected. Expectations this season couldn’t have been any higher. Where do you go from pre-season #1? Anything less than a Big 10 Championship and NCAA title is going to be disappointing.
This team will be remembered for what might have been, what could have been, what should have been. Early departures are going to leave us all wanting when we think back on this group.

 
#4
eric
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 12:48 PM EDT

Anyone who thinks Crean is a good, or perhaps even competent, tactical coach after this embarrassment is delusional. We had one plan–get it to Zeller in the high post and let him distribute. That’s sound, textbook strategy; but he had no idea how to distribute it,and when that plan didn’t work, we had no plan B.

I haven’t commented all damn season, trying not to get caught in this vortex, because it was an emotional ordeal for me this year anyway. But I can’t help but think that Stevens or Fred Hoiberg, both great maximizers of talent, would have gotten a lot more from, and a lot farther with, this team. Remember, Butler beat Syracuse in the Sweet 16 a couple of years ago–a ‘cuse team seeded #1 that everybody thought was unstoppable. Yet Butler with less talent than IU had this year beat them anyway. How can you attribute that to anything but a coaching gap the size of the Grand Canyon? I’d love to be demonstrated to be wrong, but I just don’t see it.

 
#5
Mike
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 2:05 PM EDT

Quote of the day: “They never really succeeded in getting the ball in the right places,” Boeheim said about the Hoosiers. “And it’s not that easy, but it can be done. But they didn’t know how to do that.”

 
#6
steve
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 2:08 PM EDT

Last year was certainly more fun as was the run in 2002. This season had its moments but the last month was just painful.

 
#7
MarkMe
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 3:11 PM EDT

I somewhat agree with Steve that the past few games were rather painful to watch. Painful for me because I didn’t see much improvement in the team, how we went about things and executed. All of that was painfully evident last night.

The team looked tired and uninterested. There was no liveliness in their legs. In preparing for this game I now wonder if perhaps the coaching staff didn’t scare our guys. Its one thing to prepare them, its another to leave them frightened. IU looked scared.

I absolutely love IU basketball. Hate to see a season end on such a bad note, but the expectations were very high. Were those expectations warranted? IU has the talent and the coaches but in a one game deal IU didn’t have it together last night. Thanks to Jordy, CWat and Derek for all of the thrills and excitement you three provided over the past four years. You guys will always be remembered as the guys that stuck with the IU basketball program and brought it back to prominence.
Best of luck to each of you.

Well, like in IU football, there is always next year.

GO Hoosiers!!!

 
#8
Samuel
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 3:16 PM EDT

Coach? Crean Ha, Ha, Ha. He removed all doubt last night.

 
#9
eric
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 5:28 PM EDT

MarkMe got it exactly right: the team ‘looked tired and uninterested.’ They looked the same way for most of the game against Temple but made just enough plays at the end to win. They looked the same way against Wisconsin in the Big tournament, and against OSU,Iowa and Minnesota at the end of the regular season. In between were a couple of good games, but for the most part, the last month they’ve looked like a shell of what they were as recently as late February. Our wave definitely crested with the win at Michigan St.

Our 3 worst losses took place at the end; before losing on Senior Night to OSU by 9, we hadn’t been beaten by more than 5 all year; our last two losses were by 12 and 11 in a game that wasn’t that close. See a trend?? If we had played last night like we did that night in East Lansing, maybe we wouldn’t have won, but we wouldn’t have looked a bunch of clueless fools either.

Unless the players really did get tired and lose interest, which to say the least, strains believability, I have to blame this on coaching. A coach is responsible for having the team ready to play mentally, physically and in terms of prep for the opponent. If our coaches can’t accomplish that with a team this talented, and experienced and expectant of success as this one–a team that had everything in place and was on a season-long crusade to hang a 6th banner–when can they ever accomplish it?

I’d like some discussion on that question, because I think it goes directly to whether we’ll EVER be able to hang a banner with the current coach. Things may never be this set up again.

Another thing I noticed recently–remember early in the year when Hulls would go to to the bench and slap everybody’s hand? Anybody see that any time recently? Maybe they just stopped showing it on TV, but that togetherness I saw early on seemed conspicuously absent down the stretch. All of this suggest discord or lack of confidence in the coaches or possibly both. Again, comments welcome, as I’m watching from out of state and get little Hoosier news other than what I get here.

 
#10
IUAL88
Friday, March 29, 2013 - 11:28 PM EDT

Do people really think we had the talent? Did you see the difference in guard play last night? In Hulls, we have an undersized guard who can’t make his own shot, or drive effectively. He is also undersized and slow for defense. Yogi, is just a freshman. He’ll get better.

Zeller is a puzzle to me. He flops around, doesn’t go to the basket strong, his play has dropped off since last year. Oladipo, for all his talents will not take over a game.

This team had no leader in terms of “I’m going to put the team on my back and get this done…are you coming with me?” We looked like lost babies last night.

We were exposed. This team barely one the Big Ten outright. An accomplishment that should not be over looked.

This was a good team that could have one a Championship I believe, but they would have had to show the toughness they did at MSU. But this team wasn’t consistent, and last night it showed.

 
#11
Podunker
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 1:03 AM EDT

I wonder, do some of the Crean haters on this site believe Self should be fired? Kansas lost to Michigan in overtime. Hey, do the Crean haters believe MSU should fire Tom Izzo? MSU lost to Duke again, and Izzo is 1-7 against Duke! What about the Big Ten COY, should Wisconsin dump their coach because he lost in the first round of the dance? Here’s an idea, why doesn’t Georgetown fire Thompson. His team bowed out early. Oh, and let’s not forget Kentucky. Calipari should be fired because they did not even make it to the NCAA tournament this year and lost in the first round of the NIT. Surely Calipari’s got to go.

Here’s a newsflash for you geniuses that think Crean is a bad coach. When you win the toughest conference in the nation outright, make it to the sweet 16 two years in a row, have two All Americans on your team, have back-to-back top ten recruiting classes, and have every one of your players on schedule to graduate, you’ve got great job security. Unless he resigns to take another job, Crean’s not going anywhere for quite some time.

IU got beat by a team coached by the second winningest coach in NCAA history. IU got beat by the best Zone Defense in the country. We had a terrible game at the wrong time. As stated above, it happens to a lot of teams with very accomplished coaches.

 
#12
RedX
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 9:50 AM EDT

Podunker, well said!

 
#13
AWinAZ
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 11:34 AM EDT

Podunker & RedX,
3 of the 5 coaches you mention have won titles. As you are aware, it takes talent to win. Sometimes their talent > your talent. Then it comes down to who plays better on a particular night, especially this time of year. We are all aware of that.

It is the coaching staff’s job to PREPARE their team to win and MAKE ADJUSTMENTS to win.

Do you honestly believe this team was prepared for this game?

I’m not calling for Crean’s job, I think he’s a better than average coach. But for whatever reason this team, with another year under its belt, was no better than it was last year with a top 5 recruiting class.

 
#14
suHky Tom
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 11:45 AM EDT

^ Nonsense. Crean never beat Boeheim.

He played them with Marquette in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Twice in Milwaukee, once away. Lost three times.

Now with a very talented group of Hoosiers: humiliation.

Crean does not know the fundamentals.

He knows a bit of nothing and “let’s pray!”. That’s it.

 
#15
suHky Tom
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 11:51 AM EDT

My comment was addressed to Podonkey the Apparatchik.

Podonkey your new name is Baghdad Bob.

 
#16
suHky Tom
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 12:05 PM EDT

Baghdad Bob: weren’t you saying only a month ago that Crean is building a dynasty. Were you not asking “Other than winning a national title what can this man do to make you believe in him?” Weren’t you?

Well how about that title Baghdad Bob? Where’s the title?

Self has a title. Izzo has a title. Crean clearly stated he was going to win a title. You sounded like he had it in a bag. Instead he went and humiliated himself and the entire Hoosier Nation on national TV. Where’s the title, Poop?

But who are we kidding? It happened before: losing to Kansas in 2003 by 33, Crean’s only “achievement” Wade’s Final Four. It’s what Crean does.

 
#17
Johnny Wooden
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 12:29 PM EDT

Crean was stunned by the 2-3 zone. Has he ever heard of a 1-3-1?

 
#18
Johnny Wooden
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 12:36 PM EDT

Another point, when the 6-8 guards of Syracuse were posting up Hulls…I wounder if he ever thought…maybe we should try a zone. I am thinking about getting season tickets for Butler until this passes.

 
#19
who?
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 12:57 PM EDT

I hesitated reading this blog until this morning just because I knew that the chicken littles would be all over this site. Thanks for the dose of reality Podunker, even though the naysayers don’t realize it for what it is. The best team does not always win the NCAA title. The reason is that you don’t have to be the best team, you just have to be the best team for 40 minutes on a given night.

I am proud of these kids and Coach Crean for their efforts in bringing IU basketball back to the forefront of college basketball.

 
#20
who-ah!
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 1:09 PM EDT

I read a beautiful (i.e., truthful) post on a thread somewhere on a blog this morning. It went like this:

Maybe we should close the book on Izzo. He has a .167 record of winning a championship when he even gets to a Final Four(Knight = .600). Maybe coaching ability truly does expose itself in the biggest games.

Talk about being lucid. Thank you.

And maybe IU is just too much exposure for Tom Crean. You can keep crappy coaching under the radar at Marquette.

Nothing but net.

But Indiana gets a lot of attention from the Establishment and expectations will always be different than at a program like Marquette. What does a Brad Stevens do with the same level of talent this year’s Hoosier team brought to the tournament?

I hope New Mexico is recruiting Crean heavily as we speak.

All I ever heard on Hoosier blogs was that “elite” status is defined by number of NCAA championship banners. Purdon’t has plenty of Big 10 titles. And when PU gets into the Big Dance they are known for choking.
And how can a guy be a phenomenal recruiter but not a good coach that wins big games? Don’t recruits begin to figure it out? Don’t recruits begin to wonder if their talents will be maximized under this great salesman that lures but can’t deliver them winning game plans when they’re playing on the biggest stages in front of national audiences?

On that same stage Crean cuts the nets after a loss.

On that same stage instead of congratulating his players Crean chases Michigan coaches.

Sorry, but Cody Zeller has not been given the benefit of top coaching.

Kudos to Cody for coming here for Indiana not for Crean.

He regressed because there did not exist sound compliments on the roster and sound schemes to utilize his size and gifts. He regressed and I believe it was more than 75% on the hands of the coaches. Don’t we all remember the famous “Everything hinges on Zeller” slogan that 4guards beat into the ground. 4guards was correct

Too little, too late. But thanks.

Crean’s coaching future and his contract extensions … and the followup recruits that came as a result of Cody Zeller, all “hinged” on Cody Zeller. Banners hinging on Zeller? No. You can’t fake it at IU like you can with a D-Wade once every decade.

Ouch. Talk about trth hrtz.

Elite status achieved by having a coach that won’t get exposed from his lack of readiness for a program always under the microscope that requires more than a coach that can just barely get the passing grade or C- when it comes to game planning and the x’s and o’s?
More years of mockery from an Establishment media full of East Coast cynics like Doug Gottlieb enjoying many future chances to ridicule IU on national networks during March Madness?

Yes.

Cornfed hicks that hired a preachy blowbag and will never get their NCAA mojo back.

Yes.

It’s not all Crean’s fault. He played to the tune of the hicks and did what he could with his connections to Doc Rivers and his pipeline to Jersey. Recruit 160 miles north of Indy? Find a true gutsy player like Mitch McGary in Northwest Indiana only three hours north of Bloomington…?

Nope.

He had to play to the hick fans that demanded their AAU boys playing in the radius their limited perspectives and one tank of gas. He had to play to the tune of dinosaurs entrenched in IU like Adams. Along with those forced relationships comes bringing in projects and players that simply don’t belong on a top basketball program. You can’t have a coach that recruits based on the desires its fan base and the licking of boots every leech that wants a piece of Indiana. You have to be your own man. Are we looking for the purity and image of a “say what you want to hear” trophy coach or a coach that can empower himself through his expertise at the craft? I want recruits that come to Indiana because they believe in the craft and the teachings more than the distant traditions built by other men and the holier-than-thou image growing more created and fraudulent by the year.

I don’t know why this post is not in the newspaper.

I really don’t.

 
#21
Podunker
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 2:49 PM EDT

who-ah! Wow, that settles it then. Let’s go out and spend a lot of time reading, collecting and then cutting and pasting the most negative comments we can find, made by a bunch of anonymous haters, to support our own irrational opinion. Yep, that’s going to convince IU fans to turn against Tom Crean. Yes, I’m sure this will cause IU’s Athletic Director to call a special meeting with IU’s President and Board of Trustees to discuss the severance terms offered to Tom Crean. High School players contemplating playing for IU are now running away in droves. Too bad Steve Alford just accepted the UCLA job, right!

Only an enormous loser, a person who relishes and bathes in negativity and hate, would take the time to create a post like #20. The only thing that post confirms is that their are plenty of twisted and pathetic people that use the internet to vomit up their psychological pathologies, desperately trying to verify that they are not alone in their misery.

Nice job!

 
#22
who-ah!
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 3:01 PM EDT

Poop,

Take a look at this recent Crean tweet (posted the day after Syracuse) and especially the follow-up. Crean is embarrasing himself and the entire Hoosier Nation with comments like this one.

 
#23
Podunker
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 3:53 PM EDT

who-ah! O.K., so now we know that you’re a bigot too. Thanks for confirming that, but I think most people who read your previous post had already concluded as much. How does you being intolerant of Christians, or intolerant of people expressing their Christian faith, support your point? Crean’s tweet did not embarrass me in the least. And it’s too bad for you that it bothers you. One of my best buddies, also an IU alum, is Jewish. I just shared with him Crean’s tweet and asked him, “does that offend you or embarrass you?” He was confused by my question and responded, “why would it? The way IU played on Thursday is what bothered me. I was embarrassed by their 19 turnovers and 30% shooting!”

Here’s a suggestion for you. If it bothers you that Tom Crean tweets biblical quotes or otherwise expresses his faith via his Twitter account, don’t read his tweets. And I hope you know, that among IU alumni, the population of the state of Indiana, the population of the U.S.A., and the world in general, the majority of people believe in a higher power and practice some form of monotheistic religion. If you don’t, then you’re clearly in the minority. That’s your right, but it also may be your problem.

 
#24
Punjab
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 5:45 PM EDT

Whoah. Here’s hoping this thread doesn’t take a negative theological turn. But I enjoyed the Tweet that Who-ah shared. I have zero problem with Crean sharing his personal beliefs on his personal account, and I thought the retort about the zone was classic. Only people who aren’t secure in their own faith should take offense.

 
#25
who-ah!
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 6:36 PM EDT

Poop,

Tom Crean would be nothing without basketball. His followers follow him because he’s Indiana head coach not because he’s Mother Theresa. You’d expect him to have the decency to tweet some explanations to some of his followers on the loss. The tweet he got in reply makes that much clear:

Anything in the devotional about how to break a 2-3 zone?

I am not a bigot. He has 116,011 followers. You think they follow him for his religious views? If so you are more of an imbecile than we have assumed thus far and those “followers” get exactly what they deserve.

 
#26
who-ah!
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 6:37 PM EDT

Punjab, you’re a good man. I ask again: do you garden?

 
#27
TJ
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 6:57 PM EDT

The “Crean Detractors” ..listen up …Marquette which played Syracuse earlier and was NOT unfamiliar to the “‘Cuse Zone” got beat worse than IU. They only shot 26% from the field and scored only 39 points and would you say that Buzz Williams is bad coach or UNprepared..IU’s problem was too small of guards to shot over defenders that were 6’6

 
#28
the devotional
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 7:07 PM EDT

Buzz is a former assistant of Crean. Enough said. A mediocre man who’s happy with a Sweet Sixteen. Louisville scored 78 on Syracuse. When it matters if there’s a competent coach on the other side it’s different. Boeheim himself said: “It’s not easy but it can be done.” Buzz and Crean are like the Festrunk Brothers, you start laughing just thinking of them. “We’re two wild and crazy guys!”

 
#29
the devotional
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 7:16 PM EDT

^I say this in full recognition that just a few years ago, I was praising Buzz Williams for his team’s record at Marquette while Crean was struggling at IU. II was talking about how Marquette had flourished without Crean. Now I’m lumping Buzz and Crean together to suit my agenda. Oops! guess I’m a “walking contradiction” sometimes, like the Green Day song.

 
#30
Punjab
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 7:30 PM EDT

Devotional, Buzz (if you’re giving all credit to coaches) had already beaten ‘Cuse once. Today was a different time, a different game. What was so different about the coaching that they were able to beat them 74-71 in their first meeting, and could only muster 39 in the second? Did the coaching regress?

And WhoAh, or Husky, or Devotional, or whoever you’re shape-shifting handle might be this hour, I saw your previous question about gardening. It intrigued me. I have to be available and in a certain mood to continuously engage with another poster, and when I woke up the next day and saw that, I didn’t want to bother going there. But I was intrigued by where you might be going with that. My (better?) judgment said leave it alone.

In answer to your question, no. I do not garden. But I spent two college summers landscaping part time while maintaining a full-time job at a group home for the developmentally disabled. I loved it. It was peaceful, back-breaking work. My wife also has on her honey-do list a small garden box for me to build so that we may plant small herbs and vegetables and the like when i get home. Publicly, I complain. Privately, I’m very much looking forward to it. And I can see it as something we both get into, especially once we get a larger, more permanent home down the road. But I’m interested to see where this was going for you. I suspect it’s not nearly as sinister as your criticisms of our guys would make you appear.

 
#31
Ron
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 7:41 PM EDT

IU – big loss in the sweet 16 to Syracuse. So CTC sucks, the team sucks, blah, blah, blah.

If the brackets had been different, IU may have played Syracuse in the championship game. A loss is a loss, but would the fires be burning so bright if IU lost in the final game? To Syracuse.

Or, if the brackets (& seeding) had been different, IU may have met Syracuse in the first game of the tourney. Can you imagine the &^$* we would be hearing if IU lost that game..? Bloomington would still be burning.

Alford to UCLA. Indiana connection is strong. John Wooden played high school ball at Martinsville. Sam Alford was coach at Martinsville (very short stay – think he realized that there was not a strong supporting cast to high-light son). I’m thinking I should throw my name in there to replace Steve. I’m from Martinsville. (did not make the team). Never coached a game, but how could I lose with your guys ideas and suggestions, Dustin/Jeremy for media spokes-persons. Could maybe get Laffy for some pre-game motavational talks. That could work.

 
#32
Ron
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 7:43 PM EDT

Got an extra “i” left over and used one too many “a’s”.

 
#33
the devotional
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 7:51 PM EDT

Thank you, Punjab, that was beautiful. I think we all needed that.

Unknown, jealous poster at #29: here’s Buzz “Festrunk” Williams dancing.

 
#34
the devotional
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 8:00 PM EDT

Or, if the brackets (& seeding) had been different,

Or if IU had hired a real coach instead of the walk-on Crean…

 
#35
the devotional
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 8:13 PM EDT

Jealous #29? I’m sorry, I’m becoming demented. Being jealous of one’s self is akin to being schizophrenic. Which is nothing new to me, I guess. Some days Im Harvard, some days I’m Rico Chet, other days I’m tomahawk sean.

 
#36
the devotional
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 8:14 PM EDT

^ You are demented that much is clear.

 
#37
Punjab
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 8:18 PM EDT

Devo, you’re an interesting cat to try an follow. I dig it.

 
#38
AWinAZ
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 9:31 PM EDT

Buzz is a chip off the old block…

 
#39
Punjab
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 9:55 PM EDT

(Expletive!) Big Ten has lost almost all its games with woeful shooting being the primary factor. OSU’s furious comeback couldn’t overcome 30%shooting the first 34 minutes. Credit the the (insert soon-to-be-way-overplayed cliche) Shockers, I guess, but I can’t stand another season of hearing how our conference can’t win it all. Damn it. Michigan is our only hope.

 
#40
B1G HAWK
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 11:41 PM EDT

As an Iowa fan I really want the league to be the best even if it is at the expense of my team.

I think the primary reason for deep run failures is the officiating in our conference. It does not emphasize good basketball; athletes, shooting, transition game, real defense. Instead the refs cater to the big name coaches, programs and players. A foul on one end is not a foul on the other. A no call on one end is not a no call on another. Too much pushing, grabbing, holding, bumping and hand-checking is permitted which takes away from offense and shooting. Too many phantom fouls for big name players whenever they fall down or go to the hole. Half the time the replay will show zero contact. One team will be awarded 42 foul shots in a game, win by a large margin but the box score reveals the same number of made field goals and misses for both teams. You watch that game and the teams are playing the same type of defense?

Then stunningly the tournament games are called in a much truer basketball sense and then the big name players do not know how to react. They get there shots blocked and stumble and fall down with no whistles to help out. These teams fold because they cannot shoot then… Game over against decent opponents.

There has to be a push to have good and fair officiating that allows for the best teams to rise to the top based on good basketball not reputation of coach or program/hype. Then all teams will learn to play a true tournament style of basketball that advances much further. We all benefit as a league because this is what counts. Not league titles.

When Wisconsin is in the top four and in the finals of the B1G tourney the league has problems and it starts with officiating.

 
#41
Podunker
Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 7:27 PM EDT

Who-ah; you miss the point entirely. Crean’s tweets are irrelevant. Who cares what he tweets? Since the technology went public, I may have read a grand total of three tweets. Since then, when I realized it was a ridiculous waste of time, I have not had any interest in what anyone, no matter who he/she is, expresses on their twitter account. If my wife and children had twitter accounts, I still would not read them. It’s real simple, and even Crean’s most rabid critics should be able to grasp this idea. If Tom Crean’s tweets bother you, stop reading them.

 
#42
Hoosier Clarion
Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 8:37 PM EDT

Again I’ll wager my silver watch that if Hulls and YF had been playing in that 2-3 zone for Cuse and Triche and Williams were playing for IU the Hoosiers would now be on their way to the FF.

 
#43
whoooo-aaaaarrrrgh!
Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 9:53 PM EDT

Crean’s tweets are not irrelevant. You don’t understand Twitter. No wonder. What you do and what the rest of the world does is completely different. You are a podunker, as you yourself demonstrate and advertise. The rest of the world (including Clarion) lives in the 21st century. No problem man, take it easy and have a great life.

 


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