Thad Matta evasive about Bob Knight’s advice

Thad Matta spoke at length about advice he got from Bob Knight to improve Ohio State’s defense on Sunday after the Buckeyes win over the Hooisers, but was oddly more tight-lipped about it Monday on the Big Ten teleconference.

Some necessary circumstantial information first. The vast majority of the Indiana press corps was not present for Matta’s post-game press conference on Sunday because Indiana coach Tom Crean held court at the same time in the IU coaches’ locker room. I personally wasn’t aware that Matta had solicited advice from Knight until well after the game when I read this story from Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

However, when I got on the Big Ten teleconference this morning, I had not yet read this story by Bob Baptist, which described the drill itself — which sounds pretty generic, four men defending five to improve defensive movement and rotation — in greater detail. So without knowing that, I asked Matta what the drill was and when Knight provided the advice.

His answer was interesting and complementary to Knight, but it didn’t really address either part of the question.

“I’ve spoken with Coach Knight quite a bit just over time,” Matta said. “We talked about more than defense and just coaching philosophies and different things. I grew up idolizing him as a coach. The one thing I’ve found about him is he’s a man that is truly passionate about the game of basketball and it being played the right way. It’s great to have him as an alum of the university. Just the fact that he’s been back a couple of times and got to spend some time with him there.” (more…)

Knight named to Hall of Fame

Not sure how this is going to go over today, but it’s news. Bob Knight was one of eight named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

He’s joined by Ralph Sampson, Chris Mullin, Cazzie Russell, Eddie Sutton, Joe Vancisin and Eddie Einhorn.

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Ohio State 82, Indiana 61

COLUMBUS, Ohio — At one point during the first half Sunday, Deshaun Thomas had 14 points. Indiana had 13.

The freshman forward from Fort Wayne scored 22 points for the game, leading the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes to an 82-61 win against Indiana.

The Hoosiers briefly held the lead and the game was tied 8-8 for some time, but Ohio State went on a 16-2 run, fueled by the streaky Thomas, and cruised the rest of the way.

Indiana turned the ball over 14 times — five alone from Christian Watford.

Indiana was 0-of-8 from 3-point range in the first half.

Indiana shot 38.5 percent for the game.

Indiana did not have nearly enough energy, did not execute at a high-enough level and had trouble matching up with Ohio State’s players.

The offense was not sharp, with not enough movement early on. Jordan Hulls struggled, finishing 1-of-9. Ohio State’s David Lighty said the focus was on disrupting Hulls, which is something many a team has tried but have not always been successful at.

Indiana has now lost six games in a row and remains the No. 11 seed in the Big Ten Tournament if the regular season ended today, instead of a week from now.

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Iowa at IU women

Senior Day ceremony upcoming, but Iowa spoils the party with a victory, shooting 55.8 percent from the field and 9-of-16 on 3-pointers. The Hawkeyes are the fourth team in the last seven games to shoot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc against the Hoosiers. Jaime Printy with 28 points to lead Iowa and Kachine Alexander 27 points and 10 rebounds.

Jori Davis closes out her home career with 28 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. Hope Elam added 14 points, Whitney Lindsay and Alisha Goodwin 13 apiece in the losing effort. HAWKEYES 93, HOOSIERS 79

2:20: Only suspense may be if Jori Davis can get two rebounds and two assists for a triple double. HAWKEYES 89, HOOSIERS 77

7:57: Indiana not catching any breaks from the officials, but the Hoosiers aren’t stopping anybody either as Iowa is now shooting 57.5 percent for the game. Jori Davis has 19 points and six assists, but even she can’t keep pace with the Iowa offense. HAWKEYES 71, HOOSIERS 58

11:03: IU rallied from down 12 to within 3 behind Jori Davis, but Iowa has an answer, not coincidentally as Davis went back to the bench for a break with her three fouls. HAWKEYES 59, HOOSIERS 50

16:16: Jori Davis has three fouls and Iowa led by as many as 12 before an Andrea McGuirt layup moments ago. Foul trouble has taken the edge off the IU defense. HAWKEYES 49, HOOSIERS 39

Indiana bounces back within one twice, but Kamille Wahlin’s late 3 gives Iowa the four-point halftime cushion. Jori Davis with 9 points, 4 assists, three rebounds and two fouls in her final first half at Assembly Hall. Fellow senior Hope Elam also with nine points. Whitney Lindsay has 7 points and three fouls. Aulani Sinclair also with three fouls.

Hoosier shot 55.6 percent from the field but just 2-of-10 from 3. Hawkeyes were 50 percent from the field, 4-of-7 from 3 and 12-of-16 on free throws. Indiana was just 2-of-3 from the line. HAWKEYES 38, HOOSIERS 34

3:59: The Indiana bench not able to uphold the strong start as Iowa uses a 12-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game. HAWKEYES 31, HOOSIERS 24

7:59: Alisha Goodwin just became the first non-senior to score with a three-point play, but Jori Davis and Simone Deloach now have two fouls apiece as Iowa just keeps attacking the paint. HOOSIERS 22, HAWKEYES 18

10:32: Four seniors and a freshman working so far for Indiana, which has yet to sub. Simone Deloach with four rebounds and all the points by the seniors. HOOSIERS 18, HAWKEYES 12

14:38: The start of this game looked like the makings of a disaster as Indiana turned it over on the first four possession and five of the first seven. But perfect shooting has helped overcome that as the Hoosiers are 5-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3. HOOSIERS 12, HAWKEYES 8

Final game of the regular season today at Assembly Hall, nationally televised on the Big Ten Network to boot. It’s Senior Day for the Hoosier quartet of Jori Davis, Hope Elam, Whitney Lindsay and Andrea McGuirt, so you know IU wants to win for the seniors. Depending on the results of other games, Iowa could finish tied for second in the Big Ten with a win, so this is a big game for Big Ten Tournament seeding, and NCAA Tournament seeding for that matter. The Hawkeyes won the earlier meeting in Iowa City, 71-51, in January.


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