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Ohio State 69, Indiana 52

Emptying the bench.

It has happened.

I’ve run out of things to say.

Indiana did not create effective offense. It did not guard. It lost.

That’s five in a row.

Ken Bikoff of Inside Indiana has just informed me of a most incredible stat: IU’s basketball and football teams are a combined 22-56 over the past two seasons, for a winning percentage of 28.2 percent.

The box score will tell you more.

[8:45 UPDATE]

Hey, here’s Thad Matta. Perhaps he will tell us more, as well.

He told his players it would be tough to play here.

He told them they’d have to be in attack mode (They listened.)

Dallas Lauderdale had a career high 14 points. He also had seven blocks, and Indiana had nine shots total blocked for the second straight game.

A limited-by-early-fouls Evan Turner had a nice balanced line: 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal.

[9:23 UPDATE]

Tom Crean finally arrives. He apologizes for the delay, but says that getting his team’s mentality back to where it needs to be is most important now.

“There’s no excuse for not playing better tonight,” he said. “We don’t have anything in the tank to fall back on when things aren’t going well for us.”

UPDATE, 11:13 p.m.

And after finishing our stories and ScoopTalk, we have audio.

AUDIO: Thad Matta talks about the 12-0 run that gave OSU the win

AUDIO: Tom Crean talks about fixing the team’s mentality

AUDIO: Verdell Jones says it doesn’t seem like the Hoosiers were there

From above!


Ohio State at Indiana: Discuss it here


Gordon selected to USA roster

When USA Basketball announced the 27 members of their national team Wednesday, Eric Gordon was among them.

The second-year pro, averaging 17 points a game for the Los Angeles Clippers, has a chance to be on the 12-man roster that represents USA during the 2012 Olympics.

More immediately, a group will be selected to attend a minicamp in July and then play in Turkey for the world championship. USA has not won that tournament since 1994.


Ooh … I see what she did there

Suddenly, hours before Duke and UNC meet up once again, I feel like I am at home. Thank you, Jeopardy and random college kid.


Watching Sheehey

Sheehey

For the first time, I just watched Will Sheehey play the game of basketball. Thanks ESPNU, for televising Sagemont’s game against Montverde Academy (a 57-52 loss for Sheehey’s Sagemont team).

Sheehey, one of Indiana’s two signees in the class of 2010, had a solid game — 14 points, with some assists and rebounds. Overall, though, I saw him as a clear No. 3 on his team (behind Syracuse-bound Fab Melo and four-star junior Rod Days) and looks to be a depth player for Indiana.

POSITIVES

  • Sheehey was very active on defense, doing a solid job of defending James Bell (Villanova). He had good positioning when Bell tried to post him up.
  • A really nice passer for a player his size. Montverde tried to trap Sheehey several times early and he continually made the right pass out of it.
  • Good mid-range jumper. Best around the elbow.

NEGATIVE

  • He drove the ball into the lane four times early in the game. He was bailed out by a bad foul the first drive, had his second blocked, could not finish with his left hand on the third and drove himself out-of-bounds on the fourth and resorted to a reverse layup that had no chance of going in.
  • Looks for the ball a little too much on offense, asking for it as he nominally moves around. I wonder how much of this has to do with him playing with much-better competition this season. Could be a bad habit from years of being the best player on the floor.
  • With about 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter he got himself open going to the basket and called for the ball. But when it came, he dribbled it once and then tried to go up, giving the opposition time to come in and block the shot.

Hoosier Morning

Northwestern Indiana basketball

Indiana guard Jeremiah Rivers remained on the bench for a moment as the teams shook hands after the Northwestern-Indiana game. Chris Howell | Herald-Times (more…)


Hoosiers begin brutal stretch

Indiana could use a confidence boost right about now. The Hoosiers have lost four straight, including a 78-61 loss to Northwestern on Sunday. They’ve fallen into a funk where they play well for two games and follow that up with a clunker that makes fans wonder if they’ve made any progress at all.

But confidence boosts will not be hard to come by.

Starting with Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. home game against No. 13 Ohio State, the Hoosiers have three straight games against ranked teams. On Saturday, they play at No. 11 Wisconsin, then follow that with a home game against Michigan State on Feb. 16.

“This is it right here,” junior guard Jeremiah Rivers said. “I don’t want to say it’s necessarily make or break, but these are some vital games for us. We’ve lost four in a row going into Ohio State. … This is something where we just can’t get caught in this tornado and get thrown out.” (more…)



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