Indiana rolls Stetson after shaky first half

Tom Crean didn’t say anything to his team after its shaky first half. And he didn’t have to.

Indiana was lax on defense and cold on offense in the first half and they knew it. The Hoosiers were up just 33-29 at halftime on a clearly inferior Stetson team.

“He didn’t have to say anything,” senior guard Verdell Jones said. “We knew coming in at half what we had to do. We came out too lackadaisical, too lazy, too laid back. That’s not us. That’s not who we are this year. I said before earlier in the year, this is a player-driven team now. We really wanted to get on each other and expect different. So we came out in the second half and did it.”

Indeed they did. The Hoosiers opened up the second half with a 32-5 run and outscored Stetson 51-21 en route to an 84-50 win over the Hatters in front of 16,821 at Assembly Hall, including Indiana’s 1987 national championship team.

Indiana held Stetson to 25.9 percent shooting in the second half (7-for-27) and caused 14 second-half turnovers, as Stetson finished with 23 in the game. The Hoosiers scored 24 points off of those turnovers in the second half and 30 in the game while Stetson scored just eight points off turnovers.

“We did not have a 40 minute game, that’s obvious,” Crean said. “We had some stretches in the first half that were good, we had some stretches that were not up to par or to the standard they needed to be, but in the second half, it’s hard to find much fault with that. A great start defensively and it just carried on. We had 59 deflections in the second half. We had 80 for the game, which again, just blown away by their defensive effort.”

Freshman forward Cody Zeller led the team with 16 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and four assists. Sophomore guard Victor Oladipo had 13 points and three steals. Junior guard Jordan Hulls had 12 points and four assists and Jones had 11 points and four assists. Senior guard Daniel Moore also provided a spark. He didn’t take a shot, but he had three assists and three steals in just nine minutes. Those assists included impressive alley-oops to Victor Oladipo and Tom Pritchard, the latter of which got the crowd chanting Pritchard’s name.

“Tom’s my buddy,” Moore said. “I try to get him a bucket every now and then.”

The Hoosiers improve to 8-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season and will be undefeated when they play No. 1 Kentucky on Dec. 10.

AUDIO: Victor Oladipo, Daniel Moore, Verdell Jones

AUDIO: Tom Crean

43 comments

  1. If we can play that d we can run with uk. Uk scores in bunches so if we play sticky d and of course REBOUND the ball we can run with them. I think IU had a game plan in the first half to get the ball inside which we really need to make an effort to do against uk. UK doesn’t go deep in their bench at all so if we can get one of their bigs in foul trouble early our chances of winning go up about 50%. I said this looks like a different team early in the year and that no one in the b10 looks any better than we do and they keep proving me right! I know that osu is going to be very hard to beat but after watching wisconsin play against marquette (spelling) we are at the top of the b10. Did Knight show up? Joking,who cares?

  2. Any warm fuzzies anyone was hanging on to should have left the building about 5:30 on Sunday unless you’re into having someone spit in your face. Metaphorically speaking.

  3. If Crean’s team is 11 – 1 going into the Big Ten schedule, that will be a huge accomplishment. Win or lose, playing KY hard will be a valuable experience for this young team. Anything can happen in Assembly Hall.

    I really liked how they “flipped the switch” in the second half of today’s game. It’s a good sign when a team can shift gears that fast.

  4. I got two words about the unc uk game HEAD FAKE! If he would have gave a pump Davis would have jumped in his lap and he would have been at the line. Also carolina for whatever reason decided not to foul their worst ft shooter down one with 6 seconds to go! Does anyone think we will beat them? The only match up that will kill us is Jones. We just don’t have anyone that can gaurd him. Other than that we match up very well! JH on Teague VJ on Miller Vic on Kid Gilkherst Zeller on Davis. The Watford (im sure he will get the assignment) on Jones is the only mismatch. Granted it’s a huge mismatch but hopefully he can atleast keep him honest. Santa I will never ask for another present!I want to shut these cocky a$$ uk fans up. My friend said we have only beat them 4 times in the last 20 games. Im to scared to verify!

  5. That stat sounds right HfKY, also the other starter match-up is VJ3 on Lamb…

    Hope we shoot well… I don’t see us picking up many offensive boards with Gilchrist, Davis, and Jones… And we are certainly the less athletic team, so it will be tough to outrun them for easy buckets. I think we have a shot at beating them though, which is a surprising feeling considering where we were a year ago.

  6. Yes I meant VJ on Lamb not Miller. They are very athletic superior to us but they also have yet to face a defense as pesky as ours. We have to get the misses. They are to good to to give two or three shots on missed baskets. Im sure it will alot closer than people think.

  7. Was at the game…To be totally honest, the hoopla didn’t match the thrill. Knight’s absence, no surprise, some of the buzz kill. The first half was ragged. Shooting was cold…Cody was still quite impressive. VO was impressive.

    I felt older than ever. I was flipping hamburgers in Bloomington in 1987..Sat around for about half an hour after the game and searched about for reasons I really came. The stands were nearly empty except a few stragglers …I was one of those stragglers. Didn’t feel like sitting in traffic and decided to stay a bit longer..It was neat to just take in Assembly Hall when the place is thinning out. It’s really a gorgeous stadium. The banners help. I went down into the lower seats, plopped in a chair very unfamiliar my butt and few visits, and let memories of my days in Bloomington from years gone by dance around in my brain. I watched Don Fischer signing off the air.

    There wasn’t much else to wait for…Security was wondering about and I knew they would soon start to look a little closer at the lone weirdo still hanging about. And then the moment arrived..a gift the price my ticket a passion thought lost..a reason why something grabbed my old bones to bring me to B-town. I saw a small gathering on the sideline of McCracken court…A young boy was leaving the circle in a noticeably proud bouncy stride back to his mom and dad that had been waiting for him a few yards away…It was Maurice Creek the small group had been huddled aroun …Even from my far away view on the other side of the Hall, I could see the boy’s proud face was gazing down on the page that had just been rewarded his Mo Creek autograph.. ..his open program was flopping around in his hands as he scurried away back to his parents in sheer delight. That’s why…

    I left Assembly in the mist a damp and cold evening knowing it’s cream and crimson this hallowed basketball place my heart rewarmed forever resides. An unselfish gesture flexed its might..It didn’t need to come from an old “General”..No Superman in candy-stripe costume, or hoisting a dusty trophy brought it back home…Just a gray unassuming sweatsuit wearing a kind face was my rocket ship that took me from childhood to present and beyond at a speed Einstein would fright. Far beyond anything thought could come to my eyes for the price of admission a contest with a team I never heard of called Stetson; a gift was given to my eyes to supersede the trappings of any moment in time.
    I watched where heroes really live..They live outside the colors of vibrant lights and big game cheers..They live in the weave of time and the gray when the cameras are off…They live between the black and white and give no notice when to shine upon our sight. They live in the signature an unnoticed giving act drifting upon the pages of dreams for a youngster riding upon clouds of simple happy memories tonight.

  8. Anyone who thought that Knight would show up today obviously does not remember when he was elected to the IU Hall of Fame and elected not to show up at the football game so that he would not be the main story and overshadow the other inductees. Which was the right choice. He made the same and RIGHT decision today. Knight will be back in B-town one day and it will be on his own terms. He has EARNED that right like it or not.

    Knight is a crotchety old man, my Grandfather was also a crotchety old man and he was AWESOME for it. Crotchety old men is what once made this country great, now we have a disillusioned generation which chooses to pollute the parking lot across from Kilroys, full of entitlement and self righteousness that they feel they “deserve” for some reason. I am tired of hearing people bashing Knight for not doing what “we want him to do”. He has earned the right to come back on his terms and not the ones we feel we are “entitled” to from him.

    If you choose not to like Knight for who he is, that’s fine, but people standing next to what they believe in and not changing for what society wants them to be is a lost art in this country where we give trophy’s to kids for losing and telling them they are all winners which breeds mediocrity. That is NOT the way the real world works. As a high school coach that sees it everyday trust me entitlement is sending this country into a dangerous path. We are getting away from hard work, morals and discipline and that is what has led idiots to “take over all streets” and has left us in the drudges we are currently in in this country.

    Bob will be back one day to thank us for all we have given him in his life as Hoosiers fans. It is time we as Hoosier Nation cheer for our team, respect the past and move on to great things in the future.

  9. Mullet- You mention the people across from Kilroy’s, but what about the people at Kilroy’s? That’s where an even more disturbing picture of entitlement lies: the sons and daughters of East Coast capitalists driving black BMWs before they finish high school, fed a silver spoon throughout “college” which is really just one long drinking binge culminated by a job at daddy’s office that they really didn’t need a college degree in order to get in the first place… this is contributing to our “dangerous path” just as much as your occupiers above, who at least, in their defense, care about the political situation in our country and don’t just assume that “the market” – and dad’s $$$ – will fix everything.

  10. The I M,
    Very well expressed. Most of those young BMW drivers will in the not to distant future support, maintain and create the jobs the park borrowers will work and also pay the taxes that make the park possible and available. Hopefully many of them will grow up to be crotchety old men like your Grandfather and RMK. Maybe you too, as an Awesome Granddad.

  11. I’m with Steve. I’m part time faculty at another university. The ‘haves’ don’t need their degree. It’s just something to hang on the wall. I’m 100% behind the people ‘across the street’. It’s where the people that actually improve the world are standing. The people ‘inside’ are the takers.

    Anyway…

    Here’s what I hope will happen. One day, on his own terms, Bobby will return to Bloomington…and no one will care…and rightfully so.

    He has perfectly clear that IU and its fans mean nothing to him. I’m happy to return that message. I was once a big fan of his but I liked Barry Bonds when he played in Pittsburgh, too. I could care less about either one of them. I hope he does us the favor of staying away…but he won’t. One day, with great fanfare, he’ll let everyone know ‘this is on his terms’ and he’ll stroll into town. I hope he gets the same treatment that he’s offered the people who stood behind him for so many years and they return the (metaphorical, of course) finger he’s given us.

    But they won’t…because IU fans are better people than that.

  12. HC- It’s time for the “creating jobs” myth to end once and for all. Playing with hedge funds doesn’t create jobs. Wall Street capitalists would just assume dispose of the worker – and the work – altogether, if they could. The number one priority of big business is to cut labor costs as much as possible and move the worker and his pesky “rights” out of the picture. Choose a few lucky “highly motivated” workers to award a management position and health care benefits, and leave the scraps to the rest – or just replace them with machines, where possible.

    The real job creators are a dying breed – small and medium sized business owners seeking the American dream and content with realistic aspirations; people who understand that their business is their means toward personal comfort but also an important backbone of a community and who act accordingly.

  13. Chet you’ve more grit than I. I still don’t know the reason they are in the parks. Don’t they have a place to live? All of them? They need to circle primary and election days on a calender. They need to boycott businesses they do not favor. Even the ones who had enough respect to poop and pee in a bucket, brazenly carry it across the street to a brick and mortar storefront bathroom and pour it into their commode or sink. Zero style points. I’ve never been against crime-less acts of civil disobedience but there has to be a clear cut plan articulated as to how to correct legitimate bitches into positives.

  14. This is way off basketball but…the OCCUPY movement is a generalized “this has to stop” statement. It’s for all of us whether you realize it or not. The few making the decisions would just as soon the rest of us are feudal masses bowing to their needs. Sadly, they don’t realize that that would also bring about their demise…but they are so out of touch with reality and living behind their walls and shielded by their police who are commanded by their politicians that they they have no idea. In a microcosm, how many time have you laughed or shaken your head at Paris Hilton? She, and people just like her, are running the world.
    It’s not a sustainable course.
    The OCCUPY movement, and the even uglier response to it, may not be pretty but it may be the thing that saves us all.
    I don’t know how much of a student of history any of you are, but this greatly resembles ‘the Bonus Army” that grew out of the Hoover/Coolidge Depression and led to the New Deal. The wealth of nations had shifted to a class of super rich and a collapse of our economic system. Very similar state of affairs.

    Back to basketball.

  15. Iron Mullet, I agree with your statement about RMK. I don’t agree with everything he does, and he’s not perfect (who is?), but the good things he did for the university far outweigh the bad. We should respect him and let him make his own choices. If he doesn’t want to come back to IU (yet), I don’t like it and I think it’s petty, but I’m not going to hate him for that. He’s earned the right to make up his own mind on his own time. If that time is never, too bad, he’s still a great basketball coach (and a crotchedly old man).

  16. Oh Chet 1 other thing, if RMK comes back to IU I’ll be their to cheer him just as I did for Branch.

    Steve i O, Hedge funds are legal, derivatives are legal, commodity futures are legal, day trading is legal, ETF’s are legal, modernization is legal, mechanization is legal, just in time is legal, computers are legal, CAD’s are legal, CAM’s are legal, robotics are legal, six sigma is legal, owning 2 homes is legal, owning 4 cars is legal, working 3 jobs is legal, minimum wage is legal, earning a raise is legal, going public is legal, returning to private is private is legal, hiring is legal, training workers is legal, outsourcing is legal, layoffs are legal, firing is legal, promotions are legal, business start-ups are legal, moving offshore is legal, expanding is legal, downsizing is legal, sell-offs are legal, mergers and acquisitions are legal, hostile takeovers are legal, growing revenue is legal, making profit is legal, saving money is legal borrowing money is legal, spending money is legal, tobacco is legal, alcohol is legal, the morning after pill is legal, hell whores are legal in Nevada. What’s is it in question that is illegal? I’ve about run out of ink.

  17. Chet, Sorry, your last post is way to complex for me to comprehend. Must be something lacking in my upbringing.

  18. Correct, but it is not legal for them to?
    The point! I alluded to it above. Mark election dates on the calender for voting and move the civil disobedience to the government lawns of DC. If you’ve really got balls personally recruit private citizens that you can endorse, vote for, fund and throw the pros out of office-repeatedly.

  19. i enjoyed the digression. Sports has a away of leading us back into real life once in a while, and there is nothing wrong with that.

    As a closing note, I’d like to believe that our moral compass in society is not reduced to sterile definitions of what’s legal and what isn’t. It’s legal to seduce my best friend’s girlfriend – but I’d never do it!!!

    In the words of Jim Rome in his Carl’s Jr. commercial, “Burgers! OUT!!!”

  20. What is going on?? Are we still talkin about Knight? Why aren’t we talking about CTC? This is our coach who has us 8-0 and who has a great class coming in! Knight wants 0 to do with IU. Well I take that back. He will sell you an autographed pair of IU shorts at an (evening with coach Knight) for $150 or how about an IU basketball for $100? He has 0 reason not to return and he still elects not to come so will you Knight fans please if you care about this team at all stop with this blabber about coach Knight! We are 8-0 and have the #1 team in the nation coming to town and all you morons can do is talk about a man who wants nothing (well aside from your money) almost nothing to do with you! He was a great coach who did some great things on and off the floor no doubt but he’s gone now and we need to focus on this coach and this season!

  21. It’s Crean and Glass that have done nothing but try to up their popularity with the Knight lovers and the dinosaurs that won’t let go of the past with these gimmicky circus acts at halftimes of football and basketball games. They turned Cook Hall into a museum so Crean could nestle up cozy with the past and can paint his own quotes on the walls and pretend to belong on the same page of their history. Don’t blame Knight. We could have had a simple state of the art practice facility without all that garbage to stir the pot. The banners hanging in Assembly were ample memory for this fan. It’s the current marketing machine, promoters, and charlatans that have taken over sports at Indiana. They chose to make their names bigger by false attachment to the men already resting comfortably in their accomplishments a day they never wished or needed to return.

    These events aren’t about embracing the accomplishments of great Hoosiers that once played and coached at Assembly. These events are about selling the current bozos and administrators though they have done nothing to date a deserved standing ovation by their own right. Nobody cares more about keeping Knight and Alford in the wet dreams of fossils like Tsao and 4guards than the Fred Glass and Tom Crean.

  22. I WISH IU WOULD NEVER MENTION kNIGHT IN ANY FASHION. I SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH PROMOTING THE PAST. EVERY TEAM DOES IT. UCLA UK UNC ECT.. IT’S REALLY GOOD FOR RECRUITING. IF BOBBY WANTS NOTHING TO DO WITH IU THEN I WISH IU WOULD GIVE HIM THE SAME. THESE OLD FOSSILS WHO CAN’T LET GO OF KNIGHT ARE DESROYING THIS TEAM. I DON’T THINK THAT’S TOO STRONG OF A WORD EITHER. YOU’VE GOT A GOOD 50% OF FOSSIL FANS WHO NO MATTER WHAT CTC DOES WILL SAY KNIGHT WOULD HAVE DONE BETTER. IT RUINS IU FANS CREDIBILITY BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE THINK THIS IS JUST THE WAY IU FANS THINK IN GENERAL. IT MAKES IU LOOK VERY VERY WEAK! MOST PEOPLE IN KY THINK IU WILL NEVER RETURN TO GLORY UNTIL THESE PEOPLE DIE OFF AND IM STARTING TO WONDER IF THEIR RIGHT. IT’S BEEN A DECADE ALREADY AND THERE ARE STILL MORONS WHO REALLY WOULD RATHER HAVE KNIGHT BACK AT IU THAN CTC. KNIGHT WAS LOSING IT A GOOD 5 YEARS BEFORE HE WAS FIRED. DOES ANYONE REALLY THINK THESE KIDS TODAY WOULD WANT TO PLAY FOR HIM? THESE KIDS WANT TO PLAY FOR THE CALAPARIS WHO KNOW AS LONG AS THEY SCORE THEN EVERYTHINGS GOOD. THAT’S HIS TOOL. THAT’S IT. SCORE AND WIN AND HE COVERS THE REST. SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD PLACE TO BE FOR A HIGH SCHOOL KID.

  23. Caps lock fever? Not to be confused with the Ted Nugent song.

    I see Knight to looking to most you squeakers like Jack Palance in a memorable scene from the movie “City Slickers”…He would sit across the campfire and look at hoosierfaninky, quickly size him up, and utter in the most nonchalant factual fashion….? Nuff said.

  24. HoosierFanInky… I (an old fossil) think that when you mention Knight and IU in the same sentence you should use Mr. Robert Montgomery Knight or, simply, Coach Knight. But first, you should know that what defines us ‘old fossils’ is that we can write more sensibly, coherently and in much better English…so you’ll just have to put up with it, perhaps until the last of us ‘morons’ die off. But, even when we die…we’ll still be remembered for writing well, in English and for being able to let go of the ‘Shift’ key once in a while (just in case, the ‘Caps Lock’ key is towards the middle row, left side of the key board).

    Now…one more time, repeat after me…Robert Montgomery Knight…

  25. Could be worse. UK used to have a coach that was a real POS of a racist human being. He spewed racial epithets at every opportunity and was the coach when the university became the only D1 basketball program to ever receive the NCAA Death Penalty. Now they play all their games in Rupp Arena.

  26. Wow what a come back. Is that the best you can do is make fun of my english? Are you old broke d**ks IU fans or Knight fans? If your the ladder enjoy your espn classic games from whatever retirement home your in or soon to be in and let us fans who can actually still shoot free throws without our backs going out enjoy OUR time! Enjoy the jello while your watching the 87 game over and over again while we enjoy the three point line and that darn shot clock!

  27. Tsao do you think if I called him Robert Montgomerie Knight that he would grab me by my arm and demand I call him coach Knight or sir? What an ego that man had. All of you senior citzens need to come on in to this century. (Those kids with their long shorts and their slam dunks) Stop humiliating your kids or grandkids! And did you just referance city slickers? I think I was 10 when that corny a@@ movie came out. Was that cowboy your hero? AWWW grandpa likes the big cowboy! lol. Im just kidding old school!!

  28. hoosierfaninky-

    You made me laugh. That was a marvelous post. This Yacht Club does often sound like a bunch of old stuffy dudes with their d**ks broken…I guess that’s why some of us go on and on…Some describe it as “verbose”….Maybe it’s really just “length of post” envy. Tsao’s paragraphs are on ExtenZe…I shouldn’t talk..Well, here’s to hanging on for dear life my last days of jello. Love your passion. Use it though you have none to refuse it. You keep beating your chest and whatever. Good job.

  29. Did you have to put on your reading glasses to read it? Im just kidding. Heres to IU beating UK. Something I think all generations of IU fans can agree on!

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