Hoosiers put away Nebraska, 84-76

Indiana didn’t take the bad taste of a double-overtime loss at Wisconsin home with them.

That’s because they went straight to Nebraska, spending a couple of extra days away from Bloomington, bridging the gap between a Thursday game in Madison and a Sunday contest in Lincoln.

“We really bonded in those times. We were just stuck in a hotel the whole time,” junior guard Rob Phinisee said. “Guys were just together, and we had a lot of fun together.”

It seemed there was utility in an extended road trip, in multiple ways, following an 84-76 win at Nebraska.

First, it was just practical, giving IU coach Archie Miller a way to cut out bus and plane time for his team during a pandemic. It relieves them of the stress of travel, too, getting in late or getting up early, allowing them to just get to the next arena and find a routine.

But almost literally, it just allowed the Hoosiers to move on.

The last part was crucial after such a difficult loss to the Badgers, just unable to hang on to beat the No. 8 team in the country. Sunday’s win wouldn’t be easy, either, as the Hoosiers relinquished a double-digit lead in the second half via a 19-4 Nebraska run, finding themselves in a tight contest.

They could escape Madison, but not close games.

Still, the Hoosiers (8-5, 3-3 Big Ten) found the winning plays they needed. Trayce Jackson-Davis, who had just two points in the first half, finished the night with 15 points and 11 rebounds, notching eight of his 13 second-half points in the final four minutes. When the Hoosiers’ shooting touch wore off late in the first half and into the second — including a play where Jerome Hunter missed a corner 3 late — they were relentless on the boards.

Hunter went to the glass for his miss, laying it in with 1:33 left to give IU a 79-75 lead.

Miller couldn’t honestly say the Hoosiers were better shooters because of their early arrival to Lincoln, especially after they posted a 39-percent rate from the floor in the second half, including just 2-of-11 from the 3-point line. He couldn’t say they were all that good stopping the ball in transition, either, as the Huskers cut into IU’s second-half lead.

But he could say the Hoosiers won, evening their conference record rather than falling woefully behind in the Big Ten race. That was the biggest thing. But there were others.

“The big thing is finding a way to regroup, find a way to organize yourselves, and being in the same situation you were in at Wisconsin the other day and win the game,” Miller said. “That’s what I told our team going into the last three minutes. We were in this situation the other night, Thursday night, and we found a way not to be able to execute and get stops. I think tonight we got a couple key stops, we were able to execute, and we made a couple free throws, and we were able to win the game.”

With sophomore Armaan Franklin still sidelined, the Hoosiers were able to get enough scoring from their veteran backcourt. Phinisee finished with 18 points, while senior Al Durham added 17.

They seemed well-adjusted to the rims in Pinnacle Bank Arena early. IU, as a team, hit 16 of its first 24 shots on the Huskers, including a barrage of 3-pointers. Phinisee and Durham were a combined 5-of-5 from deep during that stretch, including three triples from Phinisee.

Aside from an outing versus North Alabama where IU hit 13 triples in a game, the Hoosiers’ high this season was eight at Wisconsin. IU had seven at halftime on the Huskers, who were ultra-aggressive packing the paint and trapping Jackson-Davis.

IU finished 9-of-24 from deep.

“Armaan, he’s a big piece of our offense. We obviously knew just being the upperclassmen, we had to step up,” Phinisee said. “I feel like me and Al, we did take shots. Just pretty much (took) what the defense gave us.”

Phinisee went into halftime with 16 points, but he also went in with an injury scare. The junior landed awkwardly on his right leg during a late first-half defensive possession and came down grabbing at his knee. After the game, Phinisee said the leg was a little sore, but he was able to press on.

The Hoosiers’ shots just didn’t continue to land, missing their last four 3-pointers of the first half. Those struggles continued into the second half, compounded by IU’s inability to stop the Huskers from getting in the paint.

Along came a 14-2 run from the Huskers — hitting 7-of-8 from the floor during that stretch – to cut the Hoosiers’ lead to 60-56 with just under 12 minutes remaining. A layup from Trey Galloway broke what was nearly a three-minute scoring drought for the Hoosiers, but the Huskers held onto momentum.

Nebraska’s Kobe Webster hit a triple to take a 63-62 advantage with 9:39 left. At that point, Jackson-Davis had just five points.

“Trayce sort of emerged when we needed him the most,” Miller said. “Teams are going to do that. Purdue is going to do the same thing. They’ll trap Trayce every single time he catches the ball, it’s not going to be anything new. I do think right now we’re getting a little bit more confident handling it and I also think we have some more guys with confidence right now offensively.”

One big shot came from freshman Anthony Leal, who missed his first three 3-pointers of the game. He hit one from the corner to knot it back up at 69-all with seven minutes left. Durham followed that with a drive from the top of the key to give IU the lead back.

Jerome Hunter then made an excellent hustle play. He missed a corner 3, bouncing on his left leg as the ball pinged off the rim, but he regained his balance, pulled in the long rebound, and laid it in to make it 79-75. On the next possession, Jackson-Davis stretched out an arm to reject Teddy Allen on a layup. He was pulled down to the floor by Allen on the rebound.

IU outrebounded Nebraska, 41-30, including a 12-5 edge in offensive boards.

“Jerome missing his own shot and following it up was probably the nail in the coffin for us to be able to win the game,” Miller said.

Jackson-Davis went to the line twice, splitting both pairs. Durham then earned a trip to the line and hit both to push the lead to 81-76 with 20 seconds left.

IU escaped Lincoln, winners.

“That’s the most important thing,” Miller said, “because, right now, in this league, every one of these things count.”

(above photo courtesy of IU Athletics)

48 comments

  1. It would be beyond shameful to lose to a team wearing uniforms that ugly. Reminded me of something you’d see in a mall t-shirt shop. If that was a caricature of the Nebraska mascot, then it’s time to rethink the mascot.
    Did Nebraska just join the Jersey Shores Conference…? Those hideous jerseys with tattoo parlor in overkill made me think a fistfight might break out after every rebound.

  2. And Phinisee…? What is he always smirking or smiling about? Lead. Win. Put games away against crappy teams much earlier. This desire to always carry a ‘Too cool for school’ persona when nothing earth-shattering is happening ….? I had enough of that stuff under the last regime…Can’t we just play with honest commonplace confidence and do away with all the other nonsense and smirking?
    What has happened to toughness? Where, oh where, have the candy stripes gone? Where has the realization gone to know these are games our 2nd units used to win? I don’t know…Phinisee is from the backyard of Purdue. I guess something in the West Lafayette-to-have-a-banner air has him forever acting like an over-gloating Boiler.

  3. Enthusiasm of all kinds encompassing the country.
    For IU men’s basketball an evening after men’s basketball game that they win this is post number 3.
    It tells one all that is needed to know from now to 30 plus years ago.

  4. Pretty pathetic. Blowing an 18 point lead to the worst team in the conference? Ugh. A team that is supposedly built on defense should not be giving up a 14-2 run to a squad that lost to Nevada and has 0 conference wins.

    For now, this program is the Indiana Mediocrities. It’s up to them to play out of this moniker.

    1. On the road. 9 scholarship players available. 4 are Frosh. Go figure. The road win was also a W against adversity. I’ll take it anytime.

  5. Kudos to Phinisee & Durham again! They combined for 35 & kept the TOs under control again.

    The Vegas line on this game was -6….we won by 8. That is a good win folks, one that we should win.

    This was the 1st team that decided to double & triple team & shut TJD down. It is a strategy we’ll see more of & it was pretty effective. That’s why these guards are so important.

    How’s that so called ‘boring’ Maryland win looking now???? They’ve now won @ WI & @ IL.

  6. Wish I could agree..This time, not so much. Didn’t even see the whole game, thankfully. We are a very predictable team easy to defend. Remove Trayce and we’re a total disaster.

    Nebraska looked like a hodgepodge team of mid-major rejects …

  7. I’m glad IU won because it spared the Hoosier Nation the extreme embarrassment of our team losing to the worst team in the Big Ten. Otherwise, I was not at all impressed.

  8. Hoping that these struggles help this team develop some iron.
    Glad to see many contributors to the win and no quitters or panic.

    On another note…so it turns out that questionable buckets are always good at a basket where the backboard lamp doesn’t function?

    I hope calipary doesn’t find out.

  9. KK, I concur completely. Fighting through rough stretches makes this team tougher and cohesive. Fun to watch Rob and Durham recognize the roles they needed to accomplish last night.
    POTMFB!!!!!!

  10. Losing an 18 point lead, ouch. The bigger concern was how the team would response. No panic, no one person trying to save the game – it was an appropriate team response. Phinisee and his smile – usually he has very little response, think the smile/smirk is a reaction to finally having a good game and hitting some timely 3s. Smile On Mr. Phinisee. When the game ended and TJD was walking off the court two of the refs were talking to him in a serious matter. Any idea anyone?

  11. Don’t get me wrong, my comments regarding Phinisee’s lack of serious investment (or, maybe just a false bravado) could apply to 90% of any roster across all of college basketball.

    Maybe it’s just the “blue ribbons for all” mentality saturating the courts based on AAU ball, multi-class h.s. ball (e.g. the destruction of our own single h.s. tournament), NBA mock drafts, NBA camps to test the “greatness” waters, etc, etc.

    Honestly, I think most kids, even some juniors and seniors, would be emotionally over an opening round loss in the NCAA tournament before they went to bed the same evening. I feel that way about some on our roster…There’s no investment of the heart. The emotions of winning or losing as a team has been usurped via all the individualism in the game. Lots of individual parts coming and going….transferring, arriving early (prematurely out of h.s. e.g. Lander) , grad transfers (Brunk), those who enter draft and were never ready (other than ready to count the money ..e.g. Romeo) Come and go….Come and go.
    Never any real team/Hoosier investment. Never a tear shed over loss or departure. Never part of the true chemistry it takes to make a truly unique and special team.

    You’re not alone, Phinisee. Shouldn’t just pick on you. Everyone has always been their own rock star in the mirror of the college game. Seems that way for the last quarter century or more… But there was a day when “everyone” didn’t mean an INDIANA HOOSIER. Hoosiers were once “invested” in this thing called basketball to assemble wins over good selfies and popularity contest votes.
    That’s the only thing that differentiated Indiana Basketball from the rest of the basketball world. We were once the rare destination where ‘TEAM’ was more important than ‘AT ME.’ We were the place where a loss would stick in a kid’s heart for more than the time it takes to finish showering in the opposing locker room. We were once different.
    Even for a coach like Archie …Even for a guy who brings all tools and knowledge necessary to stress team over individual, it just doesn’t work. It’s too late ….The world of influences upon the gullible “superstar in the making” is the train that left the station and is never coming back.
    Good effort, Archie. But it’s no longer a team game. It’s only a team game when everyone cares.

  12. Colleges are merely prom date lists…We’re (as in Indiana Basketball) the one waiting for the phone call hoping the dreamy “Mr. Hoops Right” will pick us over his other choices the “Mr. Right” has mostly equal investment of heart. Mr. Right is always asking ‘who will do more for me’…instead of ‘who can I do more for.’ Mr. Right flips a coin. Do I go to Indiana? Butler? Purdue? OSU?….Flip a coin. Where’s MY playing time? Where’s the coach who promotes “Too Cool for School” the most? Where can I be the most popular? Where’s the place my local bloodlines and class standing will give me playing time over someone with more skills in waiting? Where is me weak emotional investment and seniority favored over skill and heart? Where can I hopscotch in aloofness until I play at the next level? Where can I pretend I have the skills to play at the next level? Why am I asking myself so many questions….It’s time to post more selfies and do more self-gloating on Facebook and Instagram.

  13. Yes, it’s good to see the players continue to fight through a “rough stretch.” But the problem is, that rough stretch is now into its fourth season.

    When will the transfer start to play?

    1. Po last game you bitched about losing. This road game is a W and you still bitch. You really have a fluid with negative

        1. Yep, I really don’t appreciate losing. Effort is nice and toughness is important, but losing no fun. And mediocre IU BB teams, or mediocre performances by IU BB teams do not inspire confidence in me. And my guess is that they have the same affect on the majority of Hoosier fans. The dozens of fans I know personally (mostly in my age category) are very disappointed in how IU’s current BB program is performing. We’re losing games this year for the same reasons we lost them two and three years ago. And the talent we’re brining in doesn’t seem to move the needle from season to season. I don’t see any solid evidence that suggests that IU Men’s BB is about to turn the corner. Who’s the savior in next year’s class that is going to help turn things around? I guess we can blame Bob Knight for setting such high standards and achieving such great success for so many years. He spoiled us, and for those of us who were around during his best years, we hold every thing up against the standards that Knight established. Maybe it wrong to do that; maybe it’s unfair, but it is what it is. It wasn’t just the way Knight’s teams played (defense, toughness, fundamentals, etc.), it was that most of his teams were big winners. I came to be a passionate IU BB fan in the early 70’s and while attending IU, I never missed one IU BB game played in Assembly Hall. Obviously those IU teams didn’t win every game during those years, but even after tough losses or a rough start to the season (i.e., 1981), most IU fans had confidence that IU had the talent necessary to produce a highly successful (and fun) season. IMO, that’s no longer the case. “Everything is relative to expectations.” Perhaps my expectations are simply too high!

          1. We’re losing games this year for the same reasons we lost them two and three years ago.

            Disagree with the opening statement…Much of the problem 2 and 3 years ago was primarily due to holdovers from the last regime. Green was a nice young man (and didn’t deserve classless “gotcha” moments at postgame press conferences), but he was a turnover disaster and beyond streaky. There was little in his game that made for consistency and stable leadership in the backcourt. Other very substandard benchwarmers and some toe-trippers filled out much of the roster Archie inherited.

            And there is still a bit of inheritance of guys Archie didn’t recruit on the current roster….Most of that is in the backcourt. There is a debate on who recruited Phinisee….I think he was already committed to Crean before Archie fully entered the picture.
            Archie has honored every single scholarship for which he had zero input…..He’s not pushed or influenced guys to leave. He’s tried to make the best out of guys who were not his picks.

            I’m looking far more forward to next season when some of these younger guys (Archie’s picks…along with Franklin) start running the backcourt.

            Lastly, how on earth could anyone be happy when winning doesn’t include any real noise in March Madness. Purdue is the only school in the state that lowers standards to be happy with that sort of “winning” (or, merely, winning in Mackey ‘Hack-Me’ Arena).

            Take one look at Conference Midwest Elite and how we stacked up against our Midwestern peers in March Madness (Crean years and early years of Archie dealing with leftover recruits)…and try smiling ear to ear.

          2. On this very platform 1 or 2 or ? Years ago I wrote, “The key to happiness is low/no expectations.” IU Bball inspired it.

            After Knight was unceremoniously removed the new low bar was set by administrators who simply didn’t get it. It was the wussification of IU. The reality was the vast majority of us felt the way Coach did when the kid asked him “What’s up Knight?” It was a total lack of respect. Now a lot of what he did was wrong & embarassing. Like putting his hands around Reid’s neck.

            But Knight’s firing has been repeated in other programs, such as Penn St. & Wichita St., to name 2. Recall Knight’s whip in ‘93? Can you imagine the reaction to that these days?!?!

            This wussification of IU, the USA, our youth trophy movement, unlimited cheerleaders, etc… is not aligned with my own Hoosier bred values. I am now an apparent fossil these days.

  14. So very saddened and disturbed to read that Wayne Radford has passed away. He was only 64! That hit’s close to home since I was on campus at the same time he was playing, first as a reserve and then as a starter. In any other era of IU BB, Redford would have been an IU Super Star and legend. But he just happened to arrive at the time when IU’s roster was loaded with some of the best BB talent in the history of college BB. May he rest in peace and may his family be comforted by the support from the Hoosier Nation.

  15. My guess is the hideous caricature/mascot applique on the Nebraska jersey hinders getting any “stretch” out of the fabric . This causes what is known as a “rough stretch” and the look of a jersey being many inches too short. This unfortunate lack of ‘give’ to the fabric (a.k.a. “rough stretch”) adds a doubly awful look to a jersey which already appears to have vomit on the front.

  16. Speaking of hideous, I think the B1G channel is broken. 11 straight hours of the “The Big Show” repeat for tonight. Could they show some delayed recording of games from B1G+? Maybe the IU Women? They could, but they like the additional stream of B1G+ $$$. This follows 12 + hours of Ohio State football programing over the weekend. Ugh.

  17. Agree Ron.
    Had to log on four times to BigTen+ see IU women play Penn State. Picture quality is poor. Strictly amateur hour.
    I don’t understand the programing of BigTen+, or BigTen Network at all either.

  18. Have a big game coming up vs Purdue. To paraphrase the great RMK, ” I’m ****in tired of losing to Purdue! I’m not here to **** around this week!”.

    Purdue and IU are pretty close on paper. Both 8-5 (3-3). KenPom: IU #23, Purdue #34. IU actually has the most losses of anyone in the KenPom Top 25. The next team with 5 losses on the rankings? Purdue.

    IU hangs tough in the rankings because we are the #13 ranked team in the country in defense. Upon reflection, I think we had some dead-legs in the Nebraska game. 3 players played over 45 min (AD and TJD went for 49!). It just seem uncharacteristic, and it started happening in the 2nd half. They were giving up a ton of drives and baskets in transition.

    I need to learn to chill after a tough game and try to be a bit more objective. It is funny how I feel better about the team the further I get away from the recent game played. This doesn’t excuse results (which so far are…exactly…average), but that it looks like there is something building.

    The fear I have with this team this year is that our starters are playing a ton of minutes. The depth is pretty shallow and if we have another guy go down, could be in for a really tough stretch.

    And, the defensive lapses we had vs Nebraska have to cease. The next 5 games will be vs the best offenses in the B1G.

    1. How can you say “the depth is pretty shallow” when every reserve who gets good minutes, produces good results? I cite: Galloway, Jerome, Leal. Geronimo has done nothing wrong and shows much promise. Only Lander is not producing now and he is a PG and needs real time with the starters to show what he can do!

      1. Agree. The greatest asset of this team is the depth. There are no toe-trippers. No A-Hope ‘Hakeem the Dream’ clunky exaggerations…Nobody given favor because of some NBA connection (son of guy I used to coach, etc). Every guy on Archie’s roster is a bona fide Division One basketball talent.
        If anything, the depth may somewhat sabotage continuity. Too many options. Too many minutes divvied up between a slew of backcourt possibilities. Rotations will likely tighten up as we get into the back half of the season.

        Continuity and chemistry currently suffering due to depth…Can also cause some inconsistencies in shooting because guys are simply not on the floor long enough to get into the flow of a game. But I’ll still take true depth over a bench filled with Jonny Marlins, toe-trippers and overly hyped freak athletes with zero basketball skills.

        Archie can never be accused of not building a full and deep capable roster. Lacking depth in lights out shooters may be a more accurate contention (at this moment….but Franklin and Leal are showing significant signs of becoming net splashers).

      2. Talking minutes. Our starters are averaging more per game and the bench is thinning with AF going down. Not saying they are bad. Just saying that our starters are logging a lot of time on the court.

  19. DD, your eyes do not deceive you. This IU Men’s BB team is simply average at best. The deficiencies that prevent them from being better are not going to improve through greater effort, more practice or more experience. IMO, the primary problem is their lack of skill in shooting the BB. They’re still not good from distance, still not good at the rim and still not good from the FT line. This roster simply does not consist of enough players who are dynamic on offense. Secondly, we’re a little small in the paint. We need a center. Unfortunately, he’s recovering from a back injury. And lastly, we don’t have a dynamic point guard.

    A few people on this site bag on me for opining about what I see, and I really hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t see how this team is going to finish in the top half of the Big Ten. I agree that this team plays strong defense. I agree that this team fights the entire game and is tough. I agree that they’ve gotten a little better this season (but most of the teams improve through the season). But without proficient scoring ability, they just get worn out through the course of the game (2nd OT loss to WI, defensive breakdown in second half at NE, etc.).

    Do you see this IU team getting any easy Big Ten wins this season?

  20. I agree with the need for a “dynamic point guard.” It is imperative for most deep NCAA runs.
    I was duped into thinking Lander was poised to be that dynamic point guard. He’s had little playing time and it appears Archie doesn’t believe he’s ready for major minutes.
    It’s another ‘wait until next year’ proposition for Hoosier Basketball….

    Dynamite Point Guard…Versatile Inside Force…Marksman( or two). 3 must haves. We cover one of the three.

    Our positives are in our potential to improve. We’re young. We’re deep. Outside of what appears to be a short setback for Franklin, we’re healthy.

    Getting Brunk back would add to some of the inside force. Franklin and Leal can shoot the ball. One his out with injury. The other is just beginning to get comfortable on the floor and gain confidence.

    Is it a rare team that could make noise in the tournament via ‘backcourt by committee?’ It’s possible…But who is going to take and make the big shots when it’s all on the line? If I had to pick someone on this roster with the gumption and guts to be that guy? Answer: Anthony Leal.

  21. A lot of Damon Bailey in Anthony Leal….Super high b-ball IQ. Wonderful shooting stroke. Probably had a basketball waiting under a Christmas tree before a train set.
    Maybe not the most gifted defender but will give his all to deny any entry pass. Will stick to any assignment like glue.
    A confidence that requires no bravado. Wants to lead. Mature in personality and in game beyond the years. Born to not shy from a big shot. Born to ball. Born to beat Boilers.

    1. Also a big Leal fan. Kid’s got game, moxie, savvy, smarts. Same for Galloway but we gotsta get him a shooting stroke. We’ll have those 2 + Franklin & Phinisee next yr.

      Really wish Lander would’ve stayed in high school & that’s not new news from me. He’s not ready, but will this season’s minutes prove to be a motivation or a slap in the face? He currently doesn’t strike me as a kid who wants to go all out for his minutes & stay within the structure of the offense. Neither did Yogi as a Fr.

      Brunk will have 2 PhDs before he runs out of eligibility.

      Until Thr……my parting thought….at least we have a strong handful of Indiana kids going into this game. They KNOW what it means to win this game & they should be as tired as Knight was “losing to **** Purdue”. Thanks for bringing that one back DD, it never gets old!

  22. I’m asking the following sincere question of the IU basketball fans who post on this site. Can a young man become a great shooter in college if he isn’t a great shooter coming out of High School? If you say yes, please provide some examples of players who have done that.

    I look back on some of the All-time great shooters that have played at IU, and it seems they were all great shooters in High School. Alford, Cheaney, Edwards, Woodson, Guyton, Evans, Smart, Hulls, Roth and Gordon were all great shooters. Larry Bird, although never playing for IU, at least enrolled at IU, was probably the greatest shooter of them all. All those guys were considered great shooters when they left High School. Roth, Hulls and Alford were great outside shooters. Perhaps a better term for the others would be “scorers.” They could shoot from outside, but they could also shoot mid-range and score around the rim.

    IMO, Archie needs to recruit at least one great shooter/scorer for every recruiting class. His ability to play great defense and where he went to High School should be less important than the ability to shoot/score. IMO, Archie has yet to sign a great shooter like the men referenced above.

    1. I remember when LeBron came out of high school. A close friend of mine was crowing about how this kid was going to be an awesome pro. Stupid me said no way, he couldn’t shoot. My friends says “They’ll teach him to shoot in the NBA.” He was so so right.

      The 3 Pt line didn’t exist when Bird was in college. He developed his stroke, which wasn’t at all conventional, through repetition. So did Jordan.

      I DO think shooting can be taught, but the reality is that it is all about repetition and working at it. Leal reportedly shoots 500 3s per day. I’d say the sky’s the limit for him. We HAVE a shooter in this FR. class. & Galloway will develop. I got $50 that says the kid hits 40% of his 3s by the end of his Sr. year.

  23. Oladipo became a better shooter…
    Sophomore Yr. 3-pt % 10/48 = 20.8% CLANK!
    Junior Yr. 3-pt % 30/68 = 44.1% SWOOSH!

    I think Yogi’s shooting improved considerably by his senior season at IU as well…Could be wrong. I’ll check the numbers. Done.

    Freshman Yr. 3-pt % 23/76 = 30.3% CLANK!
    Senior Yr. 3-pt.% 79/188 = 42.0% SWOOSH!

  24. The speed/pace of the game has picked up considerably since most on your Hoosier “Old-timers” list…Some may not even be athletic enough to play now (other than limited role like Roth).

    And with increased athleticism in the college game, much more energy is exerted to defend. Also more difficult to shed defenders who are longer, more athletic and quicker than 40 yrs ago.

    Got to find guys who can be gazelles and still drain shots with a higher pace. Probably why some teams are finding success (e.g. Iowa) pulling out bigs who can shoot the long ball. Size to shoot over people doesn’t require the expelling of so much energy. ….They simply pop out and drain.

    The fact TJD can’t take his game beyond 10 feet (along with Brunk, too) is a problem in today’s pace of the game. Even Bryant (Crean’s last big) had some hints of a quality outside shot. And, of course, Watford could take his game outside. Race? Trayce? Joey? None can shoot the long ball. Puts a lot of pressure on guards already exhausted chasing around premier point guards in this league.

  25. Wisconsin bigs also have a history of shooting the long ball….Illinois has some success, too (Giorgi Bezhanishvili).

    It’s simply an option we don’t have …and it’s a problem.

    Looking back, it was sort of a problem with Zeller, too. He was billed as being able to shoot the long ball, but it never happened. His set-up was too slow …He had many offensive and defensive skills, but the long ball was never a weapon.

    When you have a big who can take his game to the perimeter at times, it really opens up the floor and frees up guards cutting and getting to the rim. Creates many more dynamics in the paint and activity on the glass while pulling opposing bigs away from the congestion.

    1. Ironic….All the mug shots Fox Sports provided of Michigan “greats” now in the NBA contained barely nil of those who put a Wolverine team on their back to make a Final Four.

      This beatdown Michigan is putting on Wisconsin is as meaningless as having a locker room named after you post fizzling out in March Madness.

      March Madness is all anyone cares about when it comes to college basketball. Our drought to return to such a Final Four stage (or even an Elite 8) is the mountain we have failed to ascend for almost two decades.

      Final Four and Championship banners…Very few arenas possess them. Very few old-timers reminiscing of youth gone in the time of a lightning bolt can say they ever seized such a day. Very few are clutch enough to raise their games on the biggest stage. Very few ever shock the world, put a team on their back, and take the NCAA tournament by storm.

      There are hundreds more millionaires in the NBA (past and present) than any who can claim they spent the last Monday of a college basketball season on the biggest stage in the sport.

    2. If only Cody could have brought that same “treatment” in the fashion of McGary, a tournament gladiator, against a strong Syracuse team. Cody Zeller went from ‘Big Handsome’ to Cody Parkey… when the lights were brightest in the biggest stage. Doink! The rim shrunk faster than the distance between two uprights. No anger the next day..Happy-go-lucky win or lose because Jesus has bigger plans.

  26. Speaking of shooting I think it would be fun to see a player that could shoot the 3 ball using the old Set Shot method with a lightning quick release.

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