Indiana at Northwestern, in-game analysis (2nd half)

D.J. White acknowledges the crowd.

INDIANA 85, NORTHWESTERN 82 (Final)

Thompson gets a path to the lane.

Who meets him there but D.J. White? And so, Thompson does not score.

Now White steps to the line to shoot free throws. It’s over.

INDIANA 83, NORTHWESTERN 82 (13.1)

Juice Thompson slices through the lane.

As Bassett inbounds to Gordon, he travels. Wow. As if this week needed any more drama.

INDIANA 83, NORTHWESTERN 80 (20.6)
And somehow the Wildcats do not get the ball to Coble. Hmmm.

But they will keep possession. And now Stemler fouls away from the ball, and he’s done.

Coble hits the first, then the second. He’ll leave the game

Northwestern fouls immediately. Gordon to the line. He hits both, and the Hoosiers lead by 3.

Time out Northwestern.

INDIANA 81, NORTHWESTERN 78 (33.8)

IU can’t inbound the ball though. Crawford tries to go deep, but doesn’t get it deep enough. Moore tries a 3 and misses.

Bassett rebounds, and “Juice” Thompson fouls him. Bassett hits both.

Gee….who will take next shot for Northwestern?

INDIANA 79, NORTHWESTERN 78 (1:05)

The Hoosiers are able to work the ball to D.J. — when was his last shot — and his 12-footer misses. But there he is….Kyle Taber. Right there when he’s needed.

But Coble, also No. 44, with a 3.

Gordon called for an offensive foul. Right now, the purple crowd is louder than the red crowd.

Moore misses his 3 and the red crowd takes over. Gordon cuts in from the wing. This time, the foul is on Northwestern and Gordon will shoot to re-take the lead. First free throw . . . good. Second sinks, too. IU leads 79-78.

Coble takes Stemler baseline. He steps out of bounds. Indiana with a chance to build a lead with 90 seconds left to play.

Gordon runs the play. Kicks to Bassett, who drives and has the ball knocked away. The Hoosiers will retain possession, though.

INDIANA 73, NORTHWESTERN 73 (3:58)

Coble darts in and hits the 3. But then he fouls Crawford. That, according to officials here, is his fourth foul of the day.

Dan Dakich — surprise, surprise — will have to coach this one right down to the final minute. He’s got difficult decisions to make about when to use Ellis and/or Stemler, who both have four fouls. Neither is on the floor after the time out.

INDIANA 73, NORTHWESTERN 70 (5:08)

Indiana has needed nothing more than leadership the last two weeks. Armon Bassett, at least with his play, has provided it. Have you seen a kid hit so many dagger 3s like this?

INDIANA 66, NORTHWESTERN 64 (7:38)

D.J. White fights through a triple team to find Lance Stemler smartly cutting through the lane. His layup gives Indiana a six-point lead.

But then Stemler fouls Coble. That’s his fourth of the day. That brings in Ellis, who immediately has the ball popped out of his hand by Michael Thompson (who they keep calling Juice over the loudspeaker here; don’t they know that nickname is taken in the Big Ten?). Ellis fouls Thompson (his fourth) and is replaced by Taber.

Thomas enters the game for White and grabs a rebound on his first defensive position.

INDIANA 60, NORTHWESTERN 57 (11:35)

So the Hoosiers have climbed back into it. Four players in double figures right now. Still having trouble finding and guarding Coble, who leads all scorers with 21 points.

Dakich has not used DeAndre Thomas or Mike White tonight, though neither of those players has a very good defensive match-up in this game.

NORTHWESTERN 44, INDIANA 36 (18:19)

Will IU be able to shut the back door?

32 comments

  1. Is Northwestern exceptionally good at cuts and screens? Why is it so easy for them against us? I can’t even think of an explanation, we are a much quicker team than them

  2. holy crap coble…i don’t if you remember reading one of my previous posts days ago about there always being a player having a career day against IU…here is just one more example (Johnson-Iowa, McCamey-UI, Couple guys for wisconsin, and now coble)

  3. Ben, nice observation but not we got Stemmie on him so let;s hope he can prevent the Coble attack and he just stepped on the baseline! Sweet good job Stemmie!

  4. wow…what freakin barnburner! DJ WHITE! clap clap clap clap clap clap clap!

    We miss you Sampson! This one was for you!

  5. FINAL: IU 85, NU 82.
    IU: Bassett 24 pts, 4-7 3PT; Crawford 21 pts, 4-5 3PT, 5 ast; Gordon 18 pts, 13-16 FT; DJ.White 16 pts, 11 reb; Stemler 4 pts; Taber 2 pts.
    IU: 23-41 (56%) FG; 9-20 (45%) 3PT; 30-37 (81%) FT; 35 reb; 17 TO; 11 (19) fouls.
    NU: 28-57 (49%) FG; 11-26 (42%) 3PT; 15-19 (79%) FT; 18 reb; 7 TO; 17 (24) fouls.
    NU: Coble 37 pts, 5-6 3PT, 5 reb; Thompson 15 pts; Moore 12 pts, 3 stl; Williams 6 pts; Okrzesik 5 pts; Peljusic 4 pts, 7 ast; Baran 3 pts.

  6. Dakich post game interview he seems exhausted and I liked what he had to say…how about DJ sticking around to give Dakich a HUGE hug? I think the Hoosiers will be okay under DD!

  7. I am so happy for the players, DD and his staff (you see Sampson’s son was there right behind DD?), fans, AD, and of course ex-coach Sampson. What a crazy week and many thanks and much respect out to Chris and Doug for their awesome job in handling the craziness! I see a BT championship in our sights!

    A special thanks to DJ White for his leadership and balancing presence among our young players a an still he comes through with another double double . You rock DJ!

  8. I hope the fans don’t come out of the woodwork and blast the Hoosiers for their play tonight because of their close victory. This win wasn’t big because of how we played, but with what those kids/coaches have been through the last week…this win was huge. Imagine the general feeling amongst the team if they lose this game to culminate the horrible few days they’ve had, as well as putting them completely out of the big ten title chase. It was would have been devastating.

    Now they get some time to practice together and try to get over the Sampson fiasco. It will be easier to keep their emotions in check next game, and easier the game after that. Sampson will never be completely out of the team’s mind, but emotionally they’ll be able to deal with it the further along the team goes.

    NICE WIN! GO HOOSIERS!

  9. Bit of a roller-coaster and perhaps a gut check for the IU boys. Been a difficult couple of days for the whole team and hard to figure they could be very focused for the game.

    Maybe winning a tight game, where they didn’t play all that great, might be a good thing for them. Better than losing the game or even a blowout easy win.

    Having to tough it out and pull together emotionally might just be the best medicine for them right now.

    Whatever, they got the job done and seemed to be united as a team and coaching staff.

    Tough spot for DD, but he’s done well under pressure in the past and I’m sure he will have the support of many Hoosiers. He’s one of us and has the background, experience and passion for IU to be the right caretaker for now.

    Happy for the team and all of the staff and for the fans who have been there through thick and thin and always will be there for the Hoosiers.

  10. A montster win. I’ve always thought that Armon was as tough as they come. I anticipated that a lot of the flow of the game would be determined by and through his play. Special congrats to him. And, yes, as DD said, Crawford came up big. I’ve always said he’s simply insane in terms of what he can pull off. Now, if we can just learn to control the ball and cherish our possessions better. Too many turnovers.

    Not to be overlooked is that the kids put up a lot of points tonight, and that couldn’t have been easy. Getting this game behind them should do a lot of good work in terms of confidence, healing, and strengthening solidarity for the road ahead. Hats off to these guys for their great achievement.

  11. Just got off the ‘L’ and back to our room from the game. Yes, there were more IU fans than NU, at least louder. The most fun I’ve had at a game in years – once again the Hoosiers took a team’s best shot on their floor and found a way to win. The night started with a great, magic moment: when Dakich came out shortly before the game, the cheers were VERY loud and VERY long from our side behind the bench. He kinda did a double take, looked up and saw the cheering sea of crimson, and broke out in a huge grin and waved to everyone. I need a beer. If these guys learn to defend the ‘3’ and the back cut (I really need a beer) they could be special.

  12. “Just got off the ‘L’ and back to our room from the game. Yes, there were more IU fans than NU, at least louder. The most fun I’ve had at a game in years – once again the Hoosiers took a team’s best shot on their floor and found a way to win. The night started with a great, magic moment: when Dakich came out shortly before the game, the cheers were VERY loud and VERY long from our side behind the bench. He kinda did a double take, looked up and saw the cheering sea of crimson, and broke out in a huge grin and waved to everyone.”

    Yay, a Knightie white boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. indianahicks,
    Sorry to have enjoyed the game – I didn’t realize at the time how hurtful I was being. Sorry for being white – I’m working on that. Sorry for being an IU fan and supporting the team – how selfish of me. But please don’t accuse me of being a Bob Knight fan – never liked the guy. By the way, your Wildcats played pretty well, “good luck to you and yours” as my buddy Gomer says. (Stay in touch, maybe you could help me with the anti-spam problem next time.)

  14. Michael “Juice” Thompson is only a freshman and for his height, the boy has talent. Northwestern needed him and with him joining the team, even for his first year, he has made Northwestern a more successful team. To be as close in the past games that Northwestern has been, I give the credit to this pointguard for it. He’s fast, and very intelligent when it comes to setting up plays and being a team leader. I think that this was an awesome game to watch- and next year I think Northwestern will start winning, especially with the pace that Thompson is going.

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