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  1. FINAL: MINN 67, IU 63.
    IU: Oladipo 13; Jones 13, 4to; Creek 12, 5reb; Hulls 10; Sheehey 7; Watford 4, 5reb; Pritchard 4.
    IU: 23-61 (38%) FG; 7-20 3PT; 10-12 FT; 26 reb; 6 TO; 12 (20) fouls.
    MINN: 22-53 (42%) FG; 5-14 3PT; 18-28 FT; 39 reb; 11 TO; 6 (13) fouls.
    MINN: Hoffarber 16; Nolen 14; Williams 12; Mbakwe 11, 16reb, 5blk; Ahanmisi 6; Sampson 4; Iverson 4.

  2. Until Jones graduates, we will lose all games at crunch time. He’s a to machine, can’t guard anyone , takes bad shots—same story every game and Crean plays him. Also Watford and Elston suck on defense. Where was Sheehey in 2nd half?

  3. Yeah, it would of been nice to see Sheehey more in second half. At least to match Minnesota’s energy. Plus he earned it, and they were functioning as a team with him in the lineup the first half. Seems like IU gets the lead and thinks it’s over. Well its not fellas. That is youth . And did anyone hear Dakich say IU didn’t have a guy to beat thier defender off of the dribble and keep the other team honest. Minny was defending without help. That means alot. Creek got warm tonight but Watford didn’t show up. TP played well, but had two dumb fouls.
    1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10 Brrreeeaaatthh.

  4. I agree with get real. Jones must have had 3-4 TOs simply losing the ball on the offensive end alone. Don’t they watch film of themselves? I don’t think Jones has a clue what he does to IU. Would someone please teach Watford and Elston to play hard every play? I know today’s players haven’t a clue who RMK was but that sort of effort is simply not allowed. Those guys should be embarrassed with the effort they put forth compared to that of Hulls & Rivers. Those two need to take leadership & not allow that type of half-assed effort to stand!

  5. I don’t understand why Sheehey got zero playing minutes in the second half. He scored 7 points in the span of a few minutes, played with high energy, minn calls a timeout and Sheehey is on the bench never to return. Sometimes I really don’t understand Crean’s substitutions and why he chooses the lineups on the floor. It’s just random players with no cohesiveness.

  6. CWS is right. Crean’s substitutions are baffling. I can’t remember how many times in the last three years someone has played well either in the first half and sat on the bench for the second half, or played good in a game and get no playing time in the next game. Seriously, if us “amateurs” see these things, why does it not occur to the coaching staff. Trying really hard to be a Crean fan but just getting tougher. Of our season tickets, we have given all away this year except two games. Willing to give guys a break but they also need to show up and play.

  7. Sheehey looked pretty solid in the first half. A few stretches of brilliance. One shot fell that never should have been taken, but that’s what makes heroes. I hope that earned him more time. I’m still in the ‘there is a plan behind this’ column, but I’m paying attention. I really, really like the players that CTC is bringing in and the reality of it all is, it’s the players we recruit that will have more effect on winning games than the coaches. That is the nature of college basketball. We often think that there is a static factor about a coach but that is simply not the case. Coach K year one (or two, or three, or four) is just not the same guy as Coach K now. I’m not the same guy I was twenty years ago. Why do we not think coaches are better at 50 than they were at 30? Lon Kruger was a lug 20 years ago. Now he is smart.

    Let’s hope we are able to praise our coach of twenty years and all his successes in retrospect.

    I am not necessarily talking about basketball.

  8. CREAN GET’S OUT COACHED EVERY GAME..HE IS NOT A BAD COACH BUT IN OVER HIS HEAD AT IU.WHY TAKE CREEK OUT WITH 24 SECONDS LEFT IN THE GAME WHEN WE HAVE THE BALL AND HE JUST HIT A 3???ELSTON PLAYED 5 MINUTES..DIDN’T GIVE HIM A CHANCE..WATFORD HAS TOTALLY LEFT THE BUILDING…JONES III NEEDS TO NEVER SHOOT A 3 AGAIN AND JUST DRIVE THE BALL.ONLY WAY WE HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN..VO AND WS HAVE TO PLAY 32 MINUTES A GAME.THEY HAVE ENERGY AND HUSTLE..NO ONE ELSE DOES.WATFORD IS THE LAZIEST PLAYER I HAVE EVER SEEN AT IU…HE CAN BARELY RUN.NEXT YEAR WON’T BE ANY BETTER FOLK’S..CODY AND AUSTIN CAN’T DO IT BY THEMSELVES.WE WILL NOT WIN MORE THAT 2 BIG TEN GAMES THIS YEAR AND FINISH WITH ANOTHER 11-22 YEAR.CREAN IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE..BUY OUT IS TO GREAT..SO SIT BACK AND ENJOY 4-5 MORE YEAR’S OF 14-17 WINS A YEAR.

  9. JJ, why don’t you just give up your tickets all together? there are plaenty of us who would like to have them. Great effort tonight. We play a top 25 MN team @ ” the Barn”, one of the toughest venues in the country, to within 2pts with just seconds left. A steal there, which was very close to happening, & we very likely come away with the W. Against a team that we absolutely did not match up to well at all. They are longer, taller, more athletic, & yet we still play them well. Rivers was our best post defender, though Pritchard did play well. Alot of positives to take from tonight, but go ahead & complain away.

  10. Looking for positives to take away from a game is known as getting a moral victory.

    A long time ago I was told by a coach who has a far greater basketball and sports mind than any other person I have met on this earth that a moral victory is looked for by two types of people.

    1. A person who is not now, nor ever has been a winner. (ie. a loser)

    2. A person who has gave up and accepted losing as their only option.

    I don’t know about anyone else on here, but I am a person who has been part of a winning team far more often than not and losing was not, is not, nor will it ever be excepted, regardless of how good the other team is supposed to be!

  11. Yeah, I’ve been on more winning teams & in winning situations than losing as well. But, just like any aspect of life, you take the positives out of any situation & build on them. You take a hard look at the negatives, find ways to correct them or fix them & continue to improve. Just because someone tries to find positives things out of a loss, doesn’t mean they’re a loser. I never said anything about a moral victory. I think Dakich was right tonight when he said there were roles that are being defined tonight. Definitely a positive note that will help with the rest of the season. Just one of many.

  12. I am from Minnesota but am an IU fan, so I was at the game. IU played tough against a superior opponent. Sheehey and Oladipo really impressed me in person. I know Oladipo missed a lot of shots, but he can create his own shot out there. VJIII played well except for the turnovers, but 6 turnovers TOTAL for IU is a HUGE improvement. They took care of the basketball. What killed us was the rebounding. Minnesota was WAY taller, bigger, stronger, etc. than any of our guys. Sampson/Mbawke/Iverson/Williams would all rebound over our guy’s heads on the offensive end, leading to many 2nd (3rd, 4th) chance points for the Gophers. Hell, there were times Hulls was guarding Mbakwe in the post. Overall a fun game to be at. The atmosphere surprisingly sucked @ Williams tonight as usually it is fairly electric (minus the huge dunk by Williams which got the crowd going).

  13. Watford can NOT score when he has the ball down low.He has yet to learn he has to jump higher than he did in High School.Run faster,jump higher, defend better.This is not High School.IT’S THE BIG TEN.

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