Indiana thrashes Seltzer, Samford 105-59

WHAT HAPPENED: Indiana started fast, jumping to a 26-6 lead, and never looked back in throttling Samford, coached by former IU assistant coach Bennie Seltzer, in front of 17,472 at Assembly Hall.

A 14-0 Indiana run over a span of 3-minute, 20-second span in the first half broke the game open, and the lead continued to grow over the final 32 minutes.

Indiana shot 6-of-15 from the 3-point line and 57.1 percent from the field overall in the game to go with 27-of-41 shooting at the line. The Hoosier defense held Samford to just 29.9 percent shooting from the field.

For the second time in three games, IU had double-digit blocks with 10 to go with 10 steals. And the Hoosiers dominated the rebounding battle again, 53-32. That included 17 offensive rebounds, two of the more memmorable being a one-handed follow dunk by Troy Williams and Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s soaring follow slam. Indiana had 20 second-chance points in all.

And late in the second half, Tom Crean took the microphone to honor official Ed Hightower who is retiring at season’s end, on the occasion of his last game at Assembly Hall. The crowd started with some murmurs and cat calls, but ended with a strong ovation for Hightower.

WHO MADE IT HAPPEN: Sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell scored a career-high 26 points, 17 in the second half, while hitting 5-of-7 3-pointers. He also had six assists and three rebounds. Ferrell’s 26 points are the most by an Indiana player since Victor Oladipo scored 26 last season at Ohio State. His previous career high was 19 points against Iowa on March 2 last season.

Freshman forward Noah Vonleh remained consistent in posting his third straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He is the first Hoosier to post three straight double-doubles since D.J. White during 2007-08. White had 13 and 10 against Connecticut on Jan. 26, 2008, 22 and 17 against Wisconsin on Jan. 31, and 26 and 13 against Northwestern on Feb. 3.

Freshman Troy Williams just missed a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds, while fifth-year senior Evan Gordon also hit double digits with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Collin Hartman was the first Hoosier off the bench, with five points and three rebounds in 10 minutes.

Tyler Hood paced Samford with 15 point, while Raijon Kelly and Tim Williams each had 10 points.

WHY DID IT HAPPEN: Indiana was simply too big, too long and too fast for Samford to keep pace. IU radio play-by-play man Don Fischer called this squad the most athletic team he’s seen at Indiana, and on this night that alone would’ve been enough.

But coming off Tuesday’s narrow loss win vs. LIU-Brooklyn, the Hoosiers were determined to have a better showing, and a more disciplined showing. They did both in never letting off the gas, regardless of who was in the game.

A total of 13 different Hoosiers scored and 10 of them played double-digit minutes, with Stan Robinson coming in at nine minutes.

Indiana also refused to fall in love with the outside shot, as it had against the Blackbirds, attempting just one shot from beyond the arc in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Hoosiers finished 6-of-15 from long range after attempting 16 3s in the first half alone on Tuesday.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN: Indiana showed at least some level of aptitude for learning from it’s previous mistakes, even if the level of competition wasn’t quite up to par.

The Hoosiers also reminded fans and themselves just how supremely talented they are athletically speaking and how much room for improvement there may yet be over the course of the season.

Yogi Ferrell made a nice statement with his shooting, although consistency remains the challenge.

Also, the fact that no starter played more than Ferrell’s 25 minutes means the team should have plenty of legs for Sunday’s clash with Stony Brook.

20 comments

  1. Wow…Columbia almost beat #2 Michigan State. Anyone want to start crying how MSU is way overrated and demand that Tom Izzo should be fired and replaced by Steve Alford?

  2. Through 3 games, albeit against mediocre competition at best, Vonleh is averaging 13.7 and 11.7 in only 22 minutes per game…. If you take those numbers out to 30 minutes he’s somewhere around 19 pts with 16 boards… Not bad.

    I believe we are officially one game away from Yogi potentially gaining Double Down’s respect as a shooter…

    My plea to Troy Williams… By all means play as fast as you want when you don’t have the ball… But when you do have the ball, take it down from 11 maybe about 3 notches.

    Good to see Colin Hartman contribute. I thought he looked very comfortable out on the floor. I don’t think he’s going to be an answer as a knock-down shooter, but I do think he can help… He’s well built, has a nose for the ball, understands spacing, can make shots and FT’s, and rebound. I don’t know which rotation players minutes he would ever take away, but he’s gotta be ahead of Austin after yesterday, and if a couple guys get banged up or in foul trouble, I’d feel real comfortable with him in the game.

    I feel Hanner gaining confidence each game. This is what he missed last year, and it’s set him a year behind in development. Hopefully he really loves IU, because he’s definitely a 4 year player. I’d love to see him stay and see how he develops by his senior year.

  3. Mr. Gordon looked out-of-control a few too many times last night. Not a big deal against Samford, but he can’t be allowed to waste possessions, by attempting crazy shots in Big Ten games. For a player of his experience, that was surprising. Other than that, there was a lot to be impressed with last night.

  4. Higgi, #5 was perfect. You beat me to it. I was laughing last night as I watched Izzo sweating out the last few minutes against Columbia. I was wondering, ‘How many morons will be calling for Izzo to be fired because his team almost lost, at home, to an Ivy League team?’

  5. Geoff, Yogi was outstanding last night. He looked like Michael Bibby.

    One more game and I’ll break out my rubber stamp. 🙂

  6. It’s amazing what a good coach can do against superior talent. But it was obvious that MSU was also showing a bit of typical doldrums after the huge high of beating a #1 on marquee nationally televised game?

    And Columbia was solid in the backcourt..Also very well-coached and their team played with discipline. Reminded me of what Butler did to us last season.

    It’s what I love about hoops. It’s not always about raw talent. It’s about execution and understanding the opponent. God, I wish we had a coach that had 1/10 of a Brad Stevens in his team development/tactical/game adjustments abilities so he could take this Hoosier Ferrari to something more than a soapbox derby.

    Then again, this isn’t IU football. Thankfully, we have the deep traditions in basketball that will always make it an attractive destination for high level talent. Hopefully there will be a day that we’ll have a new general in charge that can coach a team to maximize the skills of so many fine basketball players that would die to wear the candy stripes. I just hope in the long process of finding a coach that can accomplish something beyond identifying East Coast talent, and coddling those using IU as a quick launch pad to the NBA, that we don’t lose the hearts of the consistently strong basketball lifeblood of Indiana kids(like the many from our borders that are providing essential roster studs to MSU, Michigan..and OSU..Not to mention, taking NCAA tournaments by storm and consistently providing key components that keep their teams in the top 10).

    There’s a lot of pretty girls that can’t dance.

  7. And by the way…There were quite a few bashing Hartman on this blog a year ago.

    Of course, I was not in their camp. I could see he had presence and instincts….and a stroke. Maybe not a runway model, but he can dance.

  8. Oh how often you open up your nose Harvard…

    You know what IU did after beating #1 Kentucky a couple years back… They beat a decent ND team by 11… Then won by 57 in the next game after that.

    But then again when a Crean-coached IU team plays #1 UK on national TV it isn’t “Marquee” probably, right?

    And by “beyond identifying east coast talent” you must mean when he identified those 3 kids from South Carolina – Blackmon, Lyles, and Lyle – and offered them scholarships (before anyone else in the entire world) and had 2 of them verbally commit. He really does do an exceptional job of identifying and offering to those east coast kids… If only he could identify in-state kids like Devin Davis, Hartman, Hyron Edwards, Jalen Coleman, Eron Gordon, and Vijay Blackmon and offer them schollies before any other schools did he’d really be on to something.

  9. He doesn’t want to play a #1 UK anymore. And it’s too bad…He doesn’t even place enough confidence to get his Ferrari team up to 2nd gear.

    Everybody from here to Baghdad knew that stopping Cody was the answer to stopping Indiana. This team has a ton of weapons…Even without the high level coaching, I see them to fare no worse against teams like Syracuse and UK…

    They’re going to have to grow up fast, Geoff. I’m not sure if they have the maturity on the floor and the nuts and bolts from the bench to make use of so many choices or to build any sort of continuity/chemistry. Crean always talks about “resolve.” If only he knew what to do with it. …Then we might have something special by March.

    Unfortunately, I have way more confidence in his salesmanship than his craftsmanship. Columbia was nothing special…But they were very smartly crafted and played on the same page. There’s a reason for that happening. Why and how long you want to deny it is your investment in the talent clouding the reality what can be overcome with the instructor employed.

  10. Reggie
    Saturday, June 16, 2012 – 3:52 PM UTC

    Nice point David, Will and Vic did play at a higher level in high school than Collin Hartman. Also, Collin only averaged around 13 pg last year against pretty lousy competition in the IHSAA. CTC made a mistake, it’s not a huge deal it’s just one scholarship.

    #24
    Harvard for Hillbillies
    Saturday, June 16, 2012 – 4:28 PM UTC

    I’m by no means a passionate follower of recruits, but after viewing a mix tape of some Hartman highlights on YouTube, this kid looks pretty damn skilled to me.

    Really nice looking jump shot..very smooth release and nice arc/follow-through. We could be looking at the next Steve Green. I wouldn’t call this kid a mistake. You just don’t know how kids are going to blossom. He has good size…solid looking frame(by no means a long twig), fluid movement, and one sweet looking stroke. I don’t see this kid as a flushed away scholarship.

    Glad you’re on board with the Hartman opinions, Geoff.

    I bet Reggie still thinks he’s a mistake.

  11. Goeff-

    In all honesty, I’m not a very good fan. Crean has put together a very nice looking team. Not only do they look crazy athletic, but they all give me the sense they’re really decent young men.

    Not much more a Hoosier fan can ask for. They appear to be a true sleeping giant. Hanner has improved and I’m glad he’s proving my doubts wrong. I’m very impressed with all of them. There isn’t a player on the roster that can’t contribute.

    Before long, some of these guys not known for their strokes will likely be knocking down deep triples and proving me wrong there as well.

    Once they put on the Indiana jersey I find myself growing attached. It doesn’t matter to me where they called their backyards home. I’m obviously prejudice and love it when a good percentage of Indiana kids can wear the cream and crimson..But if I’m to be completely honest, I never cared all that much for some kids from Indiana that have worn the jersey. Maybe we all have our favorites…I always loved Earl Calloway…Jeff Newton…A.J. Moye. I tend to like doers more than showboats that talk a lot of talk before accomplishing the longest walk.

    Bottom Line: It’s not neighborhood that counts. It’s the character that counts and from my short observations of this team, this group doesn’t have a player I wouldn’t let date my daughter(well, maybe not Sheehey).

    Like I said…Harvey’s just a stubborn homer with issues.

  12. OMG!!! (You’ve reduced me to a teenage girl)

    That was either a mea culpa or an imposter… ‘Twas refreshing either way.

    I give you license to spew a bit more nonsense… You just earned it.

    How old is your daughter?

  13. I’m a little late to the party, but what a fun game to watch. Yogi is reminding me more and more of a young Chris Paul. And although HMP is still extremely raw, it’s impressive to see what he can do when he actually catches (and holds on to) the ball. That he continues to see meaningful PT is crucial to his development. To me, he’s still a little tentative when the ball is coming his way (via pass, rebound, or whatever,) but once he gets it he’s beginning to look like he knows what to do with it. The potential is undeniable.

    One pet peave, though: I hate the phrase “xx limited yy to –% from three point range.” It’s all-too-often misleading and it gives/takes credit/blame where it’s due. In general, unless your defense is so smothering that the only shots a team gets off are rushed, contested, turnaround, and/or fade-away jacks, they are simply limiting themselves by not making them. LIU didn’t “limit” IU 3-point production anymore than we limited Samford’s. Teams just missed shots when they were open.

    That’s all. Rant over. Have a great Sunday, all.

  14. And when you play teams with less savvy inside players, it could also account for more shot blocks.

    Agree with you, Punjab. I also have a lot of pet peeves…Maybe you get more “deflections”(the new obnoxiously studied science variable in hoops) when you’re simply playing against grossly inferior competition and you’re accentuating something as a great “+” when, in actuality, its mostly a result of the lower skilled opponent picking up dribbles or making bad panicked decisions.

    Stats are fine, but you have to look at decision making and the level of competition before making too quick a positive or negative conclusion. Players do miss uncontested shots. And players also sell shots too soon, possibly don’t have the savvy in the post to get players to commit or leave their feet, or don’t have the skill sets in their offensive arsenal to go up and under, etc. Result? The team looking to have the dominating athletic defense may not be as dominant when the completion amps up against a more veteran or fundamentally sound group.

    And for every great shot block Hanner may be delivering in swatting one away in a defensive role, a stagnation in skill set at the offensive end of the floor can erase the advantages. The blocks look jaw-dropping(much like a flashy dunk)and look impressive in the stat column, but positioning, anticipating, floor awareness, not being so robotic and raw as to sell every move once you get the ball…are not things showing up in the stat sheet that become counterproductive and begin to negate the few highlight moment of a dunk or a blocked shot.

    Anyway, really like your observations in your second paragraph. Watching a contest tells so much more than simply looking at the numbers as a search for causation anything. Often why we see teams still victorious when the stat line less impressive…or teams lose when they appear to dominate most categories.

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