Indiana stuns Ohio State without Vonleh, 72-64

Yogi Ferrell scored 20 points, Will Sheehey added 19 and Indiana stunned No. 22 Ohio State 72-64 in front of 17,472 at Assembly Hall despite learning before the game that star freshman forward Noah Vonleh would miss the game with an inflamed foot.

Indiana improved to 17-12 overall, 7-9 in the Big Ten. Ohio State fell to 22-8, 9-8.

IU senior guard Evan Gordon added nine points for Indiana and forwards Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Troy Williams added eight points each. Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 19 points each.

19 comments

  1. That is the Hanner I expect to see consistently next year. Great and unexpected win fellas. Thanks for making my weekend a little bit better.

  2. Nice team win. Nebraska becomes meaningful for NCAA consideration. If we win, UM is meaningful (and even if we lose at Michigan, our BTT performance still matters). Important for this team to continue to face meaningful games to continue to progress and improve as players and as a team leading in to next year.

    Yogi showed a real ability to demand the ball and draw fouls when we had the lead in the second half. OSU went from having 1 or 2 fouls to having 5 or 6 because Yogi was forcing the action. This paid HUGE dividends by getting IU into the bonus and double bonus earlier. A real key. And Sheehey just seems like the senior we have needed all year.

    Someone has to get into Gordon. His boneheaded drive with 28 seconds on the shot clock could have caused us the game. Instead of running 20 more seconds of clock, Gordon puts up a bad shot and we are out of position on defense and give up a layup and foul. And every bit of that is on Gordon. You could see CTC was beside himself. I’ll bet dollars to dimes he had just said “don’t shoot or drive until the clock is under 15 seconds….”

  3. This team has come alive with Will Sheehey. He’s stepped it up both in scoring and leadership on the floor. It is good to see this kid finish strong.

    It would be great to win 3 in a row & give Michigan all they can handle.

  4. IU looked like a team and played like a team more than I have seen all season … They moved the ball well and kept their motion offense moving without just doing a lot of standing around. I was very impressed with how they looked last night. If they will play like that in the games ahead, I believe they can when out and make the NCAA tournament.

  5. Wow, what a great win. It was really impressive, especially given that, according to so many experts that post comments on this site, Tom Crean can’t coach. I guess the players just finally figured out how to play all by themselves. Next, those same so-called experts will suggest that IU is a better team when NV does not play.

    Where are all the Crean-haters this morning? They seem very quiet lately!

    One look at what’s going on just a few hours south in Lexington, with the $5.2 million a year dollar coach at Kentucky and “the greatest recruiting class in college basketball history” should tell everyone paying attention that young players, no matter how physically gifted they are, need time to learn how to play together and how to adjust to the rigors of college basketball. It’s not the physical, it’s the mental adjustments that take the most time. These are teenagers, and it is a fact that a teenage brain is not fully developed. It takes time, no matter how good a coach these excellent young athletes have.

  6. Wow. Some of you might want to go read some of the comments on the OSU web pages. You’d swear you were reading our blogs from a week ago. Same complaints, same issues, same frustrations about their team, coaches and general season progression.

    I guess my point is, let’s keep it all in perspective. I’m as passionate of a fan as anyone and have been as frustrated with this team as anyone (and last year’s team at the end of the year to be honest), but I guess I’ve recently realized, that first, these are teenagers and college kids that we are watching. Second, the game of college basketball isn’t what it was 10-15 years ago. The one and dones (and Calipari) are ruining the game (albeit by taking advantage of a flawed system). Until this gets fixed, this is how its going to be. Why do you think teams like Gonzaga, Butler, Creighton and Wichita this year have been so good? Continuity that why.

    At the end of the day, lets just root for our team, take the good with the bad (as hard as that is), and try to stay positive. Go Hoosiers.

  7. Podunker, you beat me to the point, bringing up the UK situation. Looking more and more like Coach Cal, not Crean, is the one winning by the “happenstance” method. Recruit the best 5 star talent, throw them together, and hope they have the right chemistry to coach themselves to a championship. Obviously it’s a method that worked for him once, so it’s not as if it’s an entirely assailable method. But it sure the heck isn’t fool proof, and for $5 million a year, not a great return on the investment.

    Not saying that Crean doesn’t deserve criticism just because other touted teams are tanking. But at least he can coach us to “two back to back wins” (or wait, maybe it’s just one).

  8. Hard to pick my favorite wins this year, but this one is certainly the freshest. We were far from playing a flawless game, but if we had this Will all this year, imagine where we would be.

    Will is a basketball player. He moves well without the ball, plays great defense and the range in his game causes havoc on our opponent’s game plan. Hanner was able to get into better position as OSU had to come out and put more pressure on Will (even when he didn’t have the ball).

    The next few games are surely going to be interesting.

  9. When evaluating Calipari as a coach, I guess my view is that 1) he’s a cheater, or at least he’s been associated with cheaters and personally benefitted from his association with cheaters ($5.2 M per year is the benefit), 2) never in the history of college basketball has a coach achieved so little with so much. I mean Calipari has had more 5-star talent on his college teams’ rosters than any coach since Wooden, but he’s only won one NCAA Championship. He’s an enormous underachiever, regardless of his one Championship, and 3) he’s a spoiled wussy boy. Can’t get his way scheduling IU games at large neutral sites so he cancels the home and home series with the long-standing rival school, and 4) he get’s ejected from a game, in which his team of superstars-to-be lost to a grossly inferior team, and he skips the press conference.

    Calipari is NOT a great coach, he’s a great salesman.

  10. QUESTION

    TODAY:
    Podunker asks:
    Where are all the Crean-haters this morning? They seem very quiet lately!

    ANSWER:
    Podunker
    Saturday, February 15, 2014 – 7:12 PM UTC
    “This is Year Six of the Tom Crean Era.
    Suspiciously resembling Year One and Year Three.
    Can you Crean fans spell i-n-c-o-m-p-e-t-e-n-c-e yet?”

    (TODAY)
    Podunker
    Monday, March 3, 2014 – 1:05 PM UTC
    “Wow, what a great win. It was really impressive, especially given that, according to so many experts that post comments on this site, Tom Crean can’t coach. I guess the players just finally figured out how to play all by themselves. Next, those same so-called experts will suggest that IU is a better team when NV does not play.”

    No further comment necessary.

    1. What a difference,
      Sorry to spoil your fun, but the Feb. 15 post you ascribe to Podunker was actually the neighborhood imposter troll. I must have missed that one with the pooper scooper.

  11. Great win IU! These kids have managed to overcome their biggest obstacle, the spasmodic distraction on the sidelines that drops gum on the floor and stars in Subway commercials. These kids are now literally walking on water — what other option do they have? Imagine if they were also properly coached…

    Let’s put three back to back wins together and beat NE!

  12. I’m here podunker…has nothing to do with w/l, it’s when he can’t draw up a play during a t/o to get the ball inbounded…or come out of t/o with a chance to win the game and can’t get a shot off. Maybe when I can get up from the tv with a 10 point lead and 3 minutes left and not have to hurry back to wonder if they blew another one…then maybe i’ll not wish for stevens to suck in boston.

  13. Jeremy…then I didn’t ‘ascribe’, did I? And, it is no fun, it ‘seemed’ a clear contradiction. It makes a lot of difference when a blog is administered to detect miss representations of identity such as the comment ‘attributed’ to Podunker on February 15. The March 3 comment was made contrasting those ‘attributed’ to Podunker on those two dates. The error was trusting The Scoop to control id theft.

  14. Wiggy – first off let me say that I’m not arguing with you… I just want to know what hard core fan is ever comfortable enough to leave the TV up 10 with 3 to go without worry? Doesn’t seem possible.

  15. Jeremy, thank you for confirming that I did not write that comment on February 15. Anyone paying attention should know that I am reasonably consistent in my opinions about certain subjects and that I am cognizant enough to recognize and explain when those opinions begin to change. I’m sure that Harvard was disappointed when you spoiled his big “gotcha” moment, but I doubt it even broke his stride.

    While I appreciate your efforts to eliminate the comments posted by impostors (i.e., losers), you don’t have time to catch them all (and I don’t have time to read every comment and call attention to every impostor). I think the Scoop should ban all impostors from being able to post comments in the future. I think most of us (subscribers) will agree that these losers degrade the discourse on the Scoop and should be banned from further participation. If they want to go through the trouble and cost of buying another subscription and using another email address in order to continue being an impostor on the Scoop, only until they are discovered again, I think that would be appropriate. You could then determine who “the biggest loser” is by announcing once a year who (screen name only) was forced to buy the most number of subscriptions to the Bloomington Herald Times Online. In fact, that would be quite entertaining.

  16. Wiggy, who says Crean can’t draw up the plays? How do you know he’s not doing it? After all his years as a head coach, and his tutelage as an assistant under a GREAT head coach, it does not seem logical to assume Crean is devoid of this fundamental skill set. And if he can’t do it, then it is further illogical to assume that none of his assistant coaches can either. I mean if I’m a head coach and I realize that I suck at calling plays, it’s in my best interest to delegate that task to an assistant who I know is better at it than I am. Are you suggesting that no one on IU’s bench can draw up good plays?

    Is it the coach that can’t draw up the right play, at the right time, or is it the young players who can’t execute the plays the coach draws up while under pressure? Logic suggests that the problem, at least this year, lies with the young and inexperienced players not being able to execute what the coach wants them to do when it matters most.

    Last year, at Illinois, IU lost to Illinois in the last two seconds of the game because Cody Zeller failed to guard a player in the paint on an inbounds play. Easy layup and game over. One of IU’s best players totally failed to guard his man and gave up an easy layup. Was that Crean’s fault or Zeller’s fault? To blame that lapse on Crean is to suggest that Crean told Zeller not to guard the big man in the paint. That’s not logical.

  17. I was going to use that illini game as an example, but you beat me to it. It’s hard not to draw comparisons when it comes down to coaching ability, seeing that I grew up watching RMK. I can imagine what RMK would do to get the attention of these young players. If you want them ( recruits ), more than they want to play for you ( IU ) , then it’s hard to motivate. I imagine anyone can draw up a play, but to coach them up to pull it off is another thing. I happen to be reading ” The Power of Negative Thinking “, and it’s like he’s writing it as this season is unfolding. One example is how a poor coach wins a big game and can’t get his team up to play the next one and they get blown out. Crean can probably draw up a good x and o game, he can recruit, good at smiling and shaking the right hands, but he can’t get his team to do what he wants them to…which is essentially what you said. So is that not poor coaching, the inability to get your team to execute your game plan?

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