IU-Michigan State Postgame Show … a.k.a. It’s Time To Start Stan

As Andy Bottoms said on the postgame show, this wasn’t a game that he or many others (except Jerod) expected to win going into the year. And after the Hoosiers’ porous play of late, it was hard to expect too much in a game against one of the nation’s best teams.

Still, we all know the Hoosiers have a shot in any game at Assembly Hall, and some shreds of optimism were swirling leading up to Saturday afternoon’s B1G bout.

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QuickTake: Syracuse 69, IU 52

Much like in the Sweet 16 last April, the face-off between the Indiana Hoosiers and the Syracuse Orange, this time in the B1G-ACC Challenge was dominated by Jim Boeheim and ‘Cuse.

SYRACUSE, NY - DECEMBER 03: C.J. Fair #5 of the Syracuse Orange drives to the basket around Will Sheehey #0 of the Indiana Hoosiers during the first half. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
C.J. Fair of the Syracuse Orange drives to the basket around Will Sheehey of the Indiana Hoosiers during the first half. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images) via ESPN

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QuickTake: IU Beats Stony Brook 90-74, Improves to 4-0

As much of Hoosier Nation expected, this young Indiana basketball team has been a roller coaster of a squad in the early goings. But in their third game of the week, IU looked much more like the team we saw rout Samford on Friday than the one that squeaked out a win over LIUB on Tuesday, taking down a very solid Stony Brook team 90-74.

Can't live without the big heads. Credit: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports
The “Big Heads” –  Credit: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports

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QuickTake: The Good From IUBB’s First Exhibition Game

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As a college basketball game in October, this one was exactly what everyone expected it to be: sloppy. But again, it’s October basketball. So for now, let’s focus on the good from the Hoosiers’ first exhibition game …

Troy Williams shielding off his defender and going strong to the rim. Photo via IUHoosiers.com
Troy Williams shielding off his defender and going strong to the rim. Photo via IUHoosiers.com

Yogi Ferrell: The sophomore point guard wanted to look like he was in control of this team, and that was exactly the case right out of the gate. Yogi connected on six of his 15 field goal attempts, all coming from behind the arc. So as of right now, it looks like Tom Crean will rely on Ferrell to stretch out the defense when nobody else is connecting from deep. We’re not worried about him having only two assists to four turnovers.

Noah Vonleh: The highly-touted freshman Vonleh impressed early and often in his first game action in Assembly Hall. He ran up and down the floor as good as the likes of Cody Zeller used to, was explosive on offense, and stood his ground on defense. He also looked capable of being a team’s primary rebounder, pulling down 12 in his 23 minutes on the floor. He’ll need to be able to hit his free throws (0-5), but overall, so far so good for Noah.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea: After one game, it looks like HMP will be in the contention for the team’s ‘most improved player.’ He certainly did not look lost on offense or defense, whereas he almost always did last year. In the 15 minutes he logged, he scored nine points, including an impressive 5-5 FT’s and hitting a smooth baseline jumper. It was great to see some confidence from ‘Air Colombia’ as it looks like we may finally be seeing the player Tom Crean has constantly been impressed with in practice.

Troy Williams: We are not going to be shy about saying it: freshman Troy Williams looked like a young Victor Oladipo out there. The kid absolutely flies all over the court on offense and defense, though it seemed Tom Crean thought he got a bit out-of-hand in that regard at times. He played 25 minutes and notched a double-double while stuffing the stat sheet: 10 pt, 10 reb, 3 blk, 1 ast. Like Perea, he looks poised to be one of the team’s breakout players this season. We can’t wait to see more of him in Assembly Hall.

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We certainly saw some good things from other players, but the four guys above were definitely the most impressive of the 16 Hoosiers that saw the floor Saturday evening. Stay tuned on AssemblyCall.com for more about IUBB’s first showing, and as always head on over to BTownBanners.com to discuss everything Hoosier-related!

QuickTake: Indiana Takes Back Hoosier State

After a slow, decade-long erosion that saw Indiana fall below Purdue, Notre Dame, and even Butler in the Basketball State both in terms of on-court play and recruiting, we have now re-emerged as the recruiting leader in a state stocked with talent and beaten Purdue, Notre Dame, Butler, and Evansville this year to reclaim our place as the on-court leader as well.

Hey, it’s called the Hoosier State for a reason. And we’ve scratched and clawed our way back to the state living up to its official nickname.

And we’ve done it with class, with kids who go to class, and in a way that’s built to last.

Well done Tom Crean. Very well done.

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Photo credit: Heather Brogden

The coffee always tastes a little better the morning after beating Purdue, and such feelings have been far too few and far between lately. So proud of the team after last night’s win. Victor Oladipo took IU’s road monkey, snatched it off everyone’s back, and stuffed it into the Mackey rafters where it can stay.

Update: And as Chronic Hoosier just tweeted out, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels has introduced modifications to the state flag after last night.

Oh, and random thought: Tom Crean is now 46-72 at Indiana…but he’s 18-6 with one new #40 making his mark on the floor, and one former #40 who you may be familiar with now back helping to lead this program again:

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My email address has always been jerodmorris40@gmail.com for a reason. Good to have it back in Bloomington.

Okay, time to turn the page and get ready for the Super Bowl and then the February/March stretch run. Last night’s win reconvinced me that this team has the potential to be special. I can’t wait to see how we come out against Illinois on Thursday. Big chance to really harness some momentum and finish this season strongly.

IU QuickTake: Should Will Sheehey start over Victor Oladipo on Sunday?

As we continue to evolve our IU hoops coverage here at The Assembly Call, this is the first of a new series of posts called QuickTakes. Andy, Ryan, or I will post a quick thought about the team, and then open it up for discussion in the comment section.

So here goes.

QuickTake: I think Will Sheehey should start over Victor Oladipo on Sunday against Penn State.

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