Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Next up, @OSU!

If the Hoosiers spring an upset on the road against the sinking Buckeyes, expect to see a lot of ink about the IU freshmen maturing early, etc. I don't expect it to happen, and I don't expect Evan Turner to play (although he does, even at half-strength, the Hoosiers are cooked).

I really think Matta will have his crew pumped to beat the Hoosiers, because OSU just got handed a disappointing loss from a disappointing Michigan team after getting stomped at Wisconsin. The next two games following the IU game are at Minnesota and at Purdue, with a home game against Wisconsin following. Lose the home match to Indiana, and an 0-6 start to the Big Ten is a real possibility for Matta's club. Expect Dallas Lauderdale to control the paint and Lighty & Buford to feast in transition on Hoosier turnovers. The Hoosiers are a dangerous team, but so far have often lacked the composure so necessary to win conference road games.

What I would like to see is the Hoosiers compete, not give up easy buckets and hit the defensive glass with some purpose. It'll be an uphill battle, but they can put themselves in a position to get lucky if they can draw even on turnovers and win rebounds and loose balls.


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