It is no secret that the Indiana Hoosiers have struggled entering into conference play. They let two games go that should have been wins in Minnesota and Nebraska and then have had to face Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin on the road to equal their five losses. No doubt, asking
The much maligned senior PG has been eviscerated by the IU faithful across message boards for the better part of the season and many have laid most of the blame of the Hoosiers’ current struggles at Verdell’s feet. However, taking a closer look at the number shows that placing so much blame on his shoulders is hardly fair. The big complaint about Jones seems to be that he just can’t handle the PG duties. The way many talk about him you’d think his assist to turnover ratio was in the dump. It isn’t. Jones’ performance in taking care of the ball and distributing it isn’t anything special to write home about, (his ratio is 1.36 assists to every turnover) but it is far from backbreaking.
In fact, Jones leads all
Jones is having what I would consider to be a mediocre conference season but is distributing the ball very well. He has 27 total conference turnovers, but 18 of them have come in the first five games. Since then he has only committed 9 in the final five. Now let’s make the assumption that good Verdell has shown up for good, like he has in the last several games. What does good Verdell provide this team that it has been missing all season and drastically needs? A slashing PG. Jones has found some confidence and has been getting to the basket with authority over the last two games.
Last night, Jones dropped 14 points on
The same would have gone for the game in