Indiana coach Tom Crean was very critical of his team after an ugly 70-50 loss to Michigan State in East Lansing on Monday night, and rightly so. The Hoosiers were never competitive in the game, turning in their worst performance in a number of years.
Crean was especially upset with starters Troy Williams and Hanner Mosquera-Perea, who combined for 0 points and two rebounds. Mosquera-Perea picked up two fouls in less than 90 seconds, and he was never a factor. He played only 10 minutes.
"Hanner Perea was certainly not ready to play tonight, and now he'll be in for a dogfight for that position because Emmitt Holt was," Crean said. "He didn't play well, but he was ready to play.
"[Hanner's] a work in progress. I guess I gotta start going with that line because that's really what he is. That's why I don't walk into our press conferences before games or after games raving about the latest thing Hanner did because it's still new to him. For two years, he didn't work very hard here, alright? At all. He's worked a lot harder, and he's got to have that commitment level. And I have to believe that he will. But there will be some guys chomping at the bit to grab that spot tomorrow morning."
Mosquera-Perea continues to be more inconsistent than any other player on the roster, and probably any other player in the Big Ten. He was invisible in an overtime loss to Georgetown, scoring his only points of the game on a meaningless basket with seconds remaining in the OT period. He played one of his best games of his career in a New Year's Eve win over Nebraska, dominating the game down the stretch in the second half.
As Crean said, Holt, a freshman, didn't play all that well, but he was one of the only Indiana players to compete against the Spartans. Holt finished with four points and two rebounds.
For Williams, the underwhelming performance was more of a surprise, and it left the Hoosiers without much of a chance against a Michigan State team desperate for a win. Williams struggled to get to the rim against Branden Dawson early in the game, and he was never a factor in the game.
In his previous four games, Williams scored 66 points (16.5 ppg) on 27-of-44 (61 percent) shooting with 31 rebounds (7.8 rpg). He had zero points and one rebound on 0-of-2 shooting against the Spartans.
"Troy gave us very little fight tonight," Crean said. "Troy didn't bring a competitive level. It's not as much about the matchup. He didn't play with any real resolve. He didn't get on the glass. He just didn't have a good night, but he'll get better from it. He usually responds in a pretty good way, if you look at the Louisville game. He responded in a pretty good way from the Louisville game."