Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Eastern Washington

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Indiana suffered a disappointing 88-86 loss to Eastern Washington on Monday night at Assembly Hall. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Eagles:

· Defense fails Indiana throughout: Aside from a strong start when the Hoosiers went up 14-2, Indiana’s defense was simply poor across the board. Eastern Washington, a team that was relying more on the 3-pointer than any other school in the country, scored 48 points in the paint and 1.18 points per possession against the Hoosiers.

The Eagles scored off of drives, put backs and even grabbing a 78-75 lead late, the Hoosiers simply couldn’t stop the trio of Venky Jois, Tyler Harvey and Drew Brandon from that point on. As good as Indiana’s offense has looked early on, its defense has a long, long way to go.

· Indiana has no post presence right now: Junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea is improved, but he’s simply not to the point where he can be counted on to produce consistently. Over his last three games, Mosquera-Perea has a total of five rebounds and he’s done little to stop shot attempts at the rim.

As a result, Tom Crean has been using guards to defend the post, which isn’t working either. So what’s the solution?

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Film Session: Lamar

Indiana’s defense was a cause for concern in Saturday’s win against Lamar. At one point in the second half, the Hoosiers surrendered seven straight buckets to the Cardinals.

We’ll take a look at what what wrong during that run in the latest edition of Film Session:

In a 2-3 zone, Indiana is communicating movement early:

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Ferrell continues to call out movement:

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But as the possession goes along, Ferrell is pinched into the lane line and doesn’t notice Lamar sneaking behind him to the rim:

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Eastern Washington’s Venky Jois on Indiana’s defense: ‘They weren’t doing anything’

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From far outside the Eastern Washington postgame locker room on Monday night, you could hear the screaming and the celebrating.

During his postgame interview, Eagles star Tyler Harvey mouthed to teammate Venky Jois, “Oh my god.”

As Eastern Washington (4-1) walked off Branch McCracken Court after their upset over Indiana (4-1), ending the Hoosiers’ 43-game non-conference home winning streak, the Eagles could barely even contain themselves. Parker Kelly looked up to Eastern Washington fans and shrugged, as if he could not believe what just happened. Players yelled as they left the court.

All that shock came from the performance the Eagles had against the Hoosiers on Monday night. They had won, 88-86.

“We deserved it,” Eastern Washington guard Drew Brandon said. “We work hard every day, and it just felt great to finish with the win.”

Indiana, meanwhile, was left reeling. After giving up 48 points in the paint in their win over Lamar on Saturday, the Hoosiers allowed another 48 points in the paint to Eastern Washington on Monday.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss to Eastern Washington

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 88-86 loss to Eastern Washington on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Video: IU players react to loss to Eastern Washington

Troy Williams (19 points, nine rebounds) and Yogi Ferrell (27 points, seven assists and four rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 88-86 loss to Eastern Washington on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

The Minute After: Eastern Washington

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Thoughts on an 88-86 loss to the Eagles:

This is what happens when your only rotational big man can’t defend the post. Indiana become helpless against the size of Venky Jois. He goes off for 20 points and 14 boards. Indiana’s lack of size allows Eastern Washington to gobble up 41 percent of its misses for 20 second-chance points and 48 points in the paint.

This is what happens when your guards can’t defend dribble penetration: Tyler Harvey and Drew Brandon combine for 52 points on 19-of-36 shooting and the Eagles score 1.18 points per possession.

This is what happens when James Blackmon Jr. leaves the Superman cape in the locker room, the Hoosiers shoot under 40 percent from 3-point range and Yogi Ferrell goes hero ball down the stretch: A 12-point second half lead disappears, and Big Sky comes to Big Ten country to take Indiana out.

The Eastern Washington Eagles aren’t a bad team. But they’re not a great team, either. However, they laid the path on how to expose Indiana: If you have a competent big man, feed him, feed him and feed him again. Indiana just doesn’t have anyone capable of defending him at an acceptable level at present. Tom Crean has so little faith in Hanner Mosquera-Perea right now that he sat him for large stretches as a host of smaller Hoosiers did what they could against Jois, which wasn’t much. Emmitt Holt doesn’t appear ready to be part of the solution right now. He didn’t even see the court. Heck: Just a few months ago, he thought he’d still be in high school. Jeremiah April and Tim Priller likely aren’t going to get it done against competent competition, either.

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Video: Jim Hayford, EWU players react to win at Indiana

Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford, along with Venky Jois, Tyler Harvey and Drew Brandon, met with the media following a 88-86 win at Indiana on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

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