Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Michigan

  • 03/11/2016 5:11 pm in

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana suffered a disappointing quarterfinal exit in the 2016 Big Ten tournament, falling to Michigan 72-69 on Friday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Wolverines:

· Turnovers, poor outside shooting slow down offense: When Indiana is hitting on all cylinders offensively, the Hoosiers are doing three things well: hitting perimeter shots, crashing the offensive boards and taking care of the ball.

On an afternoon where Indiana failed to take care of the ball and shot an effective field goal percentage of less than 50, the Hoosiers let Michigan hang around all afternoon and eventually lost as a result.

Start with the turnovers: Indiana coughed up the ball 15 times for a turnover percentage of 23.5, its highest mark since an overtime loss at Wisconsin back in January. Those 15 mishaps turned into 22 points for Michigan.

The 3-point shooting was also a major issue as Indiana hit just 4-of-17 from distance and finished with an effective field goal percentage lower than 50 for the first time since the Michigan State loss. Indiana still managed to score 1.08 points per possession, but this was a below average offensive performance for the Hoosiers in the facets of the game it needs most to succeed.

· Michigan hit a very difficult shot to win the game: Indiana should have done a much better job closing out the game when it had a five-point lead with 2:36 to play, but credit Michigan for making a great play that potentially saved its season.

Indiana left the door open and Michigan capitalized on the opportunity.

Kameron Chatman, who had made just seven 3-pointers all season and wouldn’t have even been in the game had Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman not fouled out, splashed in a contested 3 over Nick Zeisloft to give the Wolverines the victory.

“I’ll have to check out the film, but I thought I was there on it,” Zeisloft said. “He hit a tough shot.”

· Indiana needs to get healthy in a hurry: Perhaps the extended break will be beneficial for the Hoosiers, but this group is extremely banged up as it leaves Indianapolis.

Robert Johnson missed his fourth straight game with an ankle sprain. Juwan Morgan was ineffective and logged just six minutes as he continues to battle a left shoulder injury. And Collin Hartman suffered what appeared to be a right arm injury in the loss.

Hartman didn’t elaborate much on what the issue is, but did say he’s going to “need a lot of treatment.” Johnson warmed up, but never got off the bench. And Morgan took just one shot and didn’t appear to be himself when on the floor.

If Indiana is going to make a run in the NCAA tournament, it’s going to need Johnson back and will also need more from Hartman and Morgan, who combined to go scoreless on Friday.

· Williams plays well again: One bright spot for Indiana was the play of Troy Williams, who once again was aggressive attacking the rim and finished with a team-high 16 points in 29 minutes.

The 6-foot-7 forward was 5-of-12 from the field and 5-of-7 from the field and also had four rebounds, three assists, two blocks, two steals and two turnovers on the afternoon.

That’s the fifth time Williams has scored in double figures in the last six games and his woeful performance at Michigan State seems forgotten at this point.

· A new season begins now: Just as Indiana couldn’t afford to be too high on itself following its strong finish to the regular season and Big Ten championship, the Hoosiers can’t hang their heads after losing early in the conference tournament.

“Our goal is still right there in front of us,” Thomas Bryant said postgame. “We’ve still got full confidence in one another to get there, too. We just lost one game. That’s all it is. We just lost one game. He hit a tough shot. That’s it.”

That’s the mindset Indiana absolutely needs to have moving forward as it begins the final phase of the season. The Hoosiers could afford to lose on Friday, but the next loss will be the end of the road for this group.

“Come Sunday, we figure out who we’re playing and focus up,” Max Bielfeldt said. We’re blessed to be in the tournament. Just have to keep things in perspective and go at it.”


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  • vicbert caladipo

    Actually from what I’ve seen is pretty accurate. I’ve compared my picks with Lunardis for years and he smokes me everytime. Soooo that either means one of two things…..I’m really dumb or Lunardis pretty accurate. Palm is pretty accurate too, but he doesn’t like IU.

  • Missing Moye

    I’m sure the committee doesn’t consult any of the “bracketologists” out there, but it would be curious to know if they don’t take a glance at what the “experts” are saying as some sort of confirmation. My guess is still no.

    As for Lunardi, most on here seem to consider him a bit of a hack. I’ve never checked after the fact to see who is really the most accurate, but I tend to check Lunardi just because it’s the easiest and most convenient to follow.

  • BL

    Lunardi has us a 4 playing UNC Wilm. and then the winner of Cal/ALR to get to KU. Jerry Palm also has us a 4 having to go thru KU. For what it’s worth, I’d love to get KU. I think it would be an awesome matchup for us. Not huge and small guards.

  • BL

    Get well.

  • pcantidote

    Teams I really don’t want to see early in our bracket: MSU, UK, UNC. Admittedly, I don’t watch much other than the B1G. Any chance of an IU/PU 4/5 game in the second round? I know they typically try to avoid conference games until later.

  • Are IU guys ready to play “tough’? There are many great teams bound for the NCAA’s, with desire, and skill that can beat anybody on a given night. No team can play soft and expect to win, which I think IU does on occasion and did against Michigan. IMHO it appears to me that the team with the toughest mindset gets the fewest calls against them. I saw that happen last night during the Oregon vs Utah game, I saw it again today in the Mich State ve Purdue game. ‘Tough’ physical and mental play wins games, whether you are taliking offense or defense, perferably both. Go IU!!

  • Thanks. Just woke up long enough to see the seedings. Yuck.


    Sure hope that you are right and we have to remember that he could have went with two true guards before the injury, but chose not too. It wasn’t a situation where he would have needed to eventually see that OG & JM was capable of helping as much as they could and then switch to a two guard line up, he could have played CH at the 4 and TW at the 3 to begin with and that’s what makes me think there is a good chance that he reverts to that kind of line up next season. I think watching what decisions he makes concerning playing 2 true guards versus playing 3 true guards will be the biggest factor in determining how well we get the season started. As I stated in another reply how he handles that particular aspect of the team will go a long way in if I think he really has learned some things and is ready to utilize those lessons next year. A couple of things that I think he has changed about and will continue to do is not practicing the team so hard and long towards the middle and latter part of the season and not trying to go with some kind of gimmicky type of defense e.g. start in zone and switch to man to man during the same possession or vice versa.

  • Kris Kompute

    You study the names of commenters in a BBall blog?

    Did you win your last Warcraft tourney too?

  • Kris Kompute

    The way y’all protect him is ridiculous.

    Ok, let’s take final fours. We haven’t been to one since 2002. That was 14 years ago. Crean has been the coach for 8 years. I guess that’s Bob Knight’s fault.

    I guess it’s kelvin Sampson’s fault that crean still doesn’t have a zone offense.

    I guess it’s Mike Davis’s fault that Crean still can’t draw up a decent FC EOB.

    Chattanooga is good but we should win that. Cal will coach circles around Crean. Next Sunday, Crean will be watching with us.

  • Marty White

    Not this week I’m working Thursday!