The Minute After: Southeast Missouri State

  • 12/04/2016 6:15 pm in

Thoughts on a 83-55 win over the Redhawks:

On its last leg of a four-games-in-eight-days stretch, Indiana slopped its way through the first half of Sunday afternoon’s contest. Over the first 20 minutes of the game, Indiana turned the ball over on 33.3 percent of its possessions thanks to some overly happy feet and some serious lack of focus.

Despite turning it over at an alarming rate, Indiana still mustered a solid 1.08 points per possession. When the Hoosiers actually held possession in the first half, the offense hummed with inside-out crisp ball movement for scores all over the court.

Juwan Morgan continued his impressive weekend on Branch McCracken Court. After an 8-of-8 performance (18 points) against SIU Edwardsville, Morgan tossed up another perfect game from the field (4-of-4). OG Anunoby was off crutches today and there are some signs his high ankle sprain injury may not keep him out long term. But in his absence, Morgan has done a great job picking up some of the offensive slack.

This was yet another contest the Hoosiers shot under 40 percent from 3-point range (7-of-20, 35 percent) and it’s becoming a bit of a trend. That said, Johnson had a number go halfway down before coming out in the first half. And the looks were mostly pretty good tonight. Over the last two seasons, Indiana has been among the best 3-point shooting teams in the country. Last season, they hit 41.6 percent, good for fourth in the nation. Two years ago, they hit 40.6 percent, good for sixth in the country. Entering tonight’s contest, the Hoosiers sat at 38.6 percent, which ranks them 52nd. Still quite good, but not elite.

It’s a number to keep an eye on as the non-conference season rolls along.

Indiana racked up eight blocks again this afternoon as it did on Friday night, tying a season-high. In a game he only took two field goal attempts, Thomas Bryant accounted for half of Indiana’s blocks (four) with De’Ron Davis (two), Freddie McSwain (one) and Juwan Morgan (one) accounting for the other half. Indiana also racked up 10 steals in the game and scored 16 points off turnovers, more than the 13 the Redhawks got off of Indiana’s 18 turnovers. They held Southeast Missouri State to just .77 points per possession.

Curtis Jones had an efficient 3-of-4 (eight points) shooting performance in 13 minutes of action and continues to show nice body control around the basket on the break. Devonte Green got back in the scoring mix a little with five points thanks to a 3-pointer and two makes at the line. And the Hoosiers also had a nice, balanced mix of scorers tonight with four players in double digits. Morgan (11 points), James Blackmon Jr. (11 points), De’Ron Davis (14) and Johnson (17) all chipped in.

Indiana’s turnover percentage improved by game’s end to 25.2 percent, but that’s a number that’s still much too high. The Hoosiers ended last season with the nation’s sixth best offense despite a turnover percentage of 19.6 percent, which ranked 272nd in the country. This is an offensive system that can still be successful despite a less than stellar turnover rate.

Still, it continues to be a concern and could come back to bite Indiana later in the month when it takes on elite teams in Butler and Louisville.

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  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Is it just me or does Robert Johnson look really confident and aggressive on the offensive end this year? I think their was something beyond that ankle wrong with his legs his first two seasons. That or he has improved his lower body strength significantly because he just looks more explosive both around the rim and on his jump shot?

  • IUowns

    Easy win. Glad we play one game in the next 13 days. I think everyone would be read to go and firing for the Butler game (including OG)

  • ForeverIU

    Absolutely love our team.

  • Fifer39

    Not watched the game yet but really surprised to see the level of minutes for the starters, 3 more than 30 mins. I was hoping these games would give far more opportunity for CuJo, DG, FMcS, etc especially since that was game 4 in 8 days although I appreciate the schedule slows down a bit for the next couple of weeks.

  • Smilinjayd

    I agree. I was thinking how mature, confident and comfortable he looked. He’ll be a huge factor in our progress and success. Got lost on defense a couple of times, but solid game.

  • sd chuck

    Would like to see our schedule ramp up. Plenty of opportunities for bigger games, crowd not into these games, kids don’t play with same intensity. I can see some of these for tuning, all don’t have to be NC either. Start home and home with Texas, Arizona. Crowd would love these kind of games. I know, home gate, big ten! I don’t think the committee values the big ten that much, last year, big ten champs 4 seed. Just would like to see schedule improve.

  • AZMBNZ

    Yeah, that move he made on the baseline, after getting the ball in the corner on the transition. was just a baller move. He was in there so fast that nobody had a chance to touch him. I like his aggressiveness. I think it has always been there, but overshadowed by Troy and Yogi. I think mental confidence plays a big part as well. I think he knows he needs to step up and make the play. Coach Crean’s “everyone is yogi” philosophy has allowed RJ to play more aggressive.

  • AZMBNZ

    IDK, IU just had Kansas and UNC, and are gunning for Butler and Louisville, what more do you want? Keep in mind, these mid-majors and regional universities want the experience of playing blue-chip schools. They also want the revenue that comes with it. I just watched Louisville take on GCU out here in AZ. It set an attendance record and gave the school a huge recruiting boost. For Louisville, it was a test on the road. Matchups like this allows for a coach to use it as a teaching tool for future games.

  • Corey Schroyer

    Man I tell you the rate they can get these guys back on the court is amazing. I know we don’t have a timetable for o.g. yet but my last high ankle sprain in college had me on crutches for about a month and a half….I didn’t have the resources they do obviously but I rehabbed at a pretty healthy rate on my own and still wouldn’t say my ankle was in “good” condition for almost 3 months. Not every injury to the ankle is the same but it’s still encouraging to see him progress. Overall good win I think these next two weeks will be huge given extra practice time and some rest to get fresh for Butler and Louisville

  • Bruce Clark

    Watched the replay: Johnson looks much quicker this year and is playing more aggressively. Add in JMs play, RN looking very comfortable right now, and our starters look ready for conference play!

    DD looks strong down low; interesting how TC is using TB with DD the past couple of games. Man is CuJo quick and fearless.

    Have watched a bunch of top teams this year and love our team and their passion for the game. Flexible roster, we match-up very well with everyone I have seen – though adding the 3 feeshmen in at Duke really changes their team.

  • Shaggy_C

    IU is lucky that SEMO couldn’t buy a bucket. They had many completely wide open shots (in the first half especially) that a top-100 team would have hit. IU was fortunate to go into the locker room with the lead, which is more than slightly distressing in a home game against an opponent of this caliber. I don’t know if I can remember an IU team so driven by the emotional highs and lows of the environment and the opponent that they’re playing.

  • TomJameson

    I looked at the stats this morning and I had that same thought about the minutes. I would have liked the starters to play 25 minutes or less, at least get CuJo, DG, and DD more minutes. That could very well pay good dividends later in the season.

  • BannerOrBust

    From the little news they’ve given about OG, it’s sounding like it won’t be a long recovery… However, Juwan Morgan is beyond capable of filling that role as we move forward. It would be nice to get an idea on Hartman and his status.