At the Buzzer: Butler 83, Indiana 78

  • 12/17/2016 7:23 pm in

INDIANAPOLIS – Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 83-78 loss to Butler:

How it happened: Indiana raced to a 6-0 lead in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but it would be short lived as Butler stormed back and controlled this one basically throughout. The Hoosiers made it interesting late and even had a chance to tie it at 77, but a James Blackmon Jr. 3-point attempt rimmed out. From there, Indiana drew within two at 79-77 on a Blackmon 3 and then elected to play it out rather than foul Butler. Thomas Bryant lost Tyler Wideman on a backdoor cut off of an out of bounds play and Butler pushed the lead back to four at 81-77 to seal the win. This loss can be pinned on a poor defensive effort (1.18 PPP allowed), an explosive offensive performance from Kelan Martin (28 points) and Indiana’s inability to make a 3-pointer until the second half (0-of-8 on 3s in first half).

Standout performance: James Blackmon Jr. had a team-high 26 points and hit 4-of-7 3-pointers in 34 minutes. The junior from Marion had 16 of his 26 in the second half when Indiana closed within two after trailing by as many as 16.

Statistic that stands out: Butler’s 1.18 points per possession were the most Indiana has allowed in a game this season and the Bulldogs hit 10 of their 21 3-point attempts for 46.6 percent. Indiana entered the game with the best 3-point field goal percentage defense in the country at 25.1.

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  • JT

    Whole heartedly agree with comment on TB on the blocks but have u ever seen a CTC team play that way? Feeding the post can do wonders to open up the outside shot. Hard to defend both the three pointer and the post. But seems CTC would rather die by the 3 or the dribble drive even if not falling. He needs to learn to adjust like OMG coach Painter up north.

  • Piker

    Don’t understand why you make paper bag comments and say JBJ driving and throwing up bad shots. Didn’t see that. Saw a good Butler team make some great shots and IU real cold in first half. Hard for anyone to go down double digits after half and come back and beat a Butler. JBJ did try and played well.

  • Missing Moye

    It’s as though a portion of the fan base expects this team to go undefeated every year and never have a bad night. I try not to get too high after the wins or too low after the losses. It’s a long season.

  • Evan

    But what about when he doesn’t play well? Do you see Crean making adjustments? Because I do not. But I agree, Butler was playing lights out. Part of that problem was not contesting outside shots enough.

  • sd chuck

    My take, TB best he’s played all year, JM, very good game, kid is a beast on the boards, OG very flat game, probably counting on too much. RJ very solid game again, kid turns in good game after good game. JBJ another good game, hate to think playing without his firepower. JN not his greatest game, if we have to play 3 guards need to see more of CJ, and DG. Here’s my thoughts, JN makes a lot of freshmen like mistakes, and he is not a good FT shooter (61%), DG is maybe after tonight (90%), CJ don’t remember FT% but well better than 61%. I will guarantee if we are leading Louisville by 15 with 5 to go JN will be going to the line!

  • Evan

    RJ needs to get more touches.

  • Ke Sang

    I agree. though I think he needs to change a little bit too, on game coaching and game strategy.

  • Piker

    Actually I have seen better player adjustments, sub patterns etc from TC starting last year and caring over to this year. But I will agree I was disappointed with playing under the screens by our guards in the first half. They will see the film and TC will surely look at them and ask why would you guys give Martin an inch the way he is shooting.

  • pcantidote

    I don’t recall these comments after the Kansas or UNC games, or the outright B1G titles 2 of the last 4 years. Relax.

  • pcantidote

    I just want to make sure that you are talking about the same Steve Alford that has never made it past the Sweet 16?

  • pcantidote

    Why do you only post when they lose?

  • pcantidote

    exactly.

  • JT

    RMK’s fingerprints were pretty d#*+! good. If you recall that is when we won championships in the 70’s & 80’s. None since.

  • KYHoosier

    I want to make sure you know Crean himself has only made it past the Sweet 16 once in his career and it happened to be with one of the best SG in NBA history in Dwyane Wade. Alford would recruit the state and keep the talent at home and I bet would make it past the sweet 16.

  • KYHoosier

    Purdue also isn’t considered a blue blood program

  • pcantidote

    I am well aware, and that is why I thought it was odd that you wanted to replace him with someone with a worse track record.

  • I take a little bit of a different tack. I really, really enjoy the wins and try not to let the losses get me down. That way, I can enjoy following the team without making it a huge negative in my life. I mean, heck, I’m a Colts fan as well. If I didn’t moderate things, I’d be miserable every sports season.

  • ToothGuy

    Yeah, changing on the fly is not CTC’s strong suit. If this was our default offense when we don’t get something in transition then that would reduce a lot of the need for CTC to adjust. Not hating on CTC though. Last year won him some deserved breathing room for me. Trusting that his staff works out some of these mental kinks at the same time our players find a better feel for control. If both of those happen then we’re capable of a run.

  • BL4IU

    It’s not the offense. We took roughly 65% of our attempts from two which shows good balance. We went 20-38 inside the arc. Every good D1 team shoots three’s and off nights will happen. When they do, only way to win is D. Butler beat their average PPG by five. Hold them below their average we win.

  • TomJameson

    Butler hit 10 of 21 threes for the game. 47.6%

  • Ole Man

    Talking about the first half, Tom. I could be wrong, but I believe that was 5 of 10; 50%

  • Ole Man

    Now that could be. I don’t spend as much time on here as you do. Plus, I have a tendency to look past them. LOL!

  • b_side

    Curtis Jones scored 15 points against Kansas.

    DD’s defense on Meeks, Hicks and Bradley was crucial after TB picked up fouls. He also backed down Meeks for a monster bucket under 4 minutes.

  • b_side

    Ah, so when we win a game like Kansas, it’s the other team having an off night. But when we lose to IPFW or Butler, the same doesn’t apply?

    Would like to point out that we had 13 invisible minutes from OG against IPFW due to his sickness and he didn’t look like himself until getting his wind back in the second half last night after a 17 day layoff.

  • SCHoosier

    First half of the game was a total disaster in any IU area you want to highlite (or lowlite in this case) Team came out unprepared to handle what Butler brought to them on and D. Butler’s half court offense and defense were soooooo much better than ours…IU didn’t deserve a win. James had a great O game..bad on D..Morgan was great..OG not a factor and Bryant..allowing that uncontested dunk on the out of bounds…should just keep his mouth shut on this one.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Spot on

  • vicbert caladipo

    Can always count on you to keep it real. Good post.

  • vicbert caladipo

    It’s scary that we have been on the same page all season. Great minds think alike??? Nahhhh ; )

  • TomJameson

    My mistake, I was obviously talking about the game totals. 50% is pretty darn good for a half OR the whole game.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Sorry to reply so late,,,your bright basketball guy ? I doubt he can coach and recruit as well as Tom Crean.

  • ToothGuy

    I doubt it as well. Thanks.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Yesterday was rough. Have a Happy Holiday season. I didn’t mean to be rude and I hope you didn’t take it that way.

  • ForeverIU

    You have a point, but I also take seriously kenpom’s rankings. I believe kenpom as a predictor more than I do the other rankings that are based on win-loss records. Plus, if we are the team we claim to be, then we should have been able to handle IPFW even with one of our major pieces missing.

  • b_side

    Same goes for Butler in their loss to Indiana State. Clearly these things happen and will continue until the rules drastically change or the college basketball landscape loses its parity.

  • ToothGuy

    Not at all. Likewise, I hope my cryptic line about knowing a “bright basketball guy” didn’t come off as smug. Couch coaching is easy, right? We’ve all got the answers. Merry Christmas and happy holidays yourself.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Thanks, TG. My Dad was an oral surgeon in South Bend. Take care.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Not forcing turnovers may have killed IU. Only having 13 is pretty good, but only forcing 6 is pretty bad.

  • IdahoHoosier

    You made a good prediction about shooting. But on the turnover angle, if you only force a team into 6 turnovers… you probably never win that game.

  • Arch Puddington

    Among other the things I said in that same thread was this:

    “Pace matters, as does differential. If IU has 15 turnovers and Butler has 12, we probaly win. If IU has 15 and Butler has 5, we probably lose.”

    Well, 13 and 6 wasn’t that far off. I get the importance of turnovers, I just think shooting matters more. In the last three IU-Butler games, the team that shot best won. In two of those games, the team that won also had the most turnovers.