At the Buzzer: Louisville 77, Indiana 62

  • 12/31/2016 2:51 pm in

INDIANAPOLIS – Quick thoughts on a 77-62 loss to Louisville:

How it happened: Indiana’s second trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season and third this calendar year ended with a familiar result: a loss. Turnovers and poor shooting doomed the Hoosiers in the first half. Indiana posted an effective field goal percentage of 29.3 in the first half and a turnover percentage of 30.7. Against a legitimate top 15 opponent, that’s not going to get it done. The second half brought some promise for the Hoosiers as they got within six with 12:20 to play, but a subsequent Donovan Mitchell 3-pointer pushed the lead back to nine. Indiana never really threatened again from there. The loss, IU’s second straight, drops the Hoosiers to 10-4 on the season with a conference showdown with Wisconsin looming on Tuesday in Bloomington.

Standout performances: James Blackmon Jr. finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, but shot just 3-of-8 from the field. And sophomore OG Anunoby played well at times, finishing with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

Statistic that stands out: It was another lackluster effort from Indiana defensively as the Hoosiers allowed the Cardinals to score 1.17 points per possession. Fourteen games into the season, Indiana’s defense is clearly trending in the wrong direction. Donovan Mitchell scored a career-high 25 points for the Cardinals.

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  • Ms hoosier

    You judge a tree by the fruit it bares.

  • HAVOC

    Wow. Ok. I’m confused. I’m not even going to ask. Good day, sir!… OH! Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

  • Elnora Owl

    Hey Glass “Make IU Basketball Great Again!”

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I want to be 20 years old again, buffed, back at IU, poor, but man oh man was I happy.

  • Larry Brown

    he missed some wide open 3s. That’s not being “taken away”, that’s just an off game

  • Larry Brown

    RJ has been IU’s best all-around player this year, their MVP really, until today. Newkirk did all right today, but his reckless out of control drives and poor decision-making have been crucial in all of IU’s other losses

  • Larry Brown

    I like teams that play smart, always play hard, play with discipline and hustle. I do not feel I can say this about IU anymore, and have felt this for awhile. Wish I was a Butler alum, then rooting for them would be natural. Tough to root for IU anymore, and Crean seems just good enough to keep around but not good enough to get IU back to consistent prominence.

  • Larry Brown

    Ahem ‘Ole Man, but Obama has given Christians the finger for 8 years now. How about the promise he made to the Catholic Bishops that he wouldn’t mandate insurers to cover birth control (as if pregnancy is a disease) in Obamacare? How about the groups of nuns he took all the way to the Supreme Court to try to force them to pay for birth control and aborta-faciens in their insurance plan ? How about the bakers and florists that the Feds are punishing simply because they wish to exercise their freedom of religion in not supporting homosexual activities? I’d say you are not a Christian, but rather a militant secularist which ultimately amounts to a Communist , really.

  • Ms hoosier

    No it’s not sad I’m not fooled by his Muslim ways. Obama fell off the muslem tree!!

  • Bk39

    I don’t believe JM bringing the ball up court is indicative of any issues. CTC has used a forward in the past in the same manner, Hollowell, and Troy and either bringing the ball up the floor was certainly not an indication something was wrong with the point guard, Yogi.

  • Chappy Dan

    THIS. Forcing players who don’t fit a system to play that system is a recipe for disaster. The players should dictate the system, not the other way around.

  • Chappy Dan

    Mark Few isn’t going anywhere.

  • Chappy Dan

    Look in the mirror if you want to see a beacon of hope. Happy New Year. Maybe you can stop listening to ICP this year? LOL HAW

  • Chappy Dan

    Gonzaga is a well established and well respected program at this point. Where have you been the past 20 years?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    You also! Happy New Year to you and your family.

  • bojak

    Not true. Newkirk’s layin’s were gimme’s. His minutes should be under 10 minutes.

  • cbags05

    ok maybe not designed for him. But he was CTC’s dream PG. Anything else in this system looks like crap.

  • Ole Man

    As I said, truly sad you’ve allowed your mind to become someone else’s possession.

  • Shaggy_C

    Here’s a fun question: Who would you rather have, Verdell Jones III or Newkirk? Comparisons to Yogi are unfair as he was a generational player. Given the kind of players that TC can realistically recruit and have sign with IU, what can we really expect?

  • Ole Man

    How about posting something other than Faux news driven propaganda? How about acting like a true Christian instead of this made up nonsense?
    As I said, in supporting this less-than-a-man President elect the Christians/Evangelicals cede any claim to any moral argument.

  • Jeff Bryant

    I agree. I am sick of the alumni, fans and anyone else defending mediocrity. I am an Indiana transplant, now living in Kentucky. As much as I hate the fan base of UK, there is no way in He!! the alumni or fan base would tolerate such dismal achievements, year after year. Crean is a mediocre coach at best, and IU will never hang another title or even be a contender in the big dance until he is replaced with someone who truly knows how to coach. I now fear we will not get past the first round in the tournament. With Cream at the helm, this is our future.

  • Jeff Bryant

    Exactly!

  • Jeff Bryant

    Don’t forget nonstop dribbling and passing until the shot clock expires. We seem very proficient at that.

  • cbags05

    I need to see Newkirk to the end before making that call. He is still less than half a season off of surgery.

    I have little bad to say of VJIII. He was an under skilled dude who we took of necessity and grew into a guy who could make that dish to CZ vs. UK. A shame he got hurt at the end of season.

    Not trying to compare to Yogi. I am actually pointing to the fact that the system has to change based on the players you have. This is why coach K and others have been so good.

  • Bled4IU

    1-RJ
    2-JBJ
    3-OG
    4-JM or DD
    5-Bryant
    We need to stay with a 2 guard front, Newkirk-provide breathers only
    Come March-Don’t sub until 3rdQtr or foul trouble

  • Bled4IU

    Exactly,Today! RJ had his first off game of season, a side from today he has been one of our best and most reliable players all season

  • Ms hoosier

    No Sir!!! I am my own man!! It’s a shame that u can’t see through what he has done to this country!!

  • SCHoosier

    Rob had looks..but against a really good defense someone is always around the shooter. RJ was rushing his shot..and many hit the front rim..a sure sign of a rushed shot shot or tired legs.

  • pdhoosier

    I’ve been saying that last sentence for years! It’s uncanny. I really think if you check back stats in past 5 years, it would almost be a fact.

  • IUMIKE1

    A lot of people want to point to JBJ going down with an injury as being the main reason for us suddenly becoming a better team last year, but we would be wise to not forget that it was also when we basically went to a starting lineup of two true guards, and that is the biggest reason why we got things turned around last year in my opinion. Maybe it’s just me but I would like to be able to go back and analyze further how much success we had when we were in a two guard lineup versus a three guard lineup. It sure seemed like we done better with the latter. We might lose a little bit here and there in certain areas, but it is an obvious net gain with what we gain in other areas.

  • IUMIKE1

    Most coaches aren’t going to change their mind about taking a coaching job at a school once they have told them no in the past, i.e. Few and Bennett (among others) and I’m not enamored with the thought of Drew in the least bit, wouldn’t even be on my short list. Then there’s the one that pretty much everybody would be ok with, but I just don’t see him leaving the Celtics anytime soon. Having said that I’d have to put out some background feelers just to be sure there still wasn’t any interest….at any price.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Thanks and after I posted this comment I was shaking in my boots!!!! Been wanting to state this but was afraid to before. You never know how people will react.

  • IUMIKE1

    I consider my dad to have been a pretty wise and sharp guy and he always told me, ” there is no cure for stupid “. We’ll see where these people are and how they feel when, the orangutan look a like, starts making decisions that directly affect them in ways they don’t like or could foresee, even though the warning signs were clearly there.

    Nuff said.

  • IUMIKE1

    I wasn’t in their back and forth, but ahhh, I believe the others were the first to bring politics AND religion into the conversation.

  • Larry Brown

    “Immoral anti-Christ”? “Made-up nonsense”? Really Ole’Man? Really? Firstly, look at what the supposed “Putin interference” reveraled: that all the mainstream media network people were wining and dining with the Clinton campaign, that they were feeding her the questions prior to debates, and oh, in case you didn’t notice — and I am certain you did not given your bias — the media lied blatantly about things Trump did or said over and over again (ex: pretending he made fun of a disabled reported: FALSE, and can easily be proven so; pretending he said all Mexican illegal immigrants are rapists and drug dealers: FALSE, in fact they all cleverly left out the last line of his statement) …. and yet YOU are going to sit there with a straight face and tell us that Fox News is propaganda ! — oh and btw, Chris Wallace wasn’t the debate moderator who was CRYING upon learning of the result of the election, but a moderator from one of your beloved liberal fake news stations DID CRY ON NATIONAL TV. So please Ole’ Man, don’t insult our intelligence with your bias, just stick to hoops.

  • Larry Brown

    PS — want to talk about “morality”? Who are the ones who rigged their primary? Who compromised national security for the sake of political gain and hiding a “pay for play” scheme? Who has a 30 year track record of lies and even got kicked off the Watergate Committee in the 70s for lying? Who are the ones who had a secret plan to infiltrate the Catholic Church in order to implant liberal ideology in it? Who are the ones playing race and gender politics? Who are the ones stealing from future Americans in order to pay for these humungous deficits?
    Ahem sir, “acting like a true Christian” means believing as Christ taught. He taught that homosexual behavior is wrong. He taught that stealing is wrong. He taught that killing unborn children is wrong (read the Didache for that — its the first Christian catachesis, written by the Apostles). Good grief, stick to basketball.

  • Larry Brown

    If you respond, please respond with reasoned arguments backed up by facts, instead of simply name-calling. All you have done is reinforce the truth of what my old bumper sticker says: “Confuse a liberal: use facts and logic.” Or as I like to say: Liberals emote, they do not thnk.

  • Ole Man

    If you post any facts rather than all the DISPROVEN right wing blather you did post, then I will respond.
    Sad that you are so anti-American.

  • Ole Man

    Not one original thought or talking point in that entire rant.
    Truly remarkable that you’ve allowed others to take control of your mind and use it.

  • Ole Man

    Amen, Mike. I don’t know very many WWII vets, of the few left, who are happy with the willful ignorance of this man’s herd followers.

  • ForeverIU

    Why does this racist comment not get deleted?

    This just proves you are so provincial that you don’t have a single Muslim friend or even acquaintance.