At the Buzzer: Purdue 69, Indiana 64

  • 02/09/2017 9:12 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 69-64 loss to Purdue:

How it happened: This was a battle from the opening tip. Indiana avoided a slow start and came out as the aggressor in the first half and had Purdue back on its heels a bit. Besides Vincent Edwards, who had 15 first half points, and Caleb Swanigan, who had six points and 10 rebounds, Indiana held the rest of the Boilermakers in check through the first 20 minutes. The Hoosiers came out strong in the second half, too, as they built a seven-point lead less than two minutes in. But Indiana could never put more distance on Purdue and the Boilermakers took control in the final four minutes. The key possession was a Caleb Swanigan 3-point play with 1:02 to go that gave Purdue a five-point lead. From there, Indiana never got closer than three as the Hoosiers suffered their third home loss in league play.

Standout performer: Thomas Bryant had 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting before fouling out in the final minute on a double foul call. Swanigan, who finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, also fouled out on the play. On a night where Indiana’s guards struggled to get things going offensively, Bryant carried a heavy load.

Statistic that stands out: Purdue turned 14 Indiana turnovers in 16 points. Indiana once again finished with a turnover percentage over 20 at 20.7. This time, it was against the Big Ten team that forces the least amount of turnovers.

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  • IdahoHoosier

    Completely agree with your assessment. The offensive game plan plays a role, but the blame should fall on the players. They are talented, but how, at this level, are they committing these costly, silly turnovers and fouls? You can’t tell me they are being coached to travel, throw the ball out of bounds, and foul 3-point shooters. That is all on the players not executing on the court.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Both players moving, Swanigan leaning back long before contact and no feet set. Bryant making a basketball move toward the basket, with no arm extension and Swanigan impeding his path. I have to say it should’ve been a no-call or a flop.

  • SidelineSportsNetwork

    Bryant dropped his shoulder. That is a charge every time. Swanigan took that shoulder. Swanigan was actually in perfect position. The double foul was just an easy way out for the refs.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Im making correlations….same as you

  • IdahoHoosier

    Dropping the shoulder doesn’t result in a charge every time. The defender’s position, verticality, and impeding the offensive player is taken into account. Agree to disagree.

  • Fifer39

    Well I hope you’re right, but with those 3 or 4 gone it’s difficult for me to conceive any possible way that we’ll be better next year. You think the incoming recruits are a trade-up on those guys?

  • Lynn

    There have been a lot of injuries, but IU still has good players and should have a better record.

  • Koko

    Maybe so but did you happen to notice last night two of those “good players” couldn’t hit the rim on three pointers….more than once. I really don’t expect to see that sort of thing this far into the season….those two “good players” seem to be uncommonly erratic at this point of the season.

  • TomJameson

    No, I don’t think they are a trade-up their first year. I’m not that crazy. lol I think that with their help IU can be better. Let me explain my thinking, crazy or not. 🙂

    DD will obviously get a lot more minutes, and he likes to play around the basket. TB is a great player, and he’ll be playing in the NBA next year, but I think DD can do some things better, defense and rebounding are two of them. Maybe his footwork is a little better also. With some help from the freshmen, I think the center will be at least as good as it is now.

    JBJs shooting/scoring will be replaced with Devonte and Curtis. I really believe that, and the plus is that those two are both better defensively than JBJ. OG will be missed, but I think that Tucker (hopefully) and Smith can get up to speed enough to contribute. Then there is McSwain. OG may not be “replaced” completely, but enough to not be a black hole that Yogi created when we lost him.

    I just think there’ll be enough growth in the existing players, enough help with the incoming class, and enough growth in the defense because of all the players combined. All that can point to a better team.

    We only have hope at this point.

  • David Will

    Hey IU!!! Does IU ever lose because they just are not as talented as the opposition? I see crying about Crean. He has turned your program from a joke to a credible/competitive one. In case you have not noticed no program is regularly winning national championships. It can be worse and has been not so long ago.

  • Fifer39

    There’s certainly the potential that those players develop in that way, somehow gel more effectively and, in terms of the recruits, learn Crean’s system quickly enough to make an impact. But the basic blueprint I tend to value these days is either a hardened upperclassmen core, elite recruits or preferably a bit of both. Now keep 2 of the 3 likely exits, add in RJ and CH AND get a Tucker and we might be talking.