At the Buzzer: Minnesota 75, Indiana 74

  • 02/15/2017 11:27 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 75-74 loss to Minnesota:

How it happened: This one was there for the taking for Indiana. After a rough start for Minnesota, the Hoosiers had chances to build a comfortable lead early and led by as many as 10 with 7:24 to play in the first half. The Gophers responded with a 21-7 run to close out the half and led by four at the break. It looked as if things would go in the wrong direction early in the second half as Minnesota built a nine-point lead at the 16:35 mark. But Indiana never caved and the Hoosiers mounted a run. Indiana led by as many as five in the final four minutes, but could never create more separation. The opportunistic Gophers struck late as Akeem Springs missed a desperation 3-pointer but grabbed the rebound and hit a layup to lift Minnesota to its seventh Big Ten win. The loss was Indiana’s fourth straight and ninth in league play.

Standout performer: De’Ron Davis finished with 10 points and five rebounds in just nine minutes before fouling out and James Blackmon Jr. had 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Blackmon Jr. also had six rebounds.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana was outscored by six at the free throw line and by four on points off of turnovers. Both areas have been issues all season for the Hoosiers and in a narrow loss, are once again worth a mention.

Final IU individual stats:

Final tempo-free stats:

(Photo credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    You were kissing Crean all the way back to the beginning of last season. I went through your previous comments.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Funny how Smilin had raving positive comments for CTC all the way back to the beginning of last season.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    I remember distinctly feeling pretty terrible watching A.J Guyton-led IU lose to Pepperdine in the 2000 NCAAs. That was the lowest seed (11) to win a game that tournament, making IU the victim of the worst upset. And we all know things went great for the program during that off-season…

  • TomJameson

    A winning season, a B1G title, and a sweet 16 might just do it. A lengthy run of winning is really the idea, but this long run of losing might be the spoiler.

    I’m not disagreeing with you, I guess my point is I can see it going either way. My preference would be to see a controlled change at the top, with an ideal candidate … not just somebody to fill his shoes.

  • TomJameson

    Okay, I got you, but I’ve “heard” that said before and it just grates a bit.

    I think you could be wrong about Glass though, He wants the best for the program and that could very well be a new head coach. I would not be surprised if we saw something at the end of the season.

    And that may happen sooner than normal because it’s doubtful IU gets a NCAA invite, and it could very well be that a NIT invite could be missing as well.

  • TomJameson

    Here’s a response and not a lecture … ESABATM

  • TomJameson

    Hahahaha … that’s really pretty good! … thanks for that!

    I seriously believe that Glass is considering his options. At this point money isn’t a problem (boosters will cover any buyout). I think if Glass can get the right replacement, it will happen. Hope he’s talking to Stevens, and isn’t just assuming the answer is “no”.

    Remember, we the fans know next to nothing about any details, but to automatically assume that Glass isn’t considering all avenues is a little bit presumptuous. Glass does take heat from the boosters. Just my opinion.

  • bball at nick’s

    It’s obvious you feel the need to pick on someone who has been banned before, because you know he is vulnerable. So, thanks for picking on me. Not taking the bait, and have no idea what ESABATM stands for nor do I care to know. But I know it’s probably nasty enough to make you feel good. Now goodbye and leave me alone please.

  • iugradmark

    I hope I am wrong about Glass. I do believe he wants what is best for IU, but also he wants to look good in the process. If he waits another year and then makes the change, he can say he gave Crean 10 years. He got past the big buy out, he didn’t make a change the year after his coach earned COY. My issue is that after 9 years I am over how the basketball part of this program is being run. I give Coach credit for getting good kids that go to class and we are a clean program. I just don’t like our performance and feel like with all we invest in this we deserve a better outcome.

  • AndyCapp

    You are normally/thankfully a voice of reason but I am struggling to agree that we even have one of those three. I assume that you meant “b” because, IMO, we clearly don’t have “a” or “c”. And I like TB but feels he has been so poorly mismanaged in either his positioning or back-to-the-basket fundamentals that we don’t have a really good interior scorer.

  • Ole Man

    The misery won’t end there. They’ll be surprising transfers which create more anguish.

  • Ole Man

    Hey, young one. SSN has been trolling since he signed up a few weeks ago.
    I’m not the only one calling him out for it.
    You really want to play this game?

    I may be old, but I’m not sitting on the couch playing games instead of working like you probably are. You’re in your 30s now. Get up and attempt something constructive.

    See how easy assumptions are to make about people you really don’t know anything about?
    You attack me for a memory problem I don’t have.
    I respond by pointing out generalizations which may or may not be applicable to you.

    As I asked, do you really want to play this game?

  • Ole Man

    You are level headed and if I wasn’t so old I might have you teach me some of that! LOL!

  • TomJameson

    I hear you, but I’m sticking with the guidelines Glass laid down a couple years ago (maybe last year). He expects performance, and that is not what he’s getting right now.

  • AndyCapp

    I have been a long time follower of IUBB and ITH and one of the things I have really come to appreciate about this forum are non-overemotional (read rational) insights of posters like you, Calbert, Pcantidote, and even occasionally Ole Man, lol. You are passionate about the school and this sport and offer insight backed up by facts. You rarely if ever offer hyperbole in lieu of common sense. I think Crean is a good coach, certainly not a great/horrible coach. Most of us remember the shambles our program endured following the KS era. It would be irresponsible if we don’t ensure that our next coach (because in all honesty I think Crean’s time at IU should come to an end as quickly as a good alternative can be found) is vetted through a careful, deliberate process which adheres to the traditions and culture we alum and fans expect. I’m not sure this was done with Crean because we were so desperate at that juncture to move past our immediate problems. Now is NOT the time to make the same mistake.

  • AndyCapp

    Sadly you are probably right. Gawd this is turning into a dumpster fire of a season (and maybe off-season).

  • AndyCapp

    I said a similar thing in a post yesterday. Glass laid out a series of written expectations, ones that were probably given to him by alum/donors. To NOT adhere to them only makes Glass look worse or weak.

  • General Zod

    Well, my intent wasn’t to insult the other players. I was just being honest. I do not forsee much success next season. Tom crean squads are far more likely to underachieve than overachieve.
    He has no plan for scoring when the easy transition buckets get taken away. When they do, we see them resort to ‘weave & heave’
    I still remember the zellerdipo years and even those teams had several games where they hit scoring droughts of 8-10 minutes several times. It’s a common theme with clappy’s style.
    If you can force them to playing half-court ball, they are going to struggle as they have no useful system to employ.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    1) thanks for the kind words.
    2) yes, I meant B.

  • Thanks. I’m afraid we might be in for another bumpy ride.

  • Outoftheloop

    Looks like Spring will be early this year! Probably 100 different plays that could have been made but weren’t. No one can be counted on at “crunch” time to be a defensive stopper and the offense is sparodic, hit and miss. No one is going (NBA) Pro this year! If they form a tight knit, positive group ready to commit to defense first, then next year could be great!

  • AndyCapp

    I am too! I (sometimes) appreciate the fervor of our fans but I fear we will pay an even bigger price if we go into the post-Crean era looking for big hit, short term gains. My immediate goal for the next coach are not necessarily winning banners but trying to ensure CONSISTENT excellence. If we get that I think the banners will follow.

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    Glass can make his own guidelines, but I’m sure he takes input from the boosters. Probably a LOT of input lately! Hahahaha

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