At the Buzzer: Purdue 86, Indiana 75

  • 02/28/2017 9:09 pm in

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Quick thoughts on a 86-75 loss to Purdue:

How it happened: Purdue clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title on Tuesday night in a contest that wasn’t unlike many of Indiana’s road losses. The Hoosiers again struggled to take care of the ball and were beaten badly at the free throw line. It’s been a theme all season. Indiana committed 14 turnovers, which Purdue converted to 14 points. (IU also scored 14 points off of Purdue’s 10 turnovers.) And the Hoosiers didn’t shoot a free throw until the second half as the Boilermakers outscored them by 15 at the line. At times, Indiana made things interesting, but never seriously threatened in the second half. A Tim Priller jump hook cut the deficit to six with 10:09 to play, but Purdue quickly stretched the lead to 11 and cruised from there. The loss, Indiana’s sixth in its last seven, drops the Hoosiers to 16-14 overall and 6-11 in the league with the regular season finale looming at Ohio State on Saturday afternoon.

Standout performer: Freshman Devonte Green was the only Hoosier to finish in positive territory in the plus/minus at +11. Green had 13 points, three rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes. Priller, forced into action because of foul trouble for De’Ron Davis and Thomas Bryant, had a career-high six points.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana was outscored by 15 points at the free throw line. In eight Big Ten road games, the Hoosiers have been outscored by 94 at the line.

Final IU individual stats:

Final tempo-free stats:

(Photo credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • pcantidote

    Okey dokey.

  • deez33

    He did not succeed at Iowa. Here are some “real facts”:
    Iowa made the tourney 9/13 seasons under Tom Davis (one elite 8 and two sweet 16s, including his final year in 1999). Then Alford took over and only made the tourney 3/8 seasons, never reaching the sweet 16. Alford did get Iowa up to a #3 seed in the tourney, only to lose in the first round to 14 seed NW State. So the Iowa program in-arguably fell off under Alford, he did not succeed there.

    Iowa definitely had a strong basketball tradition under Tom Davis–look at his resume.

    Furthermore, why would any coach resign from a B1G school to take over a mid-major (New Mexico)? That doesn’t seem like a move you make if you are succeeding?

    I agree, it is okay to not want Alford. I just find it ironic that you go after another poster with the “alt-facts” statement when you provide zero facts to support your inaccurate opinions.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Then think real hard about the on and off court issues we have had in the last 4 years. Alford mismanaged the Pierce situation while at Iowa but by no means has IU been perfect either. Alford in my book is the top candidate.

  • AndyCapp

    I don’t know, I think we’ve been doing the same thing over and over… and over… and… 😉

  • CreamandCrimson

    “The Pierce situation” isn’t even in the top five of my concerns with Alford. You are entitled to your opinion though and, if Alford is hired, I would gladly cheer for him and support him.

  • William Stephens

    I’m 63 years old and a lifetime Hoosier. I like Dakich’s commentary and opinions. I am one who can still enjoy Purdue’s program, they have kids from Indiana and are an Indiana school. I root for IU but Purdue will represent Indiana well going forward..

  • William Stephens

    The time may not be right for the one and only change that could really help Indiana. The fan base has been fractured since Coach Knight was fired! This has hurt our recruiting and that is something that must be addressed if we hire another coach. I like Coach Crean, I appreciate his efforts yet I believe we need a different direction. That is to reconnect the fan base into one supporting unit. To do this we need to hire a “Knight Guy” as the next head coach. Today there could be a couple out there in Woodson,, Crews or Wittman who could fit the position. However in my opinion no person could fill the spot as well as Steve Alford. The time may not be right for Alford, he has a contender at UCLA. A strong class coming in, but he is not as loved in LA as he should be. If offered the IU job, it would be his home coming, the states favorite son returning to bring IU to the promised land. His parents live here, his father is an Indiana Hall of Fame coach and Steve has learned how to recruit and coach in game situations. Indiana is a hot bed of talented high school recruits, Steve would dominate the Indiana recruiting scene and get more Indiana kids to think IU. Any time you change coaches there is a step back, however if a change is unavoidable I strongly believe that Steve Alford needs to get the most consideration.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Good to hear from you William and I love that opinion. I’m one who loves the state of Indiana and basketball. Been a fan of IU since before I understood why, but I still cheer for PU, Butler, even the rest of the B1G to do well. Glad to hear I’m not alone in respecting other programs!

  • William Stephens

    Hold on friend. He was a very young coach at Iowa. All people make mistakes, don’t be so critical. Bob Knight in his own words admitted a couple mistakes. Rooming Larry Bird with a wealthy player and starting Scott May with a broken hand. He was a very young coach when he began at IU. That worked out pretty good. Alford doesn’t have to be perfect, just interested.

  • William Stephens

    T.J. Leaf and he out recruited IU for Kris Wilkes, Not bad!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Forgive me for dragging this out. I know that you are aware of what’s going on more than me at other programs. What has Alford done other than Pierce? Just curious for my knowing. By the way, when I first moved to Chicago after graduation I would read your column everyday when you were with the Indy Star. Thanks.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’ve never worked for the Indy Star and I’m only 29 years old. Not sure who you have me confused with and I apologize if I’ve perpetuated some kind of false identity in some way. Anyway, Alford mistreated a whole lot of people in Bloomington when he was an athlete, many in Iowa City don’t care for him and a portion of the UCLA fan base (I’m not sure of the percentage) is definitely not in his corner. I won’t say anything else about his behavior or character and everyone is free to feel however they’d like about…I just hope IU hires someone besides Alford.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Lol! I thought you were Terry Hutchins. My bad. You didn’t create a false identity at all. I now understand where you are coming from. Take care. Hey by the way,,,,stay 29 years old! It sucks getting old.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I know Terry but nope, that’s not me haha…Getting older is better than the alternative! You take care as well and I hope all is well with your son and his recruiting process (I’m the guy that writes for the IU football site Hoosier Huddle)…Tom Allen is a tremendous man and I hope he turns out to be a tremendous head coach but I hope your son ends up finding the best situation for him!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Oh ok! We plan on being there for the Cream Crimson game and trying to juggle the rest of the D1 visits. He needs to have a good year this season and then everything will happen accordingly. Thanks for that and I will let you know. We should get some feedback but you never know. Thanks. The new article IT may be the start of the changes in basketball at IU. By the way, we love Tom Allen and coach Inge, Teegarden.