At the Buzzer: Georgia Tech 75, Indiana 63

  • 03/14/2017 11:05 pm in

ATLANTA – Quick thoughts on a 75-63 loss to Georgia Tech:

How it happened: A little more than seven minutes into Tuesday’s National Invitational Tournament matchup at McCamish Pavilion, it appeared that Georgia Tech would run Indiana out of the building. The Yellow Jackets were moving the ball, playing an effective 2-3 zone and had built a 19-6 lead. But the Hoosiers didn’t cave in. Indiana stormed back to tie the game at 24 with 4:19 to go in the first half on a James Blackmon Jr. layup. That momentum was short lived. Indiana went into the locker room trailing by seven at the half on just .76 points per possession. It was another instance of a defense-first team giving the Hoosiers fits. Indiana did grab a lead – by two – on a Juwan Morgan free throw with 15:54 to play. But this was a game Georgia Tech controlled throughout. It didn’t take the Yellow Jackets long to regain control and they led for the final 15:31 of the contest. Georgia Tech was the more engaged and aggressive team all evening, which is what matters in a secondary tournament like the NIT. Indiana’s once promising season is over. The Hoosiers finish up at 18-16 and at this point, there are far more questions about the program’s future than answers.

Standout performer: Sophomore forward Juwan Morgan, who played much better in recent weeks to close out the season, finished with 14 points and six rebounds.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana’s offense, which entered the game ranked 27th nationally in adjusted efficiency according to Ken Pomeroy, scored just .90 points per possession.

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  • Neil

    Ok so this is a thread on your most favorite reoccuring mistake this season (being facetious). I’ll start with these three:

    1. The infamous dribble baseline jump into the air (out of bounds) and pass the ball to the corner for a three.
    2. TB’s inability to do any post move except the immediate spin to the right (and most of the time traveling) step under the hoop to either miss or get his shot blocked.
    3. The weave offense against a zone defense.

  • 3AM Burrito

    Most mock drafts I see have OG in the late teens/early20’s. Bryant is early 2nd projected.

  • IllinoisHoosier

    At most other schools Tom Crean would not be fired, but this is Indiana. Crean had a couple big ten titles and sweet 16s. At most schools, that’s pretty good. At Indiana we expect more. So he’s gotta go.

  • robmac10

    I could be wrong but Yogi in his early days did #1 nearly every other possession it felt like. He simmered down the older he got, but I can only remember Jordy doing it seldom and usually only did it when he knew he could connect. I blame Yogi for making this a go to move which when it works looks like a great play, but the success percentage is way too small for my liking.

  • IllinoisHoosier

    I was thinking it would be funny if creans stuff was on the curb when the team got back. Like when your wife throws you out. Maybe that’s why game was away.

  • 3AM Burrito

    I have not been to a practice but just based on the pressers, it seems a common theme is guys trying to make a homerun pass and not a simple pass. So I think it is more the players just making bad passes. Like JBJ on that BLOB, he basically placed the ball on the floor for someone to get, wasnt even a pass. Guys trying to feed the post from top of key through three defenders.

  • IllinoisHoosier

    I know I’m biased but it always seems like selection committees always have it out for Indiana. The year we played and beat Kentucky. Good win but just had to play THEM. Last year just had to play Carolina. And the Syracuse year, OMG. That was probably the one team that would give us the most trouble. And the committee knew that and it showed. Miserable performance. And this year, even in NIT, we still get hosed. Obviously Indiana was not a 3 or gtech was not a 6, but they made us look bad again with a zone. And if all things played out, who would we play again but Syracuse. That’s a load of BS. I don’t want to sound conspiratorial, but there’s something to that.

  • Brad

    Not the committee’s fault IU decided to play a road game at GT. That’s when I knew the program was ready for this year to be over. Because at that point it wasn’t about what was best for the team it was about what AH hall would look like and not wanting to “devalue” AH. It stopped being about the team.

  • Jermhoosierfan

    If you read between the lines, they didn’t want to be exposed on national TV of a dead AH or IU fans booing the team. People aren’t happy with the way this season turned out, and I am kinda glad it is mercifully over.

  • 3AM Burrito

    No player was hurt more by Yogi leaving than TB. He got probably 6-8 points a game from Yogi/Troy creating, no creators this year. But that is TB’s game – face up at elbow or baseline for jumper or drive and pick and roll or dive off of drives. He is not now nor at next level going to be a dominant back to basket scorer. Look at Zeller in NBA, he scores pretty much no points on post up. All on rim run and pick and roll. Bryant is similar but I think better shooter and ball handler than Cody, not as good of rebounder and defender though.

  • Steve S

    You are right, they did beat 1 acc team this season.

  • Brad

    I get all that. But if it was truly about the team, in what world does it make sense to voluntarily play a road game? It came down to saving face for the program than giving us the best chance to win.

  • Steve S

    That he did, and you never know how he will do unless we give him a chance. I’m just concerned with his lack of experience, but I guess you have to start somewhere. I hope he does a great job!

  • RDD#76

    Yes the kids should have gotten more playing time this year

  • 3AM Burrito

    #1 Is an action many NBA teams run with success. Obviously not for everyone and have to get right personnel.
    #2 Is spot on.
    #3 I didnt notice that as much.

    Many things frustrated me about this team, but most was they just did not know how to win. Even last night, they get up around 4, GT on ropes and then they kind of relax on D, get sloppy on O. Seemed every game when there was a chance to seize momentum or make that one play to win the game, they would find a way to make a bad play to lose the game.

  • 3AM Burrito

    Especially Green, he made some mistakes last night but late in year he was playing well, should have played more last night i think.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I might argue that the culture isn’t set by the coach. It should be, but isn’t always. I’ve been on a team that was hijacked by a couple guys who were self-interested, counter to the culture/style laid out by the coach. The coach didn’t have to play those guys, but they were the best 2 players he had.

  • henryhansen

    If a team gets hijacked by a couple guys… that team has a weak coach.

  • Arch Puddington

    This is exactly where I am. I watched almost every game during the first three years when the play was even worse than it is now, because I love IU basketball and had hope that things would get better. And then they DID get better, and I thought it had been worth watching all that bad basketball. But the last four years have soured me to the point that I no longer watch (although I did watch last night). At this point it is a bad product on the court, but without the optimism of those first three years. It looks bad, it feels bad, and life is too short.

  • Jermhoosierfan

    That is what made so many people angry. I believe in a normal AH atmosphere, IU would win that game, but Glass seemed to want to put them in the worst possible situation to win. After the Wilson screw up and now this, it’s best for Glass to step down. They might have to fire him to get him out. I am surely not the only one to feel this way.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Haha no argument here! But in a limited talent environment, it would be tough to bench your top players. Pure speculation, but I wonder if Crean didn’t face a similar dilemma. If he chose not to play a couple “stars” the talent behind them takes a dramatic dip.

  • Outoftheloop

    There was NO Wilson screw up! He was a jerk with zero defense without Allen. He is a good/great Offensive Coordinator.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I get your point, but part of “Crean’s system” he shouldn’t have to worry about is passing and catching the dang ball! Which these players couldn’t consistently do… that is just sad and ultimately on the players to actually perform. But I agree he is unable to make adjustments for the players he has which makes everyone look bad.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I have to agree with what David said. There certainly appeared to be little to no “buy-in” from the players. David didn’t make a comment on whether or not he hoped Crean is back next year, just assumed he will be. With or without Crean, I’d like to see a lot more commitment to fundamentals and team play than the lackadaisical sporadic stuff they showed this season.

  • 3AM Burrito

    Yeah dont get Rojo getting all those minuted he was really bad last night.

  • henryhansen

    I get you. I don’t know. I mean, the days of a Knight-like dictatorship are over in the coaching game…but clearly coaches like Coach K, Self, Izzo, and I hate to say it, Calipari are all running their ships. With players, with much higher ceilings than anyone on our team this year. They just all have a system set where that sort of stuff just doesn’t happen. I believe 100% that is designed and implemented by the head coach. He literally wills it into existence and enforces its existence throughout the years. I think Crean is a good guy. I think he’s a good recruiter. I don’t think he’s a terrible in-game coach (but not a great one either). I think he’s probably within the top 30-40 coaches all-around in the college game. IU needs a top 10 coach (either established or a young gun) if it expects to win a national championship again. You MAY get lucky with a coach out of the top 10/15 of coaches…but that’s a one-off or so chance.

  • AndyCapp

    Yup, I see that I made classic error of reading into what I *thought* he was saying. Wasn’t promoting coach as much as talking about player attitude. Apologies David!

    Counter argument is that Crean doesn’t know HOW to get his team’s to “buy-in”. We all want to see a commitment to fundamentals but almost ALL of his team’s have lacked them. Sometimes it’s really bad D, sometimes it’s far too many TO’s, sometimes it’s poor shot selection, etc. Unfortunately they *all* converged this season.

    But let us also not forget that some things are ALL on Crean. Bizarre sub patterns, inability to adjust in-game strategies, and maybe, JUST MAYBE, the inability to teach fundamentals.

  • IdahoHoosier

    History would suggest you’re right, Crean struggles to get teams to buy-in. And I’ve never been a fan of the odd subs and poor defense. I do think player attitude/effort as a whole appeared to be worse than usual with this team. Maybe I’m expecting too much of young men but I just think even if the coach does nothing to teach things like shot selection, getting hands up on D, not dribbling into 4 defenders, some of that should be basketball “common sense” right?? These are guys who were stars of the team in HS and AAU. They should bring in some degree of sense and make smart choices even if it is in spite of the current coach. Only a comment on the players, leaving CTC out of it for the moment, haha. Like I said, maybe I expect too much.

  • HoosierHillbilly

    Yeah we are still a top 6 or 7 job. Maybe our recent problems have changed “outsiders” perceptions of our program but our history alone dictates that we are. And if we aren’t tell me who is SO much better than us? Because if we are talking about final fours, and national championships as the deciding factor(most people put no validity in a conference tournament championship) we are still right there with anyone.
    In fact, other than NC, UK, ucla, Duke, and Kansas we are ahead of all other programs even if they have had more recent success. And if I’m wrong then tell me All the teams that are ahead of us. (And please don’t include Mich st (7 final fours but only 1 natl championship) or uconn ( 3 semi-recent championships) because neither still passes us in history.

  • Lisa Wiggins Osmon

    I don’t understand how the loss of OG made them spiral downward. Don’t get me wrong, OG is a good player, but the last few games he played prior to his injury he looked completely overwhelmed and lost. I felt the flow of the game was more focused when OG was on the bench….but that’s just my opinion. Of the players currently on the roster, I would take Morgan, Newkirk and Davis back next year. Financially I understand that CTC would probably be booted in July, but I think for morale’s sake, he needs to go in the next couple of weeks, as does Glass. Both men seem like great guys and it is sad that need to go, but IU basketball needs new management.

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