At the Buzzer: Indiana 74, UIndy 53

  • 11/05/2017 4:44 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 74-53 exhibition win over UIndy:

How it happened: Sunday’s exhibition against the University of Indianapolis, a perennial top 20 team in Division II, was a step up in competition from last weekend’s contest against Marian University. But the Hoosiers had little trouble with the Greyhounds, who shot a dismal 41.2 percent from the field. Credit an improved Indiana defense, which held UIndy to .85 points per possession in the win. Offensively, Indiana still has plenty to work on, but there were several bright spots. The Hoosiers committed just eight turnovers and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds for 16 second-chance points. Indiana’s offense doesn’t look as explosive as it’s been in recent seasons through two exhibition games, but the Hoosiers are much more sound fundamentally on both ends.

Standout performers: Senior forward Freddie McSwain is finding a role as a guy who can rebound, defend and also finish some plays around the basket through two exhibitions. McSwain finished with 12 points and nine rebounds in 13 minutes on Sunday. Collin Hartman also returned to action for the first time since IU’s 2016 NCAA tournament loss to North Carolina and scored nine points (3-of-3 on 3s) in 15 minutes off the bench. Robert Johnson also had 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go along with five rebounds.

Statistic that stands out: After turning it over on just 13.6 percent of its possessions in the exhibition win over Marian, the Hoosiers did an even better job of taking care of the ball against the Greyhounds. Indiana finished with eight turnovers for a turnover percentage of 12.8.

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  • Iumick22

    McSwain with six offensive boards in 13 minutes!

  • Mark Bando

    Alex doesnt seem to be as excited as i am about the improved defense, fundamentals and turnovers.

  • Ms hoosier

    That’s what we need from him!!!!!

  • bball at nick’s

    Nice stat of course, but we’re going to see more offensive rebounding because our shooting is not great. It’s fine, as long as we balance with aggressive rebounding.

  • bball at nick’s

    This is just the at the buzzer piece so we have something to chew on, LOL. Relax.

  • bball at nick’s

    Some love for Rob please?

  • Mark Bando

    I know, but im so giddy about the improvements i can barely contain myself

  • bball at nick’s

    I know, I know. Just giving you a hard time.

  • Mark Bando

    I know, LOL

  • Things are still pretty rough, especially on offense. But what I’m happiest to see is the improvement from half to half and from game to game. And I love that visible adjustments are made during timeouts and at the half.

  • pcantidote

    So relieved that Davis is ok. Thought CH might have to play center this year again!

  • Mark Bando

    Yes, yes, yes. And the emphasis on defense and taking care of the ball.

  • Missed a ton of bunnies. But even so, FM was usually in great position. Now if he can hit of few of those layups when he grabs the offensive board… Not knocking his play, of course. He was excellent today.

  • The two things most people were looking for this season: better defense and fewer TOs. Pretty much to script so far.

  • Mark Bando

    Yeah, and its only just begun

  • PBzeer

    Another encouraging outing. Still a ways to go yet, but they definitely seem to know where they’re going and how to get there.

  • SCHoosier

    Loved Freddie’s effort…did you see THAT Juwan….need the same or better from you bud! A few to many quick three’s IMO..but loved the defense and lowered TO’s. I think he asked the question” Where are our points coming from this year”..asked a damn good question.

  • Ole Man

    The D is improved, but most definitely not a finished product.
    Still too many easy baskets given up.

  • Ms hoosier

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Way too many quick threes

  • Ole Man

    No comments about “the anointed one?” LOL!
    Seems it might be a team of moving parts rather than one star as so many were declaring last week.
    Love the avatar, btw!

  • Ms hoosier

    Just listen to Archie’s presser he wasn’t to happy with the quick threes!! Boy am I glad he didn’t like it!!!!

  • Ole Man

    Well said, Mark.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Nice Div II win..

  • StudentHoosier

    Deron had 5 blocks?!
    Nice to see QT get a trillion on his birthday.

    Go Hoosiers.

  • Ole Man

    Meaning?
    Why the negativity?
    Of course they aren’t perfect.
    And most of us, setting the homers aside, only expect improvement in fundamentals and a team that’s fun to watch and competitive this first season.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    At this point there may never be another NCAA Championship banner…. and since this season has zero hope for one ..the comments are what they are

  • bleeding crimson

    What do you base your comment on? At this point….it’s almost like you’re saying at this rate we are never going to see another banner. What are you really saying and why so I understand what you base your comment off of and why? The coach, team, who we played, what?

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    31 years and counting #weWereElite

  • bleeding crimson

    I will agree it’s been a long time but can’t we agree that you are seeing changes that have already taken place to set us up for success. We know it will take time. He said he would recruit from with-in state first, he has. He is a def mind coach, and look at the difference from half to half and game to game. The TO are stupid down, the def is a work in progress and is already better than last year’s two exh games. We may not win the B1G this year but I really believe we finally have a coach that is all business, knows how to coach, and if he can get the recruits (like he is getting) then the sky is the limit. Sounds like you go way back like myself. RMK was also all business, my assumption.

  • bleeding crimson

    Can’t agree more, everything he has said he will do, he has either already done it, or work in progress. Regardless, I like what I’m seeing. I think he is strickly business and no fluff. I like the golden shirt (yellow) rule. Not sure if that was his idea or just re-instated.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    All I see is a team that will struggle to be .500 in the B1G in these 31yrs I watched Purdue surpass IU in B1G title’s..Butler go to 2 final 4s .. Wisconsin dominate B1G and make NCAA runs .. and Northwestern become solid… sitting around waiting for these guys to “round into shape” is saddening

  • bleeding crimson

    Give him a chance my friend. We just started. It is sad that these facts are true. IU waited too long to make major changes.

  • pcantidote

    Assuming you are not a troll (I would actually like you better if you were), then you’ve nearly perfected the crotchety old man routine. Just throw in an occasional “stay off my lawn” and I think you’ve got it.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I haven’t watched the game yet, but how/why did Morgan take only 1 shot? I won’t jump to conclusions having not seen the game, but this doesn’t make me believe Morgan is “the guy” if he isn’t taking shots.

  • Ole Man

    Why do you even bother coming on here then?
    Stop wasting your precious time.

  • StudentHoosier

    Anybody know why Race didn’t play?