At the Buzzer: Indiana 86, Howard 77

  • 11/12/2017 10:24 pm in

Quick thoughts on an 86-77 win over Howard:

How it happened: It wasn’t pretty, but Indiana picked up its first win in the Archie Miller era on Sunday night in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Coming off of Friday’s dismal 90-69 loss to Indiana State, Sunday’s game afforded Indiana one tuneup before Wednesday’s Gavitt Games tilt at Seton Hall. The Hoosiers let the Bison hang around for most of the first half, but never were seriously challenged in the game’s final 20 minutes. The bright spots for Indiana were Al Durham Jr., Justin Smith and De’Ron Davis, who all finished in double figures. If not for a woeful 12-of-29 free throw performance, the final score would have been much more decisive. In a season that is going to be measured by game-to-game progress and improvement, Sunday was a small step forward for a group still trying to feel its way through playing in a new system.

Standout performance: The two aforementioned freshmen, Durham Jr. and Smith, were arguably the two best Hoosiers on the floor in the win. Durham Jr. provided an offense spark in the first half and finished with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Smith, meanwhile, posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Statistic that stands out: After committing 19 turnovers in Friday’s season opener, Indiana trimmed the number to 12 on Sunday night for a turnover percentage of 16.

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  • AndyCapp

    VERY well said!

  • Ole Man

    Now, now…take the humor at your expense as you should.
    You constantly besmirch and belittle the Hoosiers.
    Apparently there are no mirrors in your house for you to see how that makes you appear.

  • Outoftheloop

    DeRon, Justin and Al played very well. Rob was fine, right at what you expect. Devonte has to calm down and learn that when going to the rim against a zone D you have to “jump-stop”! Hit 70% of your FT’s and have Josh play to what you expect and this is a 25-30 point W.

  • Outoftheloop

    Good idea.

  • Outoftheloop

    I will buy your season tickets to relieve your pain!

  • Outoftheloop

    Last time I checked you must be in the Sweet Sixteen to have a chance at the Final Four! Mike was a good, not great, coach. But he did coach at IU, and we do get to Final Four’s.

  • Outoftheloop

    Agreed.

  • Outoftheloop

    Are you describing Bobby Knight or Archie Miller? Oh, the A10 is much better than Army was!

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes we are an elite program, and yes we are lucky to have Archie!

  • Outoftheloop

    It is always WRONG to attack a wife or family member when you want to attack a Coach! You are a slime!

  • Outoftheloop

    5 minutes, 2 rebounds.

  • Outoftheloop

    Justin was very good at the FT line for attacking the zone, then cutting so DeRon could post in the paint.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    You must not be abke to read very well… didnt say anything about anyones family.. hope you dont proof read for a living… you’re pretty dumb

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Comparing Coach Ryan to 50yrs ago is a real stretch….. the game has changed dramatically

  • sam

    Ole Man, that under the bus comment was directed at you. As I said to another poster who responded to me on that subject on that comment. I know where you stand with the team… I apologies for including that comment in our conversation. It should have been said in a separate post. Go IU…not uk :)….

  • Ole Man

    Thanks for the clarification.
    So I’m not throwing anyone under the bus?