At the buzzer: Indiana 87, Eastern Michigan 67

  • 11/24/2017 6:29 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 87-67 win over Eastern Michigan:

How it happened: For 25 minutes, it appeared Eastern Michigan would push Indiana until the final buzzer on Branch McCracken Court. After a Paul Jackson free throw made it 49-47 Indiana with 14:32 to play, Indiana reeled off a run that the Eagles couldn’t recover from. Freddie McSwain tipped in a Josh Newkirk miss. Newkirk followed with a 3 on the next possession. And then Justin Smith brought the crowd to its feet with a dunk in transition that led to an Eastern Michigan timeout. By the 8:42 mark, the lead had ballooned to 18 points and the rout was officially on. On a quick turnaround against a team playing a solid 2-3 zone, it was an impressive win for the Hoosiers, their third straight.

Standout performers: It was a balanced scoring effort for Indiana as four players finished in double figures. Robert Johnson led the way with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting, Josh Newkirk hit five of his six 3-point attempts and Freddie McSwain came off the bench and finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Collin Hartman also made his season debut and had three points in six minutes.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana had single digit turnovers for the second straight game. The Hoosiers finished with eight turnovers and a turnover percentage of 13.1.

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  • bball at nick’s

    I honestly am not sure what is going on. The numbers don’t lie in terms of the points allowed per possession. However, what I hope is happening is that we are establishing one defensive skill at a time, and that we are at least at a point where we can isolate problems, one at a time, and work on them. Another factor could be that we are giving minutes to a whole bunch of players, including the freshmen, so there’s a learning curve there too. We’ll see. I’m not worried, and I’m happy that at least we have the offense to create point production while we figure out our defense.


    Bingo !


    Correct. People are getting enamored with the W’s and the amount of points the other team is being held to, and to give credit where credit is deserved they have gained some on where they will need to be defensively, but these last three games are fool’s gold if someone thinks we have taken big steps towards ” getting there “. What will be considered the lesser talented teams in our conference (which is obviously having a down year) will all be better than any of our last three teams when it comes to overall talent, not to mention 3 or 4 of the other pre-conference games. Again, to give credit where credit is deserved, they are improving and that is a really good thing, but that is a pattern that is going to have to continue.

    Even if it’s a loss to Duke the game can still be a good measuring stick for where we are truly at.


    And those 2 TO’s came in just 12 minutes. If he can learn to harness his aggressiveness he will contribute even more than he is now, which is nice amount at times.

  • SCHoosier

    I think his quick three’s and risky passes probably cost him the starting guard spot…and least for a game or two. coach demanding what he said he would demand. Yes!

  • SCHoosier

    Duke comes back from double digits down and beats TX i n OT with Allen fouled out..and u say they are overrated? Huuummmm! Dream on.

  • bball at nick’s

    The AdjD measure is a simple and straightforward one. How many points per possession does a team score on us? AdjD is your answer, no mystical interpretations here. I check this stat daily. Yesterday we ranked #173 before the game, and 191 after. Our offense shot up, however, from the 60s to the 30s. Now, this does not mean we are not making progress on the essentials of defense and inculcating good defense as a culture. It is possible that we have much better parts but that have not yet come together. A machine can have great parts that just haven’t yet come together.

  • bball at nick’s

    Ms Hoosier, not trying to be sour here, but how is the #191 defense in the nation the one you grew up watching? I assume you grew up watching Knight basketball. We are getting there, but let’s not delude ourselves; we are still far from it. Our offense was a thing of beauty, though. I think what makes our defense looks sexy is that the few stops that we did make translated into entertaining and breathtaking offense. Which I am fine with, as long as we keep finding ways to win. I think also it is the lack of turnovers that creates this impression of old-school fundamental basketball.

  • bball at nick’s

    Oh, please, another urban myth in the making. EM defense ranks 144th in the nation. Just because they are trying to imitate Boeheim’s defense does not mean they are succeeding. Now, if the myth did something to instill some confidence and courage in our shooters, then I’m happy, LOL.

  • bball at nick’s

    On the flip side you can ask why they were down in double digits to begin with. I’m not saying they aren’t a good team, just that they aren’t #1 in my opinion. Allen fouled out? Okay, well, so their best players are foul-outable, LOL (when the zebras are not making calls in their favor). Oh, and Bamba fouled out too; Texas basically played without him in OT.

  • ChitwoodIN

    I believe this may refresh the “oh please”.
    My apoligies for not being negative nancy prior to games, and then come back saying it wasn’t that impressive when we stuck it to a team, that quite frankly is a good team, and diminish it into…..”well, we sucked and that really wasn’t an important win”.
    Maybe you’d like to go back and reread this thread….my point remains.
    You can’t judge by Kenpom or any other and put weight on it, and then come back later saying it really isn’t that important.

    Color me tired of judging a game before the game is played.
    But, we’ll be seeing a lot of that this week yet again w/Duke.
    Not saying we’ll win…but, that’s why they play.

    P.S. how were they #100 on D a few days ago and now they’re #144?

  • bball at nick’s

    Not sure what the issue is here. I’m being realistic. We are not a good defensive team, and we are getting worse, in terms of the most objective stat available, which is the ability of opposing offenses to score on us. I know the analysis is much more nuanced. We can say that we are inculcating a culture of defense, and that we are mastering certain fundamental skills that we can build on but the fruits of which we will not see until the machine is fully working, etc. etc. On the other hand, our offense is improving at a high rate, which is why I think we are making overall improvement as a team and stand a chance against Duke. We might not win against Duke, but at least they provide a frame of reference that allows us to say this is how we’re doing against real competition.

    As far as the #100 and #144 discrepancy with EM’s D … it was #100 right after or right before we played them, then they dropped to #144. I’m sure our offensive performance against them helped make an already mediocre defense look worse. Do we take credit? Of course, but only in relative terms. Am I happy with the win? Of course. Am I happy that we are making overall gains as a team? Of course. But my measure is not going to be defeating a not-so-special defense.