Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Iowa

  • 12/05/2017 9:16 am in

Indiana snapped a two-game skid on Monday night by knocking off Iowa 77-64 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The victory moved the Hoosiers to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten play.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Hawkeyes:

· Juwan Morgan’s ascent continues: On a team without a clearcut offensive leader, Juwan Morgan is emerging as a player the Hoosiers can rely on.

Morgan finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in Monday’s win over Iowa. Through nine games, he’s the team’s leading scorer at 13.8 points per game.

While he’s yet to find his stroke from the perimeter, Morgan is excelling on the offensive glass and also with getting to the free throw line. Morgan’s offensive rebounding percentage is up from 11 as a sophomore to 12.5 this season. He’s also attempted a team-high 50 free throws and is shooting 78 percent from the line.

“I think he’s a guy on our team everyone’s looking at to get the job done on every given night,” Archie Miller said of Morgan. “And if you look at sort of how he’s playing, I think he’s become a key figure in terms of our stability.”

· Turnovers continue to trend downward: Indiana’s Achilles’ heel in previous seasons has been turnovers. Under Miller, taking care of the ball has been emphasized and valuing possessions is becoming a priority.

The Hoosiers had just 10 turnovers in Wednesday’s win over Iowa for a turnover percentage of 13.9. Through nine games, Indiana’s team turnover percentage is 17.4, which ranks 83rd nationally.

“It’s trending downward for sure,” Miller said. “I think a lot of it is just decision-making, and we’re not trying to hit the home run as much as we used to with the one-hand bounce pass or the one-hand baseball pass. I think we’re starting to eliminate some of those.”

· Hartman, Green provide boost from perimeter: The Hoosiers have struggled with 3-point shooting all season, but redshirt senior Collin Hartman and sophomore Devonte Green provided a major boost in the win over the Hawkeyes.

Hartman was 3-of-6 on 3s and finished with 13 points in 20 minutes off the bench. And Green was 2-of-4 on 3s and had 12 points in 25 minutes.

“Devonte is a spark plug. That’s what I can tell you,” Hartman said of Green. “He’s very explosive and he can do some crazy things and just kind of makes you look at it kind of weird. But he’s explosive and he can really help us when he’s playing simple and playing solid basketball, as you can see. So we love that when we get it out of him and we need that moving forward.”

Indiana finished the game 8-of-21 from distance after going a combined 7-of-28 in a pair of losses to Duke and Michigan.

· Davis rebounds from poor performance at Michigan: After finishing with just four points and one rebound in Saturday’s loss at Michigan, De’Ron Davis was a presence again on Monday.

The sophomore forward finished with 13 points, six rebounds, four blocks and two steals in 18 minutes.

However, Davis continues to struggle at the foul line as he shot just 3-of-9 from the line and is now 19-of-42 (45.2 percent) on the season. One of his misses last night was an airball and the other was a hard brick off of the back of the rim, which suggests his struggles from the line have become mental.

“He’s not a bad free throw shooter,” Hartman said of Davis. “He can make them in practice and stuff. He’s thinking about it too much. Just step up to the line and knock it down.”

· So far, Iowa is a major disappointment: The Hawkeyes were a trendy preseason pick to finish in the top half of the league, but the season is quickly going off the rails in Iowa City.

With Monday’s loss, Iowa is now 4-5 with losses in five of its last six games.

Three of Iowa’s four wins are against sub-300 KenPom competition and an 0-2 start in league play is going to be difficult to overcome.

Iowa looked lost offensively on Monday as the Hawkeyes had 18 turnovers and shot just 38.5 percent from the field.

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  • Adam 01

    I forgot one:

    6. JM on the offensive glass!

  • Adam 01

    The whole state copied him, lol.

  • Mark Bando

    The thing is though that DD’s current free throw problems are not because of bad technique. He shot well last year. Its all up in his head and that won’t change with a new style.

  • Adam 01

    Good post! I noticed the fade to the left, but didn’t realize how far back it went. I was at the Duke game with my dad and every time RJ shot I commented on his fade.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I still think we are going to finish 4th in the Big Ten this year.

  • Adam 01

    I don’t want to argue, but I disagree about DDs free throw technique. It’s literally different every time. I haven’t looked at video from last year, but this year his release changes every time. Watch his right hand at the end of his shot. It’s very hesitant. Sometimes he follows through all the way, but most times he abbreviates his finish.

  • VAHoosier

    That’s great work. You might also consider simply lookimg at the box score after the game.

  • VAHoosier

    He had scored 10 or 12 in a row when Rob subbed in on him. He scored one more basket on a tough shot with Rob all over him. He didn’t score again. That was the impact of Rob’s defense.

  • VAHoosier

    What is your point?

  • IdahoHoosier

    Hate to nitpick, but how can you plot Newkirk’s performance when he wasn’t in the game? I’m guessing he didn’t play well when he wasn’t playing… And if you stopped keeping track of his performance in games, how do you know nothing has changed? Very confusing assertions you make.

  • IU_Nation

    Is anyone else worried about Rob’s shooting form? It looks different every time. Sometimes he quickens his release, and sometimes he looks in rhythm and has a nice looking shot. I don’t know what is going on but I really just don’t feel as confident now when he is shooting. And we really need his offense, we don’t have many natural scorers on this team. Something to keep an eye on…

  • mharv2631

    I copied Bird

  • IdahoHoosier

    It appears Johnson doesn’t feel confident about his shooting either. What is interesting is that he is still shooting 33% from 3 so far. Not awful, but not great. Two seasons ago, on a team full of good shooters, Johnson shot almost 45%, but other than that season has been around 37%. I agree he is in a slump, but there is still time to get closer to his long term average.

  • Mark Bando

    Heres what i’ve noticed. If his first shot is short, he over compensates and his second shot is long. If his first shot is long, he over compensates and his second shot is short. Except for the makes of course. The over compensation is effecting his release

  • Piker

    Jones off the bench. Hmmm

  • Piker

    Jones off the bench. Hmmm

  • Mark Bando

    I love your optimism!

  • Ohio Hoosier

    Seems to me like he doesn’t always square his hips to the basket and
    is thus prone to drift while taking his jumpshot.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Mark, hello again. Optimism is all I have!!!

  • SeeingRed

    Rick Barry is an interesting guy who always marched to his own drummer. I had occasion to work with him many years ago and found him to be a great guy (contrary to a lot of what I have read). Heck of a player.

  • Adam 01

    Good point. I’m not sure the best way to remedy his issues at the line. We have great coaches working on it that invisible see the same things we do. Hopefully they’ll get him back on track!

  • bball at nick’s

    Or maybe De’Ron should try Juwan’s shoulder jiggle, lol.

  • bball at nick’s

    Maybe he serves a purpose as a tree in practice. I never found the Priller fascination cute, and I don’t think Archie does either. One year and Archie will have phased out all the dead weight.

  • bball at nick’s

    Sounds like me before the preseason. Wish it in your heart and keep it a secret, lol.

  • bball at nick’s

    That’s what happens to a person when he talks out of his …

  • bball at nick’s

    I looked for your response in the troll playbook, and found it.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I’m not so sure the Big Ten is that strong this year. The ACC smoked the Big Ten and hopefully each team will get better as the season progresses. I have a feeling that it is going to be a brutal physical year within the conference.

  • roembkad

    Maybe this will leave a lot of room for this team to grow

  • cbags05

    I basically said the same thing below.

  • cbags05

    I love the optimism. Wish I could be as such. Unfortunately I don’t think RJ will figure his shot out and I believe that will be the difference on the road all year.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Cbags, hello and you make a great point. Free throw shooting has to be better also. The MN vs NE game shows how brutally physical the Big Ten can be. Have a great week.

  • Hoosierkamp

    My biggest thing on Rojo…. as soon as that kid got hot, Rojo took the assignment, he didnt score again. IU wins in a blowout.

    That speaks volumes. He is doing everything really well except shootoing from deep. I still do not understand why his off-hand is following off so quickly.

    But he is do so many good things.

  • millzy32

    May happen but back to back at Wisconsin and at Minnesota to start with in a couple weeks is brutal. I know Ohio State went up to Madison and whipped them but it’s still a tough place to play.

  • John D Murphy

    It could be. I just thought Iowa looked bad more than iu looked good. We’re going to have to really perform against the poor to mid level teams as I think we’ll struggle to beat (not compete against) better teams.

  • dennis powell

    Watch him during a game. I tape games and look at individual players. I’m not saying he’s not deserving of the 6th or 7th most playing time I just think he doesn’t deserve to be in the top 5 in playing time.

  • dennis powell

    I used how we did against the other team with him in and with him out. It’s a crude measurement , I’ll agree. But it gives an indication of how the team performs with him in and with him out.

  • John D Murphy

    I’m not as optimistic but there could be a heavy logjam of mediocrity at about 4. I could see a 6 way tie for fourth that we’re in.

  • dennis powell

    I love Indiana University. I thought this was a forum for fans to discuss their thoughts on the team. I didn’t know I had to follow a certain line of thinking to qualify to be on here. Again I will say this think Mike Davis Kelvin Sampson and Tom Crean before you just blindly fall in line. I hope Miller is everything he’s cracked up to be. I’m 63 and don’t have an eternity for IU basketball to be great. I’m not going to stay silent any longer on what I see as being wrong.

  • dennis powell

    Hey idiot I didn’t watch it live. I had to tape it and watch it because I coach baseball and we have workouts on Mondays so please read the whole comment.

  • John D Murphy

    Archie said “he has a lot of east coast in him”

  • dennis powell

    Read the whole comment

  • dennis powell

    Hey nick I have watched every game this year and probably 99% of them last year so my opinion was formed over many games.

  • dennis powell

    I’m sure other fans would think your blind allegiance is more irritating then my ability to see beyond what I’m told by the talking heads during a game.

  • dennis powell

    Ohio Hoosier is right. Watch his shot. More irritating to me is how many times he mishandles the ball. Same with Josh Newkirk and Newkirk’s inability to use his left hand in layups is maddening to me. I don’t remember any IU player over the last 45 years who was so inept with his left hand. In the Iowa game twice he missed left handed layups with his right hand , fortunately he had someone there to clean up his miss.

  • dennis powell

    Agreed.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    An play D

  • Outoftheloop

    Win your home games and grab a few on the road. It is an old and trusted formula for conference play. It is the secret to a top 5 finish!

  • Outoftheloop

    His feet are slipping sideways on some 3’s. His FT’s are excellent. But his total game: running the O; being our top defender; rebounding; etc., is excellent! Robert is good and should be getting better!

  • IdahoHoosier

    If you have actual findings you should share them here. Would be great for discussion. But if you stopped charting after the first couple games it won’t be very useful information without a large sample size.

  • Ivan Renko

    IMO, all of IU’s remaining home games should be favorable besides MSU, Minnesota, and Purdue. I think Minnesota provides our highest chance of a home win of those. so far, MSU and Purdue are sporting top 20 in both offense and defense, a tall task (figuratively and literally)