At the buzzer: Louisville 71, Indiana 62

  • 12/09/2017 4:13 pm in

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Quick thoughts on a 71-62 loss to Louisville:

How it happened: Indiana started strong in the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday afternoon. The Hoosiers sprinted out to a 10-point first half lead on the strength of hot shooting and second-chance points. Louisville, meanwhile, struggled to find its footing as its crowd grew restless. But as you’d expect from an experienced team playing in their own building, Louisville made a run in the latter part of the first half to close the gap to one at halftime. Freshman Malik Williams was a big reason for that as he splashed a trio of 3-pointers, many of which were uncontested. The Hoosiers kept it close for a good part of the second half, but an inability to convert from the perimeter was ultimately their undoing. Indiana shot a dismal 0-of-12 on 3s in the second half and Robert Johnson, who shot 0-of-4 from distance, didn’t score in the game. The loss drops the Hoosiers to 5-5 and they’ll have a week to regroup before taking on Notre Dame next weekend in Indianapolis.

Standout performer: Juwan Morgan continued his strong junior campaign with a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana’s second half shooting was a killer as the Hoosiers hit just 10-of-28 from the field.

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  • Pianoroark

    I won’t (and can’t) dispute any claims about DG’s poor defense. The song I’m singing asks for more DG largely because: a) he’s young, needs on-the-court time to cultivate consistency, and is key to IU’s future, whereas RJ has had his chance; b) this team’s offense desperately needs a spark.

    It seems to me this disagreement boils down to a dispute over where this team most urgently needs improvement.

    I feel the team needs an offensive creator, a risk-taker, an infusion of confident swagger, perhaps more than anything else. But, even if I disagree with it in terms of what this particular team needs at this particular moment, I can respect a mindset that values strong defense at the expense of offense.

    Clearly we’re working with a group of guards who are consistently inconsistent, and there’s no easy fix. And outta tune or not, Ima keep singing, if that’s okay with you. 🙂

  • It’ll get better

    At this point RoJo needs his minutes cut. I’ve been hard on Newkirk, but at least Newkirk tries to make things happen. RoJo plays like he doesn’t want anything to do with this team sometimes and I’m sick of watching a senior who doesn’t care. Give his minutes to Green, he’s better than RoJo anyways.

  • inLinE6

    Not entirely fair to say “he chose to leave all by himself”. He logged a combined 3 minutes against Duke and Michigan, which I honestly didn’t quite understand. He didn’t feel being needed. This has been a very awkward situation.

  • cbags05

    Go away. You don’t know what you are watching. You are attacking his heart and desire. Watch his defensive effort. The kid is trying and cares.

  • cbags05

    He airballed the last 3 I saw.

  • SCHoosier

    IMO something has to be done to shake Rob up. Need his defense..but he should no longer have the green light to shoot a three whenever he wants. Not sure where his outside game went..Early in the second half he gave up a totally untcontested three and took two quick 3 pt shots that helped UL get the monument in the second half. As a senior he has to be better.

  • SCHoosier

    25 min with 5 TO’s. UL double teams and D in general are hard for any freshman not named Yogi to handle): We have no reliable 3 pt shooter..period.

  • It’ll get better

    You go away bro! The dude is a worthless senior that’s mad because his coach got fired and he wasn’t good enough to have any other options. I’m tired of players at IU like him. I could list the history of senior guards who played with heart and he’s down towards the bottom.

  • MikeinNC

    Wow, that’s a pretty rude response.

  • Jonny McClain

    agreed. don’t want to single guys out but I felt we got a lot out of newkirk tonight – if we get the usual out of RJ – who knows? you can’t ever blame one guy but a four year starting guard getting zero in the point and assist column is tough to stomach. years past – he had a long while to get that shot up in rhythm, but now I feel he (and Hartman) are pulling the trigger very quickly.

  • thrawnjan

    (a life spent trolling ith)

  • Missing Moye

    So you don’t “waste time” watching the games, but you show up here to post after every loss? That seems productive.

  • I hate purdon’t

    I think Phinisee will command a lot or attention and as a result of that it will give guys better looks. Phinisee is scoring a ton up here in Lafayette. I think his high so far is 37 or 39. The past few years he hasn’t had to score as much because his teams were a lot more talented. He’s also driving the lane and finishing with dunks.

  • Ole Man

    In what way? It was straight forward.
    Al started.
    DG has started before but obviously isn’t ready for that task or Archie would be starting him.
    RJ, despite his offensive presence is the only stable guard on the floor, particularly on D.

  • Ole Man

    Archie is developing a culture of “bring it in practice bring it in the game” and he has proclaimed that from day one.
    You’re asking him to: go against his culture; sacrifice the play of others on the team; probably sacrifice other intangibles such as wins/losses team chemistry and other stuff to cultivate one player.
    Sorry, my man, that’s not how it works. I read this on here all the time. Basically, I see it as both a failure to have played a great deal of organized basketball and the idea (unproven) that somehow someone develops by repeating the same mistakes over and over again.
    It’s absolutely true that you “play what you practice.” There is no way of getting around it. Even MJ, and DG is obviously no MJ, learned basic fundamentals which enhanced his God-given natural talent.
    No need for the “if it’s okay with you.”
    I’m not “Chairman of the Board.”

  • MikeinNC

    The first sentence.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    Agreed. There are plenty of guys on the bench who will “try hard, play tough defense and hustle all while being no threat to score” such as McRoberts, Priller, and basically everyone who doesn’t usually get in.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Can you read.. I watch the games. just not live at this point.. especially when you know they won’t win.. I love the way you guys cheering outlooks equate to wins…. oh that’s right it doesnt.

  • Tenacious Newt

    let’s git some skuldug-peckerwood hoosier academia verbiage settled *****bate

  • bball at nick’s

    sounds like a plan!

  • IdahoHoosier

    It was always a decision CuJo could make. He didn’t get minutes presumably because he didn’t EARN minutes. Unless something else political was going on, a player earns his minutes with effort and ability.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Good points made on both sides of this conversation. I believe you play what you practice as well. But repeating the same mistakes is something that appears to also plague Johnson (poor shooting and questionable form, not driving/getting fouled when shots aren’t falling, etc.), Newkirk (many bad habits, TOs and inconsistent shooting form, etc.) and others. None of these guys are perfect, and there is a point to be made for looking to the future. If Johnson isn’t cutting it IU may want to look at who is on the bench that may be important contributors in years to come. They need minutes and in-game experience too.

  • Ole Man

    Alex addresses this much more succinctly in the forum; wish you could read it.
    Basically, this “development idea” would setback if not destroy what Archie is building.
    Also, it’s a cliche that somehow a player develops better habits from playing or develops his talent from playing. No, that doesn’t happen or rarely happens. That’s AAU ball and AAU thinking. It would do those players and IU’s program no favors.

  • IdahoHoosier

    The forum is tempting! I don’t believe players develop better habits or talent by playing rather than practicing, and never said as much. You develop skills by practicing them, but also by employing them in real game situations. In-game is where you develop the confidence to do the things you practiced. So I believe there is a lot of value for players in actually playing meaningful minutes to hone skills for the future. Yes they have to be playing “correctly” if you will, not falling back to bad habits. As to how developing players would affect Archie, that is something to consider. I mentioned elsewhere that many “fans” would abandon ship if it appeared Archie “gave up” on this season. Bottom line is do we really think this isn’t a development season? I know some thought this year was a Sweet 16 or Final Four at minimum, but realistically most of us knew this is a transition and development year. Why not treat it like one?

  • bball at nick’s

    I stand corrected. You didn’t say you don’t watch games. However, your comment that I based my impression on was one in which you said you only celebrate regular season wins against Purdue and Kentucky, and before that you had said you didn’t watch a game because you were swimming laps with your wife (which is admirable, I think I too should spend more time with my wife), but then why do come on here and pretend that you know everything there is to know about IU basketball if you are so nonchalant about the program? Our players and coach are making a sincere effort to get better, and yet the results are enough for you to discredit and demean them as a team and program.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    I am a fan… me and the wife are IU alums.. I base my opinions on reality.. the team isn’t tough.. doesn’t defend.. not enough players who can go get their own shot.. and coach has never won or recruited at a high level.. it rubs folks the wrong way.. but its just the facts