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Indiana loses critical game — without putting up a fight

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What was left of Indiana’s crowd booed. Most of it had left minutes earlier.

Indiana coach Tom Crean even hastily instructed his players: “Shake hands and get off the court.”

This was the humbling scene after the final buzzer sounded on Tuesday night, ending Indiana’s 77-63 loss to Iowa in Assembly Hall. It was the Hoosiers’ second straight loss at home — the first time that has happened since the 2010-2011 season.

Heading into this game, the Hoosiers had stressed how important it would be to win. They lost it without putting up a fight.

“A loss like this,” Yogi Ferrell said, “is pretty disappointing.”

The Hoosiers had six days to prepare for Tuesday’s game following last Wednesday’s seven-point loss at Northwestern. Ferrell on Sunday said they believed “we have the most energy we’ve had all season.”

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss to Iowa

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 77-63 loss to Iowa on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.

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The Minute After: Iowa

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Thoughts on a 77-63 loss to the Hawkeyes:

Just get through the first half of the Big Ten season alive, they said. It was supposed to be all downhill from there. The Hoosiers did more than that. They exceeded what was expected of them, winning games they started as underdogs. They won on the road. Some in the media were singing the praise of Tom Crean and his Hoosiers. There was coach of the year talk. The Hoosiers were dubbed as the most watchable team in the country.

But there hasn’t been much watchable about this team of late. After starting 5-1 in the Big Ten, Indiana’s just 4-7 since then. The Hoosiers are limping towards the finish line, and it’s all passing them by.

This Indiana team was always built to score and it simply hasn’t happened over the last 60 minutes of play. Indiana went ice cold against Northwestern in the second half, shooting 3-ball after 3-ball over its zone and not scoring a field goal for 10:06. Indiana didn’t hit a drought quite as big tonight, but it wasn’t markedly better. In a sloppy first half for both squads, the Hoosiers hit just two field goals over the final 10:15 of the first half. And that two could have been just one if Robert Johnson didn’t hit a long 2 at the buzzer.

Beyond the scoring drought, the Hoosiers also turned the ball over on 27.2 percent of their possessions in the first frame. They’d finish the half scoring just .85 points per possession. Iowa had some trouble with the ball as well (21.2 TO%) and Indiana actually held them under a point per possession (.97).

A 32-28 halftime deficit wasn’t insurmountable, but Indiana wasn’t giving off many positive vibes.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Iowa

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Check out 24 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 77-63 loss to Iowa at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.

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Video: IU players react to loss to Iowa

Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Troy Williams and Nick Zeisloft met with the media following Indiana’s 77-63 loss to Iowa at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Fran McCaffery reacts to win over Indiana

Fran McCaffery met with the media following Iowa’s 77-63 win over Indiana on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.

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