In the second half of its win against Minnesota on Saturday, Indiana had some defensive issues. The Hoosiers allowed Minnesota to score 30 of its 41 points in the paint and also allowed 16 fast break points.
We’ll take a look at some of the ways it went wrong for Indiana in the latest edition of Film Session:
Bakary Konate sets a ball screen for Nate Mason on the right wing:
Indiana picked up its eighth Big Ten win on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall, but it didn’t come nearly as easy as its last three victories in Bloomington. The Hoosiers beat Minnesota 74-68, but had to overcome a poor shooting effort and shaky second half defense to prevail.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Golden Gophers:
· Indiana can grow from this win: In a pretty drastic flip of the script from the last three games at Assembly Hall, Saturday’s outcome was in doubt in the final four minutes. In fact, after leading by 16 in the first half, Indiana allowed Minnesota to come all the way back and take a 67-66 lead with 3:54 remaining.
It wasn’t pretty, but Indiana found its way back in the win column Saturday by knocking off Minnesota 74-68 in Assembly Hall.
The win moed the Hoosiers at 18-4 overall and 8-1 in Big Ten play, a half game in front of Iowa. Freshman Thomas Bryant was the star for IU, leading all scorers with 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
“It’s challenging, especially when you’re going a little undersized like we were a bit,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said. “He really, really hurt us. I thought that Troy Williams really hurt us too with his speed. You can’t simulate their speed. They’re talented and they played hard, they cut fast, they’re really tough.”
After falling in the hole 7-0 out the gate, Indiana crawled out of it and led by 12 at half (39-27). The Hoosiers have been brilliant at home so far in conference play, embarrassing their last three opponents in Assembly Hall on the strength of strong 3-point shooting.
So to be up by double digits after shooting just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc seemed to be a good sign. If the Hoosiers trended more towards makes than the misses in the second half, they figured to comfortably put this one away with plenty of time remaining in the game. As it stood, their zone had completely shut down Minnesota in the first half (.74 points per possession). Simply keep up the solid defense, hit some 3-pointers and cruise to victory.
But it didn’t go that way. Far from it. The Hoosiers lost their double-digit lead and even trailed by one with under four minutes to play. But in the end, Indiana found a way to survive late and escape with their eighth conference victory despite a scare of epic proportions.