At the buzzer: Indiana 73, Bellarmine 62

  • 11/09/2015 8:56 pm in

A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 73-62 exhibition win over Bellarmine:

How it happened: After Al Davis hit a jump shot to draw Bellarmine within two at 9-7 with 14:31 remaining in the first half, Indiana ripped off an 18-0 run and eventually build a 23-point lead over the Knights. Bellarmine, however, didn’t go down without a fight. The IU lead was cut all the way down to seven early in the second half before the Hoosiers regained control on back-to-back 3s from Robert Johnson and Yogi Ferrell to push the lead back to 15 with 13:47 to play. Bellarmine never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.

Standout performance: Yogi Ferrell did a little bit of everything in the win and finished with team-highs in points (21), rebounds (eight) and assists (four). The senior guard was in mid-season form from behind the 3-point line as he finished 5-of-9 from deep.

Number to build on: The Hoosiers cleaned up on the offensive glass, particularly in the first half. Indiana rebounded 57.9 percent of its misses in the first half and 47.1 percent for the game. The work on the offensive glass resulted in 13 second-chance points.

Number that needs work: Indiana again struggled to get to the free throw line after a subpar performance in that area against Ottawa. The Hoosiers took just nine free throws in their win over the Gee-Gees. On Monday, they attempted 21 against the Knights for a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 36.2, but many of those attempts came late when the game was already decided. With an emphasis on freedom of movement rules early in the season, it bears watching whether Indiana can find its way to the line more regularly once the season tips off.

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  • StraightOuttaBtown

    How do you regress after a 19 turnover game? That was horrible. This is not how you prepare for a season.

  • CreanFaithful

    13 turnovers?

  • inLinE6

    Priller didn’t see floor???

  • straight no chaser

    I only watched the second half. If there was any semblance of a game, it must have been in the first half.

    I said it before the pre-season started: Troy can’t pass. I say it again: Troy can’t pass. So please stop mentioning Troy and Vick in the same sentence. We will suffer again from the “good enough for the NBA but not good enough for us” curse.

    It was good to bench James. But benching him is not gonna teach him defense, nor will Crean.

  • straight no chaser

    We didn’t need to. A bunch of our players were already channeling him.

  • SilentBob

    Yea I’m not gonna look into this game too much. That was incredibly ugly, and outside of that 18-0 run there was no flow. I imagine it was Crean just trying to get his team some different looks.

  • Max shoots too quickly, too often, from too far away. Like him and his shot, but there are far too many options on the team. Needs to be scaled back slightly.

    Defensive intensity was good. Offense is yet to find that groove.

  • Maybe go back to scheduling those really tough Athletes in Action exhibition games?

  • There was a nice stretch in the first half where we held them and stretched the lead to a ridiculous amount. Then we pulled the starters for the last few minutes of first half and they got back to only 15 down. Second half was meh.

  • TomJameson

    They had that many against Ottawa in the first half.

  • TomJameson

    That really ticked me off because they were doing what CTC has been preaching … put the pedal to the metal … no letting up.
    Should have put them away right then, but Bellarmine finished with a 7 to zip run to end the half, and started the 2nd half ready to play and IU didn’t. This will come as a surprise to some who know how I lean, but I put that totally on the coach.

  • TomJameson

    That’s funny straight!! Very nice, and mostly right.

  • PBzeer

    While there was no doubt some experimenting with lineups going on, it’s still a bit troubling that Bellarmine doubled their first half point total in the second half. Still too early to make any definitive judgements, but I don’t think we’ll get a good measure of this year’s team until after Maui. Hopefully, Creighton doesn’t turn out to be this year’s Eastern Washington.

  • Jim

    didnt you just post that this team is trending to the final 4 and max will be starting many games towards that?

  • I thought with all the talent this year, team play might suffer, and it does. Too many forced shots, again not utilizing the center, dribble weave 25′ from the basket, key clogged with players, and manic substitutions. Honestly, I thought CTC would come up with some new approaches to offense this year, wrong! All in all boring basketball IMHO. I know, “season just started give them some time”, but do you really think things will improve that much? They are playing very much like last February.

  • Rosco73

    Didnt watch the game, but how did JBJ only score 2 points?!

  • Zach

    Really ugly game except for the run we went on in the first half. Little to no flow is a little troubling. When I was watching the first half, I was really impressed with our rebounding and the numbers back that up.

  • yes and that isn’t contradictory

  • great question. probably didn’t play very much after the first half? I’d guess he took less than 5-7 shots, total. very quiet game. only 2 points? wow.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Well, he took 5 shots and only hit one of them, he didn’t get to the free throw line at all and if you didn’t pay real close attention you wouldn’t have even known he was in the game.

    I would say he “wasn’t forcing anything” or that he was “distributing it well” but that would be a lie (three turnovers and zero assists). I thought he was very good against Ottawa and rather sub-optimal against Bellarmine.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I think what he means is Max can be a great addition by rebounding and playing solid defense and being a leader. We don’t need him to be a jump shooter.