At the buzzer: Indiana 102, Austin Peay 76

  • 11/16/2015 8:51 pm in

A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 102-76 win over Austin Peay:

How it happened: It wasn’t pretty (particularly defensively), but Indiana caught fire from distance midway through the second half to pull away from Austin Peay. At one point, Indiana made 15 consecutive field goal attempts and the Hoosiers finished the game 16-of-27 on 3-pointers.

Standout performer: Yogi Ferrell extended his NCAA leading streak of games with a made 3-pointer to 67. Ferrell is now just 21 games shy of tying the all-time NCAA record. He finished with 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

Statistic that stands out: After struggling through two exhibitions and the season opener, Indiana torched the nets from distance for an effective field goal percentage of 80. That figure was higher than Indiana had in a game at any point last season.

Number that needs work: The Hoosiers struggled to defend Austin Peay, which finished last season in the bottom 30 nationally in effective field goal percentage. The Governors scored .97 points per possession. Simply put, Indiana didn’t put up enough resistance at the rim and left shooters far too often on the perimeter.

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  • Ms hoosier

    Defense still needs a lot of work. Yogi really looks great!! I wouldn’t trade him for another gaurd in the country!! This team can light it up from 3. Fun to watch

  • E Foy McNaughton

    My takeaways –

    1. John Crispin is annoying.
    2. 20 turnovers, many careless need to be cleaned up.
    3. While the defense is much better than last year, it has room to improve.
    4. Max and Thomas continue to impress.
    5. The ball movement was close to 2012 at points – scoring in just a few seconds consistently.

  • hoosier

    if this team could have more discipline on defense it would be a top 5 team

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  • VAHoosier

    I felt like a kid on Christmas morning — I didn’t pay for the BTN Plus content, so this was my first look at the team…

    * defense is a work in progress–way too much bites on pump fakes and overhelping

    * the pace is going to result in some turnovers, but we are very careless with the ball
    * freshmen (except for Thomas) played like freshmen
    * Zeisloft is a tough mofo
    * Crispin is tough to listen to
    * BUT, Crispin makes some good points, such as: IU needs to play “safe” on D (which I interpreted to mean that IU needs to be more disciplined)
    * this team could be incredibly dynamic offensively
    * Yogi is incredible

  • SilentBob

    I think the only real takeaway I got from this game is there is lots of room for improvement. This was the first team we’ve faced that could run with us, and that exposed some things. Better to be exposed now than halfway through the season. They had some solid athletes with good frames. Their guards did an excellent job of picking spots and not getting in a rush. And that Horton guy is a junkyard dog. Fiesty and really knows how to use his body. This should provide some really good tape for our coaching staff

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    So Troyis an athlete lol

  • Show-Me-State HOOSIER

    Love watching these kids play! We no doubt can shoot lights out with the three. I think we can actually post up inside if we do get cold on outside shooting (something we didn’t do too well last year). My biggest fear are those teams who will be able to slow the tempo and force us to a half court game. It burned us last year several times. We need to continue to play both phases of the game inside out / outside in.

  • Marek Wojciech ?ugowski Lugows

    I enjoyed the game and share what others here had to say point by point, but the same effort against Creighton will result in a hard-fought loss. Which would be a terrible way to come down from busting the century mark. Austin Peay was just not that disciplined in denying our open shots. That is not how it’s gonna roll amongst the better teams. The turnovers are a massacre. And you know, outside shooting is a weather thing.

  • It was the best of defense, it was the worst of defense… Okay, sorry, that was bad. But seriously, there was some good defense played, particularly midway through the second half, if I’m not mistaken. But there was some bad defense as well. I’d say, a 70/30 split bad to good. Turnovers need too improve, and TW had a few, IIRC. Hold onto the ball a few of those times, maybe IU scores 110. Maybe 115 for that matter. Overall, hard to complain about a 26 point win, but it could have been 40+. Against Duke, maybe a 10 point loss. But that’s what tape and practice are for.

  • Show-Me-State HOOSIER

    Troy….Too fast at times.

  • Show-Me-State HOOSIER

    The Governors made some real good shots and had plenty of open looks from beyond the arc. Our perimeter defense needs to improve for sure!

  • Hardwood83

    #1, really? I liked him- pretty casual without being too goofy.

  • Sowapatch

    Juwan Morgan, albeit a freshman, looks out of place. You can tell he knows the game, as a lot of the time he’s making the right decision or is in the right place, but he can’t execute. Fortunately, if OG continues to do what’s necessary, we won’t need to rely on Juwan too much this year.

    Now, to get a little more critical and over-exaggerated, Juwan needs to stop bringing the ball up the floor. Got horribly pick-pocketed. And I think the loss of a few lbs would improve his quickness and make him more versatile.

  • Zach

    Fun game to be in attendance with all the scoring (glad the team found the 3 point stroke) and the defense was actually good in spurts with guys getting in opponents faces on the perimeter and getting a lot of steals, but just not consistently. It seemed when we didn’t force a turnover, they would score. Austin Peay’s big guy (Horton I think?) was getting to us down low and ended up with like 17 and 13 boards.

  • straight no chaser

    At Austin Peay, we win by 18. At Duke, today’s result translates to a 15-20 point loss. In our last game I think CTC said 70% of our points were in the paint? Sounds like today was pretty much the reverse. If we play this kind of game against Duke, they will choke our perimeter just like MSU did last year.

  • Dave Carnes

    Im not sure Duke can be defeated by good ball movement and good shooting there was a lot of that tonight.

  • I honestly don’t know if we’ll improve enough in time to beat Duke. But everything’s correctable, and we should be find by the time the B1G starts. I fully expect to see some preseason losses simply because incorporating TB is going to be a challenge–this team needs to learn to play with a solid post presence after having none last year. And of course defense needs to be consistent, and the out-of-control ball needs to stop. Again, though, all correctable, and by the time the B1G rolls around I think we’ll be a very, very tough team to beat.

  • straight no chaser

    LOL, I think the conversation is not about how we will defeat Duke but by how much we will lose. If we’re not a top 20 defense by the time we meet them, we stand no chance, and that’s not even taking into account their huge home court advantage.

  • Tyler T

    What a highlight reel game! Awesome stuff. Hope the nets are okay.

    Defense still need work…but I ain’t complaining after that game!

  • Tyler T

    Guys…we are giving Duke way too much credit. They are not the same team they were last year…in any way. We have every chance to beat them.

  • Ole Man

    I don’t know if we’ll improve enough in time to be Vanderbilt.

  • Ole Man

    You heard the announcers say it…ball needs to go inside more.

  • Yeah, well, that’s why they play the game. 🙂

  • straight no chaser

    Wow, Vandy ranked #13 by Pomeroy. They also have much better balance between offense and defense, probably meaning that they are the more mature and consistent team.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Yep. Even though we were stroking it from outside the ball needs to play through the paint. Our best shots were from a drive and kick or a post feed and kick out. Or, Thomas and/or Max would draw a foul.

  • bleeding crimson

    I agree somewhat…TB set several picks which allowed drives and kickouts. He can’t be all places at all times. I think if we weren’t hitting the three in abundance that probably would have happen more.

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    The season is in it’s infancy, so there’s lots of improvement to be made. However, I fear we’re going to be a more talented version of what we were last year (weak D, run and chuck) – I hope my fears are unfounded.

  • Ole Man

    They are. With a really tough front court. Really good D.
    And they’ll be looking to prove something.