At the Buzzer: UNLV 72, Indiana 69

  • 11/25/2015 7:29 pm in

A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 72-69 loss to UNLV in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational:

How it happened: Indiana arrived in Maui with a top 15 national ranking and hopes of a trip to the event’s championship game later tonight. The Hoosiers will depart with a 1-2 record and both losses came to teams that are unlikely to make the NCAA tournament. Put today’s loss, one in which Indiana never led, on 21 turnovers and poor decision making all around, including on the bench. The Hoosiers fell behind early, drew even in the second half, but could never get over the hump.

Standout performer: Nick Zeisloft finished with 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. It was his shooting that kept the Hoosiers close in this one.

Number (s) that needs work: Where to begin? Start with the turnovers. Indiana had 21 of those for a turnover percentage of 28.7. The Runnin’ Rebels scored 22 points off of those turnovers. It’s been a problem in each of Indiana’s six games thus far, although to varying degrees. The Hoosiers also allowed 34 points in the paint and hit just 10 of 19 free throws. In all, it was a nightmare afternoon to cap off a nightmare trip.

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  • Milton H. Williams

    CTC recruited a bad recruiting class.. Speaking of TW recruiting class.. It ruined the momentum we built up the couple of years before! I said it before.. I will be very happy when TW moves on!

  • I’ll bet TW’s mom would have a nice juicy tweet about that.

  • Smallest guy, and should be one of the clutch shooters. So yes, his inbounding the ball made absofreakinglutely zero sense.

  • Kevin Blackistone

    if they play like this vs Duke, Duke, who isn’t the same team that won it all last year, but still ok, will win by 30 and Crean will be fired…

    breakdown: Yogi isn’t as good as he thinks he is, and is trying to kush his numbers for the NBA..

    blackmon has no movement sideways and can’t guard anybody.

    Troy is a great athlete, but he was a great athlete when he came to the program, how come I don’t see any ‘big improvement’ from him that Tom Crean is so known for? probably because Crean gets credit for Oladipo’s hard work and D-Wades natural ability.

    We don’t play any defense. If a guy gets around his man, it’s a layup. no help defense, Yogi reaches, Blackman is too slow, Zietloft is a great shooter but can’t guard anybody, Max couldn’t guard anybody Michigan and can’t guard anybody now…Troy hasn’t been taught to defend, Bryant is a freshman and has to learn the ropes but will probably learn the ropes in the nba d league….robert johnson just follows suit and doesn’t play any d either…

    offense. there is no offense. no scoring easy baskets, no backscreens, yogi dribble, dribble, dribble, or blackmon launches 3s with Troy being pretty good for 2 minutes then a turnover machine for 3 minutes.

    in 5 seasons, IU has scored off an inbounds pass with a play drawn up 1 time. 1 time. I have counted.

    If a team goes on a run, and Crean calls timeout, it doesn’t matter because they never, EVER, come out and run a play to score.

    No in game coaching at all. He can’t coach defense or offense.

    He is a good recruiter, but that is it. Not even a great recruiter like calipari who restocks guys, Crean gets one mcdonalds guy a year and creans the rest.

    I would be happy with Pat Knight….well not really, but at least somebody who understood the game of basketball.

    who is even gonna come to Indiana? and how long will it take to get back even to this level that Crean has them at?

  • Jacob K

    But really, not to toot my own horn but this was taught to me in high school. I was a taller guy on the team and typically inbounded the ball. It was preached to me to count off in my head the seconds, and throw it off the defender if i got close to 5. My small time coach would preach that for the few situations whenever timr was not in our favor.

  • Jacob K

    I agree. To add on to that, its pathetic how lazy we are at challenging easy buckets. This team is never taking charges or committing hard fouls at the rim. It honestly seems laughable when im watching the game. Its like the whole team has a defeatist attitude whenever someone drives…except for Bryant, but the game is too fast for him right now.

  • Freemason

    Because he’s NBA ready! Kidding…..

  • Freemason

    Nor can TB hit rim on a 3 from the key.

  • Freemason

    Maui waui man.

  • Show-Me-State HOOSIER

    I hope sooner than later, but I’m afraid it will be a while. I’m tired too!

  • Chappy Dan

    So what if we’re the last team to go undefeated? Kentucky almost did just last year. It’s a much harder feat these days. Also, 1976 was roughly 40 years ago. Are we really going to be so lame as to grasp at a 40 year old straw to insist we’re still relevant?

  • Chappy Dan

    I’m surprised TB didn’t just up and walk out of the gym last night. I don’t like TB yelling in Yogi’s face OR Yogi seemingly backing down but TB has a right to be upset.

  • Chappy Dan

    Bruce “Kelvin” Pearl? Another tainted coach? No thank you.

  • Chappy Dan

    Even better, Steve Fisher only took over after the regular season! Fisher has proven to be an excellent coach and no fluke.

  • Chappy Dan

    Kentucky fans should enjoy these wins while they can before they get vacated ala Boeheim.

  • Chappy Dan

    The banter between Walton and Sciambi was priceless but Walton himself could not have been more obnoxious. He kept saying it was the best game of the tournament/he’s seen all year. He meant it was the most lifted he’s been all year.

  • Chappy Dan

    C’mon. Airballs happen.

  • Chappy Dan

    THIS. None of them know how to draw a foul on a layup either. Rob John can’t finish with his left which got his layup blocked twice. Juwan Morgan had an excellent breakaway steal only to telegraph his dunk which promptly got blocked. Just not savvy basketball.

  • Chappy Dan

    It makes so much sense!!!

  • Freemason

    True. But if you are a 6’10” center and you almost miss the ground with an uncontested wide open 3, you probably shouldn’t be shooting them for a while.

  • Freemason

    If a 6’10” center is shooting like 20% from 3, air balls do happen.

  • radical68

    Bryce graduates this year. His Dad will be available.

  • radical68

    Blackmon’s dreams of the NBA are ill-founded; no draft for him; lazy, no “D”; Yogi maybe very late last round, but no career; hope he has a good degree; Williams if he turns this around still has a chance; rest of team – over rated, except maybe TB; I’m sure TC is a wonderful person, but vastly over rated as a coach – 7.5m ? ok, do it; we’ve suffered long enough

  • radical68

    Duke 92 – IU 58

  • radical68

    Sick and tired of Crean’s recruiting strategy too; pull the recruiter out of the parking lot at Spec’s

  • Larry Brown

    If you did not see an improvement in Jordan Hulls from his freshman year or and we’ll see he from his freshman year for in Collin Hartman’s and his freshman year, then you need to get your eyes examined. Hey, Troy Williams has also developed, just look at his rebounding last year. Daniel he’s game is vastly improved over his freshman year. I don’t know what you’re talking about when you say he cannot develop talent, of course he does, that is not the problem …. and many people in the basketball world agree with me on that point

  • IUfanforever

    Well….well..I would rather our weaknesses be exposed in the early season…then late in the season so we can possibly correct them…..a lot of good teams have been beaten early…that will be tournament teams….and contenders. Maybe this year we can end strong instead of going undefeated at home with a bunch of cupcakes. Let’s give this team a little chance to figure how to play with a big man. Something we are not use to doing. I can assure you if we fire Crean we will go back 7 years ago….major Coaches will not want to come to Indiana. Crean’s record at IU doesn’t start until after the first 3 years…that mess doesn’t go on him but the prior administration and coaches. We will have 3 losses going into the Big Ten….and should finish in the top 3-4 this year in the Big Ten. This team was overrated to begin with…lost some key players and now…we move on. As I have said all along JBJ will go undrafted if he goes pro after this year. Williams the turnover machine is treading to be a late 2nd rounder. Bryant will come back. Be positive and let’s support the IU team as frustrating as they are to watch…trust me it is painful…but we have potential…to beat good teams. The best teams in the Big Ten is Purdue and Michigan State not Maryland…they are overrated as well.