At the Buzzer: Indiana 112, Alcorn State 70

  • 11/30/2015 8:53 pm in

A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 102-70 win over Alcorn State:

How it happened: Indiana controlled Alcorn State, one of the worst teams in Division I, throughout the evening.┬áThe Hoosiers weren’t very good defensively through the first 20 minutes (.97 points per possession allowed), but were slightly better to begin the second half. All in all, this game turned out as expected: Indiana pounded a team with little talent.

Standout performer: James Blackmon Jr. scored a career-high 33 points, including 24 in the first half. He shot 11-of-15 from the field, including 6-of-9 on 3-pointers. Alcorn State had no one capable of guarding Indiana’s perimeter players and┬áBlackmon Jr. was able to take advantage.

Statistic that stands out: The Hoosiers shot 15-of-26 from behind the 3-point line for 57.6 percent. Most of the looks were the result of ball movement and athleticism that Alcorn State simply couldn’t cover.

Number that needs work: Indiana turned it over on 22.8 percent of its possessions in the first half, which is slightly below its season average, but still too high. The Hoosiers were better after intermission and finished the game with a turnover percentage of 17.

What’s next: Indiana travels to Durham, North Carolina to face No. 7 Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tip-off is at 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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  • Show-Me-State HOOSIER

    Next. This game tells us much of nothing. It’s a false sense of security if you ask me. I hope Alcorn State spends the money wisely.

  • straight no chaser

    No way a top loser like Alcorn State should score 70 points on us.
    In any case, I’m gonna stay positive for our kids. I want our kids to beat Duke so badly, because I don’t want to have to deal with smug Coach K and his aardvark face and robotic comments. Come on Hoosier kids, do what Cody-Vic and Co. did: coach the coach and play the game. LOL.

  • 260HoosierFan

    I guess we wait till Wednesday, and I’m still scared.

  • straight no chaser

    Don’t worry, there’s no sense of security here. You can bet on that.

  • sarge

    Aardvark face, fo sho!

  • SCHoosier

    Nice scrimmage..James brought his shootin’ got the O-board problem solved in the second half. I’m thinking Duke won’t pay much attention to the tape of this game. Anybody want to take a stab at the match-ups. Not sure who we have to guard Allen and keep Jefferson off the boards. At the Hoosiers’ best..they can make it a ball game. Gonna have to shot a very high % though.

  • straight no chaser

    I knew someone was gonna call it a scrimmage, which it is. You get the honors! You beat cooper to it. LOL.

  • Jeremy Enright

    To borrow a Crean statement and put my own twist on it….
    “It’s Alcorn State”

  • straight no chaser

    Is Juwan injured?

  • CreamandCrimson

    I mean, it’s a nice reminder that we can shoot very well at home…that was good. I was glad to see Blackmon Jr. giving a darn on defense. In general, he was very good tonight. I was pleased to see Troy and our guards have way fewer turnovers tonight. The team actually appeared to try on defense and the results were occasionally okay. Did we learn anything? No but I think there were some baby steps forward (perhaps temporary but that’s all we have tonight). I just hope the team (the players, the coaches…whomever you choose to support while they are still affiliated with IU) compete on Wednesday. Do that and start to do so consistently, results will come.

  • Dsct1

    From the article to the comments i thought I had logged on to an Illinois site and everyone had their Indiana bashing keyboards out.

  • RDD#76

    Yes hurt his foot against UNLV

  • RDD#76

    The one thing it told me was we are better playing small ball with Rob starting and Troy at the 4 and then we bring Colin and Max in at 4&5 off bench and Nick for any one of the guards

  • Dsct1

    From the beginning I have said Coach Crean wasn’t the coach to build a championship team. He is a good coach but at Indiana that is not the expectation. Continually bashing him is not the answer, suggesting fans show up to boo him at home games or just not show up. Now that is a great idea, recruits all over the country will be knocking down the assembly hall doors to play in that environment. A hoosier victory tonight! Celebrate and cheer them on for another against Duke.

  • Jrod

    Good luck beating Duke they will make you pay for your first half turnovers. This is going to be a long year we shall see what team shows up on Wednesday.

  • Speed

    It’s an expected win against a very poor team.

  • straight no chaser

    Maybe you meant to log on to an Illinois site?

  • This game tells us so little, I’m not even going to comment on it.

  • beer30

    It’s an IU site & a very good one….article & comments combined.

  • Beat duke

  • straight no chaser

    I’m with you Clyde. I don’t care what happened; I’m cheering on our kids as they march into the valley of death.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    This is gonna be a heck off a season….

  • Zach

    Decent tune-up for the real test Wednesday. Doesn’t exactly translate perfectly, but hopefully JBJ can keep the hot hand going this week

  • Dsct1

    Nope probably been an I.U. Fan longer than you’ve been alive. Cheered them on with Coach Knight, cheered them with coach Davis, I’ve never stopped. I’ve been negative of coach Crean. But the constant bashing from guys who probably couldn’t coach the 76 team to a high school championship gets old.

  • straight no chaser

    Easy there, Righteous Man. You’re talking to some very jaded souls right now. Save your crusade for another time.

  • Bruce Clark

    Confidence plays a big part for a shooter like Blackmon: I believe this game was good for the team and particularly JB. Expected win, but it’s great to see the guys play with passion and confidence.

  • Dsct1

    No crusade here. If I were coaching the 76 team they wouldn’t have one a high school sectional. I’ve taken my shot at coach Crean, everyone deserves their opinion, but say it and go on. If you follow this site you obviously bleed cream and Crimson. I remember screaming at my TV when coach Knight was pacing the sideline, not comparing the two at all. Just saying he’s here screaming on every thread isn’t changing that.

  • Freemason

    I agree as long as match up allow that line up. I like Rob starting, it gives another good ball handler. At this point I’d rather see Rob start and have TW on the bench to start the game. TW could bring some energy off the bench that no one else can.

  • Koko

    “Some very jaded souls”. That sums it up for me.
    But I do hope we beat Duke. As jaded as I am at this point, a win at Duke would send a tingle up my leg.

  • Koko

    The 76 team could have won a high school championship without a coach. If folks wanna “bash” then let them bash….its IUBB….their intentions are good in the final scheme of things. As I recall RMK did a bit of bashing on his way to 3 national championships.