At the Buzzer: North Carolina 101, Indiana 86

  • 03/26/2016 12:25 am in

PHILADELPHIA – Quick thoughts on a 101-86 loss to North Carolina:

How it happened: From the opening tip, Indiana was outmatched on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. It started with the Tar Heels hitting a barrage of 3s to start and continued into the second half as UNC’s lead ballooned to 22. Credit the quick start to North Carolina senior point guard Marcus Paige, who hit his first four attempts from long range to get the momentum going early. From there, the Tar Heels built confidence and a lead that was insurmountable for Indiana. The Hoosiers fought to start the second half, but never got closer than 10 in the final 20 minutes. North Carolina, the No. 1 seed in the East Region, marches on to face Notre Dame on Sunday and the Hoosiers will head home.

Standout performer: In his final game in an IU uniform, Yogi Ferrell finished with a game-high 25 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. But make no mistake about it: This is a loss that will sting for Ferrell for a long time. He ends his career at Indiana as the school’s all-time assist leader and with the record for games played in a Hoosier uniform.

Statistic that stands out: After holding Kentucky to just .94 points per possession in the round of 32 in Des Moines, the Hoosiers allowed the Tar Heels to score 1.42 points per trip with an effective field goal percentage of 60.

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  • BMusic

    Um…I’m sorry, but if we’re going to have a conversation, I’m going to need you to make sense.

  • IU Parking Tickets

    Why exactly are you on this site?

    Just because it was in the past doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be punished for it. IU texted too many recruits and pretty much got the death penalty. UNC committed fraud. I guess they teach you guys your “logic” in your imaginary classes. Go away

  • Kris Kompute

    5 starters? I guess Yogi becomes the first athlete ever to successfully petition the NCAA for a 5th year of eligibility for no apparent reason and leads us to the promised land in this fantasy world of yours.

  • cbags05

    You were called a terrible fan because of your first post, which i still say sucked. You tried to be funny and it didn’t work.

    I have the same concerns…only got to sweet 16 with zeller and yogi. I would call for a change too but he dealt with injuries and turned a bad season into an interesting one. If they can avoid offseason drama this year i would like to see what he can do with a litte less roster turnover. Next year should provide better clarity for me on the subject.

  • Kris Kompute

    “Shoe companies control all of basketball now”

    Kansas is an Adidas school. The best player in the world wears Under Armour.

    Go to sleep.

  • Kris Kompute

    “A real fan sticks with their team good and bad”.

    Find in my posts where I said “I’m done with IU”

    Find in my posts where I criticized any players personally or for their effort.

    Find in my posts where I criticize any assistants.

    My energy is directed towards one person, Tom Crean. And everything I’ve said about him has been fact based.

    Crean isn’t Indiana. No coach is bigger than our program or our school. Indiana is Indiana.

    Read my posts, go to sleep, study a basketball prospectus and then give me a rebuttal. Because right now your sophomoric language is making you like a pre-teen who trolls on Friday nights while Daddy is sleep.

  • inLinE6

    Did you not watch the game? Crean made a lot of adjustments and mixed up defense but none had worked. There’s only so much you can do. Crean didn’t get out coached. The better team played an outstanding game and that’s the only reason we lost.

  • Kris Kompute

    I guess the word “study” is over your head.

    There’s no doubt in my mind that you are another blind fan who has never taken a class in Bloomington yet he feels he has more emotionally invested in the school than the actual alums.

    Whatever helps you sleep at night.

  • BMusic

    No, it was the inscrutable sentence fragment and then the non sequitur re: the NBA.

    It probably won’t make a difference to you — my guess is you’ll still try to insult your way out of an argument — but I’m a second generation IU alum, born and raised in-state, and I took a basketball coaching class from Bob Knight while I was there. (Ron Felling nicknamed me “Alabama,” but that’s a story for another day.) But if it helps YOU sleep at night to assume everyone feeling a shred of positivity for the program is an idiot — and I’m guessing it does — then by all means, knock yourself out.

  • Missing Moye

    Nope, didn’t watch the game. Thought I’m come on here and take a wild guess at what might have happened. Was I right?

    Did you read my comment? I never said CTC was out-coached or that UNC wasn’t the better team. I swear… the Crean apologists read what they want to read.

    We played zone for 3-4 possessions, started a token press with 4.5 minutes to play and down by 20, and we doubled the post hard maybe 3 times all game. Since you apparently didn’t read it the first time, “I would have liked to see us double down on the post more or throw in some junk 1-3-1 zone or something just to try to switch up the game. Probably wouldn’t have mattered….”

  • Kris Kompute

    Go Study the NBA’s COY of the year was an inscrutable sentence fragment? Yet you can’t correctly spell “Buncha”…K. Let me talk to you in “Bama” terms then.

    Phil Jackson has one Coach of the Year award. Most SID’s at Division I athletic programs vote for the award. Not the head coach. You know why? Because they could careless. How do I know this? I work in Division I athletics.

    COY means horse manure. Championships are what matter. Final Fours lets the fanbase know that you have a legit plan. Crean hasn’t given us anything close.

    For you to be at IU when Knight was there, that means you are at least 35 years old. You should know better.

  • Bk39

    RJ , JBJ, CH, TW, TB please tell me which of these players were not starters.

  • Jason Russell

    Somebody gets it

  • Jason Russell

    Right there with you, people have forgot who we are and used to be. This darn everyone gets a trophy generation…

  • Jason Russell

    It’s these new age fans that are satidsified with making the tourney , not true IU fans. Crean has the easiest recruiting job in the country, every recruit you need is in your backyard

  • Jason Russell

    You sir are a clown, follow a different team with your low expectations not my Hoosiers!

  • iuoiu

    I checked and ForeverUK is available, maybe he’ll bite.

  • SCHoosier

    Big 10 championship and Sweet 16 beats hell out of finishing 5th in the conference and the NIT..don’tcha think?

  • cbags05

    Dude your approach sucks. Good points all around….Tom “can’t get past the sweet 16” crean….what fact is that based on? Certainly not the one where he got to the final 4…

  • BMusic

    I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree. But it seems you’re the one that’s having trouble sleeping at night. Flame on, brother.

  • Koko

    Here now….no need to bring my home town in on this conversation. I’m sure there are plenty of “meth lab trailers” in North Carolina. I don’t know about tennis shoes but I can say you whipped us fair and square…be happy with that.

  • Koko

    Yes the stat sheet doesn’t show us having a bad game….it just shows them having a great game.

  • Koko

    Agreed on that.

  • Koko

    And who would we move on to?

  • dwdkc

    To answer your question, about 1995 when Knight started losing his touch. We’re trying to get back to the level of the other teams and we may not be far off now. (Except UCLA, who doesn’t belong with the other 4 as they are doing worse than us at the moment). Fair to judge Crean on his last 5 years, not the first 3, and with a setback after 2013 we seem to be on the right track. He showed us some real coaching improvement this year, and the talent acquisition doesn’t seem to be a problem. Looks like we will be a real force over the next few years at least.

  • dwdkc

    We scored 1.21 ppp against a premier, top 10 ranked defense. I don’t think that was the problem. We were shorthanded against a very deep team, short on guards particularly, which might have been why pressing wasn’t tried. We needed stops in the halfcourt and could have made it a game if we got them, but NC was too good tonight. They are the best offensive rebounding team in college basketball, and they showed it. We did actually control the boards OK early, but with them hitting every 3 they looked at, couldn’t afford to give them looks–that will open up rebounding lanes. Sorry but against a team going like that there is only so much a coach can do. I don’t see a better option out there when Brad Stevens isn’t leaving Boston. And no coach would consider going to IU if they fired a coach after what Crean accomplished this year.

  • And this wasn’t some significantly lower seed having their best game of the season, it was the #1 seed and arguably the #1 team in the country. I’m disappointed at the loss, but not at this team.

  • Seriously, there isn’t a team in the country that could have beaten UNC last night.

  • Joshmofo1

    Yes. Indiana is not the program it once was. You can blame the “mediocrity” of the late Bob Knight years, and doing what people like you are suggesting now. Fire a good coach for a great one. Ask Kelvin Sampson how that worked out for our program?

  • Jason Russell

    Only reason I wouldn’t have fired him before is the fact there isn’t too many good coaches that are available. He’s not the worst coach on the planet just not elite

  • Hardwood83

    I disagree to a point. UNC is better then IU, but not THAT much better. They played as well as they possibly could last night Look at their season long stats- they shot out of their minds from 3 and that was difference in the game. IU scored 86 points (86!) and didn’t over-perform. If they played 10 times (and IU’s healthy) Carolina wins 6x, IMO. Last night was a worst case scenario.

    UNC definitely has more depth in the frontline, but their guards are only solid, Paige simply had the best game of his 4yr career.

    So my point is, that wasn’t indicative of some huge gulf between IU and anyone else. IU is a top 10-12 team that played ok, Carolina is a top 3 team that played terrific.

  • SoCal Hoosier

    Fortunately, clearer thinking will prevail, because Fred Glass doesn’t read the crap getting blithely tossed about by some of the posters. Deep tournament runs are as much a function of matchups and luck as it is talent. Otherwise, Boeheim and Poorexcuse wouldn’t be playing for a Final Four berth when they shouldn’t have even been in the tournament. I suspect if we’d gotten a Gonzaga matchup instead of one of the two best teams in the tournament, we’d have had a much different outcome and some of these people would be singing a different tune. Same as 2012 when the committee threw us up against UK, clearly the best team in the tourney, in the Sweet 16. That team beats most others that night and goes deeper. So does this one. But, sadly, reality is hard to deal with for some on this site.

  • Kris Kompute

    Talent acquisition isn’t a problem? We haven’t got the best player in-state since 2011.

  • Kris Kompute

    Already answered that.

  • Kris Kompute

    In 2003…with Dwyane wade…at Marquette.

    How does that benefit Indiana University-Bloomington?

    You’re stretching.

  • IUBizmark

    To your point, Rob’s response below has a lot of grammatical/word usage errors. Engaging in debate with someone like that isn’t a productive use of your time.

  • SeeingRed

    A lot of IU’s points were garbage time stuff with the game long dedided. The final score was not indicative of the reality of the game, IMO.


    Listened to a radio show where they went over the teams that every Sweet 16 team had played and they basically said the same thing that I”ve been saying, NOBODY had tougher matchups from beginning to end than IU did.


    Or the road that ANY other team has had !!


    If someone had told me that we had shot 42% from 3, 89% from the line, had 17 second chance points,15 offensive rebounds and that we had scored 86 points, I would have bet good money that we had won the game.


    Exactly, they came back down to earth, but it wasn’t until it didn’t matter anymore.


    I told the friends that I watched the game with that if I’m a UNC fan, I say the upside is that we won the game and scored 101 points, but the down side is that it took a shooting night from 3 that they had never had anything close to this year or any other year and that they will not repeat again in this tournament, or maybe never ever again period. You allowed your opponent to score 86 and they played the game with two starters injured and a third injured contributorer that, while he played some minutes, he more or less couldn’t lift his left hand above his shoulder. Don’t know that I would be pounding my chest over this game if I was UNC.

  • Hoosier Brews62

    They obviously didn’t teach Ethics!

  • Hoosier Brews62

    The fact is that they didn’t overcome the injuries! If they did, I truly believe IU could have beaten them

  • IU Parking Tickets

    To be fair a lot of those threes were pretty open and I just don’t care for troy taking the ball up the court. I’m not saying Crean is why we lost, but I didn’t care for the game plan. I’m not saying Crean needs to be fired or anything like that I just think he’s trying to get troy draft interest from the nba in these big games, and he can save that for another day please. There is a reason he is nowhere on the mock draft boards.

  • IUBizmark

    Haha. Love this retort to a snarky question. Thank you.

  • SeeingRed

    They lost a 16 ppg starter and still won the conference — that is definitely overcoming a big injury.