At the Buzzer: Indiana 73, Bellarmine 49

  • 11/05/2016 8:54 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 73-49 win over Bellarmine:

How it happened: Indiana’s offense was average compared to what we’ve seen the Hoosiers produce in recent seasons, but it was still a comfortable win over one of the best programs in Division II. Why? Defense. Indiana used its length to contest shots and get into the passing lanes throughout the evening. The Hoosiers forced Bellarmine into 20 turnovers and limited the Knights to .72 points per possession. Indiana’s effort defensively allowed it to overcome a below average shooting night, particularly from behind the arc. Indiana hit just six of its 29 3-point attempts, but still won comfortably.

Standout performance: OG Anunoby. Based on his play throughout the first two exhibition games, Anunoby’s name will be appearing frequently in this space. At one point in the second half, he had more points than Bellarmine’s entire team. The sophomore from Jefferson City finished with a game-high 25 points (on 10-of-11 shooting), including several impressive dunks, in 26┬áminutes. Anunoby also had six rebounds, two steals, two assists, a block and just one turnover.

Statistic that stands out: After turning it over on 23.5 percent of its possessions in Tuesday’s exhibition win over Hope College, Indiana was much better taking care of the ball in its final preseason tuneup. The Hoosiers turned it over just 13 times for a final turnover percentage of 18.8. For a reference point, Indiana turned it over on 19.6 percent of its possessions last season.

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  • BL4IU

    Thanks Alex. Amazing how quick you do that.

  • ForeverIU

    We shouldn’t be focused on getting the ball to JBJ as much. Let him rebound, drive, draw fouls, and create his own shots on the perimeter.

  • MPmike B

    Yes, thanks for the info.

  • GatewayHoosier

    1 game, but…McFly led the team in rebounding.

    In EIGHT minutes.

    If he can play 10 minutes a game of great D, ferocious rebounding, put backs and lob dunks, anything else = pure icing.

  • My nickname for this team: Tenacious D.

  • inLinE6

    Gelon 2 of 2 from deep.

  • Larry Brown

    Wow. Didn’t see it, but McSwain 8 boards in 8 minutes? And Gelon 2-2 on 3s, in 4 mins? That’s good stuff

  • SCHoosier

    Fewer pts with much better D is ok with me. I suspect TC knows this team can load up the score board and play good D..on any given night. No TO’s by Josh was a good stat.

  • Ole Man

    On the nights when he’s not hitting, JBJ could help the team by passing more and shooting less. Just sayin’.

  • ForeverIU

    I only listened on radio, so not sure, but it seems he started driving and rebounding more, but only after he missed eight shots. He should have started earlier. I can imagine CTC instructing him to just keep shooting, even through slumps. He shouldn’t. A player feels it when the shots are not going in, and CTC should get him to trust his instinct and engage other aspects of his game. He’s a good driver and rebounder.

  • weitrhino

    BTN rebroadcast is set for Monday, 7PM eastern

  • Excellent, thanks. I watched what I could, but I was a) busy and b) in an LTE black hole with horrible Wi-Fi, so it was either blurry, choppy, or both.

    FTY, it’s showing up at 4:30pm PDT on my DirecTV listing.

  • marcusgresham

    I would assume if you tell Blackmon to “trust his instinct,” he’ll continue to shoot. Shooting has been his entire life.

  • ForeverIU

    I disagree. He can make points and rebound at will from anywhere on the floor. I don’t think he, CTC or we should keep casting him into that shooter mold. He will be more lethal as a shooter if he has a more balanced game. If you are talking about the instincts he brought with him from high school … we all know these are no longer relevant.

  • Ole Man

    It’s called “maturity” and I hope he demonstrates a lot of it this year.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t disagree that he can make points from other places–in fact I want him to do just that; I’m just saying that it’s his instinct to shoot, and at that to shoot from outside. I want him to drive more, to move more, but I also want him to do one other thing that hasn’t generally been something he’s done with regularity–to look to pass when he does drive. If he begins to at least consider there are multiple options when attacking the basket rather than just thinking “I’ve gotten this far, by god I’m going to shoot no matter who is in my way,” he’ll become more effective, the entire offense will become more effective, and he’ll look a lot more attractive to the NBA.

  • ForeverIU

    When you go 0-8 in an entire half, you are going against your instinct, and you are destroying your own confidence. Not trying to blame it on CTC, and I know he has the best of intentions and wants JBJ to succeed, but I can’t help but think that someone is telling JBJ, “Keep shooting your way through a slump, because you were born a shooter.” I think those treacherous dry spells, which against a good team can doom us, are all about trying to defy instinct with obstinacy. And yes, I agree about the passing.