At the Buzzer: Indiana 100, UMass Lowell 78

  • 11/16/2016 9:05 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 100-78 win over UMass Lowell:

How it happened: After a poor start defensively, Indiana used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to open a 31-20 lead on the River Hawks, who came out strong by knocking down shots from the perimeter and getting into the lane. From there, UMass Lowell never got closer than nine as the Hoosiers’ lead ballooned to 29 in the second half. Overall, this was a solid performance from Indiana offensively as the Hoosiers knocked down 11-of-27 shots from distance and grabbed 55.9 percent of their missed shots. Defensively, Indiana didn’t play particularly well as a below average team managed 1.04 points per possession on Branch McCracken Court.

Standout performance: Robert Johnson played a very solid all-around game, finishing with 16 points (7-of-11 shooting), five assists, five rebounds and two turnovers in 26 minutes. Johnson finished with a plus/minus of +25, the highest of any Hoosier on the evening.

Statistic that stands out: Through two games, James Blackmon Jr. is 9-of-17 on 3s and has 49 points. Blackmon Jr. was very good offensively against Lowell, scoring 23 points and connecting on eight of his 12 shot attempts from the field.

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  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I guess we could nitpick the 4 fouls that OG and JBJ picked up, or the fact the margin should’ve been bigger. But I can’t. I’m just geeked at the potential this team has. They’re only going to get better as the season progresses.

  • BeneathTheBanners

    I’m confused. There were a couple of times in this game where the offensive player drove to the basket and attempted a shot against a defensive player who tried to stop that shot while successfully avoiding contact, but a foul wasn’t called? Isn’t that a foul? When we played Kansas that was a foul.

    On a serious note, defense needs to improve but man can we score. There was a point where DG, OG, FmS, DD, and one other I can’t remember were all on the court at the same time and the defense was so strong. If FmS can ever score consistently he’ll be a great asset to us. DD showed some good post moves tonight, JBJ is ridiculous…anything I’m forgetting?

  • IUowns

    I am going to enjoy each win this special team gets instead of only focusing on the key non-con games. I’d love them to back-to-back win B1G outright and finally play in April but that’s a long way from now and I want to just enjoy the present. Defense will improve and we will continue to get better. Super stoked. Let’s do this team!

  • Austin Alexander

    Rebounding is an effort stat…out-rebounding a team that effectively says a ton about our team. Nice win with a ton of spread concerning playing time.

  • I’d be worried about defense with an opponent like this one scoring 78 points, but a lot of their points came with funky combinations on the floor. Once things settled down, the defense got much better with combinations we’re likely to see on a consistent basis, and very good with some specific combinations. I couldn’t watch it that closely because I kept getting interrupted, but that’s my take.

    Offensively, this team is incredible. We scored 100 and as with the defense, we had some funky combinations going at times that couldn’t score. Play the game straight without trying to get lots of players comfortable with each other, we score 120.

    So, as expected, the outcome was never in doubt, and we saw lots of players get lots of time. JBJ is an assassin, RJ was solid, JM did the usual JM stuff, OG was OG, and TB was TB. DD showed some good things, CuJo was a bit less dominant, and DG looked good in his minutes, especially on defense.

    This is a very, very good team on its way to being a great one.

  • That’s exactly how I approached the game–just pure enjoyment. It was rough at times with a number of never-to-be-seen-again combinations, but overall it was lots of fun with zero stress. Love it.

  • Yep, agreed. Shades of greatness, only gonna get stronger. I will say I’m very happy we have a few games and weeks before UNC comes to town. I think by then we’ll be much farther along and even more dangerous.

  • IUowns

    With 6 more 250+ teams I sure think we will see some of those “strange” lineups quite often. I think CTC is doing a good job ensuring everyone stays fresh and the bench gets solid playing time.

  • Bruce Clark

    Didn’t see the game but saw that JBJ light up the scoreboard in the first half. Which combination(s) seemed to work best? Love the line for JM and OG also.

  • Joshmofo1

    The only real complaint I could make was about the defense tonight. But on the bright side most of it is correctable and I think it will be corrected sooner rather than later.

    A couple overcommittments on the help defense, a couple missed assignments, people not switching on time for easy drives, and some poor early rebounding. Correct those and this game was a 40 point rout.

    On the positive side: Offense is as good as advertised. James is a stud, though his second half was quieter.

    Loved Deron Davis tonight. Glad he got some more run.

    Also loved what I saw of Freddie. Offensively he couldn’t really buy a bucket but he got a lot of great looks and played great defense and was aggressive on the boards. If he can start making those bunnies which I’m sure he will and become a decent jump shooter he’ll end up a decent contributer.

    Final thought: I think Juwan Morgan might actually be the leader of this team. He was in there coaching up Freddie and he just does whatever is asked of him. Love that kid.

  • david r

    Gotta love our depth. Lots of options for CTC. Lots of fun for us to watch. All is good in Hoosier Nation!

  • Ole Man

    How does Bryant only get five shots, and one of those a put-back. Crean is right when he says the guards need to start looking inside out.
    Nitpicking, I know, but tougher tests coming soon.
    Front line of UNC will eat our lunch if we aren’t careful.

  • Ole Man

    Well, I’m gonna nit. LOL! That D has to grow, and after last night the only way is up! No D. No greatness.

  • Ole Man

    Offense is good. It’s stoppable IF they don’t do as Crean keeps preaching and begin to go through the middle. Bryant only had five shots last night (one a put back.)

  • SCHoosier

    TB gets more touches when the Hoosiers are forced into half court sets. The River Hawks wanted to run last night..which meant a lot of drives..kick outs and not many set plays. While you want the Hoosiers to be aggressive and take what the defense gives them,..strong work from TB in the half court sets will mean victory or defeat come conference time IMO.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I really was gonna stay quiet and just read the comments, but I’m coming out of the shadows to upvote you on that one, Ole Man. The D was atrocious. My 3 year old son actually learned that word last night b/c of IU’s defense (or lack thereof). People are gonna criticize me for saying that and trying to defend the fact that “Well, it was UMass-Lowell and they’re gonna play down to their competition…” or “they were just tired from their trip…”. Regardless, it pissed me off to watch the defense b/c I know they’re capable of more. Like Ole Man said, “No D. No greatness”.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    You must live in an airport, b/c it seems like every game you “have distractions” or work or something. Dude, you need a man cave you can go to and just drink beer, eat wings and watch the freakin’ game in peace! LOL

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Saw that too. Sheesh! This is the second comment I’ve agreed with you on. Am I in some kind of parallel dimension or something???

  • weitrhino

    The River Hawks rather impressed me and I commended them in another thread. There’s a lot of scrap in that team.

  • Ole Man

    LOL! “Do not adjust your sets….”
    I think what happened is that I “occasionally” get something right.

  • IdahoHoosier

    They deserve some credit definitely. But it is easy to look impressive when the opposing defense is a sieve. Lots to improve upon for an IU team with a TON of potential! My hopes are way too high way too early this season.

  • You’re gonna pick nits, you mean. “Nit” is a noun, not a verb. Come on, Ole Man!!!!

    That said, I agree. Defense was good in stretches with certain combinations on the floor, but it needs to get very good with more combinations. Good thing we have some games to work on it.

    I think the single biggest issue is communication. There’s just not enough of it. I was very happy to see TB ripping JBJ a new one–he’s not going to tolerate lack of effort or concentration.

  • If you saw my tiny little house here in SoCal, you’d understand. If I still lived in Indiana for what I’m paying for this little hut, half the damn thing would be my man cave. Like the guvmint’s buried in the side of a mountain…

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Dude……….I can’t even imagine. At least you have the sunshine, but that drought situation sounds rough. Maybe you should winter in good ol’ Hoosier land! LOL

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I don’t know where you’re from, but here in my neck of the woods in southern Indiana, we have a saying that goes something like “even a blind dog trees a coon every now and again”! LOL

  • kennygeorge

    You get a lot of things right.

  • All that sunshine is definitely overrated. We’re going to be moving back East as soon as we can, although we might give NYC a try. 🙂

  • sunshine is certainly not overrated. We’re gonna be dipping into freezing temps in a couple of days and the whispy winter clouds are starting to appear. Be grateful!

  • I grew up in Indiana, then three years in Chicago, and now the last 10 years here in SoCal. I’ll take the change of seasons any day. And don’t underestimate just how bone-dry it can get here when the Santa Anna winds start blowing. Suck the life right out of a person.

  • I agree. I was pretty impressed with them, especially in the first half. They looked respectable, played hard, made some good shots. Possible 16 seed in the tournament?

  • One word: February. Basketball was literally invented to help get through the winter.

  • Man, I’ve been there. Was in junior high during the Blizzard of ’78. Then the cold snap a few years later when temps routinely reached 40 below. I’ll still take that over SoCal weather.

  • marcusgresham

    Not eligible.
    They’re going to beat some teams and I think they’ll end up higher than projected in their conference, but this is the last year of their transition period to D-I and they still aren’t eligible for post-season play.

  • Ole Man

    ROFL! Down here we say, “even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.”
    (North Carolina)

  • Ole Man

    Thanks, Kenny.

  • you are certainly in the minority. but then again, I’ve not spent too much time in that climate. And appreciate plentiful water.

  • Tim O’Nawbny

    If it wasn’t it should have been!

  • Outoftheloop

    Don’t we all need such a man cave!

  • Outoftheloop

    Good thoughts!

  • Outoftheloop

    I think that UMASS- Lowell was a pretty good team of road warriors. They played well. One of their kids was “Mr Basketball” in NM. They hit some shots. It wasn’t all poor D. This was a fun game to watch!

  • Outoftheloop

    Excellent point. Thomas is a leader!


    Exactly. Two biggest (IMHO) reasons for our turn around last year….a whole lot better D from everyone and…..playing….through….the damn middle.