At the buzzer: Indiana 85, Mississippi Valley State 52

  • 11/27/2016 5:57 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 85-52 win over Mississippi Valley State:

How it happened: After Indiana’s surprising 71-68 overtime loss to Fort Wayne on Tuesday, the only question coming into this game was how the Hoosiers would bounce back from defeat. The result was never really in doubt – Indiana lead throughout the contest – but this game wasn’t without a few lulls to make the Hoosier faithful restless. The Delta Devils cut Indiana’s lead all the way down to five late in the first half, but Indiana responded with a 7-0 burst to push the lead to 12 at half. From there, Indiana cruised the rest of the game as it held Mississippi Valley State to just 24 second half points for its fourth victory of the season. It was the 20th consecutive home victory for Indiana at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Standout performance: OG Anunoby scored a career-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting in 26 minutes. Anunoby was scoreless in 13 minutes at Fort Wayne and while he still appeared to be a bit under the weather, it didn’t matter against an inferior opponent.

Statistic(s) that stands out: Among the better team numbers for Indiana on the afternoon: Eight blocked shots, just .74 points per possession allowed and an effective field goal percentage of 56.8.

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  • Austin Alexander

    Nice win, I like having OG back in there. He was all over the place. We need to pump him full of vitamin C so we can avoid a repeat of Ft Wayne. Also, it’s a shame about Blackmon, I hope his knee mends before UNC.

  • David Macer

    Can someone explain to me how +/- is calculated ?? I’m hard pressed to see Zach McRoberts with a +28 and Juwan Morgan with a +1 Morgan had 6 pts, 5 rebs, 1 dime, 1 blk and ZERO TO’s in 16 minutes. McRoberts had 3 pts, 1 reb, 1 dime, 1 steal and ZERO TO’s in 19 minutes.

  • Too many turnovers against this team (a handful due to simply lazy passing). Much better free throw shooting at 18/22. Defense was better at times, except the second 10 minutes. Really like McRoberts’s effort. Stronger finishing inside at times, but TB still missed a few bunnies–wish he’d get back to top form from last season. Not much else comes to mind, except we’ll need to play better to have a chance against UNC on Wednesday.

  • Piker

    Plus minus is team oriented. Better team plays with a player on the floor the better the plus minus for the player. Maybe JM was on floor when we did not play well.

  • As Piker responded below with the definition.

    I’ll note that McRoberts is playing well, and the team was maybe better defensively at times when he was on the floor. He was also involved a bunch of 50-50 balls that went our way because of his effort. I like what he’s doing, and I understand why CTC is playing him. McRoberts is simply bringing a ton of effort and energy to the floor.

  • Piker

    Yes a I’m sure CTC is saying all of you need to do the same. There seems to be a lack of effort on both sides of the ball at times which none of us likes to see. We cannot have these lapses if we truly want to be a contender.

  • ForeverIU

    There are two ways to beat UNC. Either we are a top-5 team of their caliber, or we are the upset-driven underdog. We are neither.

  • Agreed. TB called it out in the player presser that they dropped off in energy when MVS was playing it close in the first half, and that it was increased energy (which I take to mean effort) that got the game back under control. So hopefully the players see that as well and will fix it–they’re the only ones who can.

  • I see this as a team that’s still developing toward being a top-5 team of UNC’s caliber, and that will play hard at home as the underdog.

  • SCHoosier

    We give up 15 TO’s against UNC and we lose by double digits.

  • I counted more than a couple that were simply lazy passes/catches and thus easily fixable. Take those away, plus the ones by the scrubs, and it’s probably a much more reasonable 10 or so for the game. Hopefully there won’t be any laziness against UNC.

  • Old_Time_Hoosier

    Just my two cents, +/- is the most meaningless metric in all of sports. Put my old short white self out there with LeBron, Kevin, and Kyrie, and even I’ll have a plus 2 or 3!

  • Old_Time_Hoosier

    Agreed. Everybody needs to have a little patience.
    As you’ve pointed out numerous times, this team will take a little while to gel. In the meantime, I like IU by 1 at home.