At the buzzer: Indiana 76, North Carolina 67

  • 11/30/2016 11:34 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 76-67 win over North Carolina:

How it happened: This one lived up to the billing. Students lined up outside of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall all afternoon. Kyle Schwarber and the 1981 national championship team were honored. Jim Cornelison amped up the crowd with a strong rendition of the National Anthem. And Indiana came out scorching hot, leading by as many as 17 points in the first half. It was the Hoosiers, not the Tar Heels, who were the aggressors from the onset. And save for a lapse in the second half where North Carolina cut the lead all the way down to four, Indiana controlled this game throughout. The end result was Indiana’s second signature win in the month of November over one of the nation’s elite teams.

Standout performance: Sophomore OG Anunoby was terrific, but his night was cut short as he went down with an apparent ankle injury late in the game following a dunk. In 29 minutes, the sophomore forward scored 16 points (on 6-of-8 shooting) and pulled down five rebounds.

Statistics that stands out: Indiana limited the nation’s No. 3 offense, which came in averaging 1.19 points per possession, to .94 points per trip on Wednesday night. The Tar Heels managed an effective field goal percentage of just 44.3, nearly 12 percent below their season average coming in. UNC also managed just eight second chance points.

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  • IdahoHoosier

    I think you meant Kirk Haston. Just wanted to give the guy due credit!

  • BL4IU

    If I were Glass, I’d see to it that he not do any future IU games. He’s clearly for RMK and against IU. Any good comments about IU were forced. Last night’s environment was a great testament to Hoosier basketball tradition; IU and the state.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I’m not one to jump on conspiracy theories, but I didn’t see any hesitation from JBJ due to a knee injury. I would hope though, that CTC would come out and say it if he benched JBJ for his attitude or play.

  • BL4IU

    Agree and I’d like to see him really manage JBJ’s minutes this year. Fatigue is a bad thing for oft injured players.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I was impressed by JN as well, other than some drives to the hoop that seemed ill-advised. He shot 4-10 from the field, but I’m pretty sure most of his misses were close to the basket. I liked his shot selection overall, just think he (and JBJ) sometimes drives into heavy traffic with no escape plan.

  • Adrian B

    Morgan won’t score more than a few points, but his defense and rebounding skills are terrific. Arguably the best defender on the team, though Newkirk and sometimes OG are also up there.

  • Adrian B

    Agreed. I genuinely hope they treat the IPFW loss like they did last year’s horrific Duke loss.

  • Adrian B

    Totally felt the same way. They did it to make the loss look not as bad on paper when they were completely dominated for 40 minutes.

  • BL4IU

    Kansas backcourt – “best in the country” – our backcourt outscored them.
    Berry – “POY candidate” – not against our backcourt.

    Going into the season it was – we’ll be really good up front but …. Can’t replace YF, no obvious PG. Who can create? Who will take the big shot? JBJ doesn’t do it in big games; can’t defend. Can JN contribute?

    Appears having a really deep and multi-talented guard rotation can be just as good or better than a one-guard dominant team. Personally, I hope Coach continues to stock up on guards just like the ones we have.

    IU – best backcourt in the country.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    OMG It annoyed me when my brother said Hastings and he did it all the time… I have turned into him and I have been that way for a few years now! Thanks for the pain IH thanks for the pain! 🙂

  • vicbert caladipo

    I’m hoping I haven’t confused a couple on the meaning of my post. He wasn’t benched for attitude and play. CTC wouldn’t do that. What I mean by pulling a Popovich is knowing a guy can play, but to keep him healthy for the long haul, he sat him in a game we didn’t need him. It’s not a game or anything shady, it’s finding appropriate times to rest players who have a history of breaking down due to conditioning or injury. He even said in his presser that he needs to manage Roberts minutes better and is fearing he’s played him too much so far. Look at all the CTC teams of the past. No One is averaging more than 35 minutes a game ever. Yogi probably came closest to that, but if we would have had JN last year, Yogis minutes would be down. It’s more of benching guys to stay fresh than benching them for poor play. Those who follow the NBA know Pops is the best at managing a team.

  • Ole Man

    Totally agree–and I do think at this point it’s a coaching issue.

  • Old_Time_Hoosier

    Don Fisher on the broadcast, Macho Man on color commentating! “Ooooh yeahhh, Don, that was a nasty slam dunk! Excitement!!”

  • TomJameson

    Maybe I misunderstood you, and I apologize if that’s the case. “Playing that game” would be CTC saying that JBJ was injured when in fact he was not, for the sole purpose of misleading the upcoming competition. That’s what “POP” would mean to me anyway.

    I think JBJ really did tweak his knee (later reports said it became sore after a particular dunk), and so came the resting the knee action during an unimportant game.

    I just don’t think Crean intentionally misleads the public about injuries by magnifying them to get a certain narrative going.

  • TomJameson

    What’s your reasoning for that?

  • TomJameson

    Yes, and I think Juwan’s minutes should be managed for a while as well. Those two are probably the biggest IMO for needing managed minutes. Less managing needed as the season goes along.

    I liked it that Crean limited practices prior to the game (focused on walk-throughs and film sessions and 1 practice) because he knew the energy would be needed. To me that’s growth as a coach, and also shows. trust in the team.

  • IU Nines

    DD IS impressive. Footwork is solid and has great touch. His size will buy him a lot of buckets with those attributes. Question: Is it his conditioning that’s slowing him down or is he just slow?

  • IU Nines

    We went into Ft. Wayne Offense Mode late in the game. Actually, the defense pressured us into less driving and ball movement, so we became stagnant. If you re-watch the beginning of the game, the offensive movement was insane.

  • Ole Man

    They’re away and the opponents are tough.