At the Buzzer: Minnesota 75, Indiana 74

  • 02/15/2017 11:27 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 75-74 loss to Minnesota:

How it happened: This one was there for the taking for Indiana. After a rough start for Minnesota, the Hoosiers had chances to build a comfortable lead early and led by as many as 10 with 7:24 to play in the first half. The Gophers responded with a 21-7 run to close out the half and led by four at the break. It looked as if things would go in the wrong direction early in the second half as Minnesota built a nine-point lead at the 16:35 mark. But Indiana never caved and the Hoosiers mounted a run. Indiana led by as many as five in the final four minutes, but could never create more separation. The opportunistic Gophers struck late as Akeem Springs missed a desperation 3-pointer but grabbed the rebound and hit a layup to lift Minnesota to its seventh Big Ten win. The loss was Indiana’s fourth straight and ninth in league play.

Standout performer: De’Ron Davis finished with 10 points and five rebounds in just nine minutes before fouling out and James Blackmon Jr. had 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Blackmon Jr. also had six rebounds.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana was outscored by six at the free throw line and by four on points off of turnovers. Both areas have been issues all season for the Hoosiers and in a narrow loss, are once again worth a mention.

Final IU individual stats:

Final tempo-free stats:

(Photo credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • TomJameson

    I hear you, but I’m sticking with the guidelines Glass laid down a couple years ago (maybe last year). He expects performance, and that is not what he’s getting right now.

  • AndyCapp

    I have been a long time follower of IUBB and ITH and one of the things I have really come to appreciate about this forum are non-overemotional (read rational) insights of posters like you, Calbert, Pcantidote, and even occasionally Ole Man, lol. You are passionate about the school and this sport and offer insight backed up by facts. You rarely if ever offer hyperbole in lieu of common sense. I think Crean is a good coach, certainly not a great/horrible coach. Most of us remember the shambles our program endured following the KS era. It would be irresponsible if we don’t ensure that our next coach (because in all honesty I think Crean’s time at IU should come to an end as quickly as a good alternative can be found) is vetted through a careful, deliberate process which adheres to the traditions and culture we alum and fans expect. I’m not sure this was done with Crean because we were so desperate at that juncture to move past our immediate problems. Now is NOT the time to make the same mistake.

  • AndyCapp

    Sadly you are probably right. Gawd this is turning into a dumpster fire of a season (and maybe off-season).

  • AndyCapp

    I said a similar thing in a post yesterday. Glass laid out a series of written expectations, ones that were probably given to him by alum/donors. To NOT adhere to them only makes Glass look worse or weak.

  • General Zod

    Well, my intent wasn’t to insult the other players. I was just being honest. I do not forsee much success next season. Tom crean squads are far more likely to underachieve than overachieve.
    He has no plan for scoring when the easy transition buckets get taken away. When they do, we see them resort to ‘weave & heave’
    I still remember the zellerdipo years and even those teams had several games where they hit scoring droughts of 8-10 minutes several times. It’s a common theme with clappy’s style.
    If you can force them to playing half-court ball, they are going to struggle as they have no useful system to employ.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    1) thanks for the kind words.
    2) yes, I meant B.

  • Thanks. I’m afraid we might be in for another bumpy ride.

  • Outoftheloop

    Looks like Spring will be early this year! Probably 100 different plays that could have been made but weren’t. No one can be counted on at “crunch” time to be a defensive stopper and the offense is sparodic, hit and miss. No one is going (NBA) Pro this year! If they form a tight knit, positive group ready to commit to defense first, then next year could be great!

  • AndyCapp

    I am too! I (sometimes) appreciate the fervor of our fans but I fear we will pay an even bigger price if we go into the post-Crean era looking for big hit, short term gains. My immediate goal for the next coach are not necessarily winning banners but trying to ensure CONSISTENT excellence. If we get that I think the banners will follow.

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    Glass can make his own guidelines, but I’m sure he takes input from the boosters. Probably a LOT of input lately! Hahahaha

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