At the Buzzer: Purdue 86, Indiana 75

  • 02/28/2017 9:09 pm in

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Quick thoughts on a 86-75 loss to Purdue:

How it happened: Purdue clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title on Tuesday night in a contest that wasn’t unlike many of Indiana’s road losses. The Hoosiers again struggled to take care of the ball and were beaten badly at the free throw line. It’s been a theme all season. Indiana committed 14 turnovers, which Purdue converted to 14 points. (IU also scored 14 points off of Purdue’s 10 turnovers.) And the Hoosiers didn’t shoot a free throw until the second half as the Boilermakers outscored them by 15 at the line. At times, Indiana made things interesting, but never seriously threatened in the second half. A Tim Priller jump hook cut the deficit to six with 10:09 to play, but Purdue quickly stretched the lead to 11 and cruised from there. The loss, Indiana’s sixth in its last seven, drops the Hoosiers to 16-14 overall and 6-11 in the league with the regular season finale looming at Ohio State on Saturday afternoon.

Standout performer: Freshman Devonte Green was the only Hoosier to finish in positive territory in the plus/minus at +11. Green had 13 points, three rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes. Priller, forced into action because of foul trouble for De’Ron Davis and Thomas Bryant, had a career-high six points.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana was outscored by 15 points at the free throw line. In eight Big Ten road games, the Hoosiers have been outscored by 94 at the line.

Final IU individual stats:

Final tempo-free stats:

(Photo credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Who then?

  • Missing Moye

    McSwain is just a limited threat to score that he gets mentioned twice! Eads is a really awful ref, but Driscoll is still my least favorite, personally.

  • pcantidote

    Stevens and Donovan, and it isn’t even close. Cue someone knows neither of them saying “it will never happen”….

  • pcantidote

    Ha ha….meant McFloor. Fixed it. Freddy is working hard and doesn’t deserve to be mentioned twice.

  • AndyCapp

    Elbows beat you to it

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I didn’t think Brad or Donovan would leave the NBA. Those two of course are a given. Too early in their leaving to the NBA, of course this will be debated further if CTC is gone. I think he might be.

  • AndyCapp

    But he’s DEF trending up! Recruiting number’s don’t lie.

  • pcantidote

    I’m fine with another year of CTC if we can’t get Stevens or Donovan.

  • AndyCapp

    I think if we HAVE CTC for another year it is because the back channels are being worked for one of them. If not, other than the buyout, why keep him?!?

  • Sandra Wilson

    You’re not going to get fouls called when you weave and throw up a 3…..You’re not going to draw fouls when you NEVER shot fake…..Tonight the difference was going inside….Purdue constantly went inside, which is where most of the fouls were called, and I.U. rarely did….TB could have had a field day had he posted on the block and the guards looked for him….TB looked openly frustrated a few times when they didn’t get him the ball and frankly, I don’t blame him….The problem is the same as it’s always been, coaching…..Say what you want about Painter, when he finds something that works, he does it over and over….Unfortunately, we can’t say the same thing.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I’m with you on that. I have a gut feeling he will decide whether he will stay another year. This whole thing is a mess. I don’t see either one of the two we discussed to leave the NBA for at least several years. They didn’t leave great programs behind, go to the NBA and then want to leave to come back and rebuild IU.

  • pcantidote

    Yes, I should have clarified, that is exactly my point for keeping CTC another year — so we can take another run at Stevens and Donovan the following year.

  • pcantidote

    I suspect you are right, especially about Donovan. I hold out hope that it really is a dream job for Stevens. All bets are off if it is.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    It sure is a mess isn’t it? What a difference a year makes. My son and I went to Des Moines last year to watch them in the NCAA games. Distant memories.

  • SCHoosier

    Priller was so much better and quicker on the P &R than either TB or DD I hope he gets a start against OSU. Its hard to get the refs to send you to the foul line when your offense spends most of the time running a weave and chucking up a likely bad shot when you run out the clock.

  • Missing Moye

    I’ll be buried at work tomorrow, so I’m going to get my 5 takeaways in early:

    (The Mark Coppock tribute version:)

    1. Devonte Green continues to impress. The made shots help make him look good, but the defense, the passing, the decision making is all among the strongest on the team.
    2. Good for Tim Priller. He was a little overmatched, but he sure gave some effort and represented well.
    3. It was going to be tough to win this game with a healthy team on top of things. With a team decimated by injuries, I’m proud of the effort and being competitive.
    4. Morgan is looking healthier. He will get better at finishing around the rim and will be an even better glue guy next year. If we’re lucky, we’ll have two of those when CH comes back.
    5. The game wasn’t decided by the officiating, but IU sure didn’t catch a break with the calls, basically sealing any chances of pulling this one out.

    (The other version)

    1. Turnovers and fouls. Nothing to see here.
    2. This team might make the NIT, but I’m pretty impartial whether they do or don’t.
    3. 1st free throw attempt came 29 minutes into the game. It’s a combination of bad offense, bad fundamentals, bad refereeing, and a coach that commands no respect.
    4. I don’t want to call any players out specifically, but there were two on the floor tonight that shouldn’t have seen the floor, and the results were predictable.
    5. I hope we make a coaching change at the end of this season.

  • vicbert caladipo

    As usual…well said MM. I echo.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Good luck to everyone on ITH. I really enjoy conversing with all of you. I can tell that fewer comments are being posted by individuals. One more regular season game, then who knows what? I just wanted to comment on how much I enjoy the ITH board before there is nothing more to comment on when or before the season is over.

  • Jeff Crowder

    I agree. Really enjoy the community. Agree or disagree we all love Hoosier basketball. Go Big Red!

  • Jeff Crowder

    Also JBJ with 5 dimes and one TO? That’s a positive, right?

  • I’m with you. this season does seem to be wrapping up a bit early, but there’s going to be plenty of conversation over the off season, I have a feeling. One way or another.

  • Hmmm, maybe I’m thinking of the wrong one. Could be for sure. Maybe I was just so flabbergasted by the other calls that I was numb by the time that one rolled around.

  • Problem is (for CTC), if he’s around next season and things go the same way, then he’s in much worse shape than he’d be if he leaves this season. He has to know that, right?

  • The Lights Go Down

    I don’t know what’s worse, his singing, or that an IU basketball alum can be such a fan of Purdue. It was funny though.

  • The Lights Go Down

    I thought he said “One of the Top 5” environments… Maybe I misheard through all the IU foul calls.

  • The Lights Go Down

    I watched some of the Purdue/Michigan game over the past weekend, and if I’m remembering correctly, Michigan went inside a lot, which is part of the reason they won. Apparently the IU coaching staff didn’t have the VCR or DVR set to record the game. If they had, we might have had a slim shot at winning tonight.

  • iugradmark

    Well said. ITH provided clear analysis all season. Stats, film sessions, podcasts were well executed during a trying season. We are now in a wait and see period and likely headed for rebuilding.

  • Michael Rizzo

    At least Dakich called out RMK for showing up at the fish fry at PU Ag school with Keady after skipping the celebration for the ’76 team.

    I think he just tries too hard not to be a homer for his school and swings the pendulum too far.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I hesitate to even wade into this but here’s an aggregate of the names being bandied about by people on other sites:
    Billy Donovan, Tony Bennett, Archie Miller, Sean Miller, Chris Holtmann, Chris Mack, Gregg Marshall, Dane Fife, Chris Collins.

    There are on-court and off-court reasons that lead me to not want Alford to be even close to considered.

  • bojak

    Yes, he had a great game. Only guy that stuck on his man on defense.

  • Ole Man

    A very astute post!

  • Ole Man

    He succeeded at Iowa–a football school with zero basketball tradition to speak of. Horrible place to recruit to. Yet he put it together enough to win the tourney and make dances.
    Crean has been “about to get run out of Bloomington” a couple of times in the past. Isn’t that the same thing?
    It’s okay to not want Alford for a coach.
    It’s not okay to live in an “alt world” and shovel those “alt facts” at us.

  • Ole Man

    Say why and back it up. Just you making a pronouncement doesn’t make it so.
    His resume is pretty darn good.
    He took two non-basketball powers and made them relevant. Now he has UCLA on the verge of a great year.

  • Ole Man

    Very astute post!

  • pcantidote

    Yes, I was speaking from the Fred Glass perspective. From the CTC perspective, if the team is going to be largely disbanded then I agree he is much better off leaving now.

  • pcantidote

    Let’s be honest, Priller was better on the P&R because the defense didn’t respect him. Surely you know that.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Thats to funny… the same “Iowa” success #s would get him run outta IU.. just like they ran him outta Iowa

  • IdahoHoosier

    I don’t think Dakich is a fan of PU, he just likes good basketball. I’m impressed/surprised that Dakich continues to find good things to say about IU basketball when he broadcasts. But he points out everything we fans complain about as well. He couldn’t understand why IU ignores TB and DD in the post, the needless rushed passes that become turnovers, etc.

  • IdahoHoosier

    To be fair, Dakich also has said IU is the greatest environment in college basketball, and said PU is in the “top 5”. I honestly think Dakich does a really good job. It is obvious to me he loves IU, but is appreciative and complimentary of other teams and coaches as well. He does put his foot in his mouth sometimes, but he likes the attention it gets him. Overall he makes insightful comments and has passion for basketball.

  • Ole Man

    That’s too “unaware”. Comparing Iowa basketball to IU basketball is apples to oranges.
    You’ve proven once again that you simply can’t be objective in your posts and just talk basketball.

  • Ole Man

    I’m not. Another year similar to this one would leave this program burned to the ground.

  • IdahoHoosier

    These games never come down to one play, but just like you said, IU was in this game despite PU not playing great (again). Cut out 5 or 6 unforced turnovers, or take out silly reaching fouls, fouling a shooter, etc. and suddenly IU could win that game! I agree Crean deserves some credit for the style they play, but these players continue to make bonehead decisions that take them out of games. Really hard to watch.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Even if there was no actual foul, why put yourself in that position? TB has to be smarter than to reach over a guy or lunge for the ball fouling a shooter. Some of his fouls were as simple as put your arm straight up and he wouldn’t be in a position to get called for a foul. Just silly JV type stuff.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Easy charge call on Davis’ last one. Swanigan had position, got totally vertical with feet planted and just waited a second for Davis to crash into him. Excellent defense on that one.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Correlation … thats all.. Alford didnt have great success in the B1G ..IU is looking for great success.. Wisconsin program doesn’t compare to IU (correlation).. but they have a very successful team.. Alford could have done that at Iowa… he didn’t.. so please don’t make it something its not.. Alford has never won a Pac 12 or B1G title #facts… he is at a blue blood program #facts… Alfords success surrounds two guys he didnt have to recruit.1. His son ,self explanatory 2. Ball who his dad says was going to UCLA regardless of who the coach was #facts

  • pcantidote

    LOL. You’d make a great B1G ref. If you see something you have to call something, right? You got everything right in your analysis of the play except the “crash into him” part. Swanigan knew he had 4 fouls and thus converted every day minor post contact into a “crash” that sent his 6-9, 250 pound body flying to the floor.

    It’s called a no call. Period. The refs took the bait.

  • IdahoHoosier

    If you agree with my analysis that Swanigan was set and upright, then yeah it isn’t hard to call a charge when the offensive player runs into him. You don’t like the term “crash” fine, but Davis “contacted bodily” with the guy who had position on him, and it was a charge. You act like Davis (a huge guy) couldn’t knock over Swanigan? Even if that were true, Swanigan had position and made a great decision to exploit it.

  • I don’t disagree, and TB also had one over-the-back foul that was obvious and egregious. But even so, at least half the calls on TB and DD and were ridiculous. It’s entirely academic at this point, because without 11 turnovers to start the game, they probably lead at the half and would have had a chance to win. And with JR scoring as he did, this team is going to be challenged to beat anyone. So there’s all of that as well.

  • pcantidote

    You do realize that if the standard for a foul is “contacted bodily”, then the game would be over 10 minutes into the first half due to everyone on both teams fouling out? I agree that Swanigan made a smart move. Of course Davis could knock him down, but not with that amount of minor contact. Swanigan flopped.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Haha you are fixated on dwelling on my words as literal. You admitted Swanigan had position and was vertical, and that DD made contact (however minimal you imagine it to be), so that is an easy call! Of course Swanigan could’ve caught himself and not fallen over (as is the case in basically every charge/post situation), but instead he made a good move to fall over with the contact. Smart play, correct call.