At the Buzzer: Georgia Tech 75, Indiana 63

  • 03/14/2017 11:05 pm in

ATLANTA – Quick thoughts on a 75-63 loss to Georgia Tech:

How it happened: A little more than seven minutes into Tuesday’s National Invitational Tournament matchup at McCamish Pavilion, it appeared that Georgia Tech would run Indiana out of the building. The Yellow Jackets were moving the ball, playing an effective 2-3 zone and had built a 19-6 lead. But the Hoosiers didn’t cave in. Indiana stormed back to tie the game at 24 with 4:19 to go in the first half on a James Blackmon Jr. layup. That momentum was short lived. Indiana went into the locker room trailing by seven at the half on just .76 points per possession. It was another instance of a defense-first team giving the Hoosiers fits. Indiana did grab a lead – by two – on a Juwan Morgan free throw with 15:54 to play. But this was a game Georgia Tech controlled throughout. It didn’t take the Yellow Jackets long to regain control and they led for the final 15:31 of the contest. Georgia Tech was the more engaged and aggressive team all evening, which is what matters in a secondary tournament like the NIT. Indiana’s once promising season is over. The Hoosiers finish up at 18-16 and at this point, there are far more questions about the program’s future than answers.

Standout performer: Sophomore forward Juwan Morgan, who played much better in recent weeks to close out the season, finished with 14 points and six rebounds.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana’s offense, which entered the game ranked 27th nationally in adjusted efficiency according to Ken Pomeroy, scored just .90 points per possession.

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  • 3AM Burrito

    #1 Is an action many NBA teams run with success. Obviously not for everyone and have to get right personnel.
    #2 Is spot on.
    #3 I didnt notice that as much.

    Many things frustrated me about this team, but most was they just did not know how to win. Even last night, they get up around 4, GT on ropes and then they kind of relax on D, get sloppy on O. Seemed every game when there was a chance to seize momentum or make that one play to win the game, they would find a way to make a bad play to lose the game.

  • 3AM Burrito

    Especially Green, he made some mistakes last night but late in year he was playing well, should have played more last night i think.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I might argue that the culture isn’t set by the coach. It should be, but isn’t always. I’ve been on a team that was hijacked by a couple guys who were self-interested, counter to the culture/style laid out by the coach. The coach didn’t have to play those guys, but they were the best 2 players he had.

  • henryhansen

    If a team gets hijacked by a couple guys… that team has a weak coach.

  • Arch Puddington

    This is exactly where I am. I watched almost every game during the first three years when the play was even worse than it is now, because I love IU basketball and had hope that things would get better. And then they DID get better, and I thought it had been worth watching all that bad basketball. But the last four years have soured me to the point that I no longer watch (although I did watch last night). At this point it is a bad product on the court, but without the optimism of those first three years. It looks bad, it feels bad, and life is too short.

  • Jermhoosierfan

    That is what made so many people angry. I believe in a normal AH atmosphere, IU would win that game, but Glass seemed to want to put them in the worst possible situation to win. After the Wilson screw up and now this, it’s best for Glass to step down. They might have to fire him to get him out. I am surely not the only one to feel this way.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Haha no argument here! But in a limited talent environment, it would be tough to bench your top players. Pure speculation, but I wonder if Crean didn’t face a similar dilemma. If he chose not to play a couple “stars” the talent behind them takes a dramatic dip.

  • Outoftheloop

    There was NO Wilson screw up! He was a jerk with zero defense without Allen. He is a good/great Offensive Coordinator.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I get your point, but part of “Crean’s system” he shouldn’t have to worry about is passing and catching the dang ball! Which these players couldn’t consistently do… that is just sad and ultimately on the players to actually perform. But I agree he is unable to make adjustments for the players he has which makes everyone look bad.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I have to agree with what David said. There certainly appeared to be little to no “buy-in” from the players. David didn’t make a comment on whether or not he hoped Crean is back next year, just assumed he will be. With or without Crean, I’d like to see a lot more commitment to fundamentals and team play than the lackadaisical sporadic stuff they showed this season.

  • 3AM Burrito

    Yeah dont get Rojo getting all those minuted he was really bad last night.

  • henryhansen

    I get you. I don’t know. I mean, the days of a Knight-like dictatorship are over in the coaching game…but clearly coaches like Coach K, Self, Izzo, and I hate to say it, Calipari are all running their ships. With players, with much higher ceilings than anyone on our team this year. They just all have a system set where that sort of stuff just doesn’t happen. I believe 100% that is designed and implemented by the head coach. He literally wills it into existence and enforces its existence throughout the years. I think Crean is a good guy. I think he’s a good recruiter. I don’t think he’s a terrible in-game coach (but not a great one either). I think he’s probably within the top 30-40 coaches all-around in the college game. IU needs a top 10 coach (either established or a young gun) if it expects to win a national championship again. You MAY get lucky with a coach out of the top 10/15 of coaches…but that’s a one-off or so chance.

  • AndyCapp

    Yup, I see that I made classic error of reading into what I *thought* he was saying. Wasn’t promoting coach as much as talking about player attitude. Apologies David!

    Counter argument is that Crean doesn’t know HOW to get his team’s to “buy-in”. We all want to see a commitment to fundamentals but almost ALL of his team’s have lacked them. Sometimes it’s really bad D, sometimes it’s far too many TO’s, sometimes it’s poor shot selection, etc. Unfortunately they *all* converged this season.

    But let us also not forget that some things are ALL on Crean. Bizarre sub patterns, inability to adjust in-game strategies, and maybe, JUST MAYBE, the inability to teach fundamentals.

  • IdahoHoosier

    History would suggest you’re right, Crean struggles to get teams to buy-in. And I’ve never been a fan of the odd subs and poor defense. I do think player attitude/effort as a whole appeared to be worse than usual with this team. Maybe I’m expecting too much of young men but I just think even if the coach does nothing to teach things like shot selection, getting hands up on D, not dribbling into 4 defenders, some of that should be basketball “common sense” right?? These are guys who were stars of the team in HS and AAU. They should bring in some degree of sense and make smart choices even if it is in spite of the current coach. Only a comment on the players, leaving CTC out of it for the moment, haha. Like I said, maybe I expect too much.

  • HoosierHillbilly

    Yeah we are still a top 6 or 7 job. Maybe our recent problems have changed “outsiders” perceptions of our program but our history alone dictates that we are. And if we aren’t tell me who is SO much better than us? Because if we are talking about final fours, and national championships as the deciding factor(most people put no validity in a conference tournament championship) we are still right there with anyone.
    In fact, other than NC, UK, ucla, Duke, and Kansas we are ahead of all other programs even if they have had more recent success. And if I’m wrong then tell me All the teams that are ahead of us. (And please don’t include Mich st (7 final fours but only 1 natl championship) or uconn ( 3 semi-recent championships) because neither still passes us in history.

  • Lisa Wiggins Osmon

    I don’t understand how the loss of OG made them spiral downward. Don’t get me wrong, OG is a good player, but the last few games he played prior to his injury he looked completely overwhelmed and lost. I felt the flow of the game was more focused when OG was on the bench….but that’s just my opinion. Of the players currently on the roster, I would take Morgan, Newkirk and Davis back next year. Financially I understand that CTC would probably be booted in July, but I think for morale’s sake, he needs to go in the next couple of weeks, as does Glass. Both men seem like great guys and it is sad that need to go, but IU basketball needs new management.

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