At the Buzzer: Indiana 87, Arkansas State 70

  • 11/22/2017 8:57 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 87-70 win over Arkansas State:

How it happened: Early on, it looked as if Indiana would have trouble pulling away from another early season opponent on Branch McCracken Court. Arkansas State’s zone was effective early and through the game’s first 8:54, Indiana managed just 12 points. But once the Hoosiers cracked the zone, the floodgates opened offensively in the first half. The Hoosiers turned it over just four times before intermission and shot 14-of-24 on 2s to finish the first half with 1.34 points per possession. But this victory didn’t come easy for Indiana. Arkansas State cut the lead to three on multiple occasions in the second half before the Hoosiers were able to pull away late. The key down the stretch? Indiana took care of the ball. After turning it over four times in the first eight minutes of the second half, Indiana didn’t commit a turnover in the final 11:41.

Standout performer: Juwan Morgan finished with a career-high 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and a 10-of-10 performance from the foul line.

Statistics that stands out: Indiana won the points off of turnovers battle 15-0 and had nine blocked shots.

Final IU individual stats:

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  • Tenacious Newt

    So it goes. Bob did look pretty ugly chuckin’ it tonight.

  • ChitwoodIN

    Look!!! It’s going to be a long season.
    Whomever thought we’d get to the final four with a new coach and 3 dropping out to the draft is delusional.

    But….I, personally, was pleased tonight.

    8 turnovers. Could be less. But, I’ll take it considering we’ve dealt with FAR worse.

    Defensive switching/rebounding. ?

    Juwan being a beast!!!

    Free throws making a difference!!!?

    Oh…and a coach who doesn’t stoke egos and has “that look” in his eye that something could be better.

    Sucks that we’ve lost the games we did and what will come, but I think we’ll be better come March, regardless if we make the dance.

    Not that I don’t think we can.

  • WOOOT

  • sam

    At least it wasn’t another ISU night. That’s all I got…

  • Ms hoosier

    We lose the game tonite without Juwan!!!!

  • ChitwoodIN

    We should’ve taken them out by 30 if we shot from 3 non stop.
    I sincerely hope those days of run and gun with no defense are gone.

    If we win 40-39, we win by 1 point.
    At the end…W vs. L is all that counts.
    personally, winning a game 112-110 means you really suck at defense.

    Look. We’re probably going to lose to Duke, as much as that taste makes me close to vomit.

    But!!! I’ll take a layup every F!!!CK!!N TIME OVER A 3!

  • Ms hoosier

    We just can’t get any consistent shooting out of any of our guard!! I know Archie has them working on it!! It’s just in their heads!!

  • Hoosier84

    Stellar game analysis ….. ?

  • SCHoosier

    Coach said EM has an outstanding zone defense Have to see what magic he can churn up to negate our shaky 3 pt shooting for that game. Limiting TO’s was critical tonight as was Juwans 10 for 10 at the line. Outstanding game for Mr. Morgan.

  • Tenacious Newt

    Steal the Big Ten Tournament (which would make a lot of our eyes moist) or stay above .500 to get to the NIT is the course. It’ll be just as haggard on Friday I imagine. Take the clinic against Duke on all fronts I suppose, but is there any reason the rest of the “gauntlet” should get folks heading underground?

  • Ole Man

    They have a 6’10 center averaging a double-double, and their entire front court is long and lanky.
    Will take two complete halves to win against them.

  • Ole Man

    Ain’t no way I want DD shooting inside.
    That’s just like those who were calling for JM to keep shooting outside when I was screaming that he had to move inside.
    (Pats himself on the back.)

  • Ole Man

    Our defense did suck tonight!

  • Ole Man

    EM is gonna pack the lane Friday and let us shoot outside all game long.
    Gonna be a long game unless more than one guard gets hot and stays hot.

  • RonMlarkey

    …Juwan will never be NBA material, NBA players dont make it to their senior year in college besides the rare exceptions.

  • Lance76

    Hope that Hartman gets a few minutes and goes 3/3 from deep.

  • Ole Man

    That’s simply not true.

  • RonMlarkey

    At least we have lights out sharp shooter Curtis Jones!

  • Ole Man

    If they don’t hit those shots the D wants them taking them all night long.

  • Ole Man

    Sad that you can only find joy in life by trolling.

  • ChitwoodIN

    I remember a game where we scored 90+ points vs. a #1 team, dropping perimeter shots that didn’t demoralize….and UK had the game of their life at the FT line…..something like 37-39.

    3 pt shots didn’t help us then, and they won’t now.
    Look….I love to see a 3 drop as much as the next guy, but you live and die by it if it’s all you depend upon.
    Defense and free throws are what I want to see improvement on.

  • RonMlarkey

    I use one name and that is Ron “the legend” Mlarkey, everyone else is an imposter.

  • RonMlarkey

    Just always been baffled as where his reputation as a “shooter” comes from, he has an ugly shot, misses badly on most three pointers and shoots at a low percentage.

  • Tenacious Newt

    Mid range George Jung life should not be decided by set lines pullups defense!

  • ChitwoodIN

    Wasn’t the greatest at times, but…allowed less points than what we scored.
    I still noticed effort even when shots fell for ARK ST, and I noticed directly after, their heads weren’t hanging.

  • RonMlarkey

    You cant be serious, we have no one that can shoot the basketball besides DG, thats not “living and dieing” by the three thats simply a requirement to run any kind of successful offense.

  • Ole Man

    NO ONE would attempt to impersonate you, thus there are no imposters.

  • RonMlarkey

    I am Glad that is cleared up.

  • Ole Man

    This EM team plays a MEAN 2-3, probably the toughest IU will face this year. Their center is a legit 6’10 double/double machine with two lean, lanky forwards as running mates. One of their guards shoots over 50% from 3 land.
    The center and his tall friends will shut down the lane and force a bad shooting IU team to hoist them from outside (they watch film too.) Without 3s falling and with our primary avenue of attack shut down, IU could be in serious scoring trouble.
    It has nothing to do with “living and dying” by the 3.
    It has everything to do with making enough of them to open of the middle for our best attack.

  • Ole Man

    Do you travel with a translator?

  • sd chuck

    I would agree on EM. Our guards have been streaky at best all season, more off than on, and I’m afraid that is a trend that will continue all year long. Just a note but it seemed like when DG went out in 2nd half the defense developed a flat tire until he came back in.

  • Ole Man

    I thought they also looked bad when RJ went to the bench.
    I’m surprised that Al didn’t play better D tonight.
    He was only average on D.

  • sd chuck

    Al going to learn a lot this year, kid plays on desire! JS could help against the zone he seems to be comfortable receiving the pass in the middle of the zone, I also think he could hit some shots from there, which would help enormously.

  • Ole Man

    Agree. He’ll be a yo-yo this year.

  • Ole Man

    Amen!

  • John D Murphy

    Maybe his stats as a high volume HS scorer where he shot 48% his senior year. Last year was low volume and within the range of a shooter (36%). Apparently you weren’t baffled enough to actually be curious.

  • John D Murphy

    I’m in it for the duration.

  • John D Murphy

    Not DD please for the love of all that is holy no.

  • John D Murphy

    All true my friend but it just isn’t who we are this year…at least until CH is back and Rob has the full mojo.

  • Tenacious Newt

    welp the three ball didn’t start till Steve Alford made it a habit;) And yes it’s been a long time gone all time times zones encumbered but Daylight Savings is still a travesty. The mind gets ahead of the punctuation. Drive, jack, and get back!

  • Tenacious Newt

    HAHA! Colonel Kurtz at long lurking last!

  • Tenacious Newt

    fair play. It’s a big family so maybe assuming the rest of it from South Carolina might invoke a bit of self reflection.

  • ChitwoodIN

    Didn’t realize you still came on here expecting someone to discuss anything about IU or basketball. Could care less whether or not you think I’m serious.
    Why not sign in with a different name and rail on me now?
    3,2,1…..and go.

  • ChitwoodIN

    I agree to an extent. It’s something we need to work on…just not during the game.
    5-18 means they just chuck it up and hope it falls. Those are lost possessions.
    I’m happy the FTs are up. I’m keeping it simple. 😉
    Happy thanksgiving bball!

  • Koko

    CM likes to shoot 3’s….put him in against EM and let him pump a few.