At the buzzer: Indiana 87, Eastern Michigan 67

  • 11/24/2017 6:29 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 87-67 win over Eastern Michigan:

How it happened: For 25 minutes, it appeared Eastern Michigan would push Indiana until the final buzzer on Branch McCracken Court. After a Paul Jackson free throw made it 49-47 Indiana with 14:32 to play, Indiana reeled off a run that the Eagles couldn’t recover from. Freddie McSwain tipped in a Josh Newkirk miss. Newkirk followed with a 3 on the next possession. And then Justin Smith brought the crowd to its feet with a dunk in transition that led to an Eastern Michigan timeout. By the 8:42 mark, the lead had ballooned to 18 points and the rout was officially on. On a quick turnaround against a team playing a solid 2-3 zone, it was an impressive win for the Hoosiers, their third straight.

Standout performers: It was a balanced scoring effort for Indiana as four players finished in double figures. Robert Johnson led the way with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting, Josh Newkirk hit five of his six 3-point attempts and Freddie McSwain came off the bench and finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Collin Hartman also made his season debut and had three points in six minutes.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana had single digit turnovers for the second straight game. The Hoosiers finished with eight turnovers and a turnover percentage of 13.1.

Final IU individual stats:

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  • BeneathTheBanners

    I think it’s time to give FmS a little more credit. If he could just soften those hands up and hit a little more from the stripe, I think he could really earn a spot on this team. It’s really hard not to root for the kid though. There’s a lot of hustle and drive there.

    Great to see Hartman back out there as well.

    First game I’ve been really happy with honestly.

  • Ben thorne

    I got tears in my eyes when CH checked into the game. I started to cry when he hit that 3, and then I started sobbing uncontrolably seeing Newkirk come back to life.
    Great game.

  • 10 points and 9 rebounds, I think he’s already earned a spot.

  • iugradmark

    Agree and it looks like there are a lot of minutes to be had as DD is fouling at a pretty high rate again

  • BKLock

    This was a very balanced performance today. Efficient offense and only 8 TOs. Was impressed by the team energy going after loose balls, diving on the floor and fighting for rebounds. Still much room for improvement but another step forward.

    Good half time adjustments on defense. Defense put the clamps on Minnie and did not let him go off like he did in the first half.

    For me the most exciting part of the game was when CH came in. I came out of my chair screaming and fist pumping in the air when CH hit that 3.

  • Dsct1

    Totally forgot about this game, logged on to the computer to check some black friday deals and boom I remember. Checking the stats I see DD had four fouls and limited minutes. Not good as the schedule gets tougher they will need him more and more. Not seeing the game but again going off of stats it looks as if JN had a solid game. He is the one on this team I can’t figure out, from game to game seems we see two different players. If he can be consistently good, the ceiling is much higher for us.

  • ChitwoodIN

    Kenpom says this…..Kenpom says that.

    I believe I just witnessed a hot player from 3….get a ‘halftime adjustment”, and rendered to a faint shhhhh.

    I also believe I witnessed a team relentlessly taking it to a 2-3 (Boeheim influenced) defense, and KILLED it!!!

    First time in 9+ yrs I’ve seen coaching like that.

    Oh….who else was screaming and yelling when Juwan went to the floor in the middle of the court with reckless abandon?????

  • Ms hoosier

    If we have anybody that can clamp down and guard Grayson Allen we can beat Duke!!

  • unclekerfuffle

    Calling Mr. Robert Johnson!

  • Olde Hoosier

    It’s wonderful to finally have a coach who understands the X’s & O’s.

  • Mark Bando

    What a pleasure to watch this team develop. They are starting to resemble the teams of the glory days. Good defense, good ball movement and passing, take care of the ball. I love watching this brand of basketball.

  • Missing Moye

    You feeling a little better about our outside shooting, are you? 🙂

  • Doug Wilson

    The Tennessee Vols… Who told them they could play basketball??? They Beat Purdue. That made me smile. Now they are beating Duke at the half… Far Out. I don’t like knowing that Duke is coming to town after a lose. Duke very seldom does ‘dookie’ drop its pants two games in a row.

  • calbert40

    Something I am noticing about this team is that they get better as the game continues. That’s toughnindedness on the part of the team, but the coaching staff seems to know what buttons to push, plays to call, and players to play in particular situations.

    I think this team is going to continue to improve. They may have some setbacks along the way, but I am very happy with the way they are playing now.

  • Ole Man

    Take my word–neither MSU and particularly Duke is overrated.

  • Ole Man

    Only slightly. Our guards shoot using the “blind hog theory.” LOL!

  • Ole Man

    It’s Texas, not TN.
    And they are hammering Duke in the second half.
    Not good for IU in that Duke will be POed coming in here next week.

  • Ms hoosier

    Why shouldn’t IU be POed after the beat down they took from Duke 2 years ago!!

  • Doug Wilson

    oh Shoot. You are correct Purdue got Longhorned. now Duke is being ‘stampeded’. And the score is still TEXAS still ahead by 14 w/ under 8 to go. Wednesday’s game will be off the hook.

  • Ms hoosier

    Yes sir!! You said a mouth full!! I just hope that this team can play this way with some consistency!! It was a joy to watch today!! Looked more like the IU basketball I grew up watching

  • Doug Wilson

    Ole Man, I reply to your correction. Then I check the score of the Duke/ Texas game. Duke is with in 4.

  • Ole Man

    None of these guys except for one or two will remember that. Not even Coach.

  • Ole Man

    70-68 Tex with 3:27 to go.
    Hate to say it, but I’m pulling for Duke because I don’t want them angry and hungry when they come in here.

  • Ms hoosier

    Rob, Collin, Juwan will remember it well!!

  • Ms hoosier

    I do want Duke to win. I want them to be #1 when they come to AH

  • Ole Man

    Rob wasn’t playing. Juwan was a freshman. Collin might remember.
    As I said a couple.

  • Ole Man

    73-73, going to OT.

  • Doug Wilson

    Are ya watching the game?

  • Mark Bando

    There will be some hickups along the way, but there is little doubt that this is the kind of team we will have for years and years to come.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Also great to see Zach play well. He will be important to this team this season.

  • Ms hoosier

    Why was Rob not playing? Was he hurt?

  • Ole Man

    Mind blank on my part. He was! Sorry!

  • Ole Man

    Duke played the entire OT with five freshmen on the floor! Yikes!

  • Bud Jenkins

    Was a good win; but something I am confused about; I thought Archie played pack line defense, from what I could tell it looked like we regularly had more than one defender beyond the 3pt line for extended periods of time, this isn’t right is it?

  • ChitwoodIN

    Neither are overrated.
    People who say things as such are fools. Rankings are simply that. Rankings.
    Does Duke get almost every call over the last 30 years? Yes.
    Do teams that can truly beat them regardless of such calls (like Texas tonight), fall apart in the last 5 minutes?

    All the time.

    P.S. I hate Duke with a passion.

  • inCMitrust

    Baby steps. Miss up and you sit. Happened with a player tonight, I like it.

  • Mark Bando

    Dont you think holding teams to under 70 points per game for three straight games is good defense? Kenpom is only one measurement source.

  • Doug Wilson

    Duke playing defence against a TEXAS team spread out on offense. The Blue devils let a lot of drives to the hole wide open. Texas has just exploited Duke’s weakness, that is defence. Duke was not getting back into what Archie would bark about. Lack of transitional defence. I was shocked to see a Coach K team play like that. He is loaded with All- American Freshmen sure, But they do not play defence. They play like that against Morgan, and he will carve them up. Justin Smith will love their approach to D’ too. and behind Justin Smith to clean up his misses, will be McSwain.
    Duke coming to town. Bring It!
    This is going to be a fun season. No one expects Indiana to win a lot of games. So when they loose, it is expected. But when they Win, All the ‘Special Needs fans’ will be right back here talking again how hiring Archie over Alford was the right call.
    Ya know what! I can only hope. MR. Glass, calls up Alford, see if he has an opening in say 2020. Let Archie take his Hoosiers on a California vacation. Hell offer to play them in Indianapolis. There is no way Alford calls Xs and Os and gets a team ready to play quicker than Archie. Our Underdog Hoosiers are barking. Ready to Dayton the hell out of this season. (Win with average talent) Oh and by the way “Special Needs” Hoosier fans. This is still Crean’s recruited team. I didn’t always understand his game play. But I did support his rebuild job. He will never be forgotten. This team is his fair well tour, and I am going to enjoy it like I did the 2008- 2011 seasons. it is still IU, Martha, Don, IU band, NAtional Champion Cheerleaders, and a nasty Assembly Hall fan base. It is my job to stay positive, and enjoy watching kids learn to play a high levels of basketball that most will never understand. Loosing teams can be fun. ya get to watch them hunt with ruthless abandonment. next thing ya know. Arrogant Kentucky fans are being stomped and refusing to come back for another visit. That’s ok, can we come to Rupp? Haha! There is no fear in the Archie system. I love it.
    Not every year can be ’76, ’81, ’87, and my favorite ’91 through ’94. but ya never know when 2017-18 might turn into one. GO IU!

  • Doug Wilson

    is that what happened to Green. Archie get a little short fused with his East Coast Guard play? Does Green need a little one on one full court with Archie?

  • inCMitrust

    That is what I saw. May have only had a couple of turnovers, but had to many sketchy passes.

  • Ms hoosier

    Devonte just needs to take what the defense gives him!! He tries to hit to many home runs when he could lay down a bunt and make something happen!!! He needs to watch Al Durham!!

  • TomJameson

    You are right about the offense picking up, but the defense really is getting better all the time. Most certainly, better than last season. If you don’t think it’s better, you have to see that the defensive intensity is a lot more consistent. But I’m not saying there isn’t room for improvement, there is, but that’s really a statement of how far this defense had to go, just to get to “better”. 🙂


    Bingo !


    Correct. People are getting enamored with the W’s and the amount of points the other team is being held to, and to give credit where credit is deserved they have gained some on where they will need to be defensively, but these last three games are fool’s gold if someone thinks we have taken big steps towards ” getting there “. What will be considered the lesser talented teams in our conference (which is obviously having a down year) will all be better than any of our last three teams when it comes to overall talent, not to mention 3 or 4 of the other pre-conference games. Again, to give credit where credit is deserved, they are improving and that is a really good thing, but that is a pattern that is going to have to continue.

    Even if it’s a loss to Duke the game can still be a good measuring stick for where we are truly at.


    And those 2 TO’s came in just 12 minutes. If he can learn to harness his aggressiveness he will contribute even more than he is now, which is nice amount at times.

  • SCHoosier

    I think his quick three’s and risky passes probably cost him the starting guard spot…and least for a game or two. coach demanding what he said he would demand. Yes!

  • SCHoosier

    Duke comes back from double digits down and beats TX i n OT with Allen fouled out..and u say they are overrated? Huuummmm! Dream on.

  • ChitwoodIN

    I believe this may refresh the “oh please”.
    My apoligies for not being negative nancy prior to games, and then come back saying it wasn’t that impressive when we stuck it to a team, that quite frankly is a good team, and diminish it into…..”well, we sucked and that really wasn’t an important win”.
    Maybe you’d like to go back and reread this thread….my point remains.
    You can’t judge by Kenpom or any other and put weight on it, and then come back later saying it really isn’t that important.

    Color me tired of judging a game before the game is played.
    But, we’ll be seeing a lot of that this week yet again w/Duke.
    Not saying we’ll win…but, that’s why they play.

    P.S. how were they #100 on D a few days ago and now they’re #144?