At the buzzer: Duke 91, Indiana 81

  • 11/29/2017 11:48 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 91-81 loss to Duke:

How it happened: It was a battle between Indiana and No. 1 Duke for nearly 40 minutes on Branch McCracken Court. The Hoosiers traded buckets with the Blue Devils for 35 minutes and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall was at a fever pitch. But the final five minutes decided this battle and as you’d expect the No. 1 team in the country to do, as Duke landed the final punch in the game’s closing minutes. After Indiana grabbed a 75-74 lead on a Collin Hartman layup with 5:26 to play, the Blue Devils took over. Grayson Allen and Marvin Bagley III both made plays. Indiana missed free throws. The Hoosiers wouldn’t make another field goal after the Hartman layup. And after standing toe-to-toe with the nation’s most talented team, Indiana ended up with its third loss of the season despite playing arguably its best game of the season.

Standout performers: Robert Johnson finished with 17 points before fouling out in 33 minutes. De’Ron Davis, who barely played in the first half because of foul trouble, finished with 16 points. And Collin Hartman came off the bench to score 11.

Statistics that stands out: The Hoosiers hit just 16-of-26 free throws and made just 5-of-21 from behind the 3-point line.

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  • Outoftheloop

    It was good D, just not great D, which is what you need to stop Duke from scoring.

  • Outoftheloop

    No! It has not gotten worse after every game! Show me the stats.

  • Outoftheloop

    Against a great scoring team that commits few TO’s and has the best offensive rebounding, 1.33 beats 1.89. Good D, not great!

  • Outoftheloop

    Juwan 50, Al and Collin 33%. No one else close.

  • Outoftheloop

    They are better than the KY team that C Watt stopped!

  • Outoftheloop

    Wrong! If IU hits 73% of its FT’s (+3 points), and 38% of its 3’s (+9 points), that equals +12 points. That is a win yesterday!

  • Outoftheloop

    I loved the Jordan-Bulls, all 5 times! Officiating is subjective. If you don’t give the edge to the best, then to whom do you give it? That is why I was a swimmer (the stop watch) and not a diver (officials)!

  • Outoftheloop

    I loved coaching youth sports: baseball, basketball, soccer, etc., your “participation trophies” sports. Your derision is ill-placed!

  • Outoftheloop

    That is OK with me. DeRon will average 73%+ and the whole team will be in the bonus! Great strategy coach!

  • Outoftheloop

    And the constant “hooking” by their Bigs!

  • Outoftheloop

    Rob is IU’s #1 scorer. Yes we need more from everyone!

  • Outoftheloop

    Al was 2/4, 1/3 on 3’s!

  • TomJameson


    You really should read a post before you slam it so hard. Two conditions were co-existing. (That means that 2 things happening at once). They didn’t lose because of the officiating (a direct quote), but at the same time the officiating was horrible. (another direct quote).

    Of course, to be honest, you are making an assumption on a make-believe scenario where you’re only changing a couple of factors on the IU side. So many other things you can add to your make-believe what-ifs, that really, your comment doesn’t make sense at all. Sorry, but that’s just WRONG!!

  • Arch Puddington

    He has been much more consistently active and productive over the last four games, no question. But the first three were up and down, and he ended last season in a real funk. So while I am increasingly upbeat about him, my comment that he sometimes disappears comes from more than just his recent performance. But if he gives us 16-18 per game, that would be fantastic.

  • Fifer39

    Garbage comment. You’re better than that.

  • Calbert_

    Yep. We seem to have gotten away from what a foul is supposed to be. One player should have a clear advantage or be at a disadvantage because of a rule violation, not just some contact around the rim. If a guy is hacked on the arms or hooked, call the foul, but if he’s going straight up to contest a shot and there’s general contact, swallow your whistle. They’re making it impossible to play defense these days.

  • Hoosier4life67

    Ole Man, there has been very very few times I’ve disagreed with you if any. I actually seen some pretty good defense last night for this young team. They forced TO’s at times and knocked the ball loose a few times. The fact that it was Duke and the #1 team in the country and they had 3 guys playing that were taller than our tallest players on the floor most of the night, I believe they did pretty well. But that is just my opinion. Still always enjoy reading your post. The one thing I think they could have possibly done better was boxing out on the rebounds. Second chance points that were slam dunks is what I believe was the difference in the game along with the missed free throws.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    I dare say at least some of that might have just been due to fatigue after playing superior athletes for 35 minutes.

    I just think there want quite enough in our guys’ tanks. I loved the effort.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    What did Jordan do to lose your love on the 6th time?