At the buzzer: Michigan 69, Indiana 55

  • 12/02/2017 2:29 pm in

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Quick thoughts on a 69-55 loss at Michigan:

How it happened: Big Ten season arrived a month early this season and Indiana wasn’t ready on Saturday afternoon at the Crisler Center. The Hoosiers fell behind 12-2 in the game’s early minutes and never got closer than five the rest of the way in dropping their conference opener. The rough start came courtesy of poor decision making (three turnovers in the first four minutes), questionable shot selection and Indiana helping off of shooters. Michigan’s first 12 points all came via the 3-point shot and the Wolverines controlled the game for all 40 minutes. The loss was Indiana’s second straight and puts Monday’s home game against Iowa in the must win category with a road trip to Louisville and Notre Dame on a neutral court coming next.

Standout performer: Juwan Morgan was Indiana’s lone bright spot as the junior had a career-high for a Big Ten game with 24 points. Morgan was 9-of-14 from the field in 32 minutes and also collected eight rebounds.

Statistics that stands out: Indiana reverted to early season form in committing nine first half turnovers and 11 for the game. The Hoosiers also only attempted one 3-point shot in the first half and made just two 3s in the game.

Final IU individual stats:

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(Photo credit: Dustin Johnson, UMHoops.com)

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  • GaHoosier

    Morgan is the only Hoosier that brought it the whole game!!!!

  • sarge

    Yeah, whoever called the let down was spot on. JMo was the only guy who got off the bus. What a wasted opportunity.

  • Ivan Renko

    I’m not a defensive expert by any means… but what was going on? Huge driving lanes and wide open shooters all game…

  • sarge

    Looked like a lack of effort mentally and physically. It was an all game long replay of the same thing.

  • BKLock

    Describe this game in one word – ______________!

  • This is one of those games where Devonte needed to really show up and make something happen.

    Very lackluster by the seniors.

    Why are layups so difficult?

    Trading 2’s for opponents’ 3’s is a losing proposition every time.

    IU is badly in need of a highly skilled scorer.

  • sarge

    Regression

  • That would be my word as well.

  • no-outside-game (that’s one word with hyphens)

  • SeeingRed

    Great effort from only one player isn’t gonna get it done. Just a very flat and disappointing effort from everybody else. League opener, network TV, and only one guy comes to play? This team needs big effort from everybody, every game, or this is going to be ugly.

  • Agree with you, with a sprinkle of zero focus sprinkled in. If you’re not playing intensely and with good focus, you get scored on, period. Really doesn’t matter what defense you run, frankly.

  • Biggest peeve for this game: the long 2’s. If you’re going to shoot it from outside, make it a 3, or else drive. Enough of those long 2-pointers!

  • BKLock

    LOL

  • Ole Man

    The bigs are over helping.
    The freshmen are often out of position.
    Lack of hustle.

  • sarge

    Where did the fire go? Their crowd wasn’t even there to take us out of the game. We never showed up

  • Adam 01

    Michigan had 16 assists. We had 7. We have two senior guards. I just can’t understand why they don’t make better decisions.

  • And so many of them were way too early. I mean, this was last year’s team on the floor, frankly. All the bad habits came back, that we hadn’t seen for a few games.

  • sarge

    Got outplayed by freshman

  • Adam 01

    I agree. It’s so frustrating to see such a lack of vision from our guards.

  • I had a mixed feeling on this game. They were a half-step behind for most of the game. Shots not falling, etc. Just one of those days. Even Collin wasn’t very good.

  • Ole Man

    The entire team got outplayed.
    I’m not gonna throw off on “senior guards” as the problem.

  • Ms hoosier

    I don’t understand how our 2 senior guards can’t shoot the ball with any consistency from game to game!!! It just blows my mind!!!

  • Adam 01

    I don’t disagree. I just wish our senior guards set a better example.

  • Todd Jones

    Never-made-three-point-shooters-uncomfortable

  • Ole Man

    Who on this team, besides JM, has shown any consistency from game-to-game?
    Enough with the “senior guard-itis.”
    It’s way more than that to be fixed.

  • sarge

    Very true, but you expect seniors to be assertive against freshman. It was the opposite. JMo won his matchup

  • Ms hoosier

    Hoosiers had no fight at all from the start!! Inexcusable!!!

  • Even Collin played fairly poorly. It was an off-day for basically everyone. On their heels from the tip, minus that little spurt in the 2nd half.

  • Ms hoosier

    They are seniors!! Much more is expected of them!! Wouldn’t you say!!!

  • I’d love to share your mixed feelings, but I’m pretty exclusively negative right now (except for JM, he continues his leadership and great play). IMO, this was a huge regression in intensity and focus, which is what bothers me the most. There was about a 5-minute stretch to start the second half when they got it to 5 points, that represented what I think was the only decent stretch of basketball. And then the turned off the spigot again.

  • Let’s face it, we have a type A coach and, for the most part, type B laid-back, nice guy, players. Doesn’t appear to be any fire in the belly, losing seems to cone easy.

  • Yeah, with the exception of JM, everyone was bad. Now, as noted below (and above), our seniors are supposed to play better than that, whatever their position. And so maybe it’s fair to give them a bit more grief about their performance than freshman and sophomores.

  • sam

    I don’t like commenting badly about players but the seniors on this team is just bad players. I am not going to use the excuse, they are Crean’s player’s either because when they play better that is not mentioned. Can’t just be Crean’s player’s when the play bad…

  • “had” mixed feelings…before the game. My feelings right now are absolutely very unmixed.

    Just one of those games. Also, the offense needs some serious work.

  • SeeingRed

    No idea. What I do know is that the fan base this year will have a high tolerance for mistakes and execution issues if the team is busting tail out there. Just play hard. Close out shooters with urgency and quit dogging it up and down the court. Act like you want to be on the floor. Then we can really get behind you no matter where the chips fall. But this kind of comatose performance does nothing but kill any momentum that had been generated.

  • Right, another senior. So maybe let’s just not single out senior _guards_…

  • Adam 01

    That’s all I was trying to say. Seniors should set the example. Aside from that thought thread… Why are we helping so far off shooters? There might be a reason, but I don’t know what it is.

  • sam

    Bull

  • KingofKentucky

    I disagree with the comments regarding hustle on defense. John Beilein understood that our pack line defense was extremely inexperienced. Our bigs overhelped constantly in this game due to Michigan’s offensive game plan Beilien installed and it worked well. A perfect example of this occurred in the second half after Indiana cut the lead to five. Justin Smith overplayed when one of the guards were screened allowing for a wide open three.

  • Ole Man

    DD has overhelped from day one and needs to stop it.

  • SCHoosier

    Guess nobody knew that UM wants to run and shoot 3 pointers? And why did IU’s offense look like it was on a test run rather than several games into the season? It is a mystery in sports how an emotional effort (Duke) can revert to a listless effort (UM). I hated the dribble drive..but loved the 3 point potential those teams had. IU gets seriously behind in the this offense (at least with these players)…and the opposing team must melt down for us to get back in the game. Unfortunately its not uncommon to see IU go on the roadin the B10 and lay an egg. Oh well..Archie’s my guy so back to basics.

  • Adam 01

    I agree with your assessment. I don’t want to pile on our players. I think the effort was there, just not an understanding of how to deal with Beilein’s offense. That’s a pretty sophisticated offense, and we only had two days to prepare. It doesn’t change my opinion about how our “older” players should have made better decisions on OFFENSE.

  • KingofKentucky

    Unfortunately, that appears easier said than done. When our guards can stay in front this issue is hidden well.

  • Excellent observation, both on our inexperience and on Beilein’s attacking it.

  • Banned on the Run

    We cut it to 5, momentum with us, and coach subs Justin for Collin. UM goes on an 8-0 run. Game over. First head-scratcher of the Archie era.

  • KingofKentucky

    I agree especially when Michigan was only up by 5. Indiana needed the upperclassmen to make more deliberate decisions on offense. Morgan should have his hands tied behind his back beyobd the three point line.

  • Mark Bando

    Im trying to avoid all the negative feelings after the hope i felt after duke but its hard. This was really ugly. Its gonna be a roller coaster season. And im too old for roller coasters.

  • Ms hoosier

    You said a mouth full!!

  • Bk39

    They are not playing even close to the team last year that defeated Kansas and N.Carolina, Then due to injuries just couldn’t compete at the high level needed. Injuries don’t seem to be a major issue this year, so what’s up with all the losing?

  • Ms hoosier

    2 senior guards are supposed to lead your team