At the buzzer: Indiana 77, Iowa 64

  • 12/04/2017 9:57 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 77-64 win over Iowa:

How it happened: It was a game of runs Monday night on Branch McCracken Court. Indiana made the first one, a 14-0 spurt in the first half and led 41-26 at the half. The Hoosiers scored 1.07 points per possession in the first half as turnovers and poor shooting stalled Iowa’s offense. But Indiana’s energy waned at the start of the second half as Iowa went on a 16-2 run to get within one at 43-42 with 16:42 to play. The Assembly Hall crowd grew restless and it looked like the Hoosiers would have their hands full down the stretch. Indiana, however, answered with an 18-0 run to notch its first conference win. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak going into Saturday’s showdown with Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center.

 

Standout performers: Juwan Morgan notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Collin Hartman provided a spark off the bench with 13 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes. De’Ron Davis was also solid, finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks in 18 minutes.

Statistic that stands out: After shooting just 5-of-21 on 3s in Saturday’s loss at Michigan, Indiana was better from the perimeter in the win over Iowa. The Hoosiers shot 8-of-21 on 3s. Indiana also had another strong game in terms of taking care of the ball and finished with a turnover percentage of 14.

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  • IU Cal 1809

    My hope is that he comes on like OG his freshman year.

  • bg12

    Glad to see IU pull it out big after sloppy stretches. Glad to see that JM and AD are still balling. Defense showed some good signs tonight as well. IU was overall fairly effective on offense, but the 8 threes were a huge boost. If this team can somehow find a way to hit threes consistently they will have a much easier time. Unfortunately, the three pointer is a must in modern basketball. On to the next one.

  • Ole Man

    I can’t mark you up, Ivan.
    To say Iowa played poorly is to discredit IU’s play.
    IU had a great deal to do with Iowa’s “poor” play.

  • Sorry, I wasn’t thinking clearly and that came out in what I wrote (that’s what I get for multitasking). 🙂 I really meant that Archie is a solid offense coach who will have strong offense teams — once he’s recruited his style of players. He’s really not a “grind it out” coach. I think that this team could be good offensively, but I’m not sure it will ever be great.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    The 1st of maybe 7 B1G wins this year.. enjoy this one why we can.

  • bg12

    Pessimistic, but realistic.

  • Ole Man

    Guys, enough with the “Iowa was a poor/bad team” mantra.
    It discredits IU’s effort and victory.
    It’s also not true.
    Give IU a lot of credit for much of Iowa’s “poor” play. We saw the most consistent D and best hustle of the season tonight.
    We saw good ball movement, team play, and good outside shooting.
    We saw IU wake up and grow up when Iowa made that second half run (if you weren’t expecting it then you don’t really know basketball) and respond in a strong, terrific manner.
    All-in-all, you saw a rounded team performance by IU.
    That led to what you’re describing as a “poor” performance by IU.

  • Ole Man

    Neither, simply negative.

  • cbags05

    I was terrified when I thought Woodbury was playing. Not for the game, but for injuries. Let’s hope Garza plays cleaner.

  • Ivan Renko

    “very happy to see a dominant performance by the Hoosiers” — i did not discredit IU’s play

    IU will get wins this year when opposing teams play poorly. no harm IMO calling a spade a spade.

    I agree IU had a great deal to do with Iowa’s poor play, but we still saw some recent trends continue with some careless TOs/decisions/missed cupcake layups

  • Pessimistic, but pessimistic.

  • Ole Man

    Oh, we are enjoying what is the first of at least nine.
    Too bad that all you have to enjoy is negativity and trolling.

  • bg12

    I definitely still believe this team has much room for improvement though.

  • Ole Man

    I see head up crevice. LOL!

  • Agreed. And the final score was closer than it should have been thanks to (our first, right?) injection of end-of-bench players.

  • Tons of room for improvement, don’t disagree with that a bit.

  • Mark Bando

    Yeah, grind it out is probably the wrong wording. I think his teams will play good defense that will keep us in most games allowing us to win even when our offense isnt at its best. Not that the offense was bad tonight, it wasnt.

  • cbags05

    Clifton looks very engaged on the bench and showed good hustle and intent in his couple minutes tonight. He looks very well coordinated from what I can tell. I think he’ll be good next year….reminds me of Jeffries a bit. Maybe not as skilled.

  • Ole Man

    They gave up 9 points in just over a minute.

  • There you go then.

  • Agreed. And seriously, that first half shooting was pretty bad.

  • AndyCapp

    Celebrate?… a Hoosier victory?… ELBOWS!?! Now that’s funny bball!

  • Ole Man

    Yawn. The trends I’m seeing continue are nitpicking by fans.
    What spade?
    Why not enjoy what turned into Archie’s first blow out victory?
    If somebody handed you gold would you grouse and say it was lumpy?

  • Ivan Renko

    don’t overthink it. simply means we only have one incomplete recruiting class so far to judge Archie’s recruiting ability by thus far. it’s a piece of the Archie era that’ll remain uncertain for several seasons or more

  • bg12

    In the end, this team will be as successful as the amount of energy they put in. The energy was present tonight. 7 B1G wins is a reality if there is Michigan-like effort throughout the remainder of the season.

  • MrNobody

    Not disappointed about Clifton at all and believe he has some skills. More disappointed that a quality big from Indiana is at Iowa. We also recruited Garza to some extent? ??

  • Mark Bando

    True, i was just very pleased the way the defense got stops after the run in the second half that helped us get back in the game. They could have fell apart, but they didnt. But you’re right, it wasnt exactly a 64 to 60 wisconsin type game.

  • Ole Man

    Of course.

  • AndyCapp

    Michigan-like effort?

  • bg12

    Bad wording by me. Effort that was present in the Michigan Game.

  • Ole Man

    Thanks, I did the edit. LOL.
    But to read some comments you’d think IU almost lost or did lose!

  • Ole Man

    Winning on the road in the Big will be nearly impossible for a lot of teams.

  • AndyCapp

    So what’s our AdjD after this game bball?

  • I thought CuJo leaving the team may have depressed team play tonight, not so much as it turned out. I still hated to see him leave the team, I feel he has many good games to come during his remaining college career.

  • Ole Man

    Is your glass ever more than half empty?

  • AndyCapp

    That’s what I thought you meant. There didn’t seem to be much effort in the Michigan game so I am confused by the reference. Are you being ironical?

  • Ole Man

    Oh mercy upon us! Oh woe!
    Let us ignore the biggest victory of Archie’s IU tenure and all that glorious energy of the Iowa victory.
    It’s obviously a fluke for the Michigan game shall be considered the norm.

  • Ivan Renko

    that discredits IU’s defense this game. no anti-IU comments please

    (wink wink)

  • bg12

    Yeah I came off as far too negative haha. This team has great potential I just hope they play hard.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Went to swim laps with the wife didn’t watch the game…. never celebrate regular season victories except those against Purdue and that school in Lexington

  • Ole Man

    Biggest and best victory by IU this season.
    You guys want perfection?
    Go root for Duke.
    This is IU.
    Enjoy what was a fun, almost outrageous game by our boys! A 14 point and an 18 point run and some of you are on here grousing.
    It’s not even Xmas yet and you’re acting like somebody licked the stripe off of your candy cane!
    Lighten up.
    The glass is half full!

  • Ole Man

    Why am I not surprised.
    So you truly only come on here to post negative things.

  • I think you can say “recruiting is a variable” without it meaning “recruiting is a question mark.” As was discussed in the various threads in the premium forum, a great coach still needs talent to win consistently. Anyhow, that’s how I took it.

  • bg12

    Yeah its a bad post I get the idea lol

  • Yeah, you know, if you never watch the games, then I think it’s tough to consider your opinion about them worth all that much.

  • Ivan Renko

    I certainly was celebrating and cheering all night!

    the “nitpicking” is more often than not directed at ostensibly easy-to-correct mistakes that will be ironed out in time. I’m staying my holistic judgement of this team until early January when the “nitpicked” trends will likely be corrected. IU is lucky to have a fan base that will never be satisfied, 99% of NCAA teams don’t have that luxury.

  • Mark Bando

    Definitely the best win so far. And i suspect archie was so pleased by the teams mental toughness in the second half he might even get a good nights sleep tonight

  • To me, it’s obvious that we’re better than UM and should have won that game had we just maintained the trajectory from EMU to Duke (not calling it a moral victory!). We came out flat, didn’t execute, and that’s what happens. But I’m hopeful that regardless the team is learning how to win and we won’t lose a game like that again.

  • Not to talk about the guy in the third person, but why doesn’t he just check in at the end of the season. I can see the post now: “Yeah, IU didn’t win the championship AGAIN.” Then nothing until a year later.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    I have never given an opinion of a game I’ve never watched…. your or others understanding isn’t required.