Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Iowa

  • 12/05/2017 9:16 am in

Indiana snapped a two-game skid on Monday night by knocking off Iowa 77-64 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The victory moved the Hoosiers to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten play.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Hawkeyes:

· Juwan Morgan’s ascent continues: On a team without a clearcut offensive leader, Juwan Morgan is emerging as a player the Hoosiers can rely on.

Morgan finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in Monday’s win over Iowa. Through nine games, he’s the team’s leading scorer at 13.8 points per game.

While he’s yet to find his stroke from the perimeter, Morgan is excelling on the offensive glass and also with getting to the free throw line. Morgan’s offensive rebounding percentage is up from 11 as a sophomore to 12.5 this season. He’s also attempted a team-high 50 free throws and is shooting 78 percent from the line.

“I think he’s a guy on our team everyone’s looking at to get the job done on every given night,” Archie Miller said of Morgan. “And if you look at sort of how he’s playing, I think he’s become a key figure in terms of our stability.”

· Turnovers continue to trend downward: Indiana’s Achilles’ heel in previous seasons has been turnovers. Under Miller, taking care of the ball has been emphasized and valuing possessions is becoming a priority.

The Hoosiers had just 10 turnovers in Wednesday’s win over Iowa for a turnover percentage of 13.9. Through nine games, Indiana’s team turnover percentage is 17.4, which ranks 83rd nationally.

“It’s trending downward for sure,” Miller said. “I think a lot of it is just decision-making, and we’re not trying to hit the home run as much as we used to with the one-hand bounce pass or the one-hand baseball pass. I think we’re starting to eliminate some of those.”

· Hartman, Green provide boost from perimeter: The Hoosiers have struggled with 3-point shooting all season, but redshirt senior Collin Hartman and sophomore Devonte Green provided a major boost in the win over the Hawkeyes.

Hartman was 3-of-6 on 3s and finished with 13 points in 20 minutes off the bench. And Green was 2-of-4 on 3s and had 12 points in 25 minutes.

“Devonte is a spark plug. That’s what I can tell you,” Hartman said of Green. “He’s very explosive and he can do some crazy things and just kind of makes you look at it kind of weird. But he’s explosive and he can really help us when he’s playing simple and playing solid basketball, as you can see. So we love that when we get it out of him and we need that moving forward.”

Indiana finished the game 8-of-21 from distance after going a combined 7-of-28 in a pair of losses to Duke and Michigan.

· Davis rebounds from poor performance at Michigan: After finishing with just four points and one rebound in Saturday’s loss at Michigan, De’Ron Davis was a presence again on Monday.

The sophomore forward finished with 13 points, six rebounds, four blocks and two steals in 18 minutes.

However, Davis continues to struggle at the foul line as he shot just 3-of-9 from the line and is now 19-of-42 (45.2 percent) on the season. One of his misses last night was an airball and the other was a hard brick off of the back of the rim, which suggests his struggles from the line have become mental.

“He’s not a bad free throw shooter,” Hartman said of Davis. “He can make them in practice and stuff. He’s thinking about it too much. Just step up to the line and knock it down.”

· So far, Iowa is a major disappointment: The Hawkeyes were a trendy preseason pick to finish in the top half of the league, but the season is quickly going off the rails in Iowa City.

With Monday’s loss, Iowa is now 4-5 with losses in five of its last six games.

Three of Iowa’s four wins are against sub-300 KenPom competition and an 0-2 start in league play is going to be difficult to overcome.

Iowa looked lost offensively on Monday as the Hawkeyes had 18 turnovers and shot just 38.5 percent from the field.

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  • Ivan Renko

    as fans, we can only trust Archie’s decisions so far with CM. even in only limited minutes against lesser opponents, CM has looked out of place both on O and D.

    if you’ve played organized bball, you know that the players who perform well in practice get the PT (a vast majority of the time), not the players who might be good in 6 months, a year, 2 years, etc… point being, if you can’t perform in practice, you certainly can’t perform in live games.

    In my own opinion, I think CM still needs to grow into his body. He has a freak-athlete build and potential, but may take a little while. certainly has the highest ceiling of anyone on the team though

  • Ivan Renko

    you’re right. I was looking at teams like rutgers, illinois, nebraska, reeling wisconsin, even iowa and OSU. and thought to myself, surely we can split those 6 somehow haha. going to be tough

  • zoldirtybird

    I agree that he will get it. Watching the game live and then watching the replay I still get the impression that Justin needs to develop better awareness defensively, especially with his rebound positioning. He needs to be careful about getting caught in no man’s land leading to poor position for rebounding. His block was nice but he was the third defender on the ball and he left his man in great position on the weak side. Had he missed the block, Iowa gets a layup on the put back. The next few defensive possesions in the first half were good. He does a nice job on the perimeter with the pick and roll. On his last defensive possesion in the first half (~7:30 mark) he loses his man when the ball is in the air then tries to make up for it by putting a body on the guy after the play is over. During his second half minutes the same issues with rebounding position and boxing out continue. His man side steps him on multiple plays and is able to get in better position for an offensive rebound. It doesn’t end up hurting the outcome but will continue to be a liability in high level games.

    That said, I think he’s very talented and has the potential to be an important player on the team. I’d love to see him get more minutes so he can continue to gain confidence and feel.

  • randy

    I wasn’t going to be harsh, initially. However, after reading your other comments on here, I can say I am very thankful you are not my son’s baseball coach. It must be awful playing for a narrow-minded man who only likes certain players for noticing they possess only a fragment of the necessary skill set it takes to play a game, meanwhile bashing on anyone who doesn’t know how to “score” (you mentioned it’s the only thing that matters in basketball, but then again, maybe you see things differently in baseball).

    By the way, everyone knew Hartman was an outside presence and that he has a high basketball IQ. The outside presence wasn’t present early in the season because he is coming back from yet another injury. Archie has said all along he is looking forward to his leadership and abilities on the floor as he gains the strength to take on more and more minutes. So, you weren’t the first one to notice Hartman is a basketball player…as it seems you tried to indicate in your comment, “…finally someone realizes Hartman and Greene give us an outside presence”.

    I like Greene, but “exclusively”? Are you serious?

    I like the players you mentioned in your starting lineup, but you are dead wrong about Johnson. He deserves to start. Also, Newkirk had the best “outside offensive presence” on the team coming into the Iowa game, if you look at the only real stat that merits looking at (his three-point fg%).

    Ole Man has no blind allegiance. He is the farthest from it…he sees things as he sees them and sugarcoats nothing. Most on here appreciate him, for the most part. He always has intelligent things to say without getting over hyped.

    As for when Newkirk was on the floor versus on the bench, you need to do a whole lot more statistical analysis of all the other players on or off the floor with him. To judge one player’s overall performance and claim he is the worst player on the team merely on the fact the opponent scored fewer points when he was on the bench, or that IU scored more, is absolutely ridiculous…unless, like I said, you account for all four other players playing along with him for each minute as well as the five players on the floor each minute he was on the bench. And, to add to that, you need to consider what the opposing teams’ lineups were for each given minute. Then, you might have somewhat of a foggy idea.

    I wanted to call you a name since you were tossing them around on here like some sort of elitist, but even my 6-year old son knows that’s not appropriate. Please do your best to refrain from calling your players names. Good day to you, sir.

  • Parker Gabhart

    I trust Archie’s decisions whole heartedly! I believe he will take the Hoosiers great places. Don’t think I was questioning his judgement lol maybe I was just a tad too optimistic for the young and developing CM. I’m sure we will watch him grow in the next few years

  • dennis powell

    Here’s the thing. I coach baseball and didn’t get to watch the game live. I commented before I knew he was transferring. If you base your judgement on that fact then you aren’t smart enough to understand most things anyhow so what you think doesn’t matter to me at all.

  • dennis powell

    You are one of the sheep. Following whoever is coach at the time. Only after they are gone do you see their deficiencies. Miller may be the greatest coach in the world. I don’t know. What I do know is I have found out something I was never really sure of and that is there are a lot of Indiana fans that remind me of Purdue and Ohio st fans. I can be critical of my team as well as praise them. When a coach tells me that players he’s had for 3 months haven’t adjusted to his system , I see that as an excuse. I don’t hear good coaches making that excuse. When I say something I believe it. Not because someone told me to think it but because I have researched it and know it to be true. You may not like it but I don’t know you so you could be one of the many fools who voted for that POS in the WH and you and your opinion mean nothing to me.