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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  • Ohio Hoosier

    Seems to me like he doesn’t always square his hips to the basket and
    is thus prone to drift while taking his jumpshot.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Mark, hello again. Optimism is all I have!!!

  • SeeingRed

    Rick Barry is an interesting guy who always marched to his own drummer. I had occasion to work with him many years ago and found him to be a great guy (contrary to a lot of what I have read). Heck of a player.

  • Adam 01

    Good point. I’m not sure the best way to remedy his issues at the line. We have great coaches working on it that invisible see the same things we do. Hopefully they’ll get him back on track!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I’m not so sure the Big Ten is that strong this year. The ACC smoked the Big Ten and hopefully each team will get better as the season progresses. I have a feeling that it is going to be a brutal physical year within the conference.

  • roembkad

    Maybe this will leave a lot of room for this team to grow

  • cbags05

    I basically said the same thing below.

  • cbags05

    I love the optimism. Wish I could be as such. Unfortunately I don’t think RJ will figure his shot out and I believe that will be the difference on the road all year.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Cbags, hello and you make a great point. Free throw shooting has to be better also. The MN vs NE game shows how brutally physical the Big Ten can be. Have a great week.

  • Hoosierkamp

    My biggest thing on Rojo…. as soon as that kid got hot, Rojo took the assignment, he didnt score again. IU wins in a blowout.

    That speaks volumes. He is doing everything really well except shootoing from deep. I still do not understand why his off-hand is following off so quickly.

    But he is do so many good things.

  • millzy32

    May happen but back to back at Wisconsin and at Minnesota to start with in a couple weeks is brutal. I know Ohio State went up to Madison and whipped them but it’s still a tough place to play.

  • John D Murphy

    It could be. I just thought Iowa looked bad more than iu looked good. We’re going to have to really perform against the poor to mid level teams as I think we’ll struggle to beat (not compete against) better teams.

  • dennis powell

    Watch him during a game. I tape games and look at individual players. I’m not saying he’s not deserving of the 6th or 7th most playing time I just think he doesn’t deserve to be in the top 5 in playing time.

  • dennis powell

    I used how we did against the other team with him in and with him out. It’s a crude measurement , I’ll agree. But it gives an indication of how the team performs with him in and with him out.

  • John D Murphy

    I’m not as optimistic but there could be a heavy logjam of mediocrity at about 4. I could see a 6 way tie for fourth that we’re in.

  • dennis powell

    I love Indiana University. I thought this was a forum for fans to discuss their thoughts on the team. I didn’t know I had to follow a certain line of thinking to qualify to be on here. Again I will say this think Mike Davis Kelvin Sampson and Tom Crean before you just blindly fall in line. I hope Miller is everything he’s cracked up to be. I’m 63 and don’t have an eternity for IU basketball to be great. I’m not going to stay silent any longer on what I see as being wrong.

  • dennis powell

    Hey idiot I didn’t watch it live. I had to tape it and watch it because I coach baseball and we have workouts on Mondays so please read the whole comment.

  • John D Murphy

    Archie said “he has a lot of east coast in him”

  • dennis powell

    Read the whole comment

  • dennis powell

    Hey nick I have watched every game this year and probably 99% of them last year so my opinion was formed over many games.

  • dennis powell

    I’m sure other fans would think your blind allegiance is more irritating then my ability to see beyond what I’m told by the talking heads during a game.

  • dennis powell

    Ohio Hoosier is right. Watch his shot. More irritating to me is how many times he mishandles the ball. Same with Josh Newkirk and Newkirk’s inability to use his left hand in layups is maddening to me. I don’t remember any IU player over the last 45 years who was so inept with his left hand. In the Iowa game twice he missed left handed layups with his right hand , fortunately he had someone there to clean up his miss.

  • dennis powell

    Agreed.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    An play D

  • Outoftheloop

    Win your home games and grab a few on the road. It is an old and trusted formula for conference play. It is the secret to a top 5 finish!

  • Outoftheloop

    His feet are slipping sideways on some 3’s. His FT’s are excellent. But his total game: running the O; being our top defender; rebounding; etc., is excellent! Robert is good and should be getting better!

  • IdahoHoosier

    If you have actual findings you should share them here. Would be great for discussion. But if you stopped charting after the first couple games it won’t be very useful information without a large sample size.

  • Ivan Renko

    IMO, all of IU’s remaining home games should be favorable besides MSU, Minnesota, and Purdue. I think Minnesota provides our highest chance of a home win of those. so far, MSU and Purdue are sporting top 20 in both offense and defense, a tall task (figuratively and literally)

  • Ole Man

    One, as many on here will attest to, you should never accuse me of having “blind allegiance.” It demonstrates a complete lack of awareness on your part.
    Next, from your remarks, it’s surprising you can see anything considering how dark it is.

  • Ole Man

    Agreed.
    I don’t think anything can be taken for granted with this IU team, but your analyst seems on target.

  • Ole Man

    You sure are into name-calling. Idiot? Moron?
    Maybe you need to learn some manners.
    Otherwise, we have to assume that the scientifically proven adage that low intelligence sorts resort to name-calling applies perfectly to you.

    Your lack of respect for others’ opinions expressed in derogatory fashion; your continued demonstration of low basketball IQ; and your insistence of superiority over fellow posters when evidence decidedly points in the opposite direction–these factors lead to the conclusion that you need to rethink your approach to this blog/board, then apply a new methodology.

    Just sharing this opinion as someone who cares about his fellow man/bloggers.

  • Ole Man

    Many of us are older and may have less time so don’t use that as an excuse to be nasty about players and coaches.
    There is a mannerly fashion to critique players and coaches.
    Gentlemen never go out of fashion and also police themselves.
    When they fail to do so it is certainly within the rights of others to share an opinion about your opinions.
    No one is saying “don’t Post.”
    However, there is no need for constant negativity in your posts.

  • Parker Gabhart

    Is anyone else a little disappointed at the lack of minutes from Moore? I was really wanting to see him in the early games to help for B10 play down the road.

  • StudentHoosier

    As a fellow student, the fascination for Priller is clear yet IMHO, agreeing with you, very unmerited. The students all love them because…. well, they’re students. The vast majority of us are not a fan to a mild fan. They see a tall goofy unathletic looking blonde guy, instead of a wasted scholly spot for 4 years. They’re uneducated, for the most part, about IUBB. That is all.

  • Ivan Renko

    I agree.

    Not going to assume we’ll win any game going forward besides maybe IPFW (knock on wood), TennTech, and Youngstown St.

    PSU, OSU, NW, UM, and Ill (our other B1G home games) are certainly not guarantee wins.

    My realistic expectation is that we’ll be 5-3 at home for these remaining B1G games and we’ll snatch 3 on the road. 9-9 B1G.

  • Outoftheloop

    Purdue at the Hall, with a Duke like atmosphere, and a month plus of Archie Ball = an IU W!

  • Outoftheloop

    No game anywhere is a “guarantee win”. But all B1G games but MSU should be W’s. IU could pull off the big upset over MSU with a perfect game. We shall see.

  • Outoftheloop

    Exactly, a bad habit.

  • Outoftheloop

    Justin was not “lost”. He hustled, had 2 rebounds, a great block, a good assist, etc. He gets his shot off deep in the congested paint, he just can’t put it in. Also he needs to squeeze the rock. These college players are much stronger than HS. He will get it.

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes it is! Would you like to be singled out as a “wasted” chair in your office? I thought not!

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes.

  • Outoftheloop

    Please give the specifics of Justin being “lost” on defense. I list above some excellent plays that he made in very limited minutes.

  • Outoftheloop

    Robert had an excellent game but missed open looks. He is by far this team’s top defender on the perimeter!

  • Outoftheloop

    No it is to score more points than your opponent that night. So rebounding, defense, assists/TO, and scoring (which includes making FT’s and FG’s) all count!

  • Outoftheloop

    And Clifton Moore and Race Thompson!

  • Outoftheloop

    Justin must become the #8 man in our rotation!

  • vicbert caladipo

    That’s my ONLY problem about posting here….if one doesn’t agree or like your wording….you are accused of being drunk…a troll….a short bus rider….I’ve been called that and I’m as mild mannered as Clark Kent……some post original thoughts….some follow those thoughts to criticize….and then the sheeple throw the likes for support…..IU 34 said it a couple weeks ago…he was afraid to post in fear he’d get ripped…there are VERY few that look for posts to rip on….you know who they are. I just try to ignore and definitely post less. Last year I probably posted as much as anyone

  • vicbert caladipo

    I was called drunk and stupid a couple weeks ago

  • Dereck Johnson

    100% agree with your statement. Johnson has been very solid on D & drives when his shot isn’t falling. However i wish he would look to pass more on his drives. It kills me when he tries to go thru 3guys. I think he’ll figure it out tho & hes been a beast on the boards.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    If you want people to take your posts seriously, you really might wanna double check the roster re: Jones… I’ve got some bad news for ya.