Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss at Louisville

  • 12/10/2017 11:30 am in

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Indiana dropped to 5-5 this season with a 71-62 loss to Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday. The loss dropped the Hoosiers to 0-3 in road games this season.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Cardinals:

· 3-point shooting woes continue: The Hoosiers have struggled to hit 3-pointers all season, but Saturday’s performance was the worst of the season so far.

Indiana hit just 5-of-23 on 3s in the loss to the Cardinals, including 0-of-12 in the second half. In losses this season, Indiana is 22-of-87 on 3s (25.2 percent) compared to 38-of-99 in wins (38.2 percent).

Some of that can be chalked up to playing against better competition in the losses, but some of it also just missing good looks, as was the case on Saturday.

“We had some decent looks, just didn’t go down, especially early in the second half,” Archie Miller said postgame. “I thought we had three or four really good ones that didn’t go in. We’ve got to get that going. We’ve been an inconsistent shooting team from the perimeter.”

· Another stellar performance from Juwan Morgan: Through ten games, junior Juwan Morgan has been Indiana’s best player. And it really hasn’t been close.

Morgan was terrific again on Saturday as he finished with a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes. Morgan and De’Ron Davis combined to play just 15 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, which was a big reason Louisville was able to make a run late in the half.

Morgan’s numbers as a junior are up nearly across the board, including offensive rebounding and block percentage. On a team that hasn’t found much reliable perimeter scoring, Morgan has emerged as the team’s most important player.

· Hoosiers have some slippage with turnovers: Indiana had been solid lately in taking care of the ball, but the Hoosiers had some costly mistakes on Saturday that had a major impact on the outcome.

Indiana had 15 turnovers in the loss for a turnover percentage of 22.3, their highest mark since Seton Hall. Louisville turned IU’s 15 turnovers into 17 points.

Miller was especially disappointed with some of the late turnovers that allowed Louisville to pull away in the game’s final minutes.

“When it comes down to the last six minutes, four minutes, we just had some really tough turnovers which kind of broke the game open,” he explained. “Give them credit. They’re really long. They’ve got a big team.”

· Starting guards shoot a combined 5-of-21: We’ve already mentioned the woeful 0-of-12 3-pointing shooting performance in the second half, but when you dig into the numbers of IU’s three starting guards, it’s hard to believe the Hoosiers were even in the game late.

Al Durham went 0-of-3 from the field, Josh Newkirk was 4-of-12 and Robert Johnson was 0-of-6. The trio combined for just 15 points in 91 minutes and Newkirk had 13 of the 15.

While Johnson struggled with his shot, Durham and Newkirk had issues with ball control. Durham had five turnovers in the loss and Newkirk had four.

· Davis regains free throw stroke: After some tough free throw shooting performances, Davis looked much better at the line on Saturday.

Davis went 4-of-6 from the line in the loss and afterward, admitted that his issues have been “100 percent” mental.

“Like I’ve said before, that’s not really my big concern right now,” Davis said. “I know I’m a good free throw shooter. I’ve just got to step up and knock them down and have confidence in my shot.”

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  • Donnie Vick

    This is the first game that I’ve seen where it looked like Al was playing like a freshman.

  • dennis powell

    It was his inability to go to his right hand effectively. Louisville really exploited it

  • Sandra Wilson

    Someone yesterday said we play 3 guards because we have more depth there. I don’t understand that comment. We have 4 guards for 3 spots. Where’s the depth? In the front court, we have 6 players, 7 if you include Moore, for 3 spots. Again I ask, why do we EVER play our 3 guards at the same time? That same person said Morgan and Davis played 23 minutes because of foul trouble. Morgan, yes, in the first half. There was no reason for Davis to play 23 minutes. With 4+ minutes to go and the game not decided, Davis was on the bench with 3 fouls. Why? Louisville had 4 players with 30+ minutes. Poor outside shooting makes it tougher to get the ball inside, but Louisville never really packed it inside until late. Why are we not getting the ball inside on every trip down? They need to stop us there before we start shooting outside. Here’s a sobering thought. Next year, as of this moment, our guards will be DG, AD and Phinisee, a freshmen. We’re going to need All-American play from our frontline to succeed. Possible, yes. It looks kind of scary right now though.

  • Hoosier PD

    I see what you are saying by player position. There are four guards on the team this year that see playing time.

    I would like to see Collin start at the 3. Later this year I think Justin will be really good at the 3 and 4 spot.

    One thing frustrating for me yesterday as I already stated was DD on the bench late. The guards are not hitting shots. Feed the ball to JM and DD. I live in southern Indiana and have watched U of L for years. Trust me, they don’t get home calls like some other team in Kentucky. U of L will get fouls called on them.

  • inLinE6

    I wonder if CuJo was really that much worse than our current guards.

  • iugradmark

    A few things to consider. First, guards can go longer minutes per game than most bigs. It just takes a lot out of bigs to bang and run the floor v. guards so not unusual to see guards go over 30 minutes. Regarding front line players, I think we have the 2 starters, possibly Collin and then it really drops off size and skill wise. I think the coaches expect that DD is going to get in foul trouble or due to his size is only good for low 20 minutes of play. That puts a lot of pressure to keep Juwan on the floor as our only other legitimate inside player. Freddy and Justin are probably not going to play more than 5-10 minutes a game based on how they are playing, their size, and skills. So it seems like we have 3 front line players and a couple of spot players to give bigs a breather or help when foul trouble happens which is nearly every game for DD.

    On the guard side, we have 4 guards plus Zach for spot duty. That should be enough minute coverage. The problem is that they all have some deficiency and they all played poorly in the same game against Louisville. If Rob gets 10-12 points and Al gets 5-8 we might have been looking at a different outcome.

  • Mark Bando

    You make some very good points. But remember, good outside shooting doesnt have to just come from the guards. Just ask durrant, bird, nowitski, rice and many others. Supposedly anderson is a very good outside shooter. Having said this, if we dont get langford, i hope we use a scholly on someone who can shoot lights out from three.

  • Ms hoosier

    Go find another Nick Zeisloft

  • Corey Dunigan

    or a Romeo

  • Ms hoosier

    I do prefer a Romeo!!

  • SCHoosier

    He had 42 last night..end of the game a large group of fans gave him a standing ovation chanting IU IU IU. RL acknowledged their chant after the game. I realize all that means nothing really..but..

  • Mark Bando

    Im thinking more like an eric gordan

  • RonG

    Unfortunately for us Valentine was one of the officials and if u go back far enough, remember Bob Knight got him barred from doing conference games for a long period of time. You are probably correct in your assessment but think of some of HIS calls yesterday. He has not forgotten the past and never will. I cringe every time I see him calling our games! There are others also……

  • Hoosier PD

    I really try not to think about him. However DD was getting on the foul line and hitting free throws yesterday. Now I wasn’t really paying any attention to the ref making those calls that put DD at the line. Too many loud U of L fans sitting around me. ha
    Once again, another Hoosier player bailed them out. 🙂

  • cbags05

    It is a bit mind boggling huh? He was in Bloomington all summer working on things. How do you go from that, to leaving the program in less than 6 months.

  • SCHoosier

    Defensive pressure on the ball and double teams are effective.

  • marcusgresham

    There are currently two openings for a player. Both would be acceptable (although, if I were able to take a grad transfer I might want a post guy. There will be a lot of wings next year but possibly no one down low if Morgan and Davis would decide to go pro. Not saying they should, but they could both absolutely entertain the thought.)

  • Chappy Dan

    I think choose one of McFly and JS, alternate games

  • sd chuck

    It seems that the identity of this team may end up simply a poor shooting team. I don’t think that there is any switch that Archie can flip and the shots start falling! Watching RJ for 3 years, he has always tried to do everything that has been asked of him, his biggest problems have been TO’s and he has always been a streaky shooter. He is much better on the TO’s, but continues to be a streaky shooter! Right now that pendulum is way off to the side! IMO, if the outside shots would start falling, this would be a whole different team. I’m not picking on RJ, in the past he’s had JBJ and yogi to cover his streaks. He is the same player he has always been, I think he more of a supportive player than a feature. IU needs to hang their hat on defense to generate offense! This team has improved and will continue to improve, they have been in games that I didn’t think they would be, just haven’t found a way to win.

  • millzy32

    DD’s game simply doesn’t translate to the pros. Not in this day.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Without any real evidence, that is why I theorized there had to be something deeper going on. Possibly effort, attitude, or whatever. My feeling was with his athletic ability it was hard to imagine he couldn’t find PT on this team. Maybe we will find out later.

  • VOXAC30

    Marcus I think it depends if we land Oh Romeo Oh Romeo… or not. If we get Romeo then yes a Post guy would be great because Romeo can do it all inside and out. If we don’t get Romeo I think we need a pure shooter I say that because we will have JM, DD, Justin Smith, and Race Thompson plus some pretty solid Freshman but just my opinion…

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes he was: .269 FG, .222 3 point!

  • Outoftheloop

    Damezi and Jerome will both be wings/Big guards for Archie next year. Possibly Justin will be as well. So possibly only one of those guards at a time, or two max. Of course Romeo will give IU All-American play at guard if we get him, and make each of our other guards better!

  • Outoftheloop

    Not DeRon yet. He definitely needs another year to improve. Juwan is a great player right now!

  • Outoftheloop

    Correction, not this year. Another year’s improvement and he will be drafted.

  • Outoftheloop

    Justin must play and score and rebound, this season. He has the talent!