At the buzzer: Indiana 66, Northwestern 46

  • 01/14/2018 6:38 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 66-46 win over Northwestern:

How it happened: Things looked bleak early on for the Hoosiers on Branch McCracken Court. IU’s best player, Juwan Morgan, picked up two quick fouls in the game’s opening minutes. Zach McRoberts did as well. And at the first media timeout, it was a 3-3 tie as several recruits, including five-star guard Romeo Langford, looked on from behind the IU bench. But Indiana, despite no first half production from Morgan, still led by as many as nine before intermission and went into the locker room with a five-point cushion. How? Defense. Indiana held Northwestern to just 19 first half points and .57 points per possession. And when Morgan came onto the floor for the second half, the rout was on. The decisive blow was an 18-0 run that stretched the lead all the way to 27 as Josh Newkirk hit a 3-pointer with 10:07 to play. From there, Indiana cruised to its third straight win and fourth victory in league play.

Standout performer: Senior Robert Johnson had an excellent all around performance as he finished with a team-high 17 points and also added six rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana held Northwestern to just .71 points per possession, a season-low for the Wildcats.

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  • Arch Puddington

    My favorite IU team ever — the Calbert Cheaney crew — was rightly lauded for its beautiful offense, but they played equally beautiful defense. I sat courtside in those years, and could not only see up close how hard they worked and how seamlessly their switches and rotations were, I could at times hear them communicating. It was art. We are a long way from that kind of consistent, smothering defense, but we are starting to see glimpses.

  • IllinoisHoosier

    The losses to isu and ft Wayne still sting especially since those teams are only .500 in their own conferences. And we lost at home as well. Both teams shot the lights out and if we played them again I feel there would be different outcomes. We are playing better defense now and some shots are falling from deep. I loved the way the team turned it on in the second half today. Definitely run through Morgan. Love that johnson is starting to get more comfortable. Outside of the slow start and a few dumb mistakes, it was a great game.

  • SeeingRed

    I don’t get how anyone could be down after this game.

    Fact 1: This is not a real talented team.
    Fact 2: Since that disappointing effort level in Madison, these Hoosiers have scrapped and battled and played like they really care. That’s all anyone can reasonably ask of this group, in a transitional year under a new coach.

    Yes, we all want to see shots go down and clean execution on offense but those factors are not always under the control of the players. But effort is, which is why it’s getting pretty easy to get behind this group and this coach.

    I will never whine about a team that plays hard and defends.

  • IU_Nation

    I really like the Villanova comparison. Nova never seems to get 5-star one-and-done NBA guys, but Jay Wright always recruits the right guys for his system and wins because of it. It looks like Archie is doing the same. I love it!

  • bfdm

    Nice opinion

  • Yeah, that’s awesome about your son, congrats! I’m really looking forward to the next football season, the best of luck to him!

  • bfdm

    JM sitting out in 1H didn’t help, but RJ finally hit a couple shots. His stroke is still off though—don’t know what’s up. Makes me wonder if he tried to fix something in the off season or perhaps focused too much on lifting. Ball movement was better today and probably contributed to RJ’s improved shooting. Really enjoy watching FM and JS. Both very athletic guys. FM surprises with bursts of nice ball handling. But in the end, we don’t have guys who can get their own shot and have trouble spreading the defense. Without a solid passer who can work it through the middle, we look lost. Poor shooting on the part of NW makes this W look much more impressive than it really is.

  • sarge

    Horrible press is right. Espn says MSU would be #1 for awhile only to say the Big10 is boring when they lost. They just want to trash the competition of the conference. Meanwhile teams like IU are playing better every game and get no love. We have to keep it up and make them recognize.

  • sarge

    Espn sucks. The bias is incredibly obvious.

  • sarge

    You feel bad after a win because your team (not IU) lost. It’s ok, get used to feeling bad, this team is going to win a ton more in the future. If that doesn’t fit your agenda, troll elsewhere son!

  • Marek Wojciech ?ugowski Lugows

    Up that intensity a notch more, and make the free throws, and maybe thereby upset Sparty at Breslin. Doable.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    If our guys can consistently play going forward the way they did tonight, those games will be viewed as anomalies when it matters the most…

  • Vernon Aldrich

    I appreciate your informed comments Ole Man. The fair-weather critics will change their tune eventually if our kids keep doin’ what they did tonight!!

  • Ole Man

    Respectfully, John, Chris Collins disagrees with you, saying to the effect that IU didn’t allow NW to get comfortable and get into its rhythm.
    IU through six conference games is second in the conference in forcing TOs and forced 17 yesterday; one in four NW possessions ended in a TO.
    Lindsey, their leading scorer was 1-15 yesterday.
    Nobody from NW scored in double figures.
    Their season effective FG avg is 50%. Yesterday they an effective of 33%.
    The numbers back up what I and thousands of others saw with our own eyes.
    That’s why we and an lot of basketball experts have a different perspective today.

  • Ole Man

    Thanks, Vernon!
    I enjoy watching the game, even when it’s not IU.
    Don’t know how informed that makes me! LOL.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Sheeesh! LOL! Totally agree. I also have to acknowledge the angst felt when consecutive empty possessions pile up… optimistically looking forward to the day (soon I hope) that we can know that we no longer HAVE TO RELY on excellent shooting to win.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Absolutely disagree about Robert Johnson’s shot. The first thing I thought when he hit his first jumper was “his forms back!”. And it did appear that the team was getting him the ball more in the flow of the offense and/or he was more often receiving the ball in comfortable position to shoot. Kudos to coach Miller!

  • Vernon Aldrich

    You have serious self-esteem issues. If you have intelligence, I would recommend “The 6 Pillars of Self-Esteem” by Nathaniel Branden.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    I empathize with dislike of the uninformed network announcers, but man, we can do better than a self-involved opininator…

  • Vernon Aldrich

    If he can’t separate his personal feelings from objective commentary, his expertise is lost on a large part of the intended audience because we are not watching to get insight into his feelings; they are an unwelcome distraction from the game, and our enjoyment. Not a good move for the networks…

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Did he seriously express that Steve? First of all, thanks for your contributions toward our 1981 banner. I know you worked as hard as anyone toward it’s achievement, and under Bob Knight that must have been some challenging work… But you think Dakich believes people tune in to to his radio show to listen to rants that they find offensive? Personally, I do NOT view IU ballgames on any medium in order to be held hostage and forced to listen to frequent blathering that contributes nothing to my knowledge or understanding about what I’m viewing – especially opinionated, negative blathering. Attempting “reverse psychology” to get people to listen to his radio program, if true, speaks loudly for the audience that he does appeal to, or at least to his belief about to whom he appeals… interesting insight. I look forward to seeing your son in Cream & Crimson!

  • bfdm

    cool review. why not contribute your golden prose to the amazon listing once you’ve finished reading it and then donate it to caveat emptor so your rose-colored crew can read it after the MSU game.

  • dwdkc

    Well if they do somehow get in, we will find out, because you just know the matchup will be something like #11 IU vs. #6 Kentucky. But I’d love that

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Vernon, hello. Wrong guy. I played for Lee Corso. Take care.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Steve, If you slide your mouse pointer over to the end of the margin to the right of your name a dash and down-arrow will light up. In any of your posts, under the down-arrow there will be a delete option. I don’t mean to be presumptuous, but judging from “I just realized your content.”, I thought you may not be aware that option is available.

  • dwdkc

    Ha! that solves that riddle for me–was checking rosters and #34 was Steve Risley, but he graduated my year in ’81, and Bouchie was the right year but was #54. Couldn’t figure it out. Anyway cool to have you here and good luck to your son.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Thanks for that and have a great day. Take care and Go IU!!!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    By the way dwdkc,,,that was one hell of a basketball team!!! What a team IU had and everyone bonded with them. Silly in Philly!!

  • dwdkc

    My favorite team ever, with my guy Ray Tolbert, maybe my favorite baller ever. He was such a good guy. As for Risley, I was a bit prejudiced against him going back to high school from when he was the Lawrence Central QB (I went to North Central), but he had a really nice career at IU.

  • IUMIKE1

    I’ll second that and in a big way. Was really glad to see him in for some meaningful minutes and even more glad to see him be, overall, productive with them.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Oops. bad assumption. No offense. A historical cross reference archive (names / jersey numbers) is apparently non-existent for Indiana Football, so your name will remain shrouded in mystery. 😉 I can imagine the pride you must feel in your job as a father to have your son choose the path you chose to play football at Old IU! Awesome job. Go Hoosiers!

  • John D Murphy

    Is this a personal attack. Just kidding. Also, thanks for saying respectfully before you killed me. Listen I loved the D but NW had 3 pts at around the 10 min mark. The D wasn’t 3 points in 10 minutes good. I’m excited where this is going but just want to pump the brakes a little