The Minute After: Michigan State

  • 01/19/2018 9:39 pm in

Thoughts on a 85-57 loss to the Spartans:

Try as they might, the Hoosiers were absolutely no match for Michigan State this evening.

While Indiana made some shots early to take a small lead and at least matched Michigan State in terms of energy, it was short-lived. The Spartans quickly ripped off an 18-0 run and locked the door and ate the key on the Hoosiers.

Michigan State was just too long, too strong, too talented and too good for Indiana. Without De’Ron Davis — and later Juwan Morgan, who left the game late in the first half with an ankle injury — Nick Ward was able to have his way on the interior. Ward scored 18 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting performance. Miles Bridges put on a show, finishing an alley-oop in the first half and throwing down a ridiculous dunk in the second. After a 1-of-5 performance from distance in MSU’s loss to Michigan, Bridges rebounded to knock down 4-of-6 from 3-point range this evening. The sophomore scored a game-high 22 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. (10), Cassius Winston (10) and Matt McQuaid (11) all scored in double figures for the Spartans as well.

By game’s end, MSU scored .41 points per possession more than Indiana (1.26 vs. .85).

Michigan State also bested the Hoosiers 38-18 on points in the paint, as the Hoosiers struggled to get anything going inside even when Morgan played in the first half. During a timeout segment on the broadcast, Archie Miller could be heard telling his players they were doing “too much on the perimeter.” The Spartans also rebounded 39 percent of their misses to beat Indiana 17-6 in second-chance points.

It wasn’t all bad for Indiana. Despite not having Morgan, the Hoosiers were outscored by just nine in the second half despite Michigan State’s starters playing deep into the final 20 minutes. Indiana also took much better care of the ball, dropping their turnover percentage from 20 at halftime to 13 by the end of the contest. Robert Johnson had an excellent offensive performance and hit some tough shots. Johnson made 4-of-6 from deep and finished with 21 points.

While this was most certainly an absolute thrashing, Indiana has had little success in East Lansing, losing 20 of its last 21 games at the Breslin Center. Michigan State entered the game as a heavy favorite seeing blood in the water after some recent missteps and played very much like the national title contender it is. This didn’t feel like a step backwards for the Hoosiers so much as the inevitable.

Morgan’s injury looms large, however. There’s no announced timetable as of yet and Indiana takes on Maryland on Monday, giving him little time to rest. If Morgan misses significant time, it’s going to be hard for the Hoosiers to recover. He does so much for this team. The offense plays through him often and without Davis for the rest of year, Morgan missing any significant amount of time leaves Indiana super thin up front.

Either way, the Hoosiers need to put this one behind them and keep moving forward. No reason to dwell.

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  • Ole Man

    Well said.
    Captures the game perfectly.

  • jpopejoy

    One thing I thought I’d never say…no class by Izzo’s team. Pressing on offense and jacking up 3s early in the shot clock the last 5 min. I’m guessing Archie said something along those lines to him after.

  • Jeremy

    I hate this doubt creeping in my mind wondering if IU will ever be elite again.

  • jpopejoy

    We will. We have minimal talent right now. Let Archie get his guys and build it right.

  • Banned on the Run

    Soundly beaten by a bigger, stronger, more talented team on their home floor, while they were mad and hungry and we had 2/3 of our starting front line out with injuries.

    What can ya do?

    RoJo had a little swag in his game tonight. Nice to see.

  • Bill Graham

    Are there ever investigations into refs rigging games?

  • Bill Graham

    They cry when a foul is called, they flex after every basket, and izzo curses like sailor. Not to mention they have the 3rd most unfair venue in all of college basketball behind pUKe and Cameron. I recorded it I have instant replay. It was clearly rigged from the start.

  • Bill Graham

    Two methods in my mind 1. We will once phinisee is a senior with senior wings (race damezi)
    2. Get a stud. A trae young type guy who assures relevance on his own

  • Gdaddy

    Man, &$&@ those refs. I don’t believe they ever intentionally throw games, but they sure got caught up in the atmosphere

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Case in point tonight in the Wi vs Illinois game,,, free throws for Wisconsin 21,,Illinois 7

  • timamac

    Yes. I really can’t understand why we’re not. So much talent in this state and the passion we have for the game. It’s depre6and maddening.

  • timamac

    Class? Never thought he was all that classy to begin with, and besides, when we get our azzes kicked, they get kicked.

  • VAHoosier

    They were so much more physical than us, which was exacerbated by the officials letting them play *very* physical. We stood no shot at all in that game with it being officiated in that way.

    [Which is not to say I’m griping about the refs; I generally prefer them to swallow their whistles, but this was a physical mismatch and a more tightly officiated game would have helped IU.]

  • Jonny McClain

    officiating had nothing to do with this game… let’s move on. no shame in us getting beat down by a final four caliber team in their house. great experience for Justin, Moore, Durham and the rest of our young guys. They will remember this and grow from it… I actually expect a much diff game on Feb 3rd – not saying a win – but a much more contested game. regardless – we can compete in these upcoming games – let’s go get some wins (and hope Juwan can get back on the floor)

  • JethroTroll

    Izzo is highly regarded and respected amongst his peers. Looks like we’ve got a few whiny sore losers on here, like something you see routinely on a Purdue Excusemaker message board.

  • kaponya44

    This is a team that lost 3 players who declared early.

    It isnt a tylival down rebuilding year, it’s one that came with a culture change.Theyre a game over .500 in B1G play in a year that saw a complete philosophical overhaul.

    The current system also hasnt even been fully implimented due to the nature of the tendencies which have to be undone first.

    Why do you doubt that a team that has already improved from day 1 ,relying upon remnants of the prior tenure, will ultimately raise IU’s trajectory and the program status itself when it takes hold?

    Priller and Mc Swain will be replaced by non-emergency recruits who are capable at both ends.I have nothing against either, but it’s going to be a dramatic almost instant upgrade.Plus there are 2 open scholarships this very second.Along with the recent injuries.

    It sucks, but is what it is right now: The beginning of a ride that will only get better and better, as the talent returns to optimum level.

    Miller is focusing in state.We’ve saw several recent year Indiana All-Stars who have found a lot of success after most either passed on Crean, or he simply passed on them. It makes me wonder just how far out some of the expectations for this team still remained , even after Miller clearly said it won’t be some super quick fix.

    They caught a super talented Final Four caliber opponent away and took care of the ball.They didn’t let the rout get to historic proportions, which it really could have done last night had IU made the kinds of mistakes they did last season and in several prior years.This was a beating but it could’ve been a lot worse without Davis and Morgan going out early.I hope he gets well soon, and whoever is able to go against the Terps still plays to win.Kids like Smith ,Moore and Durham need every minute they can get prior the stretch run.Rob 8s coming around .if he maintains he could go along way towards a win Monday.Maryland is solid but they’re no Michigan State.

  • Sandra Wilson

    Very well stated. I agree with everything you said. The only thing I’d add is that when you’re playing a team that wants to block shots and is much bigger and stronger than you, I’d love to see many more shot fakes (or any, for that matter).

  • JethroTroll

    We definitely have way too many people on here blaming the officiating after every loss, that’s for sure.

  • Hoosier4life67

    Reading some post here really is entertaining. Lets get a couple things straight here and now. IU got beat. They were a much stronger, physical, bigger team than ours. The officials had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. Cracks me up to see people crying that our players were hit to hard or pushed to hard because the officials lets the kids play. Even if every single call in the game went IU’s way they still would have lost this game.
    On another note lets hope JM is ok. Lets hope RJ can keep up his play as of late and that his shooting slump is over. Lets hope the turn overs hit a lower percentage and these kids can learn everything they can from coach as he has a lot he can teach them.