Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Purdue

  • 01/28/2018 7:43 pm in

Indiana fell to .500 in Big Ten play as the Hoosiers lost 74-67 to Purdue on Sunday afternoon at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The loss dropped Indiana to 12-10 overall and 5-5 in the conference.

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

· Indiana’s lack of late game execution proves costly: For close to 37 minutes, Indiana stood toe-to-toe with one of the nation’s best teams and a likely No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

But the Hoosiers execution waned down the stretch and Purdue took advantage. In many ways, it was similar to Indiana’s loss to Duke in which the Hoosiers played the Blue Devils tight for 36 minutes and then faltered in the game’s closing minutes.

As Indiana made careless plays and couldn’t generate clean looks down the stretch, Purdue kept its composure in a hostile environment and showed why it now has a 17-game winning streak.

“I think we just never got that one stop that we needed to try to make a run and get a 4-or 5-point lead,” Robert Johnson said postgame. “That’s what it comes down to at the end of the game.”

· Morgan and Johnson rise to the occasion: Indiana’s two best players came to play on Sunday afternoon on Branch McCracken Court.

Robert Johnson and Juwan Morgan each played 36 minutes and both turned in memorable performances. Johnson was a bulldog defensively and lit up Purdue for 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. The Richmond (Va.) native added six rebounds and three assists.

“I thought he really set the tone very early about how aggressive he was going to be,” Archie Miller said. “He made big shots, tough shots for us throughout the game. His defense for 36 minutes was really, really good. I thought he really battled defensively.”

Morgan, meanwhile had his third game this week with 20 or more points. The junior forward poured in a team-high 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting and added seven rebounds.

· Poor perimeter, free throw shooting continues: Only eight regular season games remain and while Indiana may be improving as a team, perimeter and free throw shooting remain major deficiencies.

After missing 13 free throws in Wednesday’s loss at Illinois, Indiana missed seven free throws on Sunday afternoon.

“Just got to keep working on it,” Miller explained. “It’s cost us. I mean, it really hurt us at Illinois, and again even tonight. You’re in a 1-point game with about two minutes to go and you leave 7 at the board. We just have to keep working at it.”

The Hoosiers were even worse from the perimeter. IU finished the game just 3-of-16 on 3s and missed all seven of its attempts in the second half.

Through ten conference games, Indiana is 11th in the league in 3-point shooting (31 percent) and last in free throw shooting (64.8 percent).

· Indiana had no answer for Isaac Haas: Give Isaac Haas credit. His game has grown tremendously since he arrived in West Lafayette in the summer of 2014.

Haas played a career-high 30 minutes in Sunday’s win and Indiana had no answer for him in the post. Haas scored a game-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting and made all six of his free throw attempts.

Indiana tried everything it could to slow him down, but he didn’t commit a turnover and handled several different defensive coverages almost flawlessly.

“Going into the game we just knew that with the size disadvantage we knew that we couldn’t panic,” Morgan said. “We couldn’t just foul them; didn’t want to give them 3-point plays. We just knew that if we could just wall up between him and the basket and try to get as many as we can rebounded, and then we just tightened up as far as everywhere else. That’s what we tried to do.”

· Indiana’s guard play remains inconsistent: With the exception of Johnson, Indiana’s guards didn’t play particularly well on Sunday.

Josh Newkirk scored just four points on 2-of-7 shooting. Al Durham played just 11 minutes and had just three points. And Devonte Green played just four minutes and didn’t score.

In the second half, Indiana played just seven players as Durham logged just four minutes and Green didn’t get off the bench.

“No question: consistency and productivity from our guards, that’s been something that when we’ve had it we’ve been good,” Miller said. “Obviously Rob answered the bell today. We didn’t get much scoring from anyone else. Hopefully as the games continue to come, we’ll get some guy that can give us better minutes.”

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  • INUnivHoosier2

    I saw some double teams, one on one, none on one. He’s just a nearly impossible assignment with a short front court and a proficient PU backcourt.

    Honestly, I thought IU was going to lose by 20-30. Wasn’t happy with the loss, but I wasn’t surprised.

  • kurk81

    This team is going to look so different next year. Bad in that Juwan (in all likelihood) and Robert will be gone. Good in that there seems to be someone with potential at every spot.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Thank you. If you read correctly I am not tearing down other teams……just tearing down dumb obnoxious Peeyoo fans. Are there any dumb obnoxious Peeyoo fans in Idaho?

  • vicbert caladipo

    I don’t think Juwan is going but I do think there may be 2 transfers. I sure hope we land Romeo L. but it’s a long shot. We seem to be the monkey in the middle in getting him. He goes pro after one year regardless where he lands. I just would like IU to develop a culture of landing top recruits. If Romeo comes, I’m sure others will follow in the years to come.

  • vicbert caladipo

    What if anything do you folks know about Guy from UVA. Watched him play a couple times and he’s really good and from Indiana. Why wasn’t he on our recruiting list?

  • IdahoHoosier

    I appreciate and respect your insight and posts, just think the anti-PU and PU fans is overdone. Tearing down teams or fans is still tearing down people (and generalizing unfairly), so my point stands. Not a lot of IN people out here, but more than I’d expected. Including myself there are 5 native Hoosiers in my small church which is cool. I have met more PU alums in Idaho than IU.

  • StudentHoosier

    Can someone justify Newkirk’s high playing time to me?

  • StudentHoosier

    Went to Lawrence Central in Indiana (same HS as Hollowell). Was a stud in high school, won Mr Basketball. One of UVA’s main guys. Great defensively but very well-rounded. For some reason Crean didn’t go after him at all (I believe). Really a shame, especially seeing how well he is now playing for a title contender.

  • MikeinNC

    Loved the game plan, which was nicely executed in the first half. Purdue is just too good this year. However (and I haven’t checked to see if the data supports this) I do feel like the team is improving their defense, toughness, and aggressiveness to reflect the identity Archie wants for the program. We are in good hands.

  • JimmyChittwood

    I agree. I was wondering how many people thought there were going to be transfers.. I see at least 2 transfers. This isn’t the same style we’ve played the last few years. Defense and hustle are a requirement.

  • StudentHoosier

    I don’t think TK’s response was necessarily cherrypicking. You asked when we competed against Purdue under Crean, and he answered your question with multiple examples.

  • JimmyChittwood

    Anybody can make an excuse for anything. If my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle. I like the fact you give us no credit for the intense environment and great team effort.

  • vicbert caladipo

    You would have to understand what I deal with in Indiana. Any social media with PU fans is full of IU sucks. The chants at Lafayette screaming the same and then there’s my initial post about their fans booing every call. Yes they have passion but I will never waver that the vast majority are obnoxious and lesser informed about the way basketball works than an IU fan The boiler up chants I also feel are dumb. Before enrolling(so I was unbiased) I checked out both campuses for a weekend. The first thing I saw when I exited my car at PU was a pile of Puke on the ground. My group which is pretty civilized was kicked out of various parties cuz we weren’t invited. There were several fights. Contrast to my visit to IU. We were welcomed with open arms by not only frats but off campus parties. Most everyone was nice and I dodged zero piles of Puke. The campus was prettier and the town had much more to offer. Anyone who’s been to Lafayette knows it is an armpit. Half the town is boarded up buildings. Students at IU treated us like they were recruiting us and PU students treated us like we didn’t belong. I’m messing with you a bit, but my hate for PU comes from a far bigger place than a basketball team. Did you watch the game and witness our fans? Watch a PU home game and witness the difference in the knowledge of the game You’d be amazed.. Trust me I’m right on this one

  • Ivan Renko

    there isn’t anyone else to share PG minutes. DG showed Archie it was a “bad devonte” day by having a poor first defensive possession then turning it over within his first few minutes of playing time. not to mention that DG isn’t even a PG. Archie also needs a fresh guard for the game at OSU

    Al provided some minutes, but he is still way outmatched out there. glad Al got the and-1 bucket.

    Who else, Vijay? i don’t think so haha.

  • vicbert caladipo

    The Curtis Jones QUITTING softened me up to expecting more to leave. I don’t think it’s so much not fitting the style as it’s not wanting to deal with a coach that will bench you for poor play. . Problem is those types care about themselves…not the team…Frankly let them go.. I like Archies style. If he can recruit, I’m behind our coach 100%

  • IdahoHoosier

    Not that you need my credentials, but I am from Indiana, spent a lot of time at PU and IU, and have witnessed both in person and on television many games just like most of the people here. Every people group has some other people group they make fun of or claim is inferior. Human nature. I am sorry you had to dodge puke at PU, but I’d bet students at IU and PU puke with similar frequency and volume. Agree to disagree that PU fans are somehow less knowledgeable and therefore “inferior”. To say a particular team’s chants are dumb…. Many people hate “Hoo-hoo-hoo, Hoosiers” just as much. There aren’t a lot of really clever cheers out there. Anyway, glad you are an IU fan and I am too! It is fun to recount what got us into fandom and I’m glad to hear your story brother! Back to positivity!

  • Brad Antcliff

    “Peeyoo is a very beatable team” not watching much this year, huh? They are, in fact, one of the toughest teams to beat in college ball right now, as evidenced by their 17-game winning streak, undefeated record in the BIG10 and #3 ranking.

    I would have loved the W and you’re right that it was there for the taking.. but this was a very respectable effort by an overmatched IU squad.

  • StudentHoosier

    Those are all true and I appreciate the reply. It’s just… ahh I don’t know. I guess I’m just thinking, if yesterday was a “bad devonte day” then how was it not also a bad Newkirk day? If you look at Newark objectively, and try to just look at his statline/production and think about how many minutes of PT that justifies, it is NOWHERE near the ridiculous high number of minutes he gets. He never comes out! And he is almost never productive. I just don’t get it.

    Sure, we’re “short” on guards. But for god’s sake give 5 minutes of Newkirk’s to Green, and 5 to Durham. Play Newkirk 20-25 a game, not 36. Any of those guys, the Durhams, Greens of the world can all run the floor for short periods at at time than Newkirk can over a full game. He hurts us so much.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I agree with the Puke thing. I supplied plenty. I’m all for your positivity and we can agree to disagree. Peeyoo is ok with you and I can’t stand them. I can say one thing positive about Peeyoo. I am positive that they will choke somewhere along the way in the tournament and my guess is elite 8. Have a great day I H

  • vicbert caladipo

    I thought the same thing as you but remembered when I spouted off about RJ not doing much a few weeks ago I was reminded….a couple not so kindly…that RJ plays great defense. JN played decent D and was the only one really running the team. Not saying he’s doing a lot. What he is doing is being a better leader than his substitutes. My guess is Archie was going to lean heavily on the vets considering PU is such a strong veteran team. A few times I felt sorry for pencil thin A Durham. A simple guess to your question is Archie thought this game was too big for his younger guards. Similar to why Freddie had more mins than Justin

  • IU_theoracle

    Obviously losing is never an acceptable outcome and I’m not one for moral victories. However, I really credit Archie’s game plan for making this a game. I know he will be a great coach at IU. To me this game was lost due to free throws once again, lack of depth in the lineup and mostly the lack of a point guard. Newkirk and Green were both absolutely horrible once again but if the team would just make their free throws then we would have been right there to win the game.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Always a good day when I can look out the window and see snow-capped mountains! PU has its weakness like any other team. They’ll probably get tripped up by a fast, athletic team.

  • Tim Kramer

    Thank you. Yes, that was all that I was trying to convey.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    they are beatable, just ask tennessee and western ky.

  • HoosierKid

    Haas is slow and uncoordinated played his most minutes (30) all season against us showing that we were not running him enough. Against Wis Haas had 2pts 4reb and against iowa 3pts 3reb wait until he plays MSU. Wouldn’t take PU further than sweet 16 unless easy matchup to elite 8…Haas won’t be the one who takes them there it will be the edwards boys

  • Tony Neel

    Thanks difference is iu had someone over 6’7 and Purdue wasn’t ranked 3rd. It would not have been a close game under crean. So no very similar. We struggled mightily with Purdue’s size when we had not height with perea as our center. Much better game planned with Archie and much better d overall .

  • Tim Kramer

    Making the “it would not have been a close game under Crean” claim is an objective that cannot be accurately supported. Archie laid out a plan on Sunday, and the team played very hard, but did not have enough to get over the finish line. Archie has major roster limitations in terms of size and experience. Crean’s teams in 2014-2015 and 2016-2017 were not all that much better because of injuries and roster turnover. They had considerably better shooters, but they were even less experienced. Purdue may not have been ranked as highly during those other meetings, but they had very similar rosters with even more skilled size if you consider that Swanigan and/or A.J. Hammons were there in addition to Haas. The ranking is more of a product of the entire college basketball landscape at the time. Purdue has been very good for several years. While some of the knocks on Crean were justified, others were often overstated. His biggest problem was being able to recruit effectively enough to make up for the early departures by Oladipo, Zeller, Vonleh, Fischer, Troy Williams, Bryant, and Anunoby. Some of those departures were inevitable, but it’s not nearly as easy as people think to plan for and replace those types of players with regularity. When Crean was able to field a mix of high level talent with some experience, and maintain a relatively healthy roster, he was fine. Those times just weren’t plentiful enough for fans or the administration.

  • Tony Neel

    I would continue arguing but it is clear we fundamentally disagree.