At the buzzer: Indiana 65, Rutgers 43

  • 02/05/2018 9:08 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 65-43 win over Rutgers:

How it happened: After an incredible gauntlet of competition over the last two weeks, the schedule finally eased up for Indiana on Monday night in Piscataway. And the Hoosiers capitalized. Indiana picked up its second conference road win in a dominating performance at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, also known as the RAC. After a strong start, Indiana let Rutgers hang around late in the first half and went into the locker room with just a 10-point lead despite allowing just 16 points. But the Hoosiers found their footing offensively in the second half (1.15 points per possession) and pulled away for a comfortable win. It was Indiana’s best defensive performance of the season as the Scarlet Knights managed just .67 points per possession.

Standout performers: Juwan Morgan was once again dominant as he finished with a game-high 24 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes. Robert Johnson also got things rolling from the perimeter (3-of-6) and poured in 19 points. Devonte Green, who replaced Josh Newkirk in the starting lineup, also deserves credit for holding Corey Sanders to just 1-of-11 shooting from the field.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana scored 17 points off of 12 turnovers by Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights managed just two points off of IU’s 13 turnovers.

Final IU individual stats:

Final tempo-free stats:

(Photo credit: IU basketball on Twitter)

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  • vicbert caladipo

    It doesn’t help that teams in the big12 and sec have upset power teams….crazy as it sounds the sec has 9 teams in as of now

  • MrNobody

    And when he dribbled out of bounds at end of first half.

  • Jeff Crowder

    Usually I agree…but Minny, NW, Wisc, are all below us in standings. Just not as strong as in past years.

  • Missing Moye

    Generally that is true. I’m more worried about that X being too low of a number for us to squeeze in.

  • MrNobody

    Good take on Clifton. He looks like a 6 10 project and not a prospect. He may have some skills but it’s more obvious what coach is seeing than what some are calling for being there.

  • Let’s dream big: Brooks and and Trayce Jackson-Davis both in 2019.

  • IUBizmark

    Apparently you’re one of the few who thinks the system is bogus and also that Northwestern, UMD and PSU are NCAA tournament bound. I’ll leave it at that and see how the selection show goes.

  • bpw97214

    And just saw on Minute After this was the lowest opponents score since Iowa in ‘08, so I must’ve missed that one…

  • VOXAC30

    I think we need to win 7 of the next 8 available games. I think that is possible but a tough haul.

  • dwdkc

    Much as I love Juwan, my favorite player at IU and my pick to break out this year, he is not going to the league this year. When he plays elite talent he struggles due to his lack of length and explosion–he still can be productive, but he needs to show a better shot than he’s shown.

  • dwdkc

    They look at the whole resume though, and the two instate losses along with ND imploding after injury are killers. Would have needed at least 14-15 regular season + BTT wins and probably 2 vs. PU and MSU. Now just have to win the BTT

  • Bud Jenkins

    have to admit, it was badketball; but a win is a win

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    I think only two ,14 loss B10 teams have ever made the dance both went .500 in regular season in a better league(OSU #1) in 2011MSU & Penn State both 19-14

  • 3AM Burrito

    If we won at Wisky I might agree, but add in the two 20 point beatdowns by ISU and IPFW makes it tuff. Gonna need to run table and make a deep run in B1G tournament (probably need to make to champ game) to get to bubble. Play like last night makes it encouraging they can do so.

  • David

    I’m with you on Bryant and OG, but the G League can have Blackmon.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I felt the same way about both of them. I hope they realize that is a compliment.

  • Adam 01

    Agreed. Maybe CM can turn into that?

  • Adam 01

    I thought AD played a strong game.

  • Hoosierkamp

    Haha I do agree. And not going to lie, I still find myself cringing a bit at times when he is dribbling. But he has gotten to a point where his good appears to be way exceeding his bad. And he seems like he has really embraced (no shocker) the late shot clock guy.

  • Hoosierkamp

    Yep. Latest Bracketology for NIT didn’t even have us in the NIT. I think we need to win the Big 10 tourney

  • unclekerfuffle

    Agree

  • Speed

    Blackmon probably would have never have played for Miller. He couldn’t guard a fence post and Archie is defense minded.

  • aniceguy

    Does he really “struggle” against elite talent? Only instance I can think of is the Duke game where he still scored 14 points (against the #1 team in the nation), and I guess Michigan State away, because he got injured in the first half.

  • calbert40

    0.67 PPP. I don’t care whom you play or where, that’s is fantastic!

  • IdahoHoosier

    Can’t help but notice no one is complaining about IU being tired due to the 2 day turnaround ending in an away game. I guess being tired is only relevant if IU loses.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Missing Moye is the straw that stirs the drink here

  • vicbert caladipo

    You creep me out

  • Arch Puddington

    It’s epic. Somebody argued that Rutgers missed a lot of open shots, and obviously that has something to do with it. But our defense had something to do with THAT. Early in the year, when our defense was historically bad, multiple teams got hot and hit even closely contested shots. They were just allowed to get in such a rhythm that even when we DID cover them well, they had the confidence and stroke to hit. Last night was the opposite. We played such suffocating defense that they could not find any rhythm at all, even when they were open. A relaxed shooter is a dangerous shooter, even when he is covered. A shooter who feels even slightly rushed or out-of-rhythm will struggle to hit even when he is open. Kudos to Archie and his team.

  • vicbert caladipo

    The thing that impresses me most about our D is no one is driving the lane for layups and this is accomplished WITHOUT

  • vicbert caladipo

    That person was too busy telling me to quit drinking and posting nonsense. I think that tired the old guy out

  • IUBizmark

    That’s pretty good, but there are more factors than just kenpom that the committee uses. If you google bracketville and S curve, you’ll see UMD appears at #83, which would be approximately the 15th team OUT of the last four in. PSU isn’t found on that list. So, while they could make a run and maybe make it, they’re definitely out today.

  • calbert40

    If you really drill down into any game, the difference between winning and losing can be who hits open shots, so I dismiss the notion that the reason the defense looked good is that RU missed open shots. It is like saying we only lost a game, because the other team hit their shots. Well…yeah…

    What impressed me is how many shots RU missed that were in close. Those are shots that teams typically make, but RU didn’t. Why? IU was contesting everything. They were tenacious defensively. The reason that they had some open shots outside was because that was IU’s gameplan. They wanted to make a weak shooting team shoot from deep, but when they got in the paint…they were going to find the going very difficult. It was a very well executed gameplan on defense.

  • Arch Puddington

    Without at all contradicting what you are saying, part of what is so interesting to me as I learn more about the pack line is that length on the wings and perimeter is more important than length inside. I had read that Archie’s teams had a reputation for performing well when undersized, and I can now see why. When the middle is clogged and the perimeter defenders are good at “digging”, it just isn’t easy to score. Granted, if the mismatch is extreme enough, such as when we played Purdue, size still matters. But we have been defending beautifully with only two post players, neither of whom is bigger than 6’7″.

    Having said that, a defense like this with both length on the wing AND a skilled rim protector will be elite. Archie has shown that he is a state-of-the-art teacher of defensive skills. Give him a premium shot-blocker to go with the wings and forwards he has coming, and we will give Virginia, Kentucky, Villanova, and other top defensive programs a run for their money. It’s why in many ways I am more excited about Trayce Jackson-Davis than about Keion Brooks. I hope we get both, but Davis is a shot blocker who is likely to stick around for multiple years. With him, Forrester, Hunter, Thompson, Anderson on the roster (plus DD for a year and maybe even CM), we could be really great defensively.

  • Arch Puddington

    I don’t have time to look and count, but if even 15-20 of the 32 automatic bids go to teams outside the top 68, that means that the lowest ranked at-large team will be ranked somewhere in the 40s or low 50s. I know that rankings are not the measure used by the NCAA, but right now Maryland (39) and Penn State (45) are the bubble teams. Neither is a lock to get in, as neither has many wins over top 50 opponents and not much chance left to get more. Nebraska and Indiana are next (61 and 80), and don’t seem to have any chance other than winning the B1G tournament. So if everything breaks well, 6 get in. Only 4 are guaranteed. Seven is out, short of an upset in the conference tourney.

  • Ole Man

    You don’t talk like you’re surrounded by peace.
    You attack and attack.
    You sound like a pitiful chihuahua surrounded by pitbulls.

  • Dmoe

    I love how these so-called experts get on here and talk about what JM cant do etc. Now you say he struggles with elite talent based on your opinion.

    Okay facts JM 22 points on 13-17 shooting vs. Michigan State after the ankle injury.
    Facts JM 34 points 11 Reb vs 18th Ranked ND
    Facts JM 24 points 7 Reb vs Purdue against a 7ft 250 pound player. So none of these team nor players he faced where elite? Go back to playing XBOX

  • vicbert caladipo

    I don’t think you contradicted me at all. I get exactly what you are saying. I watch UVA a lot and they have a big kid…close to 7ft named Jack Salt(cool name cuz he’s white). He doesn’t play even 20 mins but he gives an added zap to the pack line. Your talking heads want to tell you that is bad basketball….boring…..defense isn’t exciting…UVA is like watching paint dry. I’ve heard it all. I for one think defense is very exciting. Watching guys like Zach and Juwan and Robert and DG and FM and sometimes JN play our D under Archies system is very entertaining to me

  • dwdkc

    I don’t have an Xbox or even play video games, but yes he has been amazingly productive. I was thinking of the first half of the MSU game before Jackson left with foul trouble. Really struggled with getting anything done. He did have a great second half mostly against the MSU backups. ND didn’t have any NBA type bigs, and Colson is smaller than who would defend him in the league. He doesn’t have the size to play that style consistently in the NBA and will have to show a good 3 point shot. No reason why he can’t develop it as his stroke looks good. But he isn’t first round material yet and if he develops the shot he can improve his stock. Seems like a much better bet to return.

  • Dereck Johnson

    I saw that & at the time i was a lil surprised myself but i think ppl 4get, guys leave without a guarantee of a 1st rd selection. Like Troy, Bryant & JBJ. It depends on the person & the situation of the team they’re leaving. With that said I believe he’ll be back. He’d be a 4 at that level but do you think he’s athletic enough? I know he has the IQ, the footwork, ball handling, & the passing ability. I just wonder about his speed, quickness, jumping abilities & it doesn’t seem he can really put on muscle. I see him as the big 10 player of the yr next season, with shooters around him.