At the buzzer: Indiana 78, Illinois 68

  • 02/14/2018 10:56 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 78-68 win over Illinois:

How it happened: This one was ugly. Indiana started out slow as Illinois was the aggressor early and led 5-0 in the game’s opening minutes. The Hoosiers looked like they would take control with a 14-0 run that opened up a 26-14 lead, but the Illini stayed within striking distance at the half. On the strength of strong shooting (61 eFG%), Indiana led 35-25 at intermission. But just like the first meeting in Champaign, Illinois had an answer to start the second half. The Illini drew within two at 51-49 with 12:26 remaining as Assembly Hall grew restless. But Indiana had an answer of its own. Over the next five minutes, Indiana went on a 14-6 run to grab a 65-56 lead. Illinois didn’t get closer than seven the rest of the way.

Standout performer: It was another day at the office for Juwan Morgan, who logged his eighth double-double of the season. Morgan finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, four steals and three assists in 37 minutes.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana’s bench came up big with 38 of the team’s 78 points. Al Durham (14 points), Josh Newkirk (11 points) and Justin Smith (13 points) finished the evening in double figures.

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  • RonG

    You are correct. I definitely will be more discrete on future posts.

  • coachv

    he should have been benched. he played terrible. our 3 primary ball handlers combined for 13 turnovers. not good

  • coachv

    what’s a pocket pass?

  • Arch Puddington

    A incoherent rant based on personal hostility and name-calling does nothing to support your position. Ole Man’s response was not only measured in its tone, it was a straightforward basketball argument. Yours in return was just an attack.

    Of course, your original point is unsupportable. We did not get “exposed” in a game we led from start to finish while holding a team to less than 1 ppp. We struggle against quick guards, and we are not a great offensive team. But those things have been known since the first game of the year. In the meantime, we have risen more than 150 spots defensively, including 6 more spots last night, and have learned how to win ugly. So it is just plain silly for you to show up filled with anger, and worse than silly for you to aim that anger at other posters.

  • Arch Puddington

    Well, Yogi and Cody were certainly both that good, but your point is right on nonetheless. Morgan’s play is dominant. If it weren’t for him we might well have struggled to win more than a handful of games. He carries the team not only with his play, but with his demeanor. He just looks as relaxed and in command of himself as a player could be, and to your point, I recently noted that he looks a bit like Vic did in that regard. I used to always say that Victor strolled out onto the court like he owned the place, and Juwan looks more and more that way all the time. And like Vic, he is right.

  • Donnie Vick

    He had a ILL player land on his ankle awkwardly. He played a couple more possessions but then limped off the court at the first whistle.

  • Donnie Vick

    None of the guards played well handling the ball except Al. I know ILL has a terrible record, but their pressure D causes fits. As Archie said last night, when Underwood gets their program in shape, they’re going to be a handful. It was only their going to zone when JM got their entire frontline in foul trouble that we were able to pull ahead, but when they went back to man, TURNOVER CITY!

  • Dsct1

    It is hard. I would feel terrible if I watched and they lost. I pitched in baseball and am definitely a sports superstition guy

  • Ole Man

    Accepted. And thank you.