At the buzzer: Indiana 84, Iowa 82

  • 02/17/2018 4:16 pm in

Quick thoughts on an 84-82 win over Iowa:

How it happened: This was a game of ridiculous runs. Iowa came out red hot in the game’s opening minutes and built a 13-point lead less than seven minutes in. But the Hoosiers settled in defensively late in the second half and closed the margin to three at intermission. Robert Johnson was hot from the perimeter in the game’s opening half as the senior guard hit four of his seven attempts from distance to keep the Hoosiers close. And in the early minutes of the second half, Indiana made its move. By the 11:06 mark, the Hoosiers had surged ahead to a 13-point lead of their own at 72-59. Robert Johnson was the story again after intermission as he hit 5-of-5 from behind the 3-point line in the second half. But Iowa didn’t go away without a fight. The Hawkeyes clawed all the way back to tie it at 82 with 1:50 to play. But Indiana would get the final score of the game as Devonte Green found Freddie McSwain for a layup with 49 seconds to go. After Johnson had a chance to seal the game at the line and missed the front end of a 1-and-1, the Hoosiers had to mount one final stop on defense to seal their third conference road win.

Standout performer: Johnson tied a school record with nine made 3-pointers and finished with 29 points. Johnson was 9-of-12 from distance.

Statistics that stands out: Indiana had 23 assists on 32 made field goals, hit 14-of-24 3s and scored 1.26 points per possession.

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  • Piker

    You are dead on. Win next two sports media will be talking scenarios for IU making NCAA tourney with Big Ten tourney

  • Tommy Morrsion

    *My thought process: “I Iike winning – upvote”*

  • Arch Puddington

    With Romeo and a healthy DD (which isn’t 100% assured, at least not to begin the season), I think we are definitely a B1G contender. I wouldn’t have thought so even a month ago, but at this point what, other than a killer SG, are we missing? Quality PG? Check (or if you like, two checks). Quality wings? Check. All -B1G senior star? Check (please don’t go, JM!). Big man in the middle? Check. The freshmen may not be great right out of the gate, but after the kind of progress we have seen this year out of multiple players and the team as whole, I think that with a 5 star SG we are right there. Without him I still think we are a top-tier team, just don’t know enough about who will be back and who will be good next year.

    As for DD, he is a head-scratcher to me. Really good games against some top competition, and some really bad games against bad competition. Seemed to be fizzling even before the injury. With no offense meant at all, our defense has largely been better without him than it was with him. And while I think Archie is a good enough coach to help him develop, the fact that he will be limited in the off season by his injury is a real problem. So as I think about it, I probably don’t expect that much from him next year. Maybe another year to heal, get in shape, and work on his game will lead to a really big senior year, but at the moment it is hard to project a really big junior year. Just uninformed opinion, hope he makes me look utterly foolish for wondering.

  • Dave Nelson

    I live in Nebraska and am going to the game. I moved here 7 yrs ago. I will be there with my IU attire on display. Should be a good game.GO IU

  • Pianoroark

    Surprising and uplifting to see IU win in a new way: with offense. After our terrible defensive start, we locked it down much more, but no way we win this game without way-above-average-for-us ball movement and, in particular, outside shooting.

    I might be feeling some happy tingles about our chances in the B1G tourney for the first time in…ever?

  • Ole Man

    Actually, the replay was after he had stepped out of bounds. The announcers, SURPRISE, thought he had stepped on the line.
    In the action you could see clearly that he stepped outside, so the call wasn’t a surprise.

  • YoungHoosier

    What a fun game. Great performance by RJ and DG. Needed them to come up big on a night where JM never found his stride because of foul trouble. Team really seems to have come together as of late. Love watching the transformation of these guys as the season’s progressed this year. 2 games left before the B1G tourney won’t be easy, but it’s looking like this team is getting hot at the right time. Go Hoosiers.

  • Tommy Morrsion

    Thanks, great synopsis. Even given this game I trust JMs ability to get fouled over our consistent 3 point prowess

  • Tommy Morrsion

    Give em hell, Dave

  • Hoosier Brews62

    Daily ITH visitor and I hardly post. This was a great team win! Senior leadership and Coach AM got this W!
    Been a trying season But I am thinking that this could be the first Big 10 Tourney Champs! Hoosiers!

  • Dave Nelson

    Sitting about 10 rows up center. Have my Candystrips ready to go. Nebraska fans are cool, so it should be fun and a WIN!!!!

  • Ben thorne

    He really is fun to watch…… if you keep moving towards the basket in a good position, the ball is coming your way. So much fun to play with guys like that. He (and this team) have come a long way

  • inCMitrust

    We have 2 scholarships open next yr. I hope they go to Zach and Romeo. I’ve stated before if Romeo doesn’t come here I would think that a SG grad transfer makes sense. Romeo please. If not I hope a great grad transfer is available.

  • Dsct1

    Hello Arch; still haven’t watched. Hardest one so far being a Saturday game and early afternoon. If I had this much will power when it came to food I wouldn’t need blood pressure medicine. But it is IU basketball health is random. IU basketball is life.

  • Tommy Morrsion

    Don’t let Donny see your candy stripes

  • Koko

    A nail biter for me and a confidence builder for the team…..a great win!
    Speaking of confidence building…..RJ ought to be feeling pretty confident at
    this point. Proud of him, proud of our team and proud of our coach.
    Roll on Big Red!
    And I think RJ just made Nebraska rethink their defensive strategy.

  • Speed

    Green has come a long way as has the entire team. A huge road win. This team has exceeded all the early season predictions. Miller is doing a great job coaching this team.

  • Oldguyy

    The zebras wouldn’t let IU play any interior defense at all, yet whistled very few of Iowa’s interior fouls. Why is it every B1G teams gets egregious home cooking except IU? But give our players credit for keeping their composure in spite of it all.

  • Oldguyy

    On that play, Cook hooked our guy, so it should have been an offensive foul.

  • Yep, that was a huge part of the game, almost gave them enough to win it. I was hoping we’d be able to do what we did against MSU, but it never materialized. But like you say, the guys toughed it out and got the win, which is probably even more impressive given the rebound differential.

  • Ohio Hoosier

    Robert Johnson’s form on his 3 point shots looked the best it has all year.
    Looked like he was going straight up without drifting at all. I thought JM looked
    a little tired today ( Maybe a bit under the weather?). The guy that changed the defensive momentum in the second half was Colin Hartman. His effort on both ends of the floor
    was great in helping IU build the lead to 13. Seemed like the substitutions at that
    point killed IU’s momentum and let Iowa back in the game. All in all, a great win on
    the road by IU.

  • Steve Morgan

    Maybe not, but he did hook his entire left arm around Freddie. That at least used to be a foul.

  • Jonny McClain

    great game – ROJO tying the record on the road is so impressive! love the confidence. not looking forward to going on the road again at Nebraska but I can’t wait to get another shot at the buckeyes in Bloomington. i am confident we will get a W to wrap up the regular season. too bad the B10 tourney isn’t in Indy or Chicago (as it should be) because I would love to be there to watch these kids make some noise

  • Ivan Renko

    Great road win!

    Glad RoJo found his shot for this game. Hopefully he maintains the hot hand into the conference tourney.

  • IUBizmark

    I’m starting to see that a big reason for DD’s off season transformation was to make him more mobile so he’d fit Archie’s system better. On defense, he was just so slow on recovery. I think that’s a big part of why our defense got better. Also, DD didn’t rebound. Look at his stats. McSwain is a prolific rebounder at 6’6 because he’s quick, KNOWS it’s about positioning, not height/athletic ability. DD might get there, but I don’t know if he completely understands all these things. His offensive game is serviceable, but that also didn’t help Morgan because DD didn’t have a shot that defenders had to respect, so he couldn’t pull his man away from the basket to make space for Morgan.

    With or without DD, the team next season will be successful. If DD is able to transform, we’ll be really good and really deep.

  • IUBizmark

    Thank you for pointing this out. The belly aching about the refs is a bit dramatic. You’d think we got shafted by 20 points the way folks see things.

  • coachv

    yes, he has stopped drifting left and leaning back for the last few games. someone must have finally got hold in his ear about something i have been pointing out since his freshman year. hooray for having a new coaching staff! nowget to work on hartman before it’s too late

  • Hardwood83

    Agree on Hartman- unsung hero today. Played the role McRoberts usually does.

  • coachv

    not that we aren’t playing well but we are beating the bottom dwellers. next week will be telling

  • Hardwood83

    True, but: 1) any conf road win is big. 2) Iowa has talent but has under-performed. 3) Winning without a much from your best player is a good sign.

    We all know IU is a flawed team that will have to finish strong to make the NIT. Still, they’re playing hard and improving, signs of pride and character.

  • Hardwood83

    Sorry you live in Nebraska… too 🙂

    Speaking of which, not going to the game in Lincoln this time. Both times I have IU has choked and lost.

  • Hardwood83

    He did the exact same thing to MSU. Iowa has a lot of talent, no idea why they suck so much.

  • VAHoosier

    Actually, I see it as a sign of intellectual honesty/consistency when folks call out poor officiating even after a win and not just after a loss.

  • coachv

    i think he was out on the step before, which the replay did not show. not 100% sure tho

  • timamac

    Yes, ridiculous being in New York City Greed!

  • Arch Puddington

    I know that “woulda/coulda” is totally irrelevant, but I can’t help myself. Indiana is “this close” to being 11-5 in conference play. If a) we hit 3 additional free throws against Illinois, and b) FM makes both ends of his one-and-one near the end of the MSU game, then McQuaid misses his three at the other end, we likely win both those games.

    No point, didn’t happen, I get it. But considering where things ended last year and where they started this year — not to mention the loss of one talented guard and our only true center — it’s amazing that we are where we are, and amazing at how close we have been to even more.

  • HoosierBballNut

    We literally had no answer for Cook around the basket, Cooks rebounds and put backs reminded me a lot of OG.. Today was a game where we needed our offence to show-up big.. We haven’t won a shoot-out in the Archie Miller era and this was a great one.. Our defense got key stops when they needed to.. All in All – Great win !!

  • Dave Nelson

    Moved here to get married. But The last one I went to they lost also. We had Cody and Yogi and we were ranked and they beat us. Hope for a better outcome this time. Archie has us moving in the right direction.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Glynn Watson is a really good guard and down low Nebraska is unbelievable. They have three bigs that crash the basket. Very physical team also. Watson should be first team all Big Ten.

  • Arch Puddington

    For all the talk (again) about refs, and for as hot as they were to start, offensive rebounding is what kept them in this game. They had at least 9, including several in the second half that led to points. For everything that went wrong, we were up double-digits midway through the second half. But offensive rebounding is a strength of theirs, and they are taller and longer than us at almost every position. Fortunately we had the stones to keep our composure and ride out a tough win.

  • ChitwoodIN

    OK. I thought we were in the dirt with 70%+ shooting against us in the first half. I know, no team can keep that up, but every once in a while you run into a buzz saw, and I thought this was it….everything was dropping!!!
    I’m not getting my hopes up for the tournament championship….I’ll let them do that for me. ?

  • KingofKentucky

    NE is extremely good at protecting the 3 point line. Opponents are averaging 31% from 3 against them. They are also have the 5th most blocks in the country. In NE’s 4 conference losses no team shot better than 35% from 3 but their opponents were able to draw 17 or more fouls on NE. If Indiana is to win they need need more than Morgan drawing fouls down low they will need Green, Johnson, Durham and Newkirk drawing the correct forms of contact.

  • John D Murphy

    We still don’t have a good win. Turns out notre dame isn’t good. Our best win is probably against psu at this point. IU will have to win out and then make tourney finals to have a shot at getting in.

  • John D Murphy

    Think you are spot on for Davis. I do expect a big soph yr for Moore though.

  • Arch Puddington

    Interesting . What little I’ve seen would point me in the opposite direction. I am genuinely curious — what leads you to anticipate something big next year from Moore?

  • John D Murphy

    He was. Inside foot the step before.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    We will see. Thanks John.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Coach, bottom of the Big Ten is better than almost all other conferences.

  • IUBizmark

    How is that intellectually honest? IU fans are complaining that they should’ve won by more or gotten more calls even though we won.

  • VAHoosier

    Because it shows that they are not just being “sore losers,” that it is not just an emotional response to a loss.