Notebook: Turnovers doom Indiana in loss at Nebraska

  • 02/21/2018 1:44 pm in

In a winnable game, Indiana couldn’t get out of its own way on Tuesday night, falling to Nebraska 66-57 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Hoosiers (16-13, 9-8 Big Ten) had a bevy of opportunities, but a season-high tying 19 turnovers made victory nearly impossible.

“Lack of toughness, lack of confidence, I don’t know what it was,” Archie Miller said postgame. “Maybe the road environment scared them a little bit. I’m not sure. But some of them just didn’t make a whole lotta sense.”

Despite a subpar performance, Indiana was well within range of the Cornhuskers (21-9, 12-5) until the final minutes. With 4:30 to play, Indiana was down 56-53 before it all came crashing down. Over the final stretch, the Hoosiers turned it over three times and scored a total of four points.

“It’s very frustrating, I feel,” Robert Johnson said. “To go through all that and still have a chance to win and then to self-destruct like that at the end. We have a blueprint we usually follow throughout the game and we got away from it.”

Needing to win out and receive help from Penn State to obtain the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, the Hoosiers looked flat for the majority of the night. Passes were well off their mark, players settled for ill-advised shots and key contributors were saddled with foul trouble early on.

The backcourt, which had played well in recent weeks, reverted back to the play of early in the season. Johnson, Devonte Green and Josh Newkirk combined for 12 of Indiana’s 19 turnovers.

Junior Juwan Morgan, who has played at an all-conference level for much of the season, was held in check throughout the night. Morgan ended the night with 13 points and nine rebounds, but scored just five points over the game’s final 15 minutes.

“What I didn’t know is if we were going to be able to handle Morgan one-on-one,” said Nebraska head coach Tim Miles. “When we saw that we could, I think that’s when I felt like we could do this.”

Smith shines again

A bright spot for the Hoosiers was the play of freshman Justin Smith, who reached double figures for the third consecutive game. Smith was aggressive from the moment he was subbed in, trying to dunk on opponents early and often, with limited success.

The freshman provided an energy and awareness on the court that was lacking from others, recording 16 points and eight rebounds for the night.

“(Smith) played well,” Miller said. “Was all over the glass. Did a great job finishing some dump downs. Defensively, for the most part, did a really good job of doing what we asked him to do. Guarded the ball probably as well as he has all year.”

Nebraska’s bench mob

One of the most talked about aspects of the game wasn’t the play on the court. It was the actions of the Nebraska bench.

Seemingly after every Cornhusker basket, the Big Ten Network broadcast would pan over to the Nebraska bench, which was engaging in a pre-planned celebration.

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  • eljay

    Take it to the comments section on Politico or whatever political website you wish. (Alternatively, go onto your favorite political website to discuss man-to-man vs. zone defense and let us know how that works for you.)

    Some of us take refuge on this site from all the political claptrap and noise that’s out there.

  • Mack

    Sorry sarcasm doesn’t work in posts.

  • HoosierOne

    I like how Duke has their students at center court front row. Wish we did that.

  • HoosierOne

    What on Earth happened to this forum? 🙂 We have gone off the rails!!! Go Hoosiers!!!

  • kris

    Political discussion is a no-no on ITH per Alex Bozich. Thank you kindly for your cooperation.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Same guy who a couple years ago went on a drunken rage fighting with posters under the name Forever IU until ITH banned him. He got a new IP address and started to behave under a new handle. Changed that handle a couple more times until he settled on the one he has now. Little by little his soapboxing on religion and politics surfaced again into the fiasco of the last couple days. Yet anytime he is disagreed with he accuses of “attacking him”. One of the nicest supportive…never combative posters Vern Aldrich disagreed with his rant and was promptly accused of attacking him. Anyone who has read Verns posts knows he never attacks anyone. That’s when I had enough. I played along with him for a while until his snide and uber “intellectual” remarks at me became tedious as well as his chronic complaining about calling him by his old screen name. Also got tired hearing about how deep and intellectual he is. Pretty ironic coming from a person whose favorite word is LOL. I guess by saying LOL after every sentence makes whatever he types OK in his warped mind. He is a loon and I hope he keeps his word and stays away, but I’m sure he’ll be back under a new handle soon. Find the post that has LOL typed in at nauseum and that will be him. Glad ITH KRIS stepped in.

    Go IU

  • vicbert caladipo

    Thank you Kris

  • vicbert caladipo

    Don’t let the LOL hit you on the way out. LOL

  • Mack

    Agreed, many apologies to everyone for political comments. We all have different views, religious and political beliefs. We come to ITH to share in our commonality, our love of IU basketball. Go hoosiers!

  • Mack

    Everyone has strong political opinions and convictions. Which is why political discourse leads to arguements, physical alterations, and war between nations. I’m just saying there’s a time and a place for such discussions. Even if the time is now for discussing white nationalists on Nebraska’s campus the place is not ITH.