Troy was asked about the defense in the first half, which was as bad as Indiana’s defense has been all year. And that’s saying something, considering this may be the worst season-long defensive performance in school history.
He summed it up bluntly and perfectly:
Giving up 40 points, there was no defense.
He then added:
Like I said before, we just have to do better.
Ah yes. “Do better.” We’ve heard that refrain a lot this year, but with no actual “doing better” to speak of.
Troy actually played well tonight. He fought his ass off. He was the one guy you can look at and say came to gut out a win on the road. If some of his teammates had brought the same fight, Indiana may have escaped with a win.
Here are the links.
- Advanced stat box score
- IU-Northwestern Postgame Show: So … Apparently Indiana is Not Peaking at the Right Time
- Video: Tom Crean reacts
- Video: Players react — Troy and Zeis
“This loss wasn’t a good look for the Hoosiers,” says Ryan Corazza in The Minute After.
“That was a bad sign for Indiana, and what happened next was even worse.” Find out what Justin Albers was referring to here.
“Zeisloft and the rest of the team cooled off in a big way in the second half,” says Alex McCarthy. Boy, did they ever. (Enough that not even 5+ rebounds from James Blackmon Jr. could overcome it!)
And Mike Miller just comes right out and says what we’re all feeling: “Indiana waited until the penultimate week of the regular season to post its worst loss of the season.”
Hmm … those losses at Michigan State and Purdue were pretty bad. Then again, those teams have been better over the balance of the season than Northwestern has been. Eh. This is too unpleasant to consider any further.
What happens when Indiana’s shooting dries up? “Nothing remotely pretty,” says Zach Osterman.
In his five takeaways, Alex Bozich begins with an important point that should not be overlooked: Indiana played with a lack of urgency defensively for the first 36 minutes.
The Crimson Quarry guys echoed what we said on the postgame show: “Starting at the top, Tom Crean and the coaching staff has to shoulder some of the blame for this loss.”
Terry Hutchens asks a very valid rhetorical question about that IU-Iowa game coming next Tuesday: “How can anyone possibly predict the outcome of that one with any relative certainty?”
And just in case you ever want to have a basketball nightmare, bookmark this article and read it before it bed.
More links to come …