In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Romeo Langford earned yet another Big Ten honor.
• His stats are impressive, but it’s a stat that’s not in the box score that may be the most impressive.
• How far did Indiana fall in the human polls and NET after its 1-1 week?
• Some thoughts from around the IU beat
• Archie Miller’s opinion on why Indiana starts off so damn slow.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We’re now three days away from Indiana’s next Big Ten road game.
In player news …
Yesterday, Romeo Langford was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the third time this season.
Romeo set a career-high with 28 points in Indiana’s victory over Illinois. Then he scored 17 points against Michigan’s top-5 defense on Sunday.
For the season, Romeo is averaging 18.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1 block per game with an effective field goal percentage of 54%.
One stat that doesn’t show up in box scores that really underscores Romeo’s impact is fouls drawn per 40 minutes. Romeo is drawing 6.5 fouls per 40 minutes, which is 67th in the country.
And Romeo has tightened up his free throw shooting of late, which is helping him take advantage of his many trips to the line. He’s 23 for the his last 28 and is now up to 71.6% on the season.
Draft Express released its latest 2019 mock draft on Monday. Romeo came in at #6. No other Hoosiers made the top 60.
In rankings news …
Indiana maintained its status among the top 25 teams in the AP and coaches polls, though they fell in each. The Hoosiers dropped one spot in the AP poll to #22 and dropped two spots in the coaches poll to #24.
The Hoosiers fell three spots in the NCAA’s NET Ranking. Indiana is now #20.
And now for some thoughts from around the IU beat …
On Indiana’s lack of scoring outside of Romeo and Juwan, Alex Bozich wrote:
“Getting Phinisee back into the lineup will help tremendously, but Indiana still needs Justin Smith, Devonte Green and Al Durham Jr. to contribute offensively on a more consistent basis. It’s also troublesome that McRoberts, who played 22 minutes, hasn’t scored since the Duke game in November.”
It’s worth nothing that Archie Miller said on his radio show Monday night that McRoberts is playing at about 50-60% because of his back injury, and sometimes still can’t practice.
And speaking of injuries, Zach Osterman wrote:
“Five absences was a season high for Indiana, and the fact that we’re tracking the number of injured players unavailable speaks to how pervasive injuries have become for this team. In the bigger picture, it’s fair to start wondering if health concerns will eventually keep this team from realizing its full potential.”
On Indiana’s continued slow starts, the coach himself, Archie Miller, had a pretty simple explanation:
“We’re not tough enough starting games. Michigan established themselves very quickly in this game. They had us knocked on our heels. On the road, you’re not going to be able to do that in this league. That’s sort of the message to the team moving forward.”
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.