In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Why Indiana didn’t foul against Nebraska
• Big Ten’s home success
• Indiana’s upcoming opponents
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Dylan Wallace and it’s time to talk about late-game strategies.
Last Friday night in Bloomington, Indiana defeated Nebraska 96-90 in overtime, but could the overtime period have been avoided?
After Rob Phinisee knocked in both free throws with 10 seconds left to put Indiana up by three, Nebraska went up the floor without calling a timeout to try and tie the game. It was a moment in which Phinisee, or any Hoosier, could have fouled Nebraska while they were bringing the ball up the court, forcing the Cornhuskers to shoot two free throws, rather than get a good look from beyond the arc.
Indiana did not foul, and Fred Hoiberg drew up a good play to get Dachon Burke wide open for a 3-pointer, which he hit to send the game into overtime.
After the game, Archie Miller said his team should’ve fouled. During Monday’s radio show with Don Fischer at the Holiday Inn, Miller expanded on his late-game intentions.
Indiana had a timeout left, so Miller said he should’ve called it after Phinisee’s free throws to tell the team to foul. Even without the timeout, Miller blames himself for not properly communicating to his team that he wanted them to foul.
For Miller, he said anytime his team is up three with 11 or fewer seconds left, he wants to foul.
Miller said, “We are 110 percent all in on fouling.”
Miller reflected on two specific situations when he was coaching at Dayton that his team got burned for not fouling. He said Nebraska was the third time he didn’t foul, and the other team made a three.
One of the reasons Miller did not foul against Nebraska was because Indiana was turning the ball over on inbounds passes frequently throughout that game, so he didn’t want to risk doing that again and making matters worse.
Luckily for the Hoosiers, they prevailed in overtime to improve to 10-1 on the season. The Big Ten is now 13-0 in home games within the conference, and the last one is tonight when Northwestern hosts Michigan State. So if the Wildcats can knock off the Spartans, each Big Ten team will be 1-1 in the conference heading into January.
But before that starts, Indiana has two nonconference games remaining. One against Notre Dame as part of the Crossroads Classic on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and one against Arkansas on December 29 in Assembly Hall, which has just been announced as a 6 p.m. tip.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in, your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.