In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Indiana faces a daunting three-game gauntlet over the next seven days.
• Is this stretch an opportunity for a turnaround for IU?
• You could basically predict the Big Ten standings simply by knowing a few simple 3-point metrics.
• In related news, Indiana’s 3-point metrics are the worst in the conference.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We’re one day away from Indiana’s rematch with Purdue.
In upcoming schedule news …
Indiana, losers of 10 of their last 11, will play three ranked teams in the next seven days.
#12 Purdue visits Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Tuesday. Then Indiana travels to Iowa City to face #21 Iowa on Friday, followed by a home matchup against #20 Wisconsin next Tuesday.
On the one hand, it’s a tremendous opportunity for Indiana to right the ship in short order and add one, two, or even three impressive wins to the Hoosiers’ fledgling NCAA Tournament and NIT resumes.
On the other hand, that last sentence sounds pretty laughable at the moment.
Indiana looked nothing like a team ready to turn its season around on Saturday at Minnesota. Quite the opposite, in fact.
In his postgame press conference, Archie Miller professed the need for “drastic changes to the way we’re doing things right now.” Those changes will need to take positive effect starting tomorrow, or Indiana runs the risk of this ugly 7-week skid extending all the way through the end of the season.
In statistical analysis …
How important has the 3-point line been this season in the Big Ten?
Well, if you didn’t know anything about the current Big Ten standings, and all you had was a rundown of each Big Ten team’s current stats, on both offense and defense, for 3-point percentage and 3-point volume, you could fairly accurately predict the current standings.
For example, Michigan’s average ranking in each of those four 3-point metrics is 4.25, which is the best in the conference. No surprise, they are tied for first place with Michigan State, who is third, with an average ranking of 5.25 in the four 3-point metrics.
In all, of the top nine teams in the actual standings, eight are also in the top nine for their average in the four 3-point metrics. Of the bottom five teams in the actual standings, four are also in the bottom five for their average 3-point metric. Northwestern is the major outlier.
And to the surprise of no one who has watched Indiana play this year, the Hoosiers are at or near the bottom in each of the four metrics, and dead last in terms of overall average.
- On defense, Indiana is 12th in 3-point percentage allowed and 10th in the amount of opponent field goal attempts that are 3’s.
- On offense, Indiana is 14th in 3-point percentage and 12th in the amount of its field goal attempts that are 3’s.
This marks the second consecutive season in which Indiana has been below average in the Big Ten in 3-point offense and defense. And as bad as last season felt, this season has been much worse.
As Archie Miller and his staff assess the carnage of this collapse, figuring out how to take advantage of the 3-point line, rather than be decimated by it, should be at or near the top of the list.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.