In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Archie updated the status of Juwan Morgan on his radio show Monday night.
• He also had a few interesting comments about De’Ron Davis, Justin Smith, and the team’s newfound mindset.
• Peering inside the numbers, Indiana has actually been an above-average 3-point shooting team … when these guys are on the floor.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We’re two days away from Thursday’s showdown with Iowa.
In team news …
Archie Miller provided an update on Juwan Morgan’s status during this Monday night radio show.
In Archie words: Juwan “probably dodged a bullet,” especially considering his history of shoulder injuries.
Archie said that Juwan participated in Monday’s workout, though he isn’t 100 percent. He hopes he’ll continue to improve throughout the week, with no setbacks.
Nothing official was stated, but it continues to look like Juwan should be available for Thursday night.
Archie made a few other interesting comments:
- He reiterated that they should have shut De’Ron Davis down completely after he injured his ankle against Illinois.
- He said that Justin Smith played “the most complete and the best game of his college career by far.”
- And Archie said the team went into Saturday’s game viewing the remaining schedule as a new 10-game Big Ten season, with a focus on team defense, moving the ball, and togetherness. So far so good.
In statistical analysis …
Many are wondering if Indiana can sustain the great 3-point shooting we saw at Michigan State on Saturday night, when the Hoosiers made 10 of 20 from deep.
Digging into the numbers, it’s clear that if Indiana can keep Al Durham, Devonte Green, Rob Phinisee, and De’Ron Davis on the court, there is reason to believe that the Hoosiers can be an above-average 3-point shooting team from here on out.
Here are a few numbers to chew on:
In the 5 games this season in which Al, Devonte, and Rob have all played AND DeRon has played 10+ minutes, Indiana has shot 37% percent from 3.
For context, the national average is 34.2%. And Indiana’s season average is 32.8%.
As we discussed on yesterday’s edition of Banner Monday, it’s not a surprise that Indiana is a better shooting team with those four in the lineup. Al, Devonte, and Rob all shoot 38.5 percent or better from 3, and De’Ron attracts a lot of attention in the post and is a good passer.
In fact, De’Ron’s presence alone has had a major impact on Indiana’s 3-point shooting this season. In the 9 games in which De’Ron has played 10+ minutes, Indiana has shot 37.9% from 3-point range. In those 9 games, Juwan Morgan is 9-18 from deep.
The bottom line is this: when Indiana has had its three best 3-point shooters available plus its sturdy big man, the Hoosiers have actually been a better-than-average 3-point shooting team — somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 nationally.
The key moving forward, of course, will be having Devonte, Al, Rob, & De’Ron available for as many games as possible. In the 5 games Indiana has played with all 4 guys, Indiana is 4-1 with two top-20 wins, a neutral court win over Butler, and a loss to Duke.
Keep ‘em on the court, and that’s a team that has proven it can do some damage in March.
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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.