In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Wichita State outshot Indiana from 3 and the free throw line.
• Juwan Morgan and Zach McRoberts have fitting ends to their IU careers.
• A few player tweets
• Thoughts from Ryan Corazza and Zach Osterman
• Happy birthday to another Hoosier whose senior season ended in NIT disappointment.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. The 2018-19 IU basketball season is officially in the books.
In NIT news …
Indiana lost in the NIT quarterfinal last night 73-63 to Wichita State, falling one game short of a trip to Madison Square Garden for the NIT Final Four.
The Shockers made 11 3-pointers to the Hoosiers’ six, and they dominated from the free throw line — making 18 free throws while the Hoosiers shot a total of just 13.
In player news …
The best player for Indiana was Juwan Morgan, as he has so often been during the last two seasons. Morgan, in his final game as a Hoosier, finished with 21 points and six rebounds, plus three blocks and a steal.
He ends his memorable IU career in the top 25 all-time in points, and in the top 10 in both rebounds and blocked shots.
Zach McRoberts also played his final game in an Indiana uniform. In a fitting end to McRoberts’ career, he logged 19 minutes and led Indiana in plus/minus at +4 despite scoring no points. He was the only Hoosier to play 15 or more minutes who had have a positive plus/minus.
Those two have meant a lot to Indiana basketball over the last four and three years, respectively. Their heart, hustle, and leadership won’t be easily replaced.
Late Tuesday night, Juwan tweeted a photo of his jersey with the text “It’s been a pleasure.”
Devonte Green tweeted “A lot of lessons and a lot of blessings this year…thank you. #BackToWork.”
About Green’s performance, Ryan Corazza wrote In his Minute After at Inside the Hall that, “Leg cramps and all, Devonte Green gutted this one out and scored in double digits (12 points) in his seventh straight game. Green’s March was pretty dang good and it bodes well for next season when Indiana is going to lose a ton of its scoring with Morgan and Romeo Langford likely gone.”
Summing up the season as a whole, Zach Osterman wrote, “Absent context, 19-16 will never be OK at a place like Indiana. The NIT will never be OK at a place like Indiana. Three-straight years outside the NCAA tournament will never be OK at a place like Indiana.
But they didn’t give up on themselves, and thanks to that persistence, didn’t give up on their season. They gave their program forward momentum to carry into the offseason.
Now it will be up to them to make something of that, more than they ever could this winter.”
And we had a birthday yesterday …
Happy birthday to Uwe Blab, who played at Indiana from 1981 through 1985. As a senior, he averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game for a team that started the season ranked #4 but eventually missed the NCAA Tournament and lost in the NIT final.
He would go on to have a five-year career in the NBA.
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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.