On today’s Banner Morning:
• Indiana’s offense struggles across the board
• Turnovers plague the Hoosiers again
• More sloppy passing
Welcome Hoosier fans to this Wednesday edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Michael Dugan, filling in for Jerod Morris, the day after IU got handled by Duke.
In team news …
Well, where to begin? Zion Williamson made a layup 15 seconds into the game, Romeo made one himself, then Zion threw one down and IU never saw another tie the rest of the way.
The Hoosiers turned it over 20 times, most of which came in the first half, made just five threes in the game, and frankly, just looked lost. Zach McRoberts and Devonte Green were healthy enough to play, and looked alright physically, but produced very little on a night where IU needed a lot.
Overall, the biggest takeaway for me was another game with sloppy passing. Ever since the Marquette game, the ball just hasn’t had the same zip, the passes haven’t been as clean, and the looks haven’t been as good for Indiana. I’m not sure the source of the problem, but whatever it is, it has to change if this team wants to do damage in the Big Ten.
However, Indiana did out-rebound Duke and grabbed 17 offensive boards, really the only team statistic in which the Hoosiers led.
Catch some of that analysis and a whole lot more on the postgame show.
In player news …
Romeo was the team’s leading scorer, but shot just 3-15 from the field, including 0-4 from beyond the arc. We all expect his three point shooting to turn around at some point, and I’m confident that it will, but each game that doesn’t happen, people are going to notice. On a brighter note, Romeo was the team’s leading rebounder and contributed half of the team’s 14 made free throws. There must have been a lid or something on the rims in Cameron, both teams shot under 59% from the stripe. Yikes.
Al Durham made a couple of nice baskets at a few random points in the game, too. On a night where those came few and far between, Al deserves some recognition for that.
All in all, no one on Indiana had a night to remember.
Now let’s go around the horn and get some reaction to Indiana’s win …
Zach Osterman takes an inside look at the loss behind a number of factors, including Juwan’s foul trouble, the team’s overall sloppiness, turnovers and what they turn into, and the overwhelming talent of Zion and RJ Barrett.
Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall dissects what went wrong, who stood out, and some statistics from the game to help try and make sense of it all. For example, Indiana’s 0.89 points per possession compared to Duke’s 1.16.
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Jerod will be back tomorrow with a Thursday edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.