On Saturday afternoon, Indiana defeated Portland State 85-74 in a game that was closer than it needed to be. The Hoosiers executed on their keys of rebounding and ball security, but the defense took another concerning step back.
After the game, our crew broke it all down on The Assembly Call IU Postgame Show (episode #543).
On the mics: Jerod and Coach
Among the topics discussed:
— Why Rob Phinisee’s defense against Boo Boo Woods for a 4-minute stretch in the 2nd half was the key to Indiana putting Portland State away for good.
— The encouraging play from Jerome Hunter and Race Thompson off the bench — including a player comp for one element of Race’s game that may make you spit out your drink.
— Al Durham and Justin Smith scored well and had some bright moments offensively, but were two of the key culprits in Indiana’s defensive struggles.
— Why didn’t De’Ron play more? Should we be concerned?
— The issues with on-ball defense and undisciplined fouling that persisted throughout the game.
— Another strong performance from Trayce Jackson-Davis, who continues to impress.
We also point out a few meaningful moments you may have missed, go inside the numbers, and hand out our game balls. All of that, and more, on this edition of The Assembly Call.
(Music provided by Bob Thompson — die-hard Hoosier fan and longtime Assembly Call listener.)
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