Thoughts about 81-69 loss To boiler makers:
Purdue problem continues.
The loser is now a loser in 11 of the last 12 against the Boilermakers, including eight-game winning streak. Tonight’s loss also tied Archie Miller’s IU record against Boilermakers to 0-6. Four of these losses came in Bloomington.
Once Bordeaux had led 7-6 at 16:48 on a second-chance throw for Mason Gillis, the Hoosiers did not advance again in this. Every time Indiana threatened to overtake the hump, boiler makers had an answer. Purdue didn’t shoot well from the depths of the Big Ten, entering the competition to only hit 30.8 percent through five conference games. But this team has a lot of shooters and they chose tonight inside the Assembly Hall to hold the Big Ten Breakthrough Party. Boilermakers made 11 out of 17 (64.7 percent) depths, including a 7 out of 9 (77.8 percent) mark in first tone tuning. Indiana didn’t take off the shooters early and made Purdue Hookers pay.
Indiana kept Trevion Williams to just six points in the first half of 2 of 5. But Williams came back alive in the last 20 minutes, scoring 7 of 10 after the first half and collecting 16 points. And while it wasn’t much of a size, its 3-point shooting remained hot (4 out of 8, 50 percent). On the other hand, Indiana has had its worst shooting performance with three points this season. Hoosiers only hit 3 out of 18 (16.7 percent). In the second half, IU seemed sensitive even to firing from the depths, as it only took one attempt – Trey Galloway missed – outside another 1:19 of the competition when she burst into despair to try to get back into the competition. Indiana has also had a tough night off the line. Hoosiers only hit 16 of 29 (55.2 percent) from the charity streak, its third-worst performance of the season.
So this isn’t too difficult: shoot poorly and you won’t win many Big Ten games.
Indiana’s attack also seemed as stagnant as it had been throughout the season at times. This was especially true during a dry spell of more than five minutes at goal in the second half as Bordeaux advanced to 67-56 with 5:22 from the end, putting the match pretty far away. There wasn’t much ball movement, cutting, or handling in groups.
After being picked in the last few competitions, both Durham and Rob Vinici have met on just eight points in a 3 out of 10. Arman Franklin returned to the squad and scored 14 points, but came on an ineffective night. The second-year student only hit 6 of 15 from the field and missed all of his five 3-point attempts. Purdue also ignited Indiana on baseline outside of play limits tonight, scoring a number of buckets on their way to 1.15 points per possession in the evening.
A clunker like tonight will happen from time to time, especially from a team like Indiana who don’t consider shooting a tough suit. But to happen against Purdue at home is a bad look. Furthermore, Indiana has now fallen from the top 30 in Kinbaum (No. 36) with its attack to No. 57 and defending outside the top 20 for the first time throughout the season (No. 22).
It’s a tough night for Indiana basketball. And the Big Ten schedule gets more difficult from here.
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