Thoughts on a 68-66 victory against the wild cats: Indiana and Northwestern hit back and forth all the games far…
Thoughts on a 68-66 victory against the wild cats:
Indiana and Northwestern hit back and forth all the games far and not much land. Try as they could, Hoosiers just could not break away.
But when it was most significant in the game’s final sequences, Indiana was able to collect enough stops and only enough points to be victorious, 68-66. Rarely in this space the judges appear, but Indiana was the victim of some seriously dubious conversations on the perimeter guard screens this afternoon and killed possessions before they could really come.
Indiana was also unreasonable on the line ̵
1; what’s new? – At one point, four straight between Juwan Morgan and Robert Phinisee lacks in the second half. Overall, Hoosiers only shot 57.9 percent from the line (11-out of 19). Now eight games in the season, Indiana is up in the 19th century nationally for free throwing shooting. You wonder if this will only be its reality for the rest of the season.
Indiana also met an impressive effort from Dererk Pardon in this. Northwestern’s senior went to work low, stabbing bucket, many of them left hooks, heading for 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting. While Hoosiers gets up and holds bodies in front of him, he was simply on another level this afternoon.
During the last four races that went into this, Hoosiers has been quite ruthless with the basketball, of 23.8 (in Arkansas), 24.5 (vs UT Arlington), 23.3 (vs UC Davis) and 25 , 4 (at Duke). There have been some collective anxiety in their games, preliminary passports, mental mistakes and flat extinction. It changed some today. Hoosier’s turnover rate ranked 19.1 for the competition, the third best year. Indiana was simply more crucial and better with the ball. Had they kept pace with their last four races, it could have allowed the wild cats to dive out of Bloomington with W.
Zach McRoberts did not try to make a shot in a 24-minute action and felt invisible in court over the last two games as He has worked back in line since his injury. But his ability to dive in front of the ball and keep it from going beyond the boundaries led to a Romeo Langford 3-pointers in the second half, a crucial game in close play.
Speaking of Langford, he claimed himself in this game after a rough performance in Durham. Langford was the key down the stretch, beating buckets to help Hoosiers pull it out and add a block at the defensive end to start when Juwan Morgan put a leg injury. The New Albany product went 8-in-13 for 20 points, a team high.
Devonte Green got into the mix of this and took offensive creativity to the table in the first half. Green had six points, two assists, a steal and no turnover in 19 minutes of action. Hoosier held Northwestern under one point per possession this afternoon, his seventh time in eight games, it held an opponent under this brand.
This was a bit too close for comfort, especially after Vic Law beat the desperation 3 pointer, Phinisee hit 1 of 2 on the line and the wildcats had a shot at the summ to win. It is still a conference victory, and they will not come easily this season.
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