The league’s least efficient offensive team made Indiana sweat one out, and while nothing came particularly easy in Saturday’s matinee with Rutgers, the Hoosiers refused to be embarrassed.
No. 22 Indiana used a big second-half run and 20 points from James Blackmon Jr. to turn away the Scarlet Knights in a 72-64 win at Assembly Hall, snapping a two-game losing streak ahead of Tuesday’s game at No. 5 Wisconsin.
Troy Williams posted a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Yogi Ferrell added 14 points for the Hoosiers, who shot 47 percent (25-for-53) and hit eight 3-pointers. WIll
Rutgers entered play with an offensive efficiency rating of 89.3 in its first nine Big Ten games, but the Scarlet Knights shot 44 percent (24-for-54) from the field and connected on seven of their 17 3-pointers.
Myles Mack scored a game-high 24 points for Rutgers, while hitting four 3-pointers in the second half, including three in the first three minutes, to force Indiana to work a little harder.
IU coach Tom Crean switched his lineup for the first time since Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s injury and for only the fourth time all year, starting Stan Robinson over Robert Johnson and Nick Zeisloft over Williams. It was a short-lived change after Zeisloft picked up two early fouls and Williams entered three minutes into the game.
The game lacked flow as Rutgers outpaced Indiana in the first half. The Scarlet Knights used an 11-2 run midway through the first period to grab their largest lead of the day at eight points. Indiana gradually chipped away using a 14-3 run in the final five minutes of the half and clung to a 32-30 lead at halftime.
Mack got hot from the perimeter early in the second half and Indiana trailed 52-45 with 11:33 left in regulation. But the Hoosiers used a 19-5 run over the next eight minutes to go up by seven points at the final media timeout.
From there, Indiana went 10-for-10 at the free throw line to close it out.
1. East Coast weather has forced Rutgers into a tough situation. The Scarlet Knights landed in Bloomington around 7 p.m. Friday — 24 hours after facing Michigan State in New Jersey. A winter storm earlier in the week forced a postponement of that matchup on Tuesday, putting Rutgers in the unenviable situation of a quick turnaround playing in one of college basketball’s best environments. Indiana used two full days to prepare for this game, while Rutgers staffers barely had one.
2. This is a great opportunity for IU to get back on track. Rutgers’ transition to the Big Ten has come with the expected road bumps. The Scarlet Knights have lost five consecutive games after a fluke win over shorthanded Wisconsin on Jan. 11 and drag the league’s worst offense to Bloomington for a matchup with the Hoosiers. It represents a chance for Indiana’s much maligned defense to perhaps find some moments of success to build off of heading into Tuesday’s game against the Badgers in Madison. Rutgers is at the bottom of the Big Ten in offensive efficiency (89.3), effective field goal percentage (43.4), turnover percentage (20.6) and free throw percentage (61.9), according to KenPom.com. (more…)
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Andy, Mike, Jeremy: How are you doing today? Ready to get started?
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QUESTION: 1. Some tweets this week from Curt Miller suggest that he is more actively seeking a coaching post at a mid-major school. What’s your take?
2. Any movement on efforts by H-T and other news media to find out why Miller left?
Randall Bychkov, B-town
1. I don’t really think there’s any doubt Curt Miller is seeking a coaching job for next year. Not sure I’d at all limit it to mid-major, though that might be more likely. (more…)
Indiana’s 2015 recruiting class continued to grow on Monday with the addition of three-star linebacker Reakwon Jones.
Jones, a 6-foot-2 prospect out of Lynn Haven, Fla., was also considering California, South Florida and Florida Atlantic. 247 Sports’ Alex McCarthy was the first to report the commitment. Jones posted a message to his Twitter account at noon Monday, announcing his decision.
“I’ve decided to further my education and football career at Indiana University,” Jones wrote, “and will be shutting down all recruiting and extremely thankful for the opportunities that all of the schools have offered me. Thank you all again. IM A HOOSIER.”
Rivals considers Jones a two-star prospect. He also plays safety, but Peegs.com’s Matt Weaver reports he will play linebacker at Indiana. He is the 19th player to commit — not including UAB transfers Jordan Howard and Marqui Hawkins — to what is expected to be a full 25-man class.
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Michigan State sent Indiana to its fourth consecutive loss Wednesday, returning the favor of a 19-point New Year’s Eve defeat to the Hoosiers with a 72-57 win at the Breslin Center.
Spartans guard Tori Jankoska led her team with a career-high 28 points. With 11 rebounds, she was one of three Michigan State players to reach a double-double; forward Becca Mills finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Aerial Powers set an MSU record with her 17th career double-double, matching Jankoska with 28 points and 11 boards.
The Hoosiers (12-8, 2-7 Big Ten) have lost all four of their road games this conference season, and their struggles offensively also continued. IU shot 36.2 percent from the field, including 6-of-22 from the 3-point line. At the free throw line, the Hoosiers were 9-of-19. They were also outrebounded, 48-38.
“It’s another disappointing loss,” IU head coach Teri Moren said. “We are still trying to figure out why, both in the Penn State game and now today in East Lansing, why we are coming out with such a lackluster energy, effort — why we can’t figure out how to compete better on the road.
“Part of that, I guess, is the youth, but we are kind of tired of using that as an excuse. We have to find answers. We have to quit making excuses and find solutions.” (more…)
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