It’s done. Indiana’s season is over.
86-72. Not much else to say.
It’s all but over. Arkansas continues to hit free throws and effectively end IU’s season.
It’s such a sad ending for a team with such potential, a monumental collapse after the Kelvin Sampson debacle that ends with a first round NCAA tournament exit to an Arkansas squad that’s really not that impressive.
Gordon is now 2-13 from the field and only has six points. This has to be his worst game as a collegian, probably at the worst time.
Charles Thomas’ free throw extends it to twelve, but Bassett makes a pretty move and feeds D.J. for an easy two to get it back to ten.
Jamarcus Ellis hits a three-pointer from the baseline to cut it to 77-70.
Thomas will head back to the line for a chance to get it back to nine.
He does just that. 79-70.
It’s just all collapsing for the Hoosiers… Bassett’s telegraphed pass is stolen, and it looks all but certain that the Hoosiers will be exiting this year’s NCAA Tournament in the first round.
For some reason, Gordon’s free throw shooting is at its worst.
It’s at twelve after an Arkansas basket at the other end, 72-60.
But Armon Basset refuses to throw in the towel, as he drains a three-pointer from the top of the key to get it back to nine.
Weems is just off the charts tonight. His jumper in the lane just gave him 31. Indiana, no matter what they did all night, just had no answer for him. IU’s down 11 with two minutes to go, and it looks like D.J. White’s career at IU is coming to a close.
It looks like it can’t get any worse for Indiana.
Arkansas’ Charles Thomas just converted on a lay-in while getting fouled. 70-59.
Sonny Weems is the best player on the court tonight, and just reached his career high with another 3-pointer from the wing. It’s a ten minute margin and IU’s time is running out… 4:20 left.
Weems is just playing phenomenally. He hits again in the lane to get it back to ten, but Bassett answers to cut it to eight.
A Jordan Crawford steal-turn Armon Bassett three-pointer from the baseline cuts it to six.
Gordon can’t buy one from the outside. He clanks another from behind the three-point line.
Gary Ervin hits one of two from the line. It’s a ten point game with eight to go.
White won’t be denied. He just attacked the rim ferociously and drew the foul. But he can’t hit the first free throw. He hits the second. Nine points. 7:50 left.
Indiana doesn’t come out well after the timeout. Two UA baskets extend it back to six.
And Gordon quickly ends his cold streak, streaking down the lane and finishing a thunderous dunk to cut it back to four. But Arkansas comes back, as they have all night, to get it back to six.
A Razorback three-pointer by Sonny Weems sends it back to nine.
A long road ahead of the Hoosiers.
White hits again. But Arkansas answers on the other end in about three seconds. It’s getting to be crunch time for Indiana, with 12 minutes to go and their season on the line.
Stemler hits a three-pointer- his third of the night, and more in one game than I can remember for a long, long time- to cut it back to two.
After a foul on D.J. White on the next end, IU now has a chance to tie the game or even take the lead with a 3.
A Jordan Crawford runner and Lance Stemler tip-in won’t drop, so Arkansas takes over.
Armon wants it again. And he hits, this time from the right wing to cut it to three.
D.J. just drew his third foul on a questionable call down low. But either way, heading to the next commercial break, IU’s heart and soul has three fouls and Dan Dakich has a difficult decision on his hands about whether to keep him in the game or not.
DeAndre just can’t stay out of foul trouble. He just picked up his fourth, and that earned him a trip to the bench. Lance Stemler checked in for him.
A Patrick Beverly three-pointer extends it back to nine. It’s getting to be crunch time for Indiana. Eric Gordon’s block sets up an Armon Bassett 3 to cut it back to six.
White just won’t be denied. He’s got all six of IU’s six this half. Eric Gordon just tried to take advantage of a Razorback turnover, but he was called for a carry as he drove to the basket. Another turnover.
It’s still at six. It’s fair to say that if it wasn’t for White, this game would have turn into a blowout a long time ago.
The two best players on the court tonight exchange baskets to start the game. Weems hits a jumper on one end and D.J. White answers on the other. 39-32 Razorbacks.
White is the next to answer, hitting an elbow jumper to cut it to five.
Indiana’s man-t0-man defense yields a foul on DeAndre Thomas, his third.
20 minutes separates Indiana from either the second round or a long off-season filled with a great amount of uncertainty.
They’ve got a battle in front of them. The Razorbacks have come to play, and if Indiana continues to make the careless mistakes they have been making (turnovers, charges, missed lay-ups) then they’re just not going to get back into this game.
Thomas finishes down low off a nice pass from Jamarcus Ellis.
ON IU’s next possession, Hunter fouls D.J. White and the Big Ten Player of the Year hits the first of two free throws. He misses the second, and DeAndre Thomas’ hook shot in the lane rims out.
Still seven points.
The Hoosiers hold for the half’s last shot.
D.J. was unable to finish on an aggressive move to the basket; the ball bounced high off the rim and Arkansas’ half-court shot bounced off.
37-30 Arkansas at the half. The Hoosiers have some work to do.
Eric Gordon just can’t do anything right tonight.
He was just called for traveling, and the ball goes back to Arkansas. Not a good start for the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year.
D.J. White just finished an Eric Gordon missed lay-up to cut the lead to three, but Sonny Weems answers on the other end to push it back to six.
Gordon is only 1-6 thus far.
But D.J. White’s eight points have been huge, and a jumper in the lane keeps it close at 29-25.
Weems hits a deep 3 to extend the Razorbacks’ lead to 10, the biggest of the night.
Since Kelvin Sampson stepped down, Billy Packer assures me, Gordon is 7-44 from 3-point range. He just missed his latest attempt badly, banging it off the backboard and the rim before Armon Bassett was able to finish a lay-up on IU’s next possession.
23-21 Arkansas. Stefan Welsh just went down with what appears to be a turned ankle. He was helped to the sideline.
Indiana’s zone hasn’t yet proved to be effective. The Razorbacks aren’t hitting their long-range shots, but their length is helping them get good second chance looks.
Arkansas just captured the largest lead of the night, six, at 27-21.
Thomas isn’t able to be effective down low on the next play and is called for an offensive foul.
Off an in-bound, Gordon was unable to connect for a deep three.
Arkansas answers on the other end to break the tie and give them a 18-16 lead.
But Lance Stemler hits again- from long range- to give IU a 19-18 lead. It’s definitely a good sign for the Hoosiers to have Stemler hitting from deep. It will give him confidence if he’s needed to make a big shot down the line.
But Lance can’t hit on the next trip down, and Stefan Welsh can. 21-19 Arkansas.
Eric Gordon was just called for charging. Was it really charging? Not from my angle. He barely grazed Arkansas’ Steven Hill on his drive to the lane, but the official called a charge. A tough break for the Hoosiers.
Either way, it keeps Indiana’s lead at 16-15. Jordan Crawford just lost the handle on a fast break for the Hoosiers, but because a Razorback tipped it, Indiana will retain possession after the break.
A great pass from Armon Bassett to D.J. White down low gives Indiana the lead again, 12-11, as we approach the 15-minute mark.
Stemler passed up a 3-point attempt to pass to Ellis for a jumper, but Jamarcus couldn’t hit the jumper from the right wing.
But Eric Gordon answers on IU’s next possession, driving the lane and finishing on the right side.
D.J. White continues IU’s run, hitting a soft jumper from the left wing to give Indiana a 16-11 advantage. On the next possession, Weems answers with a jumper of his own.
Bassett isn’t able to hit on a deep 3-point look, and on the other end, Sonny Weems is again fouled. His two free throws cut the lead back to one, 16-15.
Apparently, Dan Dakich just got a technical foul. So Sonny Weems, the Razorbacks’ best player, subsequently hit two free throws.
Lance Stemler just drained a three from the left wing to give IU a 10-9 advantage for the under 16 timeout.
DeAndre has some fight in him. He missed two lay-ins, but was able to fight for three offensive rebounds and finally get his two. His play down low– especially against the trees Arkansas has down low– will be critical in tonight’s match-up.
A Jamarcus Ellis three-pointer cuts the 5-0 lead to 2. Arkansas is showing their athleticism, and Dakich’s move to start DeAndre Thomas hasn’t panned out well so far. Off an offensive rebound, Thomas fumbled the ball a few times before a Razorback ripped it away from him.
Armon Bassett makes a nice move and pulls up for a jumper that ties it.
Next trip down, Eric Gordon does what he’s done all season, driving to the lane looking for the foul. The referee called a block, but Gordon was unable to capitalize and missed both free throws. Can’t say that has happened so many times this season.
We’re set for the start.
DeAndre Thomas got the start at the 4, and everyone else is in their usual positions: Bassett, Gordon, Ellis and D.J.