Haltime thoughts

D.J. White honors Kelvin Sampson.

Indiana is lucky to enter the locker room only trailing by a basket.

Here’s why.

  • Eric Gordon is 0-4 from behind the arc. He’s got four points.
  • Turnovers. The Hoosiers have coughed the ball up 10 times in the first twenty minutes, Northwestern just four.
  • Help from the supporting cast. D.J. White has played a solid game thus far (11 points, five rebounds and 5-5 from the floor), Armon Bassett has 12, Jordan Crawford six but no one else has scored besides Gordon and Lance Stemler, who has two.

The Indiana players have been through the unimaginable over the past 36 hours. At this point, I think it’s unfair to criticize them considering what they’ve had to deal with.

The largest deficit of the half was nine, but the Hoosiers scraped their way back into the contest. One thing they absolutely must do to win this game is play better defense. Bill Carmody, a Princeton offense disciple, has his team getting easy baskets through backdoor screens.

They need to get the ball to D.J. White inside. Simply put, there’s not a person in Welsh-Ryan Arena that can guard him.

And Eric Gordon won’t go blank from 3-point land.

Should be interesting, however, to see what, if any, adjustments Dan Dakich makes at halftime. He flirted with the 2-3 zone for a stint in the first half, but didn’t stick with it. Indiana also struggled against the Wildcats’ 2-3, because they couldn’t get the ball to White in a good position to score. And it doesn’t help when your star guard is draining his 3-pointers.

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