Hoosiers can’t keep up in 77-72 loss to Hawkeyes

Alone, unguarded and untouched in the corner, Jordan Bohannon waited.

Indiana had just cut its deficit to three points, but with 90 seconds remaining in Thursday’s game against Iowa, the Hoosiers forgot about the Hawkeyes’ leading scorer.

It happened as Rob Phinisee left his man to help De’Ron Davis harass Iowa forward Tyler Cook in the post, an act of charity that was quickly punished. Cook saw Bohannon open in the corner and whipped the ball in his direction, giving Iowa’s junior point guard an opportunity at one more 3-pointer in a night full of them.

As the ball fell neatly through the net, Bohannon turned to the IU student section, raised his right index finger to his lips and signaled for silence. What remained of an announced crowd of 17,222 was happy to oblige.

Indiana couldn’t keep up with No. 20 Iowa in a 77-72 loss, the Hoosiers’ third straight on their home floor.

Iowa shot 40 percent (10-for-25) from beyond the arc, it cashed in on IU mistakes and generally asserted itself as the better team through the efforts of veteran playmakers such as Bohannon.

He scored a game-high 25 points for the Hawkeyes (18-5, 7-5), driving the dagger into an IU team that couldn’t recreate the play that sparked the Hoosiers (13-10, 4-8) to an uplifting win at Michigan State over the weekend.

Indiana offered the same effort and toughness that helped it to Saturday’s upset of the Spartans, but suffered from some of the same lapses that have undercut its chances for stability all season.

Juwan Morgan got into foul trouble. The offense fell into extended droughts. The defense unbuckled late in the shot clock and failed to effectively close out on Iowa shooters.

Altogether, it was another frustrating result for a team that played well, but has the capacity to play better.

“I wasn’t terribly disappointed in our team tonight,” IU coach Archie Miller said. “I thought we were really together again offensively, whether it was the man or the zone we continued to be able to get 17 assists in the game, which is something we’ve got to keep doing and we shot a good percentage, as well. Nineteen points off of our turnovers probably hurt us more than anything but give them credit. They are really hard to guard and it showed tonight.”

Indeed, Iowa is one of the most potent offensive teams in the nation, a squad that has the potential to play inside and out, while burying opponents with a barrage of 3-pointers.

That’s what happened with Indiana, which began the night by losing freshman Joe Wieskamp on the perimeter. Wieskamp made each of his first four 3s during the first half, giving Iowa an added scoring punch outside of its top three of Bohannon, Tyler Cook (21 points) and Luka Garza (four points). Wieskamp finished with 13 points.

Early on, Indiana’s issues were easy to spot. Iowa scored 16 points off IU’s eight first-half turnovers, while making seven of its first 16 shots from beyond the arc.

“We closed out soft,” Miller said. “What I mean by that is we closed out short. We were short on a lot of close-outs and they got range, and you know, Wieskamp got going early in the game. I think he made all four of his 3s in the first half. Part of that was they had to go small at times because of their foul trouble, and that small lineup presents some challenges at times with their spacing and ability to shoot the way they did. And we also had some breakdowns in transition.”

IU also struggled to maintain the firepower it wielded early in the period. Indiana authored a 13-2 run leading into the first media timeout, during which time Morgan tallied seven points and made each of his first three shots from the field. That helped put the Hoosiers ahead by four at the first break in the action.

From there, the Hawkeyes swung back.

Wieskamp’s hot shooting from the perimeter spurred Iowa to a 20-5 run over the next eight minutes, burying Indiana inside of yet another of the offensive slumps that have defined the Hoosiers struggles in conference play.

IU wasted possessions with turnovers, while failing to orchestrate a coordinator plan of attack against Iowa’s zone.

On the other end, IU worked Iowa deep into the shot clock on several possessions to no avail. The Hawkeyes benefitted from favorable bounces and good shooting, frustrating IU on a night where it scored 1.17 points per possession.

“We were in a lot of situations under 10 on the clock,” Miller said. “… Bohannon made an unbelievable step back on Al midway through the second half late at the clock. Obviously the big one at the end there was, I think, a pretty deep shot, as well. They also got some plays in and around the basket under 10 seconds where we committed a silly foul or didn’t get the first-time rebound and we had some breakdowns at the finish line in terms of being able to close out possessions with good stops.

“I saw three or four balls deflected on the pass that land in play and they get it and there was a few that were raked out of the paint and it was on the ground and they get it. You have to find a way to get those balls to win this type of a game. We were never able to get it even and then play with a lead. We were always constantly clawing.”

After trailing 46-36 at halftime, the second period didn’t start much better for Indiana. Morgan picked up his fourth foul three minutes and 11 seconds into the half.

Once Morgan returned to the floor late, IU whittled its deficit to three points with four minutes remaining in regulation.

A putback dunk by Morgan got Indiana within 66-63 with 1:45 to go, but Bohannon found himself open in the corner on the ensuing possession, burying IU’s chances with another deep shot.

“Tough game,” Miller said. “Hard fought. Obviously Iowa deserves a ton of credit with their play. They made really, really big baskets, timely baskets and they came up with about five to seven balls, especially in the second half, that were right there for the grabbing and we couldn’t get it.”


  1. I was dismayed to see those colored balloons behind the basket in the 2nd half when Iowa was going that direction. That’s lame….and I had thought that sort of B.S. had ended with the departure of T.C. Sad.

    Iowa beat us with their 2nd string, since the referees obliged by calling so many phantom fouls on Garza, who was scoring at will early. Again, back to the ‘bad old days’ where it’s more of a circus than a real basketball game. Tough to cheer when you’re basically cheering the referees.

  2. This team can’t give up 77 & win. Simple as that because we can’t score that many. In fact, prior to tonight, we’d only won 1 when allowing our opponent to score 73+ points. The 1 was MSU. Go figure. Couple that with a freshman led team & you’re going to have problems. And we do.

    I like Iowa’s team. They have a pretty good inside-outside balance. Last year they were 14-19 & 4-14 in the Big Ten. That stat is for the naysayers.

    I have yet to get 1 game right since I went thru the season predicting wins when we were 2-0. Not 1. Therefore, I hereby predict the following in the last 8 games.


  3. Maybe the team will be better if I don’t watch, so I’m off to the Everglades for a month – camping.

  4. Archie has a real challenge ahead. Trying to have success this year to encourage unsigned recruits to still consider IU, and the reality of having a team that is built for limited success. Iowa, although not extremely athletic, played smarter and with more poise. Watching Smith and Green make one dumb play after another, makes one realize Archie has to get higher Basketball IQ talent on this team.

  5. Iowa showed how much difference a lock down three point shooter can make. Our lack of quality depth across the front line was again exposed.

    The Hoosiers just have so few weapons at their disposal.

    If Archie somehow got this team to the Big Dance (I don’t see that happening) he should be a lock for COY.

  6. I agree with Hoosier Hopeful. We are like an AAU team. We have talented pieces but this team just doesn’t play well together. At some intervals they do but rarely for a collective 40 minutes. I actually found myself watching Iowa more than us. They were fun to watch and played like a team. Why can’t we do that?

  7. Great question, Jeff H! A related question is why was it so much more entertaining to watch Iowa against Michigan than Iowa against Indiana at Assembly Hall? The answer is that at Assembly Hall you were watching the referees foul out Iowa’s big men in order to make the game competitive.

  8. Archie should not be a lock for COY if he gets this team to the NCAA….He should be already on the hot seat for such a poor job of getting these young men to play like a team. He’s not been any sort of example for Romeo to harness anything resembling fire and leadership.
    Archie is looking like the job was too big for him. Don’t give up your day-ton job.

    And our crowds at home games have become some of the worst in the league. Simon Skjodt sounds like a nice name for a mortuary….Very fitting because those who ride in the back of a hearse have more life than our team…and our crowds. From what I could decipher on the ESPN broadcast, a pin dropping could have been detected….but Dakich was already in his chair.

  9. Utterly pathetic for this team to lose 8 out of 9……Utterly pathetic. Utterly astounding. Utterly shameful. Utterly despicable basketball. Utterly insulting to the heritage and guts residing in the five banners hanging above the “privileged” and “entitled” using the place like Kobe Bryant used a Denver hotel room. That’s what Simon Skjodt has become…It’s become a cheap hotel room for the privileged we are supposed to “go down” for upon a flash of a dollar’s worth of godlike abilities.
    Utterly broken is this once basketball destination.

  10. I also believe the use of “mop lady” is a dated derogatory reference rooted in prejudice and insult common of the Bob Knight era.

    Martha the “Floor Maintenance Custodian of Non-specific Gender Preference” deserves far better than this team.

    a. There is no semblance of “mopping” to function as a metaphor for what Hoosier basketball teams do to opponents on the maple of McCracken.
    b. There is no “Marvin the Mop Man” for our women’s Hoosier basketball team.
    c. She works far harder going to the bucket than anyone on our roster.
    d. She has loaned out many of her pairs of white stockings over the last few years as a new fashion trend for “ballers in leggings.” She has received no compensation or support/contracts from Adidas for her innovative locker room suggestions.

  11. IU men’s basketball is 0 odds of going to the March Madness tournament.
    IU men’s basketball is a nice NIT tournament team that may or may not get to play a third game in that tournament.
    IU may win game 1 in NIT for a season ending high.
    Thus far in 2017-18 and
    2018-19, I have seen 0 improvement in IU men’s basketball program. Currently, I do not see any reason to see improvement in the future. Maybe, that may change.
    I do see a lot of hope with pompous circumstances = Not much of anything.

    1. If nothing else you aren’t seeing Tijan Jobe or any one of countless forgettable mistakes wearing the candy stripes anymore.

      While CTC recruited some good players he also had guys on the bench that should have been playing intramural ball.

  12. Agree…and I’d start playing the bench a ton more. Don’t reward the prima donnas leftovers from the last coach to continue to sabotage this season.

    And the one-and-done? Cut back his minutes as well. He’s here for no other reason than to gain the most exposure within his closest proximity to home. Might as well be wearing a diamond chain pacifier around his neck

    1. With the possible exceptions of Juwan and Al, Romeo shows more competitive spirit than than anyone.

      So…he’s not expressive? So what?

      If he played the same game but was as demonstrative as AJ Moye you would say he hung the moon.

    2. Guess I prefer expressive….He has the OG daze. This team needs somebody expressive. They need a leader…a communicator…and somebody that acts like they give a damn out there.

        1. I prefer heart…not charades and carnival acts. Crean had no heart. He was performer pretending to have one.

          1. As usual you remain soft as Jelly and always change your stated metric for your opinion(s) when thwarted. No 1 knows where you stand on this even though you’ll try to support your new position with as many posts as you can muster from your imagination. Go ahead spin some more.

          2. Your definition of “expressive” is a carnival act. Anyway, we(Chet’s response to me) were discussing players and not coaches. So, it’s you who put the “spin” on the conversation.
            I don’t mind a certain amount of theatrics from a coach as long as there is a demonstration of competence in the process. Crean’s theatrics were never backed by coaching competence…and, thus, more theatrics ending in cue cards. If “expressive” is cue cards, I’ll pass. After nine years, one would think there would be more than gimmicks that “spin” team shortcomings to only the dunces on the floor.

  13. Yes, some “good players,” like the few he’s left behind for Archie….always low on the b-ball IQ and peaking in their skill sets right when they’re ready to have a decent draft night; all at the expense of our stage and our efforts to refine an athlete into a basketball player. That assessment does not include the few who came from our state(e.g. Yogi, Zeller, Hulls) who made Crean look slightly better than average as a coach(which was a huge leap from what he would have looked like without the Indiana kids who saved his ass).

  14. Wasn’t it me who first stated that this team was NIT bound? And wasn’t it true that when I made the statement (long ago) that I was vilified for my prescience? I’m asking because I cannot remember and aren’t able (like some) to search the past threads. (and thanks for your as always right on analysis H4h, though you seem to do it AFTER the fact, whilst I can almost ‘see the future’).

    1. Don’t think I vilified you, Rock. I do remember you making a comment suggesting Archie was throwing his team under a bus….I may have debated the statement, but I didn’t vilify you for making it. Opinions are what makes this place roll….Wouldn’t be very interesting if they were all the same.

      “Expressive” doesn’t need to be with a big mouth. A.J. Moye didn’t get in teammates faces or bitch and whine to refs….or act like some privileged teenager who just had his milk and cookies stolen when things weren’t going the Hoosiers way. His expressiveness was with grit and example…and all-out hustle. Been a long time since I’ve seen any Hoosiers truly express such an undaunted spirit. We have guys that seem to turn it off an on like a light switch depending on their mood. We have a mood lamp team. There is no consistent desire to play hard and play smart.

  15. If IU basketball is going to comeback recruiting battles and not just one or two are going to have to be consistently won against the likes of; Duke, NC, KY, Kansas, Louisville, MSU, Mich, and some others. IU May take a one and done but more importantly they have to win battles in recruiting for players that may be two, three, and four and dones, where players have or will work hard on developing themselves and grow to a brotherhood status of IU basketball. This has to include high basketball IQ, some bigs 6’9”+, 6’10”+, 6’11”+, that includes shooters, ball handlers, passers, rebounders, cutters, movers, play defense and learn. This has to be incorporated with the same for gaurds. And stars do matter. Three stars are ok and can be good. However, mid four stars ( not borderline), high 4 stars and 5 stars recruiting battles have to be won.
    Please don’t say I would rather have a three star or sometimes lower player and develop him because that is a big fat lie. While developing a three star into a four star the elite programs are developing high four stars into five stars and five stars into six stars if there was a six star.
    That has always been one of my arguments about football recruiting. While IU was developing border and low three stars (and yes I know IU has high three stars and this year a few four stars as well) the really good programs were developing their higher rated stars into even higher rated stars still leaving IU football behind or at disadvantage. One site listed the IU highest star recruits top ten. They were within last ten years or so for football history. (not sure how far they went back). Not one of them played not even close to complete four years. More like a year or two they played. Most quite or got in trouble. Result were inflated recruiting classes that made no impact.

  16. We’ve had 4 and 5 star athletes with -10 basketball IQ’s. A college coach can’t make up for what has been lost in teaching the game at the high school level …at least not quickly enough in a conference like the BigTen.

    Romeo seems like a great kid. He’s having to grow up very quickly. As I’ve said before, it’s sad that the emotional maturity can’t evolve naturally with the college/basketball experience. He’s gonna have everything he’ll need and more, but he’ll have lost much as well. There is nothing like the bonds and friendships of a team that grows together….But basketball is only part of it….He’ll miss so much of youth by missing out on college(like they all do).

    The nba has ruined the college game…I’m no longer capitalizing the letters of their league. The “stars” mean too much to kids. Stars alone can’t fix the changing dynamics and changing values of a kid who comes to a major university. Don Fischer put it best….”The Indiana name on the jersey no longer means much to kids anymore”…Paraphrasing: “It’s not that they’re not great kids…..It’s just different and they don’t understand what it used to take to wear the jersey.”

  17. Watch Patrick Ewing of Georgetown…or Underwood of Illinois…or Beilein of Michigan coach the game.
    You’ll be damn sure to see expressiveness. They are not corpses on the sideline or bench. They are dialed in and they hold players accountable. They are behind their players 100% without the need to be carnival acts…or passive-aggressive. They are immersed with their teams. They are in control. They are respected. I don’t see respect from our players for their coach…Wish I did. I just don’t.

  18. Agree. However, KY, NC, D, MSU, MICH and some others; team names on front of jersey still means a lot to those players. (reflection of coaching and systems in tact). And yes the abn nba ban situation has ruined the college game. I have said many times I am a hater. A system that pays off people like Brad Stevens and they just go along with it. Don’t blame him but the very game that made him famous he silently betrays. Money etc.
    IU hasn’t had enough really highly rated players ( high 4and 5 star) including high IQ players. One or two here and there…..others are lower 4 star and 3 star. Plus for the most part IU gets physically punished and it takes its toll because IU players are just not that good. Each IU player always is lacking in something that makes them so beatable. I definitely agree that the Indiana name in college basketball doesn’t mean much and not much more to IU players (been that way for most of the 21st century.

  19. If you assume Archie is a good coach, then success or failure will be a result of recruiting. Quite frankly, there is no other player in the 2018-2019 class that I am high on other than Romeo and he will be a top 10 NBA Pick. We don’t know the difference Hunter would have made. The other players are role players at best, unless they have a Victor transformation. Crean left a mess of a roster. Archie has one star coming in next year, but he looses two. If he does not get Brooks, IU basketball will be no better next year. Right now, IU basketball is no better than 40-50 other teams and that is a black mark on the great history of the program.

  20. Right now IU would be great in mid majors. They just don’t match up at major conference level both, physically and talent. Yes, it is going to continue unless or until high level, tall, physical, talented (high stars) big men come. 2 or 3 6’9” or taller.

  21. While Crean deserves some of the blame for much of this year’s roster, Archie is also being exposed. No, IU does not have the talent necessary to be a good Big Ten team, and much of that is on Crean. But the players on this roster are not getting better, individually or collectively as the season progresses. And that’s all on Archie. You don’t have to have a vivid imagination to see that Archie could be in serious trouble after this season is finished. The Hoosier Nation will not and should not have to wait for a new coach’s fourth season before the basketball program shows significant improvement. If he can’t recruit the players necessary to begin to turn this mess around in three seasons, or if he can’t coach them up to be effective and productive players, then Archie’s not the coach IU needs or expected. And signing one McDonald’s All American per recruiting class who will most likely be one-and-done players is not going to win any Big Ten Championships, let alone get a team to the final four.

    The Hoosier Nation is being confronted by some harsh realities that have been in the making for decades. Individual head coaches are easy targets, but the real problem and the consistent thread that connects the problem through time has been mis-management and clueless leadership at the top of IU’s Administration, especially in the Athletic Department.

  22. Yes indeed. IU is an institution of sports equality. Each IU athlete is proud and makes many sacrifices for his or her respective sport on an equal basis.
    From Curling to badminton to table tennis those players are proud of their own blood, sweat, and tears and wrestlers sacrifice of his starving body trying to maintain his weight in a hot desert (or does Glass require AC now) and the tobacco spit in the baseball dugout; these are a few examples of the proud IU athlete that brings up the Capital Cup standings to a national ranking of 7 on the men’s side. They compensate for the poor showing of football and basketball. Of course there is that swimming and soccer programs. All equally important at IU. I won’t list them all. A basketball school IU is not. That is a bye gone era. However, the number one priority should be on all women sports programs because they don’t appear in top ten Capital Cup standings while maintaining and improving IU men’s Capital Cup standings. IU National Capital Cup Champs. How cool is that???

  23. HC, casually dismissing comments that bother you as “blather” is like sticking you head in the sand. It won’t make the problems afflicting IU Athletics any better and it won’t change the facts.

  24. Get used to them or ignore them, cause they’re not going to stop until I see IU Athletics improve. You can post the inane “blather” after every comment I post and it won’t change a thing. And after today’s loss to OSU, I’ve noticed the chorus is growing.

    I’ve been passionately supporting IU Athletics for 54 years and have earned the right to criticize a highly ineffective (and grossly overpaid) Athletic Director. The fans deserve better. Boosters like my wife and I deserve better, but most importantly, IU’s students deserve better. We have a generation of IU students who have not had much athletic achievement to enjoy or celebrate. That is very sad. Seriously, how can any IU fan be satisfied with the performance of Fred Glass as IU’s Athletic Director? Tolerating his incompetence simply means we’ll continue to get more of the same.

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