Hoosiers struggling to finish games

Kelvin Sampson realizes it. He acknowledged it after the Indiana’s closest victory of the season when the Hoosiers survived an Indiana State comeback to win, 73-66.

“You realize that we have to put 40 minutes together,” Sampson said after the game, noting that the Hoosiers have to improve and realize “how to react in a close game.”

Sampson’s quote foreshadowed the Hoosier’s tragic fate 11 days later on Cameron Indoor Stadium’s stage. Down by two with just over two minutes to play against the Duke Blue Devils…

The Hoosiers failed to score the rest of the way. Not a field goal, not a free throw, nothing.

But that was only the first act of the Hoosier’s production (or lack of) that they started in Durham that night. Last Saturday in the waning minutes of their game against Kentucky, Indiana once again failed to successfully react in a close game.

This time, down by three points with two minutes to play at Rupp Arena…

The Hoosiers failed to score the rest of the way. Not a runner, not a three, nothing.

In fact, the Cream and Crimson only managed four points in the last 4:15 against the Wildcats. Saturday night in Lexington, the Hoosiers went out quieter than Michael McNeely.

So while much of the “constructive criticism” this season been directed Sampson’s juggling of starting line-ups, maybe more attention should be focused on who is on the court at the end of these games. Who do you trust with the ball?