Notebook: Hoosiers settle for jumpers

Indiana took far too many jump shots in Saturday's 79-72 loss to Notre Dame.

Notre Dame's game plan against Indiana on Saturday was very clear: Pack the middle, and force the Hoosiers to make perimeter shots.

It's a plan a number of teams have implemented against the Hoosiers (8-3) already this season, and it's one they should expect to see plenty more the rest of the way.

Indiana failed to get the ball inside to freshman Noah Vonleh early in the game because of the congestion, and instead settled for jump shots.

When Notre Dame went man-to-man later and covered Vonleh one-on-one, the Hoosiers still settled for the same shots. They shot just 41 percent from the field (26-of-63) and 35 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-20) in a 79-72 loss to the Irish.

"We're not a team that's gonna be real successful thinking we're gonna shoot a lot of jump shots," Indiana coach Tom Crean said afterward. "We made one more 3 than Notre Dame did and lost the game. That's not a good trade-off."

Notre Dame was a desperate team

In the next several days, many people will point out the fact Indiana lost to a team that just fell to North Dakota State earlier week.

Sure, that loss showed Notre Dame is a beatable team, but it also made Saturday's game against Indiana a virtual must-win. Lose, and they head into finals week feeling terrible about themselves with a game against Ohio State looming next.

The Hoosiers have dominated the state of Indiana for the last couple of years, but Notre Dame took a big step in the right direction at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday.

"This state, to beat these guys here, is powerful for our program," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.

Added Irish guard Pat Connaughton: "They've dominated the state, but we're starting to shift that."


"What I'm learning with a very young team is every time you think you're taking a step toward that identity, it's very easy to take a step or two back." -- Indiana coach Tom Crean Top Stories