Here is an analysis of Wednesday’s 70-50 Indiana loss to Michigan State at the Breslin Center in the second Big Ten game for both schools. This analysis is a regular part of our AllHoosiers.com coverage of Indiana basketball this season.
WHAT LOOKED GOOD:You tell me. Nothing stands out. IU shot an abysmal percentage from the field and the only Indiana player who scored in double figures was Yogi Ferrell and he was 6-of-16 from the field and 3-of-10 from 3-point range. Perhaps the only positive statistic for the night for IU was that the Hoosiers only turned it over six times. Had IU turned it over much more this really could have been uglier than it already was.
WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE:A better category would be ‘What Doesn’t Need To Improve’. Indiana had no fight from the beginning and IU coach Tom Crean said the Hoosiers had no leadership whatsoever. He said he has never been a coach to put ‘C’s on jerseys to designate captains but he said in this particular game, had he done that he would have stripped those C’s from the IU players. He said IU had no leadership and he said that was on him. The list of IU players that didn’t show up was a long one. Hanner Mosquera-Perea picked up two quick fouls again within the first 2 minutes and never brough the fight that Crean was looking for. He singled Perea out in the postgame as someone who will really have to fight now to keep his starting spot. Crean said that Emmitt Holt wasn’t a lot better but he was still be than Perea. Blackmon Jr. hit 1-of-14 shots from the field and they were, for the most part, good looks. He is now 3-for-23 from the field in his first two Big Ten games. Troy Williams was non-existent. He didn’t bring it on either end and finished with zero points in 17 minutes. Nick Zeisloft had another tough night shooting the ball as he was 1-for-6 from the field all from beyond the arc. His lone basket was a four-point play when he was fouled by fouled by Alvin Ellis III. IU was out-rebounded 50-28, marking the first time in the last six games that IU has not out-rebounded its opponent. Michigan State led by 30 in the second half at 50-20 with 13:13 to play. That means at that point in the game, the Hoosiers had scored 20 points in just under 27 minutes.
ABYSMAL SHOOTING EFFORT: It was almost indescribable to see a team that has shot so well from the field this season miss shot after shot after shot. And many of them weren’t close. It would be interesting to go back and count how many air balls there were. It was a bunch. Indiana shot 17.9 percent from the field in the first half, hitting 5-of-28 shots. The Hoosiers shot 9 percent from 3-point range in the first half at 1-for-11. For the game, IU shot 28.3 percent from the field on 17-of-60 shots. They ended up 5-for-24 from 3-point range, which is 20.8 percent.
FOR STARTERS:IU started with James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson and Yogi Ferrell along with forwards Troy Williams and Hanner Mosquera-Perea. That five combined to hit 11-of-42 shots from the field, 4-for-18 from 3-point range and 8-for-8 from the free throw line. The starters had 17 of the 28 rebounds, all eight assists and four of the six turnovers.
INDIVIDUAL OBSERVATIONS: Here’s a look at my own thoughts on a few Indiana players from Monday’s loss to Michigan State:
1. TROY WILLIAMS: The only thing you can say is that Williams was a non-factor. Tom Izzo suggested in his post game press conference that perhaps Williams was under the weather, which was a problem for some of Michigan State’s players. That wasn’t the case. Williams simply wasn’t engaged from the start. He only took two shots. One of them was a drive that was blocked right down at him. He was limited to just 4 minutes in the second half. He finished with no points in 17 minutes of action and Crean said in the post game press conference that Williams was clearly not ready to play.
2. HANNER MOSQUERA-PEREA:HMP came off a performance against Nebraska where he was active on both ends of the floor and finished with his first career double-double. In this game he was equally in active for most of the game. He took one shot, had one rebound and one block in 10 minutes of play. He also only played 4 minutes in the second half as Crean said he was going with the players who were at least trying to bring energy to the game.
3. JAMES BLACKMON JR.: The beauty of Blackmon early in the season was how every shot he put up you felt like it was going in. The first two Big Ten games it has almost been the opposite. He has no confidence at all. He missed all eight of his shots in the first half and finish 1-for-14 from the field. That’s 3-for-23 in the last two games. Has Blackmon hit a wall or is just an early conference slump. IU fans had better hope it’s the latter.
NEXT UP: Indiana (11-4, 1-1) plays host to Ohio State in a 12 p.m. tipoff at Assembly Hall. The game will be televised on ESPN.
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