The 10 minute, 6-second Drought

Indiana trailed 49-48 Wednesday to Northwestern when the Hoosiers went 10 minutes and 6 seconds without scoring. Eleven empty possessions later, IU found itself in a 14-point hole at 62-48. Here's a look back at the grueling road drought for the Hoosiers.

Ten minutes and six seconds.

That’s how long the grueling, difficult-to-watch, period of time lasted for Indiana basketball fans Wednesday between IU points in a 72-65 loss to Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Eleven possessions without a point.

Eleven consecutive missed shots, eight of which were 3-point attempts. Two missed front end of one-and-one free throw opportunities. Ultimately, a 13-0 run for Northwestern and the ball game.

Game. Set. Match.

As hard as it was to watch, let’s take a look back and what went wrong during that stretch.

It began when Stanford Robinson hit Troy Williams with a bounce pass late in the shot clock with 13:23 to play to cut the Northwestern lead to one at 49-48. To that point it had been a pretty back-and-forth entertaining game.

That ended quickly. Or maybe not so quickly if you consider it lasted 10 minutes and 6 seconds.

IU’s first possession after Northwestern had made it 51-48 resulted in a missed shot by Williams at 12:40.

At the 12:27 mark, Bryant McIntosh committed a foul for Northwestern which was its seventh. The Hoosiers were in the bonus for the final 12 and a half minutes. But Williams proceeded to miss the one-and-one free throw opportunity.

Down eight at 56-48, Nick Zeisloft missed a 3-pointer at 11:40 and Yogi Ferrell got the rebound. He then hoisted a 3-pointer that was missed, too, at 11:25.

IU still trailed by eight on its next possession and Ferrell was fouled on a baseline drive. But Ferrell proceeded to miss the one-and-one, too at 10:58.

It was still an eight-point game when IU got it back again. This time Hanner Mosquera-Perea turned it over at the 10:23 mark.

Northwestern built the lead to 10 at 58-48, when James Blackmon Jr. missed a 3-point attempt on IU’s six possession of the drought at the 9:04 mark.

At this point, Northwestern fails to score on three consecutive possessions. What does IU do? It misses three more three more 3-point attempts.

Robert Johnson misses the first at 7:33. Then, Zeisloft misses a 3 at 6:56 and another one at 6:04.

Northwestern scores on a drive by Sanjay Lumpkin at 5:18 to put the Wildcats up by 12 at 60-48.

On IU’s 10th possession of the drought, the Hoosiers got three shots. Robinson missed a jumper at 4:53, Ferrell missed a 3-pointer at 4:48 and Zeisloft missed a driving shot at 4:45.

Northwestern converted on the other end to go up by 14 at 62-48 extending the run to 13-0. Johnson missed the final shot of the drought, a 3-point attempt, with 3:53 remaining.

After a Northwestern miss, Williams scored on an inside shot at 3:17.

Then after going 10 minutes without a point, IU scored 17 in the final 3:17 but it was too little, too late in a 72-65 loss.


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