Blackmon struggles again on the road

James Blackmon Jr.'s road struggles continued Wednesday at Northwestern when he was 1-of-10 from the field and missed his final nine shots of the game in IU's 72-65 loss to the Wildcats.

It was another long night on the road for Indiana freshman guard James Blackmon Jr.

Blackmon was 1-of-10 from the field and 1-of-6 from 3-point range, scoring six points in IU’s 72-65 loss to Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.

Blackmon hit his first shot of the game, a 3-pointer, that put the Hoosiers on top 3-0 early.

He then missed his next nine shots overall and five 3-pointers.

He played 27 minutes, had six rebounds, four assists and no turnovers.

Indiana coach Tom Crean was asked about his freshman guard’s struggles in the postgame press conference.

“I’m anxious to watch the film,’’ Crean said. “I’m hoping he continued to play as urgent on the defensive end. That’s the key with young players. Sometimes it’s follow through but they looked like good shots. But that happens.’’

With the exception of Sunday’s blowout victory over Rutgers on the road where Blackmon hit 7-of-12 shots including 3-of-7 from 3-point range, road games have really been a struggle for the IU freshman guard.

Consider:

At Michigan State: Blackmon was 1-of-14 from the field, 0-5 from 3-point range, 8 points.

At Ohio State: Blackmon was 4-of-12 from the field, 1-of-4 from 3, 9 points.

At Purdue: He was 4-of-13 from the field, 1-of-5 from 3, 13 points.

At Maryland: He was 2-of-14 from the field, 0-of-5 from 3, 5 points.

In five road games, including Northwestern Wednesday night, Blackmon is 12-of-63 from the field and 3-of-25 from 3-point range.

Crean said he didn’t think shot selection was a problem for IU in the second half Wednesday. The Hoosiers hit 9-of-14 3-pointers in the first half and 3-of-17 in the second half.

“I’d love to stand up here and say I was upset with the shots that we took in the second half, and that great defense was put on us to keep us from getting looks,’’ Crean said. “But no, that’s not what happened. Shots were missed. Bottom line is that the shots we were making with ease in the first half we were missing in the second half.’’


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