IU is lifeless in 77-63 home loss to Iowa

Indiana struggled at home again Tuesday night and dropped a key 77-63 loss to Iowa at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers are now 9-8 in Big Ten play with one game to go against Michigan State at home on Saturday.

There was a time not too long ago when the Indiana basketball team appeared to be lock for the NCAA Tournament.

Not anymore.

After a lifeless performance Tuesday night in a 77-63 loss to Iowa in a nationally-televised game at Assembly Hall, the question is a simple one.

What will it take for IU to have a shot at having its name called on Selection Sunday?

One would think a victory Saturday at home against Michigan State would be an absolute must. But now IU may need to win a game or two in the Big Ten Tournament, too.

Tuesday, boos cascaded from the home crowd as IU struggled to run an offense and was not much better on the defensive end.

Aaron White scored 21 points to lead Iowa (20-10, 11-6 Big Ten) to its fifth win in a row. Nick Zeisloft led the Hoosiers (19-11, 9-8) with 15 points off the bench.A game that had been billed as a Big Ten battle between two teams looking to improve their NCAA resumes got away pretty quickly for Indiana.

IU only trailed by four at the half thanks to a shot by Robert Johnson at the first half buzzer, but Iowa pushed the lead to 11 at 44-33 in the first 6 minutes of the second half.

The game remained a double-digit deficit for the Hoosiers for the final 8 minutes of the game.

IU shot 38 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. The Hoosiers hit 10-of-25 3-point field goals.

Iowa outscored IU 23-7 at the free throw line and took 17 more free throws than the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall.

IU turned the ball over 14 times, including six early in the game.

James Blackmon Jr. had 14 points and Yogi Ferrell added 11. Troy Williams had eight points and 13 rebounds but shot 3-of-13 from the field.

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