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Diagnosing the problems: Indiana vs. Duke

Our Justin Albers watched the film from the Indiana-Duke game and charted different things. The findings are quite alarming. Here's a look back at the problems for the Hoosiers.

Indiana is in disarray. There's no other way to put it. Wednesday night's 94-74 loss at Duke was the Hoosiers' third defeat in its last five games, and the pressure is on now more than ever.

I went back and watched the film from the Indiana-Duke game and charted a few certain things. The results were quite alarming. Here's a look at some numbers that contributed to Indiana's loss.

1. NO SHARING, NO CARING: Indiana made one or fewer passes on 31 of its 64 possessions against Duke, just under 50 percent. The Hoosiers shot without a single pass on 12 of the 64 possessions. 

Indiana led 21-15 after Robert Johnson made a 3-pointer around the 12-minute mark, and the Hoosiers averaged 2.5 passes per possession to that point. They averaged only 1.3 passes per possession for the rest of the half, and trailed by nine at the break.

Indiana averaged just under 3 passes per possession through the first 12 possessions of the second half, and then averaged just a fraction over 1 pass per possession for the remainder of the game. 

2. ZONE VS. MAN: Twitter was full of people complaining about Indiana's zone defense on Wednesday night, so I went back and broke down Duke's production against each of Indiana's defenses.

AGAINST MAN: 35 possessions, 22-of-41 FG, 53 points, 3 turnovers, 7 possessions with multiple shots (out of 17 possible).

AGAINST ZONE: 27 possessions, 15-of-27 FG, 39 points, 3 turnovers.

3. WHAT DEFENSE ARE WE IN!?: Directly related to the last category is the fact that some Indiana players were often confused as to what defense the Hoosiers were in. I found examples of five different IU players -- including senior captain Yogi Ferrell -- who were in the wrong defense while their teammates were playing something different. The result was wide open shots, and oftentimes, offensive rebounds because guys were out of position.

Here are some visual examples:

4. BLACKMON's FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES: They weren't issues knowing what defense Indiana was in, but James Blackmon Jr. continues to struggle on that end. Below are two videos, one in each defense, in which Blackmon breaks many of the fundamental rules of basketball defense. He watches and follows the ball instead of guarding his man. Top Stories