Upon Further Review - the Iowa Game

HoosierNation.com takes a look back at Indiana's 71-64 win at Iowa, a victory that ended a four-game losing skid to Coach Steve Alford's Hawkeyes. We name the game's MVP, look at what were some of the most impressive and surprising things to come out of the win, and hear what the players and coaches had to say afterwards...

Game MVP - D.J. White. The Hoosiers' 6-9, 251-pound big man looked more than worthy of the first-team All-Big Ten accolades he was given in the preseason while turning in one of the more dominant performances of his IU career. White equaled his career-highs with 23 points and 12 rebounds while also blocking a pair of shots in 35 minutes. What stood out the most was how many different ways White scored. He pulled down four offensive rebounds, which led to a couple of putback buckets. He ran the floor and scored on three fastbreak baskets in the second-half, and even stepped outside and knocked down a couple of perimeter jump shots. As has been the case in most of his games this season White faced a steady dose of double teams, but managed to get off 13 high-percentage shots, 10 of which he converted.

Biggest Surprise… Zero minutes for Xavier Keeling. The freshman has been a valuable player of the bench since Big Ten play opened, including a seven-point effort against Purdue and an 11-minute stint against Penn State. But Keeling didn't see the floor against the Hawkeyes. Why? Most likely because of match-ups. Iowa changed its lineup and went with a four-guard set to start, and basically utilized that for most of the game. Instead of going with 6-9 Cyrus Tate and 7-0 Seth Gorney on the frontline, Iowa went with four perimeter players for the majority of the contest. That meant more minutes for the Hoosier perimeter players, and less time for the big men off the bench. Other than D.J. White (35 minutes), IU's other low-block defenders combined for just eight minutes (Mike White-5, Ben Allen-3).

What I Found Most Impressive… Earl Calloway showed the ability to contain a much bigger player on the defensive end. Many have witnessed the 6-3, 171-pound Calloway hound point guards, but Tuesday he did a very good job on 6-5, 210-pound Adam Haluska, who's more of a small forward. While Haluska did finish with 21 points, he missed eight of his first nine shots and was a non-factor in the first half. By the time he connected on his second bucket with 13:45 remaining in the second half, Iowa was down 17. Haluska is a difficult match-up because he's one of the league's best 3-point shooters, but he's also a big threat in transition, he attacks the rim off the dribble, and he's adept at getting to the free-throw line, where he's a 90 percent shooter. But Calloway kept him from getting anything going until the game was already well out of hand.

What I Found Most Concerning… While Kelvin Sampson said he wasn't concerned about it afterwards, the Hoosiers did allow Iowa to outscore them 19-7 in the final five minutes to turn a 64-45 rout into a 71-64 win. Indiana has its starting five on the floor late, but Iowa kept attacking and managed to get seven offensive rebounds in the final five minutes which led to nine second-chance points. Indiana, meanwhile, missed all three of its shots from the field and committed four turnovers in the closing minutes. Iowa never seriously threatened to get back into the game, but "closing" has been an issue for the Hoosiers in their four setbacks this season, and they'll need to play a whole lot better in the final five minutes of most games than they did Tuesday if they want to emerge victorious.

Turning Point: After a sluggish first half, Indiana took control of the game with an 11-0 run that turned a 10-8 deficit into a 19-10 lead. D.J. White, Armon Bassett, Earl Calloway and Lance Stemler all scored during the seven-minute stretch, capped by an offensive rebound and follow-up 3-pointer from Stemler that forced Alford to call a timeout. It was one of two big IU runs in the game, as the Hoosiers also put together a 9-0 run in the second half that turned a 47-35 game into a 56-35 margin, IU's biggest lead of the game.

Quotable: "(D.J. White's) energy level is really high. We have worked on different things and over the course of the season you have to be multifaceted. We are cutting and moving better when the ball goes inside. D.J. is just playing with a lot of confidence." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"We have a long Big Ten season ahead of us. We still have a lot to accomplish. We aren't going to stop working and coach isn't going to stop getting on us about working." – D.J. White

"Our defense was the entire first half, and the first 12 minutes of the second half. We got into them and created some offense with our defense…for 32 minutes we were really good tonight." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"I don't think so. He picks up the fork pretty good at training table. Everything he gets to do – he puts on his brand new shoes, a nice looking uniform, and doesn't seem to have any problem with it. It was a hard game, and you have to give Indiana a lot of credit. They're playing at a very high level and defensively they take you out of a lot of things. We knew that coming in, and that's why I think getting that first entry pass is a key. We had a really hard time doing that in the first half." – Iowa Coach Steve Alford.

"I think (Haluska) got in a hurry. I didn't like the shot selection again, very much like he did at Minnesota. Calloway is a very good defender, but I thought he had size on him, he had strength on him, we wanted to post him a little bit." – Iowa Coach Steve Alford.

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