By: Pete DiPrimio
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – What do you do within the aftermath of Thursday night time’s 61-50 Huge Ten tourney loss to Rutgers at Lucas Oil Stadium that left a 12-15 report and a six-game shedding streak that would have been a lot extra?
“It’s extremely irritating to not make the NCAA Match,” guard Armaan Franklin stated. “Now we have to maintain constructing. Now we have to belief one another, belief the coaches. Maintain transferring ahead. Not dwell on the previous, however look to the long run.”
IU performed in entrance of round 3,000 followers, in all probability 10 occasions greater than most video games throughout this pandemic-altered season.
It did not assist.
“It felt good to play in entrance of followers,” ahead Trayce Jackson-Davis stated. “It is unhappy that we upset them. It is one thing we’ll need to stay with.”
Not even profession years from the All-America Jackson-Davis, Franklin, Race Thompson, Aljami Durham and Jerome Hunter might overcome unhealthy capturing and the lack to win crunch-time minutes.
“There have been expectations coming into this yr,” coach Archie Miller stated. “We had our alternatives. We did not money in.
“Efficiency issues. We had been inconsistent.
“On the finish of the day, we be tremendous. We have good guys. Guys who battle.”
Huge Ten tourney distress stays an undesirable Hoosier custom. IU is now 13-23 on this occasion.
Past that, the Hoosiers have not made the NCAA tourney since 2016, once they gained the Huge Ten title and reached the Candy Sixteen.
“The fact is that is what it’s,” Miller stated. “We weren’t ok to capitalize on our alternatives. We’ll take some stock and do every thing we are able to to get higher. I do know we’ll (get higher).”
Seventh-seeded Rutgers (15-10) beat IU for the third time this season. It advances to play second-seed Illinois (19-6) Friday night time.
“Rutgers is an effective crew,” Miller stated. “They’ll beat you in a variety of methods.”
Season-long issues with free throw and 3-point capturing surfaced for the final time. IU was 6-for-15 from the road and 2-for-16 past the arc. It mainly did not make a discipline objective within the sport’s closing 10 minutes.
“We had a variety of good pictures,” Jackson-Davis stated. “We missed layups. We missed eight free throws down the stretch. The shortcoming to place the ball within the basket simply killed us.”
Jackson-Davis completed with 19 factors and 9 rebounds.
Ferocious early protection rocked Rutgers into 25 % capturing and 6 turnovers. Attacking Hoosier offense sparked by that protection made all issues potential – for about 10 minutes.
Then Rutgers rallied. Indiana rallied. With 12 minutes left within the sport, an 8-0 run gave the Hoosiers a 44-41 lead.
Then all of it disappeared.
Miller stated he thought “fatigue set in.”
“We did not convert across the rim. (Rutgers does) an excellent job with their protection. We received bottled up within the second half.
“You have to make some free throws. You have to make some open appears to be like to have any probability to advance.”
Pre-game hypothesis about accidents to Thompson (damaged nostril, battered face, sprained ankle) and Franklin (foot) was answered rapidly. Thompson began. Franklin, who had missed the earlier three video games, got here off the bench 5 minutes into the competition.
“There was little question that I’d play,” Franklin stated. “I felt ok to play. They requested me if I needed to play. I stated sure.”
Indiana opened with an inside basket after which a dunk from Jackson-Davis and a 3-pointer from guard Aljami Durham. The 5-for-7 capturing delivered an 11-5 lead.
With Jackson-Davis beginning 4-for-4 from the sector, the Hoosiers constructed a 10-point benefit.
Then Rutgers discovered its 3-point vary — making 4 straight — to rally for a 33-32 halftime lead regardless of Jackson-Davis’ 13 factors and 4 rebounds.
The Scarlet Knights constructed a pair of five-point results in begin the second half. IU surged again. A jumper from Franklin and a dunk from Jackson-Davis highlighted an 8-0 run to push the Hoosiers forward 44-41.
After a short back-and-forth stretch, Rutgers hit consecutive three-pointers to surge forward 55-48 with 5 minutes left.
Durham ended a seven-minute Indiana scoring drought with a pair of free throws with 2:35 remaining to make it 55-50.
The Hoosiers by no means scored once more.
“The sport is straightforward when it goes within the basket,” Miller stated. “We had been inconsistent all year long. You have to shoot it persistently at a excessive clip from a variety of guys to have an opportunity.”