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6-Banner Sunday: Indiana falls 61-50 to Rutgers in Massive Ten match
March 14, 2021
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Indiana closed the season on a six-game dropping streak and can fail to make the NCAA Event but once more. The Hoosiers nonetheless haven’t been to the Massive Dance since 2016.
On Thursday, Indiana fell to Rutgers 61-50 within the first spherical of the Massive Ten Event, ending their season. This was Indiana’s third loss to the Scarlet Knights this yr. The Hoosiers completed with an total report of 12-15, head coach Archie Miller’s worst mark in his tenure in Bloomington.
After beating Minnesota in mid-February, Indiana had an affordable path to the NCAA match. However then there was an utter collapse. Because the dropping streak compounded, the questions turned extra about whether or not Miller can be fired after this season reasonably than if the Hoosiers would make the NCAA match.
“I’m not getting into any offseason questioning if I’m gonna be again,” Miller mentioned after the loss to Rutgers. “These choices are made increased up than me. My job is to teach the staff.”
It figures to be a busy offseason that’ll be telling about the way forward for the Indiana basketball program.
• Indiana sputters down the stretch in loss to Rutgers • Navigating the state of Indiana basketball by means of the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd • Trayce Jackson-Davis takes nationwide, all-conference honors • Al Durham earns convention sportsmanship award • This week’s podcasts • Hoosier Roundup
Indiana sputters down the stretch in loss to Rutgers
Two weeks in the past, Indiana constructed a lead of 15 factors within the first half towards Rutgers earlier than falling right into a rut and struggling an embarrassing loss. On Thursday, Indiana obtained off to yet one more quick begin towards Rutgers, constructing a lead of as much as 10 factors within the first half. However then the Hoosiers succumbed to the identical destiny, gifting away the lead and falling 61-50.
The Hoosiers solely hit one subject objective within the closing 10 minutes of the sport. Trayce Jackson-Davis, who led the best way with 19 factors, was the one Hoosiers to attain in double-figures. The one factors off of the bench got here from an ailing Armaan Franklin, who scored six factors.
General, Indiana shot simply 37.5 p.c from the sector and 12.5 p.c from past the arc. They had been additionally a dismal 6-of-15 from the free-throw line.
“I really feel like we had plenty of good photographs,” Trayce Jackson-Davis mentioned postgame. “We had layups, however we missed them. Clearly, the shortcoming to place the ball within the basket simply killed us.”
Navigating the state of Indiana basketball by means of the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd
For the primary time this season, followers might watch the Hoosiers play in-person throughout the state of Indiana. Although it was restricted capability, Indiana followers had been scattered all through the Lucas Oil Stadium seats on Thursday night time towards Rutgers.
Having a crowd meant the opinions, good and unhealthy, which were bottled up on Twitter this season, can be displayed reside and in-person.
Jay Kramer and his 13-year-old son Dame drove virtually three hours for the sport. When Jay obtained the e-mail providing tickets, he mentioned there was by no means a doubt that they’d go.
“We need to be there,” Jay mentioned. “We’re true followers. We’re true supporters. It has nothing to do with what’s occurring.”
There was additionally frustration from the group, too.
Through the pregame introductions, Miller was met with some jeers after his identify was introduced. As the sport started slipping out of Indiana’s attain, there have been chants of “Fireplace Archie” coming pretty regularly from a number of sections of Lucas Oil.
“I didn’t hear the followers say something,” Miller mentioned postgame. “In the event that they had been chanting my identify, that’s as much as them, however through the recreation that’s not a complete lot you possibly can take note of.”
Indiana sophomore ahead Trayce Jackson-Davis was named first-team All-Massive Ten by the league’s media and second-team by the league’s coaches this week. He was additionally named a third-team All-American by Sporting Information.
Jackson-Davis completed the season averaging 19.1 factors, 9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per recreation. It was a powerful enchancment from his common of 13.5 factors per recreation throughout his freshman season. Jackson-Davis was the centerpiece of Indiana and carried the staff for a majority of the season.
The questions now turn out to be whether or not Jackson-Davis will return for his junior season or enter the NBA draft and begin his skilled profession.
“Proper now I’m not apprehensive about that,” Jackson-Davis mentioned after the loss to Rutgers. “I’ll most likely take a few weeks simply to attempt to get my thoughts proper and simply plan every little thing out and be capable to make the most effective resolution that’s for me.”
Al Durham earns convention sportsmanship award
Senior guard Al Durham was honored with one of many Massive Ten’s Sportsmanship Awards this season. Durham averaged 11.3 factors, 3.1 rebounds and a pair of.6 assists per recreation this season and was typically the staff’s emotional heartbeat.
On Friday, Durham posted on Twitter with the caption “Uno Out,” basically confirming that he is not going to be utilizing his additional yr of eligibility to return subsequent season. He’ll seemingly end his profession averaging 8.4 factors, 2.2 rebounds and two assists per recreation.
“It’s all the blessing full of arduous work and ache, sweat and tears,” Durham mentioned on Senior Day. “I really feel like there’s too many jewels I’ve taken from Indiana, whether or not that’s relationships, basketball, friendships, something.”
This week’s podcasts
Contained in the Corridor’s Alex Bozich welcomed ITH co-founders Eamonn Brennan and Ryan Corazza onto this week’s version of Podcast on the Brink.
The trio mentioned why Indiana fell aside down the stretch of the season and the way forward for Archie Miller at Indiana. Additionally they talked by means of the Hoosiers’ free-throw points and the way the function of participant improvement has performed into Indiana’s struggles.
You may as well re-listen to Meeting Name’s present following the loss to Rutgers right here.
Each sport IU fields beside Girls’s Golf both competed or had off-the-field information this week. The large story got here within the type of a brand new deal for IU Soccer coach Tom Allen. On the competitors aspect of issues, Baseball made probably the most headlines and is off to a 5-1 report. Most noteworthy was Hoosier pitcher McCade Brown tying the IU strikeout report with 16 in seven no-hit innings towards Penn State.
• Soccer confirmed its dedication to move coach Tom Allen with a brand new deal involving a giant pay elevate.
• Baseball toppled Minnesota to shut final weekend. Because of this Tommy Sommer earned Massive Ten pitcher of the week. This weekend obtained off to an fascinating begin as IU needed to postpone their Friday video games because of head coach Jeff Mercer testing optimistic for COVID-19. The groups had been in a position to resume with a doubleheader Saturday although and IU was dominant, taking each video games from Penn State by lopsidedscores.
• Males’s Soccer dominated Wisconsin to get again on the proper foot after a stunning loss to Northwestern.
• Girls’s Basketball noticed Mackenzie Holmes named Massive Ten participant of the week and she or he parlayed that into a primary staff all-Massive Ten honor. She was joined by a number of different Hoosiers with convention honors after a terrific season for the staff. Sadly, for the Hoosiers they suffered an sudden loss to Michigan State of their first recreation of the Massive Ten match. They are going to nonetheless head to the NCAA Event with a possible high 4 seed. The choice present is Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.