BLOOMINGTON, IN – A packed Assembly Hall hosted the second round of the NIT this afternoon with the Hoosiers taking on the Arkansas Razorbacks in their second meeting of the season.
While the Razorbacks won the first meet up in Fayetteville in the final seconds, the ending for this afternoon’s game was instead favorable for Archie Miller’s team.
Both teams played this afternoon without their star NBA prospects. Daniel Gafford of the Razorbacks announced before the NIT started that he would sit out in preparation for the NBA.
Romeo Langford who has been suffering with back soreness since the Big Ten Tournament, sat out a second consecutive game for the Hoosiers.
The extended three point arc due to modified for NIT rules did not stop either team from taking a number of attempts behind the arc. Indiana was 6 of 22 and Arkansas finished 8 of 26.
The Hoosiers’ largest contributor behind the arc was of no surprise to anyone paying attention to Indiana in their last stretch. Devonte Green closed out 4 of 9 from behind the arc and tallied 18 points along with 11 rebounds. Yes, you read that correctly: rebounds.
With a number of open looks for Indiana’s Al Durham, he was only able to convert 1 of 8. Archie Miller was not disappointed in Al taking those attempts. He had open looks from the corner, but unfortunately they did not drop this afternoon for the Sophomore.
Arkansas, not having Daniel Gafford, could not keep up with Indiana’s front court of Juwan Morgan and De’Ron Davis. The pair finished the game with 25 points and 10 rebounds. When the Hoosiers needed a spark, both front court players stepped up in a more open lane than what they saw in Arkansas earlier in the season.
Archie Miller gets revenge on the Razorbacks who finish their season with a record of 18-16 on the season. Notably, Mike Anderson’s team, who is also freshmen heavy, will look to make a big splash in the SEC next year even if Gafford leaves for the NBA.
Source: IU Athletics
The Hoosiers will face the winner of Clemson and Wichita State in the next round of the NIT. That game is being hosted at Clemson on Sunday afternoon. The date for Indiana’s upcoming contest has not yet been announced.
Indiana has one final game in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall before they earn a trip to Madison Square Garden in New York to potentially play in the NIT finals.