After an impressive performance on Monday, the Hoosiers were unable to find any offensive momentum in a defensive show out between the Hoosiers and the No.17 Longhorns. Indiana earns their first loss of the season on an uninspiring 44-66 performance and move to 2-1 overall. 44 points is the lowest scoring Indiana performance of the Archie Miller.
Led by starting guard Matt Coleman III, Texas stifled the Indiana offense from the opening tip. They limited the Hoosiers to an appalling 0.688 points per possession. The Longhorns did not have a great offensive game by any stretch of the imagination, but their victory does reflect the poor offensive performance from Indiana.
Indiana was among the top quartile of teams in rebounding categories last year, but they were outclassed in that category this afternoon. The taller Texas squad controlled the glass, outrebounding the Hoosiers 48-29 – a rebound margin of 19.
Texas had nine players that tally rebounds. The trio of Cunningham, Hamm Jr., and Sims accounted for 29 rebounds alone.
While Shaka Smart’s ball club deserves credit for closing out passing lanes and crowding the paint, the Hoosiers did not do themselves any favors by not taking advantage of open opportunities when they were presented them.
Trayce Jackson-Davis highlighted the Hoosiers with an 17 point performance, but only brought down four boards. Even Race Thompson, who scored career numbers just a day ago, was unable to cash in on chances at the rim given the size and length of Texas.
Late in the second half, Al Durham received medical attention and did not return back to the game after an apparent rolling of the ankle. Losing veteran guard all but practically sealed the fate of the Hoosiers at that point.
Indiana ultimately could not overcome Texas’s 0.985 points per possession and take their first defeat of the 2020-2021 season.
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Up next: The Hoosiers will play the loser between North Carolina and Stanford tomorrow (December 2, 2020) at 1:30 pm ET. The game will determine the third place and fourth place finishers of the 2020 Maui Invitational Tournament.
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