The Hoosiers tallied their 11th loss of the season with a road defeat against the Scarlet Knights. Despite a red-hot start, the Hoosiers had a 34-point swing to ultimately earn themselves yet another conference loss at the heels of Steve Pikiell’s team.
- Obviously, there’s a lot that has to be taken with a grain of salt, but shoutout to walk-on Nathan Childress, who led the team at +5 and appeared in IU’s best lineup of the night. It’s his first appearance in our lineup analysis.
- IU’s starting five of Phinisee, Franklin, Durham, Thompson, and Jackson-Davis helped IU get out to a huge start, going up 15-4 in the first 5:07. However, their second shift together saw Rutgers get back into the game. From 7:33 to 4:40 remaining in the first half, those five were outscored by Rutgers 8-2, turning a 23-11 IU lead into a more precarious 25-19 advantage.
- After IU took a 23-8 lead, none of the lineups that played at least a 30-second shift outscored Rutgers, until garbage time. In other words, none of the combinations that Archie Miller tried for an extended period of time could either build on the lead or cut into Rutgers’ advantage. It was complete domination by the Scarlet Knights.
- Even though he had a strong offensive game, Indiana’s defense was its least effective with Al Durham on the floor, giving up 63 points in his 31:19, or 2.01 points per minute (PPM). IU gave up just 11 points in the 8:41 he sat (including garbage time), which comes out to just 1.27 PPM allowed. IU also gave up 1.96 PPM with Rob Phinisee in the game, the 2nd-worst mark on the team.
- IU’s offense had its biggest issues with Jerome Hunter on the floor. The Hoosiers scored just 20 points in his 19:39, or 1.02 PPM. Even taking out garbage time, IU scored 1.85 PPM without Hunter on the floor.
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