Unable to find their first true road win, the Hoosiers picked up their fourth loss of the season against Rutgers after a tough offensive showing for Indiana. Even with a deeper 11-man rotation, Indiana did not find a player that had a hot hand for the evening. Players including Justin Smith, Rob Phinisee, Al Durham, and Joey Brunk played well; however, they were equally unreliable as the go-to offensive option.
Between missed fast breaks and an inability to get to the line, the Hoosiers only scored 50 total points, good for 0.735 points per possession.
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Notes from the Lineup Report
- Hoosiers fans could likely tell that Trayce Jackson-Davis had a tough time at Rutgers on Wednesday night. From a lineups standpoint, he only appeared in 1 of Indiana’s top 6 combinations, but he was involved in IU’s four worst. Specifically, IU’s defense slumped with him on the floor, giving up 35 points in the 19:19 that he played. Rutgers scored 59 in the whole game.
- One lineup that Archie Miller never tried before the Rutgers game was a “small ball” lineup of Phinisee, Durham, Anderson, Hunter, and Smith. They only played 47 seconds, during which Smith hit a bucket and a free throw.
- Indiana’s starting five did not begin either half particularly well. The Hoosiers were outscored 12-6 before the first media timeout and 5-0 before the first substitution in the second half. They will look to reverse this performance at Nebraska.
- The Hoosiers used one fewer unique lineup (18) compared to their usage of 19 against Ohio State
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