The Hoosiers earned their second conference win this season with an 8-point victory over Maryland on Monday evening. Indiana, who has already struggled with depth issues with the loss of C Joey Brunk, faced an uphill battle with the loss of Armaan Franklin, who is currently right behind fellow sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis in average points per game for the Hoosiers. With additional minutes from players like Anthony Leal and Jerome Hunter, IU managed to pull through for a hard-earned victory.
Here’s how the top lineups finished among Archie Miller’s 14 unique combinations on the floor against the Terrapins.
- After looking at the numbers, there may not have been a more critical person to IU’s victory over Maryland than Archie Miller. Less than two minutes into the second half, with Indiana trailing 30-22 and in desperate need of a spark, Miller took freshman Trey Galloway out and inserted Jerome Hunter. The lineup of Phinisee/Durham/Hunter/Thompson/TJD, which had never been used in a game before, went on a 13-7 spurt and brought IU back into the game.
- Miller then proceeded to play that unit for 13:13 of the 20 second-half minutes on Monday, and that group went +16. For the other 6:47 in the second half, IU went -2. Miller’s ability to adjust on the fly after Armaan Franklin’s injury and IU’s offensive struggles was a major key to victory.
- Another unique happening in this game came in the final 3:54 of the first half, when, for the first time all season, neither Rob Phinisee, Khristian Lander, nor Armaan Franklin were on the court. Al Durham ran point; Indiana went -4 in that stretch.
- Rob Phinisee and Al Durham played all 20 minutes of the second half. They also played 5:18 together in the first half. In that 25:18 stretch, IU went a whopping +20.
- IU’s offense sizzled with Jerome Hunter on the court. In his 18:43, IU scored 38 points, or 2.03 points per minute (PPM). In the 21:17 he was on the sideline, IU scored just 25 points, or 1.17 PPM.
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