That was fun. IU grabbed a signature win over No. 4 Purdue on Thursday, beating the Boilermakers, 68-65. It was an odd game to some degree, with Trayce Jackson-Davis beleaguered by foul trouble and the bench playing a major role in the win. Which combinations made the biggest impact?

PURIND lineups


  1. Three Hoosiers showed up in each of IU’s three best lineups: Rob Phinisee, Trey Galloway, and Jordan Geronimo. The bench was outstanding for the Hoosiers, outscoring Purdue 32-4 on Thursday.
  2. With Phinisee, Galloway, and Geronimo on the court, IU is +16 in 38:40 since Galloway returned vs. Ohio State.
  3. Phinisee and Galloway were actually in IU’s four best lineups.
  4. Shockingly, IU’s best lineup of Phinisee, Xavier Johnson, Galloway, Geronimo, and Race Thompson had not played together all season. Their shift started with 4:41 left in the first half, with IU leading 27-24. When Geronimo came out for Michael Durr with 2:17 left, it was a 34-24 ballgame.
  5. All five of IU’s starters had a negative +/- on Thursday night. Purdue presents uncomfortable matchups across the board, and IU’s starting five, normally strong, finished a team-worst -9.
  6. However, Johnson prospered when he played alongside Phinisee. Johnson was +4 with Phinisee on Thursday, but -12 without him.
  7. Johnson and Phinisee have worked well together on the court this season. They’re +61 on the year. Digging deeper, in the six games since the start of 2022, they’ve gone +27 in 51:30. In the other 189:30 with just one point guard on the floor, IU has gone +0.
  8. Phinisee and Johnson played the final 13:16 together without coming off the floor.
  9. In fact, Johnson played the entire second half, and the final 24:41 overall. Meanwhile, Parker Stewart, who played the entire second half at Nebraska, stayed on the bench for the final 13:16 vs. Purdue.
  10. Geronimo led IU in +/- at +17. However, it was Tamar Bates who had the highest +/- per minute. Bates went +11 in just 7:09 of playing time.
  11. IU’s offense was at its best on Thursday when Galloway was on floor, among the eight Hoosiers who played at least 15 minutes. IU scored 45 points in Galloway’s 24:17, or 1.85 points per minute (PPM). In the 15:43 Galloway was sidelined, IU scored just 23 points, or 1.46 PPM.
  12. IU’s defense was at its best with Phinisee in the game. IU gave up just 32 points in his 25:59, or 1.23 PPM. In the 14:01 he was on the bench, IU gave up 33 points, or 2.35 PPM.

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