Despite an opportunity for a resume-building win, the Hoosiers were unable to muster up a game plan against Juwan Howard’s top five Michigan team. Archie Miller was further behind in the offense department with the announcement of Armaan Franklin being unavailable due to a leg injury.

Notes:

  1. As you can tell, in a game where Indiana was comprehensively beaten by Michigan, the backcourt of Phinisee and Lander had a positive impact for the Hoosiers. That tandem went +2 in 9:34.
  2. After a slow start, the Phinisee/Lander duo has been productive in the last handful of weeks. They went +5 at NEB, +1 at NW, 0 at RUT, and +2 vs. MICH. You should seem them play together more, especially with Armaan Franklin likely missing the final two games.
  3. On the other hand, Indiana’s veteran backcourt of Phinisee and Durham, who started Saturday’s game, had a brutal afternoon. They went -14 in 21:29. With Franklin’s injury, Archie Miller relied on them more, and it backfired.
  4. Two particularly poor stretches stand out. With 9:58 left in the first half, Durham checked in for Lander, playing alongside Phinisee, and Michigan went on an 8-2 run to turn a 22-19 lead into a 30-21 advantage. To begin the second half, the starting five of Phinisee, Durham, Hunter, Thompson, and Jackson-Davis saw a 42-33 halftime deficit turn into a 59-42 hole. Miller did not substitute in the second half until 12:50 were left. The numbers suggest that was too late.
  5. Let’s give a special Senior Day shoutout to Cooper Bybee. In his 1:18 on the court, he went +2. No other Hoosier recorded a positive +/-.
  6. IU’s offense struggled most with Al Durham on the court. He led the team with 15 points, but the Hoosiers scored just 36 points in his 29:08, or 1.24 points per minute (PPM). In the 11:52 he was sidelined, IU scored 21 points, or 1.93 PPM.

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