Indiana basketball struggled in their matchup against the Duke Blue Devils, Tuesday. The Hoosiers suffered a crushing blow from Zion Williamson and company, falling 90-69. It was apparent early on that Duke sought out to demolish Indiana, as they jumped out to a 24-point lead at halftime.
Indiana took their fair share of bumps and bruises, as the team’s starters shot a horrific 14-of-44 from the floor. That’s right, the starters were only able to successfully convert a shot attempt at a staggering 32 percent, which is their worst performance all season. The Blue Devils played a significant role in forcing Indiana to take difficult shots. If the team is going to compete in the Big Ten, then something has to change. Indiana is not helping their cause on the defensive end, as they committed a season-high 20 turnovers in the contest.
Duke is one of the most talented college basketball teams, as their record improved to 6-1 following the win over Indiana. The Blue Devils dropped a devasting contest Wednesday, Nov. 21, against No. 1 Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational. After losing to the Bulldogs, Duke hit the practice facility with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. The Blue Devils defense was impressive and appeared to keep Indiana guessing at all points of the game. The Hoosiers should consider themselves lucky that they only lost by 21 points.
Romeo Langford led Indiana with 13 points, shooting 3-of-15 and going 7-of-10 from the free throw line. Teammate and senior forward, Juwan Morgan, found himself in foul trouble early, resulting in limited time in the opening half. Langford tried to make up for Morgan’s absence, but unfortunately, Duke had his number for most of the contest. Surprisingly, Evan Fitzner stepped up for Indiana as he managed to convert all three of his attempts from behind the arc. As the team moves forward, they will need to find ways to get Fitzner open looks, while also converting on their shot attempts.
The Big Ten is set to kickoff for the Hoosiers Saturday, Dec. 1, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall against a hot Northwestern Wildcat squad. Following the matchup with the Wildcats, Indiana travels to Happy Valley for yet another Big Ten matchup against the Penn State Nittany Lions. Then they return home to host the Louisville Cardinals. These next couple of games will challenge Indiana both offensively, as well as defensively. The Hoosiers’ matchup against Northwestern will tipoff at 1 p.m.