Fresh off a stellar road victory, Indiana Basketball looked to keep the ball rolling against a red-hot Iowa Hawkeyes team. The Hoosiers snapped a seven-game losing streak Saturday, Feb. 2, in overtime against the No. 6 Michigan State Spartans. It appeared to be the jump-start that Indiana needed to get back in the right direction, but the No. 20 Hawkeyes had different plans.
The team hosted the Hawkeyes on Thursday, Feb. 7, which resulted in a 77-72 home defeat. In a season that was headed south in a hurry, the victory over Michigan State presented a moment of resurrection for the team. Senior forward, Juwan Morgan who exited last week’s contest with a shoulder-related issue, returned to action Thursday. Morgan contributed 17 points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist across 22 minutes of action in his first game back. Unfortunately, Morgan racked up a quick couple of personal fouls, which sidelined him for the majority of the contest.
With Morgan sidelined, head coach Archie Miller was forced to split time between a pair of juniors, De’Ron Davis and Devonte Green. Davis, who missed the majority of last season with a torn Achilles, was excellent at divvying the basketball across the court. He managed to tally seven assists across 22 minutes Thursday. Green, who has dealt with his fair share of absences due to team-related suspensions, committed four turnovers and managed to secure three takeaways. The duo collectively scored seven points in 39 minutes of action, which is certainly not the production that Miller was aiming toward.
There needs to be a point in the season where Miller has a serious conversation with his team about how to salvage the remainder of the year. Although the Hoosiers have many underclassmen, the team’s overall talent is exceptional. Freshman standout, Romeo Langford has the most points per game (17.6) as a freshman in the program’s history. So, why is the team failing to win basketball games? The definitive answer is unclear, but Miller is vigorously working toward finding it. If the Hoosiers are going to regain control of their season, then something needs to change in a hurry.
At one point in time, Indiana was considered one of the conference’s leading threats to taking a Big Ten championship. However, now the team is just trying to stay above .500 on the season. Although the Big Ten is more difficult than usual this year, the Hoosiers are a team filled with talent. The team faces two opponents before having to host in-state rival, the Purdue Boilermakers on Feb. 19. Indiana’s next game is Sunday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall where they will face Ohio State.