Quick Backtrack: Duke 91, Indiana 81

Indiana rumbled at Assembly Hall threatening to upset #1 Duke, but fall short

Well for the entire first half and fifteen minutes into the second half it looked like Indiana was going to pull off the major upset over the #1 ranked in the country, Duke. The game was very tightly contested from the start, and the Hoosiers kept their cool and amazingly sticking around with the Blue Devils down to the final minutes. After an unfortunate shooting performance in the closing moments, Duke pulled away at the end securing the 91-81 win over Indiana.

Indiana Notable Individual Player Performances

Robert Johnson: 33 minutes, 17 points (6/14 FG, 1/6 3P, 4/4 FT), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers
De’Ron Davis: 21 minutes, 16 points (6/7 FG, 4/9 FT), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 turnover
Juwan Morgan: 31 minutes, 14 points (5/9 FG, 1/2 3P, 3/4 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 1 turnover
Collin Hartman: 16 minutes, 11 points (4/6 FG, 1/3 3P, 2/2 FT), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 turnovers

Team Statistics
FG Made-Attempted 33-60 30-59
Field Goal % 55.0 50.8
3PT Made-Attempted 3-17 5-21
Three Point % 17.6 23.8
FT Made-Attempted 22-29 16-26
Free Throw % 75.9 61.5
Total Rebounds 33 31
Offensive Rebounds 12 13
Defensive Rebounds 21 18
Assists 15 12
Steals 7 4
Blocks 3 4
Total Turnovers 8 9
Personal Fouls 22 26
Technical Fouls 0 0

Archie Miller Press Conference Opening Statement

“Well, number one, I want to thank our fans. Assembly Hall was all it’s cracked up to be tonight, and hopefully we can provide them with a win in that type of environment. They deserve that for an absolute incredible night.”

“Give Duke credit. They’re No. 1 in the country for a reason. They’ve been in some hostile games here in the last two weeks and they’ve been able to come through. And they have terrific players and obviously well-coached.”

“For us, I thought we really competed. I thought we really battled. And it was tough for us at times in and around the basket just due to the lack of size and depth. But at the same time I thought we did some really good things as well, especially in transition, and some offense where we were able to really be right there with them step for step.”

“Free-throw line is disappointing. As a team, you have to be better than that to win games like that. And also I think shooting the ball from the perimeter, although it was not our night, we need to make a couple of those open ones and at the end of the day find a way to win that game. But proud of the guys. We’re on to Michigan.”

Stat Nuggets

• Indiana committed less than 10 turnovers for the third game in a row, a program first since at least the 1996-97 season.
• The Hoosiers committed a season-low two turnovers in the first half, the fewest for Indiana in any half since the second period of last year’s game against SIU-Edwardsville (12/2/16).
• The Hoosiers edged Duke 46-44 on points in the paint. Indiana has won the paint points battle in 6-of-7 games this season.
•  IU shot over 50 percent from the floor (50.8%) for the third straight game.
• Indiana won the battle in scoring points off the bench, 21-5.
• It was the first home loss to a top-four team since Dec. 31, 2010 (vs. No. 2 Ohio State). The Hoosiers previously won six consecutive home games against teams ranked in the AP top four.
• Twenty-four of Indiana’s first 30 points came in the paint and the Hoosiers started the game going 14-for-18 from inside the arc.
• In a back-and-forth first half that ended 42-38 in Duke’s favor, the Hoosiers and Blue Devils exchanged the lead 10 times and tied the score 11 times.
• The Hoosiers committed a season-low two turnovers in the first half, the fewest for Indiana in any half since the second half of last year’s game against SIU-Edwardsville (12/2/16).

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