Thinking about a Win 90-79 against Marshall:
Adversity comes to the Club tonight in the form of Marshall’s Thunder Flock. Indiana’s defense, so solid and so dominant in the first 20 minutes of this season, was gone. Marshall’s 5-out style set the Hoosiers apart. Indiana has struggled to contain fouls on the ball screen. They were defeated on the lobs. They constantly let the Thunder Flock rush out of the encirclement to score easily.
After letting Jackson State take a total of 35 points earlier in the week, the Hoosiers gave Marshall 42 points in the first half, at one point letting the Thundering Herd take the lead 17-0. But the Hoosiers don’t wilt, far from getting there. Marshall’s 12-point first-half lead with six minutes elapsed eventually turned into a one-point advantage for Indiana before NBA prospect Taevion Kinsey fired a shot on the whistle to put Marshall into action 42. -41.
One big reason why was Indiana able to come back in this game and end up winning? Trayce Jackson-Davis. It was a historic night for the junior, a player who was already out the door before Mike Woodson showed up at the scene. Center Grove products scored 43 points in this product, a record for the club’s points. Marshall covered him for most of the competition and he just did the quick exercise over and over to get the score. Jackson-Davis has 22 points on the 11/14 shot. In the second half, he continued his onslaught, scoring 21 points on a 7/10 shot, adding a hit to the striking windmill to kick off his final game.
The junior also took 7/9 from the pass and created four assists, all of which came in the second half. Since Marshall ultimately decided to split him late, he did a great job of finding the shooters behind the 3-pointer line and they switched, another key reason Indiana was able to keep Marshall at arm’s length. .
“We have a much better floor plan than last year,” Jackson-Davis said after the competition. “We have shooters everywhere.”
Xavier Johnson’s 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals in just two turns were also key in this game. It was his best performance as Hoosier so far this youth season, but he was not above being munched on by Mike Woodson in a second-half chat after Woodson called out time. . Indiana was strong from both the free throw line (14/19, 73.7%) and out of the arc (8/15, 53.3%) in this game, giving them a top 90 of the season.
However, the bench struggled tonight, scoring just eight points in total – six from Tamar Bates and two from Khristian Lander. Indiana still needs better ball control (20.3 TO%). And the defense spent 1.03 points per possession, ending the worst season.
However, after suffering a tough hit from Marshall early on and also having some swings in the second half, Indiana bounced back with a win and made it 6-0. The flaws are still there with this team. But victory also kept coming.
Submitted to: Marshall Thundering Herd
https://www.insidethehall.com/2021/11/27/the-minute-after-marshall/ Minutes later: Marshall – Inside the Hall