For much of Saturday’s showdown between the Hoosiers and the Arkansas Razorbacks, the game felt eerily similar to the first meeting between these two teams.
Turnovers and missed free-throws were allowing the Razorbacks to hang around, and what could’ve been a seven- or eight-point Indiana lead sat at just two or three for most of the afternoon.
Eventually, however, Indiana was able to turn things around, most likely behind the energetic crowd of 12,225 who showed up to cheer on the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers were able to get their turnovers under control, committing zero turnovers over the final 10:17 of the game after committing 13 turnovers through the games opening 30 minutes.
Free-throws were also an area in which the Hoosiers saw considerable improvement, knocking down seven of their ten attempts in the second half after shooting just 56.1% from the line in the first half. The Razorbacks also struggled from the line when it mattered most, knocking down just three of their six attempts over the game’s final minute, helping Indiana to hold onto a 63-60 victory to keep their season alive.
Devonte Green in-particular proved very dangerous all night long, going 6-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-9 from behind the arc, en route to 18 points and 11 rebounds on the afternoon. Green still has a tendency to commit silly errors, and his four turnovers on the afternoon were a game-high, but Green has done a tremendous job of helping to shoulder the scoring load in the absence of Romeo Langford.
The Hoosiers defensive effort deserves praise as well, holding the Razorbacks to just 34.5% from the field along with generating 11 turnovers on the afternoon. The frontcourt duo of Juwan Morgan and De’Ron Davis saw extended action today, and Arkansas particularly struggled to score on the inside, recording just 10 points inside the paint.
Now, Indiana will await the outcome of Clemson and Wichita State, the winner of which will travel to Bloomington for a chance to go to the Final Four in Madison Square Garden. The game will represent Indiana’s final home game of the season, and the Hoosiers will look to conclude their home campaign on a positive note.