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12/31 Recap: Indiana Loses Second Straight

Is it time to start worrying about Indiana’s backcourt yet?

NCAA Basketball: Louisville at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

New Years Eve didn’t disappoint in the Big Ten this year. Indiana hung with Louisville in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but walked away with a loss.

Big Ten Game of the Day:

-Louisville 77, Indiana 62

Both teams entered the game 0-1 in conference play after Indiana dropped its home opener to Nebraska and Louisville lost to Virginia. With the losses came lineup changes. Tom Crean chose to bring OG Anunoby off the bench and started De’Ron Davis in place of him. This seemed to be effective, as Anunoby went 6-10 and made two free throws for a total of 14 points off of the bench.

The backcourt, however struggled again. James Blackmon Jr, Robert Johnson and Josh Newkirk combined for a total of 25 points in the game. Newkirk was the bright spot, shooting 3-4 with no three pointers or foul shots attempted Blackmon Jr. was 3-8 in the paint, 2-4 from beyond the arc and hit both free throws he attempted. Johnson was 1-13, 0-8 from deep and 7-9 from the charity stripe.

Rick Pitino chose to bring Donovan Mitchell off the bench and he was no-match for the Hoosiers. He was incredibly efficient in his scoring. He went 4-8 from beyond the arc, 8-15 in the paint and 5-6 at the line.

Louisville and its strong defense gave Indiana trouble the whole game. Indiana took a 12 point lead with 12:24 to go in the first and never saw it again.

This was a tough loss for Tom Crean and Indiana after losing at home to Nebraska. The Hoosiers return home Wednesday to take on Wisconsin in Assembly Hall.