The Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team are looking to rebuild their program under new coach Archie Miller, but they have been very inconsistent early in the season. The Hoosiers had their chance to pull off a big upset over the top ranked Duke Blue Devils, but a late cold stretch ultimately cost them the game.
Indiana used the extremely loud crowd in Assembly Hall to their advantage early in the game yesterday. It was a tightly contested game with both teams swapping the lead throughout the first half. Duke ultimately held a small four-point lead at halftime. The second half started off very similar to first 20 minutes of the game. Duke held a one-point lead with only four minutes remaining, but the explosive Duke offense was too much for the Hoosiers. A big run at the end of the game gave Duke a 91-81 victory.
Archie Miller has to be pleased with the way his team played last night. The Hoosiers played a near flawless game, but the talent disparity was simply too much to overcome. Marvin Bagley III and Grayson Allen are two of the best players in the country right now, and they were practically unstoppable in the final four minutes.
Indiana now has four wins through their first seven games this year. They will get an early start to conference play when they host the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, December 2. If they continue to play with the same effort as the Duke game, then they will win a lot of basketball games this season.