Indiana couldn't shoot straight. Couldn't hold on to the ball either. The team used more timeouts than it had points in the first six minutes.
The awful start came back to cost the Hoosiers in the end as Loyola of Maryland topped IU 72-67.
The players afterward said it was a "disappointing" loss. Coach Tom Crean kept the focus mostly on the comeback.
IU fell behind 15-0 and trailed by 24 late in the first half.
The Hoosiers went to a press in the second half, going on a 15-0 run. Indiana eventually took the lead, but couldn't stop Brett Harvey. The guard, who had 25 points, made a three-pointer while getting fouled with 1:51 remaining. He completed his second four-point play of the game, giving Loyola of Maryland a 69-67 lead.
It never trailed again.
"We showed our capabilities at times tonight and glimpses of the future of what we are cable of. But also showed exactly what our inexperience and lack of understanding and youthfulness is in reality," IU coach Tom Crean said. "We almost pulled it off. There was not a doubt in my mind that we were not going to come back and win this. It was not the halftime you would have thought it was either. There was no talk about anything other than coming back and winning this game.
"We made a couple changes in the lineup, simplified a couple of things, we didn't want to have to go to the press that quick because we felt it was still a long game. But when they started sitting on the ball in the flex, and started taking 32 seconds, we just couldn't let them have it. We had to change the tempo of the game immediately. We tried to do a couple of things on our own rather than use each other. They played together in a very big way. In the end we made a couple of costly mistakes. We didn't make our foul shots, and they had some shots go down tonight, that you just had to shake your head at. A very uncomfortable, hard lesson learned for this team."
IU did have a chance to tie late, but Jeremiah Rivers missed two free throws. The guard had 15 points, but went 3 of 9 from the foul line (including his last four).
"Three of the four felt really good," he said.