Hoosiers played to their potential
To my brethren in Indiana Hoosier Nation, IU's men's basketball 81-69 win over No. 4-ranked Iowa – at Iowa – Thursday night was like manna from heaven. How sweet, how satisfying – our Hoosiers finally playing to their potential against an elite team for an entire game
IU's defense the final 12 minutes was spectacular – near-perfection. Its offense during that span, a 23-3 beat-down, seemed to feed off its defensive effort.
It was excellent, especially considering star Trayce Jackson-Davis was relegated to the bench with foul trouble for a majority of those magical minutes.
Most college basketball fans are of an age they have only heard tales about the extraordinary team-defense played by Bobby Knight-coached perennial powerhouses in the 1970s and '80s. It was disciplined, relentless team-defense that became the trademark of those teams.
For 12 minutes Thursday night, Indiana's half-court defense against Player of the Year Luke Garza and one of the most talented offenses in college basketball in many seasons was every bit as good as the best of IU's legendary NCAA championship teams.
If coach Archie Miller can inspire all five payers he puts on the floor to sustain, as a synchronized unit, the energy, effort and execution on defense that we witnessed Thursday night, IU can turn what has been just another of too many disappointing recent seasons into a very successful one.