It remains to be seen whether or not Chris Collins will accept a CBI bid, but for now this was not the finish Collins had in mind to an up and down season. Playing for their coach's job and an NCAA tournament berth, the Indiana Hoosiers redeemed their February loss to Northwestern, cruising to a 71-56 win over Northwestern in the second round of the Big Ten tournament. Northwestern came out flat on offense and was thoroughly dominated on the glass--Indiana had as many offensive rebounds as Northwestern had defensive rebounds. The Wildcats finished the season with an overall record of 15-17.
NU went on yet another prolonged field goal drought that surpassed nine minutes in the first half. This one seemed to be a product of poor shot selection from NU and suffocating defense from Indiana.
Defense and rebounding: D+
Give the Hoosiers credit, they moved the ball really well against the zone and finished with twice as many assists as Northwestern. Despite this ball movement, the Wildcats actually defended the perimeter fairly well (Indiana went 10-30 from three). The problem was rebounding. Indiana finished with 20 offensive rebounds and outrebounded NU 42-25.
McIntosh led Northwestern with 13 points, but the freshman did not play his best game. Collins scolded his point guard for taking bad shots and not moving the ball on offense. McIntosh had nine assists last time these two teams met. He had five tonight.
Demps didn't show up tonight. He scored a game-high 23 points when NU beat Indiana in February. He was much less aggressive and efficient tonight and was overwhelmed at times by the energy and tenacity of Indiana's defense.
Cobb played minimally and finished his collegiate career with a whimper. Most of his points came in garbage time.
Collins was really upset with Lindsey for not boxing out on one possession early in the first half, and he didn't see the floor much after that. Lindsey also looked pretty displeased for the rest of the game. There appears to be some tension between Lindsey and Collins. Lindsey did have a nice take and block in the second half, but finished with a team-high 3 turnovers.
For some reason Olah was just off tonight on offense. Sure, Indiana wasn't giving him much breathing room, but in the first half he missed point-blank shots he usually makes and, to the chagrin of Collins, attempted a contested three instead of swinging the ball to an open teammate in the corner. In the second half NU made a concerted effort to feed the Romanian down low, and he had more success.
Aside from getting stuffed on a dunk attempt in the second half, Law had a forgettable performance.
Playing in potentially his final game for Northwestern, Sobolewski had a quiet night.
Lumpkin was in foul trouble most of the game, so his minutes were limited. Lumpkin was active on defense as usual, but he struggled on the glass.
Taphorn did his job, hitting a pair of threes in relief of Lumpkin and Law.