There’s just no time to relax in the Big Ten.
The Hoosiers were reminded of that the hard way on Thursday night, squandering a 14 point lead to an inferior Illinois team, and ultimately losing at the buzzer, 74-72.
A stunned Hoosiers team walks off the court dejectedly following Illinois’ game-winning shot as time expired. (Herald-Times/Chris Howell)
Tied at 72 with 0.9 seconds left in the game, Tyler Griffey was left completely unguarded on an inbounds play at the baseline. With no defender on him, he laid the ball up and in as time expired to give the Illini the upset victory over Indiana.
If anything, the game was a revealing one. It demonstrated and exposed two major weaknesses with this Indiana team: 1) the ability to close out games defensively, and more importantly, 2) turnovers.
If it sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Just as recently as the game preview, I was expressing my concern about this team’s need to take care of the ball.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.