clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Quick Reaction: Georgetown 91, Indiana 87

Indiana falls to Georgetown in overtime in New York City. What did we learn?

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Despite last-minute heroics from Yogi Ferrell to send the game to overtime, the Hoosiers fall to Georgetown in overtime. After holding a 40-30 halftime edge over the Hoyas, what can Hoosier fans take away from this game?

1. Indiana will live and die by the three, but you already knew that. With the Hoosiers clicking on all cylinders from deep in the first half, life's great. But when the shots don't fall against a zone-playing team -- a basketball floor can turn into a barren desert for the Hoosiers. There's little-to-no inside presence to counter Josh Smith, ball movement stagnated, and Tom Crean's bunch had little answer on the offensive end. Indiana will have to find a way to get steady, balanced scoring that's more drought-proof if they hope to compete at the top of the Big Ten. Or maybe they don't. I don't know.

2. The Hoosiers have no answer for a true back-to-the-basket big man. The big fella for Georgetown had his way with Hanner Perea, or anyone Tom Crean threw at him off the bench. Luckily, he's likely the largest, bulkiest big man Indiana will face all season. Still, post defense will be a massive issue for the Hoosiers as they move into the conference slate. AJ Hammons and Isaac Haas might have been licking their chops watching this one.

3. This loss could be critical come March, but the loss won't be without benefit. Georgetown will likely be a solid, high-middle seed in the NCAA Tournament, pending an unforeseen collapse. It's realistic that Butler, SMU, and Pitt could all miss the tournament, still. This would give the Hoosiers one more major-conference, neutral-site win that would likely hold some weight and only get stronger as the year plays out. The impressive showing on national TV might help the Hoosiers some, but the committee doesn't give too much weight, if any, to moral victories for young programs. Still, it should give the Hoosiers even more confidence that they should and can play with anyone on the big national stage.