Indiana Hoosiers: Unforced Turnovers Key in Loss to Illinois

By Eric Smith
Ben Woloszyn-USA TODAY Sports

A number of factors keyed in on the Indiana Hoosiers‘ overtime loss to the Illinois Fighting Illini today. You could put the blame on the lack of calls by the refs in overtime, the coaching mistakes by Tom Crean or even the play of some players. The biggest reason, though, is the turnovers.

Entering today’s contest, Indiana committed 40 turnovers (20 each) in the last two games. The opponents: Kennesaw State and Nicholls State.

Today, the Hoosiers tipped off the Big 10 conferences schedule of games. We all knew that the turnovers would have to be fixed. They had eight day, count them, eight days to get rid of the sloppy play.

That didn’t happen.

Indiana committed a season-high 24 turnovers in today’s 83-80 defeat to Illinois. Many of them were unforced.

Indiana gets going too fast and the play becomes sloppy. That’s not a credit to the other team, rather an issue with the Hoosiers. They had three turnovers in the first half on bad inbounds passes.


13 of the 24 turnovers did come in the first half and somehow they managed to be tied at 39 at the break with Illinois.

The Illini did nothing special against the Hoosiers today. Those turnovers weren’t created by Illinois. That’s where the issue is so glaring. It was weak passes, passes to no one or a lack of effort as to why Indiana committed these mistakes.

Now, they sit 0-1 in conference play in a must-win scenario for Saturday’s game with Michigan State. That’s not what everyone had in mind for IU this year. If they don’t get the turnovers fixed, then they may not be dancing in March.

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