Juwan Morgan Has Near Perfect Senior Day As Indiana Dominates Rutgers

Juwan Morgan has risen to the occasion numerous times over his four-year career for the Cream and Crimson, so it should come as no surprise that on his Senior Day he put up one of his best performances yet as he lead the Indiana Hoosiers to a much-needed 89-73 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday.

Morgan made his first 10 shots on his way to a game-high 25 points in what might be his last game at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers would only play at home again this season if they host an NIT game, something the Hoosiers are trying desperately not to do as they continue to make their case for the NCAA Tournament.

Morgan played just 22 minutes due to foul trouble but made the most of it, outscoring Rutgers as a whole during the first eight minutes of the game 12 to 10 and scored nine straight points for the Hoosiers early in the second half to push the Indiana lead to 20.

The Senior forward isn’t originally from Indiana, instead coming from Missouri, but has been the textbook definition of a Hoosier from day one, always making the hustle play and playing for the good of the team. Morgan was a glue guy off the bench his first two seasons, but during his final two seasons he has become the team’s unquestioned leader. Now he ends his final regular with 1,298 points, just one point shy of tying Tom Bolyard for 29th on IU’s all-time scoring list.

“I think the way he works. His leadership. His attitude. He’s a competitor,” said fellow Senior Zach McRoberts about what impresses him most about Morgan. “I think he wants to be the best in everything he does and guys see that and it’s contagious. He’s been a great leader and I appreciate everything he’s done for us.”

Devonte Green was also a huge contributor for the Indiana Hoosiers [17-14 (8-12)] as he added 16 points off the bench. The Junior from New York has scored in double figures the last three games and has assisted on 11 baskets compared to just four turnovers during the four-game winning streak.

“He’s really settled in,” said Indiana Coach Archie Miller. “He knows we need him to not make flashy plays or do anything crazy. He knows we need him to score baskets when he’s open, and we need him to make plays for others.”

This might have also been the curtain call for Romeo Langford in Bloomington before he jumps to the NBA. The freshmen wing struggled from the floor early, making just one field goal in the first half, but was able to get to the foul line numerous times, where he went 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. He would find his rhythm in the second half and finish with 20 points and six rebounds.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights [14-16 (7-13)] received 18 points from Eugene Omoruyi and 17 points from Caleb McConnell, but received little help elsewhere as the rest of the team made 13 of 36 (36.1%) from the floor and the team as a whole committed 12 turnovers that turned into 14 points for the Hoosiers.

The Indiana Hoosiers will now take that four-game winning streak into the Big Ten Tournament and must win a few more to solidify an NCAA Tournament bid. However, considering how well they have been playing lately as well as how unorthodox this season has been, don’t be surprised if this is the year the Hoosiers finally go on a run in the Big Ten tournament.

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Indiana’s Senior Day Victory Over Maryland As Told By Twitter

Every Senior Day is special and that’s no different at Indiana University, but when that day is about celebrating one of the school’s greatest players as well as an unexpected Big Ten championship, that calls for an extra special celebration. That celebration came after Indiana defeated Maryland 80-62 to close out the regular season 17-0 at Assembly Hall and 25-6 overall.

Nothing captures the feeling of what happens in the moment quite like Twitter so for this article I’m going to let the social media site help tell the story of IU’s 2016 Senior Day:


Even though most of the celebrations were held until after the game, one thing was celebrated before the game. Troy Williams became the 49th Indiana player to score 1,000 career points during IU’s win over Purdue and, as per custom under Head Coach Tom Crean, was honored before the next home game.

The first half started slowly for the Hoosiers but IU eventually got in a rhythm. An 18-12 Maryland lead was erased and forgotten as Indiana closed out the half on a 29-10 run to lead 41-28 at half. That run included fantastic plays such no-look passes, an insane block, and a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

The second half had its share of highlights as well, including Williams’ ridiculous start to the half, Juwan Morgan playing point guard, and Nick Zeisloft’s insane playground pass.

Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell has given everything he has into this season, and one hustle play pretty much summed up his complete dedication near the end of his final home game.

After the finals seconds ticked off and Indiana finished the season undefeated at Assembly Hall, it was time for the senior ceremonies.

Jackson Tharp:

Max Bielfeldt:

Ryan Burton:

Nick Zeisloft:

Yogi Ferrell:

Last but not least, a few former Hoosiers also took to twitter to compliment this Hoosier squad and their seniors.