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When the game is on the line, Indiana has not performed well enough to win.
The last four minutes of the game have not been Indiana's best. The Hoosiers have to finish better, plain and simple.
Indiana had the final possession in regulation at Illinois and didn't convert. It lost in overtime. In the final four minutes against Northwestern, Nebraska and Minnesota, Indiana was outscored 14-9, 9-5 and 8-4, suffering three close losses. These results could easily come back to haunt Indiana on Selection Sunday.
As the game enters its waning moments, IU's offense comes to a standstill. The ball movement stops, and usually, Yogi Ferrell is forced to take a tough jumper as the shot clock winds down. When the Hoosiers are supposed to be most efficient, they are the opposite.
Perhaps the Hoosiers struggle because they don't have the experience of last season. In 2012-13, Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller were given the ball in clutch situations and were able to convert.
Regardless, what's frustrating about Indiana is it is competitive for 40 minutes but just doesn't make enough plays at the end to earn a win.