The Minute After: Iowa

Thoughts on an 85-78 win over the Hawkeyes:

Students lined up hours before tip, eventually wrapping down the whole south side of Assembly Hall in anticipation of this marquee matchup. The stage was set early for an electric atmosphere and the Hoosiers failed to disappoint. They seized the crowd’s energy, playing the first half like they’d been shot out of a cannon.

Indiana beasted on the boards for second-chance points. Got into Iowa’s airspace on defense. Drove to the basket for buckets and splashed in the 3-ball. The Hoosiers were the more aggressive, more energetic, more physical team through the first 20 minutes of play and built a lead of 16 points with 6:03 to go in the first half.

But this Iowa team is too good and too experienced — and has a precedent of coming back from deficits this season — to roll over and die.


IU beats Iowa, moves into tie for first place in Big Ten

Indiana, in need of a major resume boosting win, got just that Thursday night beating No. 4 Iowa 85-78 in front of a electric crowd at Assembly Hall.

Tom Crean said it was an atmosphere that likely was louder than when Cody Zeller, who was in attendance Thursday, was playing for the Hoosiers during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons.

“It was excruciatingly loud and it was tremendous,” Crean said.

It was a balanced attack, with no player scoring more than 14 points, yet all 10 guys who played scored. The win moved the Hoosiers into a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten with Iowa and Maryland.


Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Iowa

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 85-78 win over Iowa on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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Video: IU players react to win over Iowa

Collin Hartman, Yogi Ferrell and Harrison Niego met with the media following Indiana’s 85-78 win over Iowa on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Iowa

Check out 52 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 85-78 win over Iowa at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Photography.


Video: Fran McCaffery, Jarrod Uthoff react to loss at Indiana

Fran McCaffery and Jarrod Uthoff met with the media following Iowa’s 85-78 loss to Indiana on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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At the Buzzer: Indiana 85, Iowa 78

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 85-78 win over Iowa:

How it happened: The Hoosiers raced out to a 36-20 lead on the No. 4 Hawkeyes, but this one wasn’t without its fair share of drama. Iowa, as it has done on multiple occasions this season, raced back from a large deficit and led by as many as four with 9:35 to play. But down the stretch, Indiana made the plays it needed to emerge victorious. The Hoosiers scored a ridiculous 1.32 points per possession on the evening and had a turnover percentage of just 17, which were two keys in the victory. They also overcame a tough shooting night from Yogi Ferrell (2-of-12) on the strength of a strong showing on the offensive glass. IU rebounded 54 percent of its missed shots and scored 26 second chance points. In a contest that was close down the stretch, that was arguably the difference. Indiana now has a signature win on its resume as a road test in East Lansing on Sunday awaits.