Indiana will seek its fifth Big Ten road win on Sunday afternoon as the Hoosiers travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State at the Breslin Center. The Spartans, ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll, are 20-5 overall and 7-5 in Big Ten play.
The game will be broadcast at 1 p.m. ET on CBS with Ian Eagle and Bill Raftery on the call:
Michigan State probably lost its chance to win the Big Ten regular season crown when it fell in overtime to Purdue earlier in the week at Mackey Arena, but the Spartans are clearly one of the league’s best teams.
The best coach in the league and future Hall of Famer Tom Izzo still roams the sidelines for the Spartans and here’s what is certain for Izzo coached teams: They typically peak just in time for March.
This Michigan State team has had its share of ups (a win over Kansas and a No. 1 national ranking) and downs (Denzel Valentine’s injury, a loss at home to Nebraska). But the respect remains for this team nationally because of its long term potential. This is a group with a legitimate chance to cut down the nets in Houston.
The Hoosiers began the second half of last night’s win up seven on the Hawkeyes, 45-38, but it was a rough start.
Iowa took Indiana out of rhythm with its defense and began executing on offense. An Adam Woodbury free throw put Iowa up 60-56 at the 9:35 mark. It capped a 22-11 run for the Hawkeyes to start the half.
But Indiana came roaring back with a run of its own, outscoring the Hawkeyes 14-2 during the next three minutes of game action. It was capped off by a Yogi Ferrell 3-pointer at the 6:24 mark to put Indiana up eight at 70-62.
The Hoosiers never looked back.
We’ll take a look at execution on offense for each team during their second half runs in the latest edition of Film Session:
With the game tied at 50, Woodbury posts up on the left block and calls for the ball from Anthony Clemmons:
Indiana moved into a first place tie atop the Big Ten standings with an impressive 85-78 win over Iowa on Thursday night at Assembly Hall. It was the 20th victory for the Hoosiers, matching last season’s win total.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Hawkeyes:
· Indiana exposed Iowa’s one weakness: As we pointed out in What to Expect, there was one major flaw on Iowa’s profile coming into Thursday: defensive rebounding.
Iowa entered Assembly Hall allowed Big Ten opponents to rebound 31 percent of their missed shots. The Hoosiers grabbed 54 percent of their misses against the Hawkeyes and scored 26 second chance points. It helped offset an usually poor effort by IU on its own defensive glass as Iowa rebounded 49 percent of its own misses for 20 second chance points.
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.
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.
Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 85-78 win over Iowa on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch the full press conference below:
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.
Watch the full press conference below: