At the Buzzer: Indiana 79, Rutgers 72

  • 12/30/2015 3:07 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 79-72 win over Rutgers:

How it happened: It was an odd start time with a mid-afternoon tip on a weekday and it produced arguably Indiana’s ugliest win of the season. The Hoosiers built a solid lead early, but let Rutgers right back into the contest for a 34-34 halftime tie. Indiana was able to prevail ultimately on the strength of its bench, which scored 37 of IU’s 79 points. Ryan Burton and O.G. Anunoby went a combined 4-of-4 on 3s and Collin Hartman, who started for the injured James Blackmon Jr., hit all three of his 3-point attempts. There are few Big Ten road games where you can win while turning it over 23 times, but Indiana did just that in Piscataway. Yogi Ferrell, despite six turnovers, played well in the second half and finished with a game-high 20 points.

Standout performer: Max Bielfeldt was easily Indiana’s most productive player as the Michigan graduate transfer finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds in 26 minutes. Both were career-highs. With Thomas Bryant only logging six minutes and fouling out, it was a timely performance from a veteran that was much needed.

Statistic that stands out: Turnovers have been a major issue this season for Indiana and Wednesday afternoon was no different. The Hoosiers coughed it up 23 times for a turnover percentage of 31, their worst performance of the season. The Scarlet Knights scored 37 of their 72 points off of IU turnovers. Individually, Troy Williams (7), Ferrell (6) and Robert Johnson (5) all struggled.

Final stats:

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(Photo credit: Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • Young Hoosier

    No way 7. The B1G didn’t perform well enough in the OOC schedule. You’re going to have Michigan State, Purdue and Maryland. Then it’ll be out of a group of Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State and Northwestern. All 4 won’t make it. Very weak year for the B1G.

  • Koko

    Heck even Seth Greenberg didn’t nitpick….he said it wasn’t pretty but any conference road win is a good win.

  • Koko

    This team is not a mess. A couple three guys make the whole team look a mess on a given night but as a whole this is a good team. Now the coach needs to play the players who don’t turn the ball over and play decent defense. The top three players on this team are not the best players on a consistent basis. We have very good players and scorers on the bench.
    If TC can figure out how to mix and match ALL of the good players we have our B1G season will not result in major struggles….it may not be pretty at times but we can win a lot of games in the conference this year.

  • Koko

    Now hold on there…..I saw a chair play pretty well for RMK.

  • Koko

    I would add Michigan and Penn State to that list.

  • Young Hoosier

    Sure. If they finish well. But fact is.. the B1G is really weak this year. If we’re the 4th best team.. that isn’t saying much.

  • ktolly4iu

    First off Troy is talented and can play basketball at the NBA level. My problem is IU is using his talents the wrong way! He should not ever be in a isolation play at top of the key. At least not until his dribbling skills catch up with his speed. He should be utilized on the base line, playingoff the ball. Of course if he is in fast break mode give him the rock.Yogi just needs one correction: stop leaving your feet unless you know where ball is going. These 2 items could put us back in single digits TOs

  • I’m not sure that Duke is as good as we made them look.. My point is.. a team ranked 15th in the country and they ran us out of the gym.. Not a pretty sight. I really do not expect us to have a good year at all this year.. Not after the way we looked at Rutgers. We pretty much sucked most of that game.

  • vicbert caladipo

    #40 CC is cooler than anyone that ever played for the cubs and I always enjoy your posts Vicbert to Calbert happy New Year!

  • Indiana_Banners

    No, because they’ve proven over time to be better players than the guys at the end of the bench. Yes, bench someone if they’re playing poorly but if you don’t think this team needs Troy and RJ playing well to win in the long run then I don’t know what to tell you. It’s great that the bench guys were able to hold things up and OG has the talent to play a bit more but I don’t think it was a bad call giving RJ and Troy another shot after sitting for a while. Those are the horses that will determine the destiny of this team, not OG or Burton. Sit them, sure, but neither belonged in the doghouse like some are suggesting. It’s easy to say they shouldn’t have gotten another chance in the 2nd half after the fact, but it’s a long season and you want your best players to find level.

  • Koko

    If we understand it, then it is a word 🙂

  • Koko

    It was not a pretty site…LOL. Not that it matters but I think Duke was ranked fifth or seventh when we played them.

  • Young Hoosier

    I never said we didn’t need them playing well. When they play terrible though we don’t need them.