At the Buzzer: Indiana 79, Nebraska 69

  • 01/02/2016 6:22 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 79-69 win over Nebraska:

How it happened: After a shaky first half that saw IU turn it over eight times, allow 1.12 points per possession and trail by three, the Hoosiers flipped the script in the second half. Yogi Ferrell scored 15 of his 24 in the second half. Thomas Bryant continued his strong first half play into the second and was unstoppable with 19 points. And freshmen OG Anunoby had arguably his best game yet as a Hoosier with 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting. IU finished the afternoon with a turnover percentage of 20, scored 1.12 points per possession and its offensive firepower was too much for Nebraska to overcome. The Hoosiers outscored Nebraska 43-30 in the second half for their seventh straight win and second consecutive Big Ten road victory.

Standout performer: As mentioned above, Ferrell was terrific in the second half as he scored 15 points, hit 3-of-4 from distance and had just one turnover after committing three before halftime. With James Blackmon Jr. sidelined, Ferrell’s minutes are going to stay in the high 30s and he logged 38 in Lincoln. It was encouraging to see IU’s senior point guard get stronger as the game moved along.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana held Nebraska to just 30 second half points, which works out to .83 points per possession. Given how much scrutiny IU’s defense has been under this season, it was a strong performance, particularly away from Assembly Hall.

Final stats:

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(Photo credit: Pat Radigan)

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  • BL

    Yogi simply incredible!

    TB great bounce back game. Nebraska has limited length inside. Notwithstanding, TB did what he should. Great for freshman confidence.

    Mizzou freshman give us a chance to be special come tournament time. OG, thank you for backing up my recent praise. Kid is truly special. JM having a hard time finding playing time but he looks to be a helluva defender. His time is coming.

    TC should give TW a goal of playing a game with no TO’s. Can you imagine?

    RJ playing really poorly. Terrible with ball in hands. Worrisome. Who will back up YF at point if he needs rest or God forbid, Yogi gets in foul trouble?

  • Young Hoosier

    Yogi or AJ?

  • BL

    Agree OG should be playing big minutes assuming no foul trouble. Who would he replace in today’s starting 5?

  • So IN Hoosier

    Yogi is a NPOY candidate too. He is one of the best point guards in the game, I wouldn’t trade him for another PG in the country. I think your negativity is blinding you from seeing how good he really is.

  • Young Hoosier

    Well personally I’ll take Kris Dunn.. but that’s just me.

  • IU track Alumni

    honestly I don’t know. I would say he could replace anyone but Yogi or Bryant.

  • BL

    Good comment. Was going to offer same suggestion then thought what the hell – if TB can start as a freshman so can OG. Would be a big boost for defense and rebounding. Moreover, he’s showing us he has a complete game. Probably more so than TB. I’d sit RJ and let him backup YF.

  • BL

    See my response to Ole Man.

  • Miamihoosier

    Hold on there, didnt say he’s the best in the league, i said we cant crown valentine yet. Are you going to call the big ten writers homers when they give Yogi player of the week honors this week? League play is a new season fellas, and thus far, Yogi has performed the best.

  • IU track Alumni

    Makes sense as RJ is kind of the perfect 6th man for us. He’s a solid defender and a high % shooter that can still log in starter/good minutes off the bench. Kind of like beifelt does.

  • One week does not a season make. Preseason I thought yogi would have been best player in league. So far I think my initial assessment was wrong. Hopefully that changes as the season progresses, but yogi does not have a strong body of work so far this year.

  • Miamihoosier

    Hammonds is light years from dominant. The combo of swanigan hammonds davis and haas has been dominant definsively, but hammonds by himself? In games against teams with good post D, he’s average (7 points vs Fl 12 vs Butler). Actually watching the games might help you.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    PUke is losing right now 59-52 with 3 minutes left

  • I wholeheartedly agree with you. I have to say that second half was nice.. It almost makes you want to start drinking the Kool-AId again …lol.. Seriously, there was a lot of good that went on. A little worrisome about missing some of those free throws at the end. But then OG and Bielfeldt both stepped up and hit some. I’m pretty pumped. I was thinking we could lose this one, especially after the way the first half went down. But happily they turned it around. GO Hoosiers!!

  • Young Hoosier

    Great. Iowa will whoop us too.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Purdue lost at home. Great day when IU wins and Purdue loses. By the way, I will take CTC over Painter in every aspect of coaching and recruiting in basketball.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Ok Ok !!! We will see. Be good and have a great New Years. I may end up having to also give you a great prediction on Northwestern. I’m not there yet!

  • BL

    Saw some of their game against Rutgers today. Wisconsin is getting better. They looked really good. Two outstanding guards and their young bigs are getting better. This will be a tough game as most in the BIG are.

  • Young Hoosier

    Well as long as you like being average.

  • So IN Hoosier

    I hope you don’t gamble, lol! Because I’m sure you had Nebraska and Purdue today. It’s ok though Young Hoosier you’ll grow to learn through your years.

  • Ole Man

    Yogi had a good second half.
    That’s far from performing the best.

  • bojak

    Painter must be really bad then.

  • bojak

    The reason IU won this game wasn’t because of CTC’s great coaching. IU just had way to much talent. Don’t brag up CTC quite yet, we have a long way to go. Go Hoosiers.

  • RDD#76

    I am just saying if CTC can be hammered all the time for his coaching then you have to also give credit to him for 3 freshman too but more important to me is those 3 look like they care and like to play together as a team plus maybe it will wake Troy up if not OG will take up more of his minutes

  • RDD#76

    And plays defense

  • inLinE6

    What makes Minnesota a tough tough tough game?

  • HoosierCruz

    OG is a true OG!! Love that guy, hope he keeps it up. 11pts & 2 steals in 11min he looked unstoppable on both sides

  • VanPastorMan

    JM caused a few turnovers by his playing d today. it was very nice to see.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    The combination of OSU and Minn is tough tough tough. Minn is only one tough, because any road game is tough. Minn is not very different ranking-wise than Nebraska, and the latter could have easily beaten us.

  • inLinE6

    I thought we could just play like South Dakota and grab a win. LOL.

  • Hardwood83

    The refs were terrible, and not just normal B1G level terrible either. Missed MANY calls or made the wrong one. Not all were against IU but too many.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    I worry about EVERY road game!

  • Hardwood83

    I wouldn’t mind hiring Painter as Defensive Coordinator! Tommy could recruit them then turn them over for Defensive indoctrination.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Nice! Best of both worlds!

  • BoxingGlobe

    Purdue got beat at home. Don’t count the Hoosiers out yet. That’s why they play the game!!

  • dwdkc

    Young Hoosier, I have a new profile pic for you!

  • dwdkc

    Most fans still have post-traumatic stress from our history in Williams Arena. We know they really stink this year, but can’t shake our memories

  • Young Hoosier

    Winnie the Pooh was a good movie.

  • CreanFaithful

    KenPom likes IU by 8. I’d take it.

  • IUMIKE1

    I hear ya, lol, I hear ya.

  • IUMIKE1

    Ditto that.

  • OG’s most obvious spot would be Turnover Troy’s.

  • Troy

  • I agree completely. They blew 4 charge calls against IU, calling blocks for each one. That’s four fouls that went the wrong way, when IU players had position. Very bad officiating. And why does Hartman always attract poor foul calls by the refs? He’s a magnet for crap calls for some reason.

  • who is this “we” you are referring to? Seems like you accidentally posted to the wrong forum here. Also, you’re wrong.

  • IU pulls off a solid road win in conference play, and this is all you have to say? It’s just dumb. Really dumb.

  • I like how the freshmen play, especially how they all seem so eager to feed the post. I’ve said it after Hoosier Hysteria and I’ll say it again: OG will be starting a few games by the end of the season.

  • purdue fans should not post to this site. just stop.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    Maybe KenPom thinks the Warlock is still invisibly present on the sidelines.

  • Young Hoosier

    It was Nebraska. It means nothing to our tourney resume.