At the Buzzer: Indiana 70, Minnesota 63

  • 01/16/2016 2:52 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 70-63 win over Minnesota:

How it happened: The Hoosiers moved to 3-0 in conference play away from Assembly Hall, but it wasn’t easy against one of the league’s worst team. Indiana trailed by as many as nine in the first half, but Nick Zeisloft hit four straight 3s and the Hoosiers went into the half knotted at 34. In the second 20 minutes, Yogi Ferrell came up big in the winning effort as he finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds in 37 minutes. Ferrell didn’t shoot it great, but moved into second place on the school’s all-time assists list with 544. He passed Quinn Buckner (542) and is just one behind Michael Lewis (545). Also of note: Indiana turned it over on just 18.7 percent of its possessions and was mistake free the final 16:34 of the game.

Standout performer(s): Ferrell gets the nod as he put the team on his back down the stretch and made six of eight free throws to go along with the seven assist and six rebounds. Zeisloft also deserves a mention for his 3-point barrage in the first half to keep the Hoosiers in the game.

Statistic that stands out: After turning it over 10 times in the first half, Indiana had just three in the second half and as mentioned above, didn’t commit one in the final 16:34.

Final stats:



(Photo credit:ย Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • mharv2631

    “What about Bob”

  • Freddy Jefferson

    Nice to see iu playing with some confidence…..its been awhile

  • TomJameson

    I would be very afraid of Troy starting at the 2, he needs to be roaming the wings like he does. Somebody said how good Troy was today, but I saw a little of both the good AND bad Troy. He just doesn’t handle the ball better that RJ.

  • TomJameson

    He’ll be okay, as soon as he starts feeling better and can get his confidence back. Look at NZ …. WOW! Started feeling it tonight! LOL

  • Ole Man

    Hope that was satire.

  • TomJameson

    TB really is starting to grow up, just wish he’d give up all the gesturing and crying to the officials. I watched the replay in slow motion about 20 times (from the only angle given), and he really did get a little elbow across the jaw. Probably wasn’t much, but enough to make him think about taking a flop! LOL

  • Ole Man

    Huge difference in calling the decision stupid and calling Crean stupid.
    You should learn that before you call another poster stupid.
    It makes you look that way.

  • Ole Man

    When he gets the chance to play 40 minutes; if you catch my drift.

  • TomJameson

    Newkirk, RJ, JBJ (most likely), recruits, Niego (if needed) … We’ll have a good squad of guards next year. Certainly the guard depth isn’t near the top of my worry list. I think I’d be more worried about getting a decently talented, quality big man OR TWO, that might stay for 2 to 3 years.

  • TomJameson

    30 minutes is enough for him this year. Next year (if he’s still here) he’ll be playing more.

    But I’m really liking TBs development … AND his attitude and enthusiasm.

  • TomJameson

    Yogi doesn’t get the respect he deserves, but don’t think many really actively disrespect him.

    I can’t believe that 4 players were taken from the B1G for the POY list and Yogi wasn’t one of them. Just by his stats alone he should have made the 25, and even the list of 15 coming up.

  • TomJameson

    I’m sure it was, but I must say, CH looks like he packs quite a punch! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • TomJameson

    Okay, I’ll say it straight out, the officiating at that game was horrible … AND noticeably lopsided in favor of Minnesota. There were so many hard fouls against IU that were NOT called that it made me question, seriously question, if Slick Rick Jr didn’t have them paid off.

    I watched a foul called against RJ where he was defending a drive to the basket … there was NO CONTACT at all … you could see space between their bodies for goodness sake, and they called a foul. WOW!

    It’s not that all the fouls called against IU weren’t “real” fouls, it’s all the no-calls FOR MN. These officials were just bad.

    Okay, off my soap box now! LOL

  • BL

    Tom, if Troy started at 2, I don’t believe we’d see any real change in his role. YF will still run the offense. Also, love to see OG start. Believe he would add more to this team than RJ (more complete game). Plus, YF needs a legit backup. RJ is the logical choice. Hate to see both YF and RJ get in foul trouble in the same game. Then what? Could happen against the better teams.

  • BL

    If nothing else you’re persistent ๐Ÿ™‚

  • TomJameson

    First OG, I want him coming off the bench for the rest of this year. He is so valuable as the 6th man coming in with his defense and energy like he does. He’ll probably start next year, but he is very successful now. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Right now, OG ain’t broke … lol.

    As far as who’s at the point, in CTCs “positionless” game it can be RJ or Troy anyway. Personally I think of Troy as a 2-3-4, RJ as a 1-2, and NZ helping as a 1-2-3. IU seems to be hanging on and even doing better in some ways. To me that “positionless” system is working out pretty good.

    One thing for sure, I would love to see only Yogi playing the true point position, at least up through half court.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    I think your right

  • BL

    Ain’t broke but can get better. No worries, I don’t see TC pulling RJ from the starting lineup, but I do love surprises.

  • Missing Moye

    OG came back on the floor for the final 32 seconds.

  • Missing Moye

    I’ve noticed in years past that Crean has been hesitant to leave freshman on the floor down the stretch in tightly contested games, especially on the road. I wonder if it was simply a case of having a fifth year senior that’s “been there, done that” and he trusted him a bit more to handle the situation.

  • Hardwood83

    That’s being kind, it was absolutely unconscionable bordering on criminal. Why is B1G officiating so terrible?

  • How the heck did I miss that? Awesome, thanks!

  • Sure, that makes sense as well. Was TB in the game at the end of the Wisconsin game? Can’t remember.

  • Missing Moye

    I had to go back and look, but he was, as were the other freshman. I didn’t see Bryant have an injury as others have mentioned, but that actually makes more sense.

  • Well, here’s to hoping if he was hurt, it’s nothing serious and he’ll be on the court on Tuesday.

  • TokyoSteve

    I agree whole-heartedly, Ole Man. Wanted to click the agree button a hundred times. I hate the word “haters” on sports boards. Why not use a more adult term, like “booger butts.”

  • Show-Me-State HOOSIER

    s ago
    IU wins on the road and KENSUCKY loses against Auburn !!!!!!!! Great day to be a HOOSIER!

  • Ole Man

    ROFL! I may steal that one.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    Ole Man, to be technical as is your penchant, sam (inappropriately) called what you said stupid, and not you.

    Although, I understand your questioning CTC’s leaving TB out, it went how I’m guessing we would all prefer in the end–into the W column! In my opinion, there’s actually more support for that particular decision than basis for criticism.

    But hey–it’s WAY more fun to come on these boards and share our opinions after a W.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    If you watched ND @ Duke, you’d have seen just about the same ridiculous disparity.

    Just thankful it wasn’t enough to hand the home team the game in either case…
    (Duke’s 8th home loss to an unranked team in 20 years or something like that, if I recall a stat they showed during that game… ridiculous)

  • SCHoosier

    I think we can live without a lot of offense if Rob plays D and takes care of the ball. Can’t seem to do the latter.

  • ForeverIU

    Just my tribute to Yogi.

  • Ole Man

    You are quite correct, Mark. Way more fun after a win!
    And to be honest, TC had his reasons for his subbing pattern. And in hindsight to even go there after a win was nit picking by me.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    lol… if they didn’t want nitpicking, they never should have invented Internet comment sections!