At the Buzzer: Indiana 103, Illinois 69

  • 01/19/2016 9:05 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 103-69 win over Illinois:

How it happened: Indiana started quickly, but a 10-0 run from Illinois to draw within one at 22-21 made you wonder if there’d be a close game in Assembly Hall. But the Hoosiers, as they’re known to do at home, responded with a 16-2 run and cruised to a 42-25 halftime lead mainly due to 3-point shooting (9-of-21). Not only did Indiana hold the Illini to just .78 points per possession in the first half, IU had just four turnovers for a turnover percentage of only 12. From there, things just got worse for Illinois. Indiana continued its 3-point barrage in the second half and set a new school record for 3-pointers made in a game at 19. Simply put: This was domination from nearly start to finish by Indiana.

Standout performer(s): On a night where he set Indiana’s all-time assists record on this beautiful pass to Max Bielfeldt, it’s hard to go with anyone other than Yogi Ferrell. The senior point guard continued his best stretch of basketball ever in a Hoosier uniform with 16 points and nine assists in 31 minutes. Ferrell was given a loud round of applause when he exited with 4:25 to play and for good reason. It’s hard to find a point guard playing better right now.

Statistic(s) that stands out: Indiana was red hot from behind the 3-point line and hit 19 of its 36 attempts from distance for 52.7 percent. For the game, the Hoosiers scored 1.46 points per possession, easily their best output so far in Big Ten play.

Final stats:

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  • Jimmy Chitwood

    But ya did…. jerk off

  • Young Hoosier

    No. Play good yes lol. Or the team on my 2k MyGM does well.

  • Hoosier from Hell

    Is this a command, as in “Jerk off”?
    Or a noun, as in “jerk-off”?
    Or did you get half-way in the sentence, and then confuse yourself?

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  • Jimmy Chitwood

    i was talking to your mom… as in jerk it off

  • Hoosier from Hell

    Ooooo .. Lil Jimmy picking on the girls now!

  • Jimmy Chitwood

    not girls as in plural but slut as in your mom

  • Kwang

    This crap thread section is why most consider the front page, well, crap!

  • Hoosier from Hell

    I’m happy for any woman that screws a lot, if that’s what you mean by slut. I say congratulations. At least she’s not coming on here to hate on people because she went home alone tonight.

  • Zach

    Well that was fun! The guys look like they’re having the time of their lives and are learning how to bury teams that are inferior and it’s great to see. Let’s do it again Saturday! Northwestern could be a challenge if we don’t come focused but if we do, we should take care of business again.

    Everyone played great team ball today as was evident by the assist numbers but special congrats to Yogi. Let’s all take in and enjoy the roll he’s been on and ride it out. It’s starting to click in the guys’ heads how good they can be if they keep playing together on both sides of the ball.

  • Victor OlaMoye

    I don’t think you mis-typed, I just mis-read. I get what you were saying. My bad

  • Victor OlaMoye

    And I agree! Team looks good as of late. Still some tests to come but it is nice to see some good defense.

  • I don’t expect this team to win every game. I really don’t. But I do expect this team to fight for the win in every game. I don’t expect to watch another game this year and feel that the team just gave up. I wouldn’t have said that a few weeks ago, but I feel very confident saying it now, which speaks volumes (for me personally) about the change in the team’s attitude. So, I think they’ll handle adversity well, even if that doesn’t always mean they win the game. I feel sorry for the next opponent should they lose, in fact.

  • I’m really not terribly concerned about their attitude. Not saying they’ll win–I’m loving this team right now, and can’t wait until they start playing the better talent in the league. But, and I hope I’m not wrong, this team seems to have a real will to win (fed by Yogi, who’s become a very good leader) and they’re very close. I’m actually looking forward to seeing them match up again against a really good team.

  • tate14

    The formula is basic and time worn. Turnovers and defense. Defense and turnovers. When you shoot the ball as well as the Hoosiers can, you throw in the other two pieces and you’re gonna be a successful team. Kudos to Troy for making a conscious effort to rein it in and get under control. To me, the most impressive statistic of the night was TW playing 25 minutes and ZERO turnovers! Amazing!

  • Jimmy Chitwood

    Not just any woman, but your mom. You know cause you’re a jerk off.

  • Hoosier from Hell

    Umm, I don’t know. I’m not sure why you’re fixated on my mom. She’s in her late 70s. But whatever turns you on. I mean, it’s not really my business.

  • kaponya44

    I would not be so sure of that now ,especially after they took Maryland to OT night..

    IU should not have to look at other schools for examples of why NU should be taken seriously like any other B1G team, home or away.I really like the growing maturity level IU has shown as of recent.

    This isn’t the typical Northwestern team either.. With less talent than this season, Northwestern has took a game from us in each of the past couple under Collins. They’ve also won at Assembly Hall more than once during Crean’s tenure..pUKe can’t even say that.

    I just think this IU team is reaping the benefits of having veterans who have failed in those type of games..The basketball we have saw lately is clearly the product of some honest soul searching.

    This season was about to go off the rails little more than a couple of weeks ago…And it is still Northwestern, so you could be right.Lol

  • TomJameson

    Hahahahaha … yeah, I’m absolutely positive that CTC gets his coaching acumen from reading our comments and taking notes. Hahahahaha

  • TomJameson

    Yogi was having a really great time last night playing basketball. They were all having a lot of fun. Of course it’s easier when you have a blowout in your favor, but still good to see what they can do when they’re all on the same page.

  • BL

    Yes and the more he relies on his jumper, the better he plays. Many have said it and it’s so true – IU goes as TW goes. Can’t imagine us losing when TW has zero turnovers.

  • TomJameson

    Niego got his first bucket! 3 point percentage is now 50% (1 for 2). lol

  • TomJameson

    I’ll say it again … turnovers and defense … the two biggest focal points to be worked on over and over. Don’t ever be satisfied, keep on getting better at both. The offense should work itself out with all the talent IU has, but even on an “off” night, the defense can carry the team.

  • SCHoosier

    Sorry but Rob has been less steady in the conference games last year and this. He needs a mid-range game and needs to take better care of the ball. When he’s at PG and Yogi is on the bench there is a noticeable lack of continuity in the Hoosier offense. We forget that Rob is only a soph. IMO..he will be a terrific 4 year player for IU. with his best yet to come. . IU will have some serious new guard talent next year..that will be great for everyone including Rob.

  • SCHoosier

    He also got a nice piece of trivia. “Who made the last three when IU set a record for # of three’s made in the 2016 at home game against ILL”. Hopefully they will break their own record against MD:)

  • sarge

    I would, but there is no square box for me.

  • sarge

    Sooooooooooo glad Drew Crawford is gone. Seriously.

  • sarge

    They got help from the zebras

  • sarge

    He had a rough game, but at least he had fun with the students when he fouled out. It is tough to play against Yogi at AH.

  • sarge

    I will remember this post when you downplay our performance on Sat.

  • sarge

    You should write for ITH. Your comments are spot on

  • sarge

    You can really see that he worked hard on his shooting touch.

  • sarge

    We are on an 11 game win streak and your comments after some of these wins are despicable. Glad to see that you are finally coming around.

  • sarge

    ^What a sh*t comment this was^

  • sarge

    I never understood any of that ever. YF is and always has been amazing, game after game after game.

  • sarge

    Somebody’s mad that CTC has got the team on a role and might keep his job? You don’t seem like much of a Hoosier for Hickory Chitwood.

  • bleeding crimson

    Are you a board controller?

  • bleeding crimson

    Keep in mind that IU seems to play up for higher ranked teams and plays down for lower rank teams in the past few years…This year we are still growing and more importantly still gell’in. IU is somewhat young and our schedule favors for growth.

  • bleeding crimson

    We are a good team, as long as we get more experience and increase D in each game as we more forward and limit TO’s we could become great.

  • bleeding crimson

    As always…we are at home and at one point they shot 17 FT to our 4. Again at home.

  • bleeding crimson

    You haven’t already done that?

  • bleeding crimson

    Let me guess your loses, @ Mich, Penn ST, Iowa, and home against Iowa, PUke, and MD?

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Hard to draw fouls when your launching bombs from 3-point land.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    How will we as a fanbase handle adversity?!? The only way we know how…by completely overreacting! LOL It’s the only thing we know how to do. Lose an early game against one of the best college basketball coaches ever in one of the hardest places to play and people are screaming for Crean and the AD’s head. Win 11 in a row against teams, for the most part, won’t make the NCAA tournament and the pendulum fans swing the other way. I’m with you though. We are currently winning games that we are supposed to win, IMO. But there are several games coming up in the next few weeks that I am worried about, especially the road games.

  • Yeesh, thanks. I wish that were true. 🙂

  • Bill Graham

    I agree completely. I still maintain my overall view which is that we need someone who is a good recruiter and a good game situation adjuster (why the weird lingo you’re probably wondering)… I feel like sometimes people say well, “CTC is a good recruiter but he’s not a good coach…” Well part of coaching is recruiting. And I certainly feel like he is good at individual player development and half time adjustments. But overall, I still feel like when it comes to the last couple mins of the game he’s not brilliant with his adjustments (defensive schemes, personel, timeouts, etc.)
    so ya. thats a length response to your reply but my point is: I’m trying to maintain my enthusiasm for our current success without being fickle.