At the Buzzer: Wisconsin 82, Indiana 79

  • 01/26/2016 9:48 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 82-79 overtime loss to Wisconsin:

How it happened: This was a hard fought, back and forth contest that featured plenty of drama and a lot of free throws for the Badgers. Wisconsin won this game at the foul line as it made more free throws (28) than Indiana attempted (18). The Hoosiers had no answer for Nigel Hayes (31 points) and Ethan Happ (25 points) as the fouls continued to pile on all evening. Still, this is a game that Indiana could have and maybe should have won given that it had a lead late in regulation and a point blank shot at the buzzer of regulation to win it. Yogi Ferrell was terrific offensively in finishing with 30 points on 5-of-6 shooting on 3s, but got little help from his teammates from behind the arc (2-of-10 combined). The Hoosiers will look back on this game as one where turnovers – they finished with a turnover percentage of 25.3 – and an inability to put up enough resistance at the rim ultimately sealed their fate. The loss ended IU’s 12 game winning streak and extended its losing streak in Madison to 14.

Standout performer: Ferrell was the reason Indiana had a chance to win as he poured in a team-high 30 points and also tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven. He only had one assist, but his teammates didn’t help him out either as shots just weren’t falling for guys other than Thomas Bryant, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Statistic that stands out: It’s hard enough to win on the road, but when you’re opponent posts a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 77.1, it’s damn near impossible. That’s exactly what Wisconsin did as the Badgers took 37 free throws and connected on 28 of them.

Final stats:

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  • bleeding crimson

    One of my biggest complaints.

  • bleeding crimson

    Once again Yogi had no help and bad Troy showed up. So did Bad TB, I think OG was not feeling well, at least is what I heard on the radio after the game. And did you really think the Zebra’s weren’t ready to give them the calls?

  • bleeding crimson

    How many minutes did RJ sit when get got I think his second foul in the first half?

  • bleeding crimson

    I don’t think he told anybody what to do, he just calls it like he see’s it. Ole Man has always been tough and always will, just accept it and go on.

  • bleeding crimson

    I think he’s talking about the missed dunk by TB.

  • bleeding crimson

    He had to put in NZ or RB or HN to relieve RJ during his foul issues.

  • Koko

    I am sick of the “green room stuff” and I’m also sick of ESPN’s orgasmic love affair with Ben Simmons. Don’t get me wrong Ben is a helluva player and I do like watching him play but they have gone way overboard on him at ESPN.

  • kris

    Thanks for your input, but that’s not how we roll in ITH. There’s a way to disagree without telling people to “stop”. That’s the point. Many of us have strong opinions and just because we do, it doesn’t change how Alex wants this site to be in terms of civility. Peace.

  • bleeding crimson

    And TB needs help D from Max, OG, JM.

  • Koko

    One game and you say that? Lets give them a few more B1G games before the return to early form chant comes out. It was a tough B1G at Wisky. Wisky played good D and exposed TB’s weakness on D. Why not just leave it at that and not put us back into a bad team category? Did TC coach bad or did Gard just out coach TC? We shall see in the coming weeks whether the “return to early form” chant should be bantered about.

  • ForeverIU

    I disagree. Wisconsin is not a very good team. We should have beat them handily.

  • ForeverIU

    How are you going to police tone? It makes no sense. All one has to do if they need more “fleshing out” of opinion from Ole Man is ask him. He has never been unreasonable about discussion.

  • bleeding crimson

    You have to keep in mind that RJ had two quick fouls and that probably played into his head knowing how the ref’s were calling the game, plus the fact that Wis came out on the 3 line to keep us from nailing them.

  • kris

    No one said anything about policing tone. It was an observation, something we should all keep in mind. I’ve said all I need to say.

  • ForeverIU

    I just see nothing wrong with Ole Man’s style. He’s one of the few reasons I’ve stuck with ITH. He is one of the most insightful posters on this forum. And he also has a sense of humor. I’ve said all I need to say too.

  • John

    Typical Can’t get a D stop when needed. No free throws because we are a drive and kick for shooting the 3. Until they drive to finish at the rim, no free throws. Still can’t win big road games. Starting tuff part of schedule 0-1. Hope they can turn it around

  • SilentBob

    He never had himself fully gathered. I knew he was going to miss it the moment he went up. Finger roll off the glass with his long arms would have been a much better option

  • SilentBob

    I’ve never heard the term “get real” used in a way that wasn’t meant to put somebody down. But I like you, even if you are a bit rough around the edges, so I’ll let it go.

  • SilentBob

    I believe Crean mentioned it an interview that Thomas had been wanting too but the coaches weren’t nescarily comfortable with it yet. It was absolutely a designed play and it worked well. I would have been talking about it if he would have just laid it in cause the drive was so pretty. He didn’t have himself completely gathered when he went up. At least it didn’t look like it to me.

    I’m not picking on Thomas. He is the second best player on our team, and one of the better offensive big men in the country. But our team failed to execute some plays, and that one was the first that came to mind.

  • kris

    It’s cool, okay? Whether he believes it or not, I like Ole Man too. I’m just doing my job as a moderator and I don’t expect people to always agree with the moderation. Peace.

  • ForeverIU

    Thanks, Kris. I know you are trying to do your job. But FWIW, I just wanted you to know that as a regular and committed ITHer I don’t see any need for intervention here. But that’s just my opinion, and I’m not trying to undermine what you’re doing. And what’s a forum without some spice? LOL.

  • Ole Man

    Sure hope that you are correct.
    Hoping this is just a one game aberration.

  • Ole Man

    Agree that as a team they failed to execute.
    Don’t think you can single out one player or one particular play.
    Plenty of ?????? all around.

  • Young Hoosier

    Meaning they don’t mean much to the NCAA. They aren’t a national brand. They’re hardly a Midwest brand. Just a state brand. If they fell back into the cellar where they used to be… no one would notice too much.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    Is it not supposed to be called an offensive foul when a player puts his off-hand around the hip of the defender and “guides” him out of the way? I’m actually asking here–irritation with home-cooking officiating aside. I think there were at least 10 times that Hayes or Happ did that to IU’s inside defenders and I was scratching my head as to why that is never a call. I thought that’s what “hooking” referred to…

  • SilentBob

    I wasn’t singling him out, just provided one example. Bottom line is Wisconsin made the plays, or free throws, and we didn’t. Still lots of areas for just about everyone on this team to improve on

  • b_side

    Bad Yogi??? Only guy to show up offensively and defensively.

  • millzy32

    Nick Z goes 0-4 and yet somehow is at +11 in the +/- for 23 minutes. Wow, if we just had him play 40 minutes and go 0-10 We would have dominated:0

  • millzy32

    Yogi’s assists for the game were so low he stooped to the old trick of passing the ball to himself and it worked.

  • millzy32

    The brunette? Good call.

  • millzy32

    Won’t be long before you have to change your moniker to “old Hoosier”.

  • LOL. And, seriously, I was thinking right after how ironic it would be if a blown call cost Wisconsin the game. I think we scored five straight points immediately after.

  • IU Coop

    We played back to early season form. Lots of Yogi ‘hero ball’, very few assists, poor positioning on defense causing lots of reaching instead of moving their feet. I have been mildly surprised by the win streak but have wondered many times if it is all just a product of the schedule (I know, not nearly the only one). Should have beaten a down Wisc team. We have yet to beat anyone of any value this season, worried about the finish…

  • Larry Jenkins

    ya , i agree ,what a tough loss, but 37 free throws, really? it happen’s everytime we go up there,and if you couldn’t see it ,your blind, and yes Yogi busted his butt tonight, but we didn;t play the way they have been playing, they hardely set up for 3 pointers,wth kicking the ball outside ,and they weren’t getting the calls , when they went inside !all in all ,i didn;t think they played smart ,like they have been, i hope lesson learned ! iam sure they will bounce back ,like a good team should,and play hard the rest of the season ! GOOOOOOO IU !

  • Young Hoosier

    What age do I have to be?

  • IUMIKE1

    For the life of me, I too could not understand why we didn’t double Hayes and make someone else beat us. It’s not like the rest of the team was burning up the nets from outside. They simply cleared out his favorite side, the left, and let him get fouled by our single defender. Screamed for a double team for the last 3 or 4 minutes or regulation and overtime.

  • IUMIKE1

    Irregardless of who was guarding him we should have been doubling him but never did the last few minutes and the overtime. Not making someone else prove they could take a shot and hit it or go to the free throw line and make them was a mistake IMHO.

  • IUMIKE1

    Have made that exact point to the friends that I watch with. If TW, or any player for that matter, forces up a really bad shot, it’s really close to the same thing as a turnover. All players take a bad shot or force up a stinker at times, but TW is way ahead of anybody else in that department. That running hook shot looking thing that he tries to bank in as he runs down the right side 8 to 10 feet from the basket makes me wanna scream.

  • IUMIKE1

    IMHO the biggest in game adjustment that should have been made, but wasn’t, was double teaming Hayes and making someone else prove they could hit a shot or go to the line and make free throws. I mean Hayes was hitting the shot or hitting the free throws so it wasn’t a failure if someone else hit the shot.

  • IUMIKE1

    He (and the rest of the team for that matter) might even try something called a shot fake. I know it’s a complicated and hard maneuver to utilize, but they really should try to learn to use it. Throw that in with the jump stop and something tells me that we see a whole lot more Good Troy and a whole lot less Bad Troy.

  • IUMIKE1

    If such a stat exists it would probably be done by Synergy.

  • IUMIKE1

    Five home losses by a total of 14 points.

  • IUMIKE1

    That is a perfect example of why I have said several times that TC needs to get up and step in zebras’ a$$ with both feet once in a while. Our players getting ” chicken winged ” over and over would have been the perfect time for him to stand up to them and let them know that it’s BS and that he’s going to keep pointing it out until they start calling it at least part of the time. He can say, ” oh it doesn’t do any good or change anything to do that “, all he wants, but I, and others know that it damn sure can and a lot of the time does. I list myself as knowing it can and usually makes a difference from having done it myself. Does it always produce an immediate and noticeable change in a big way, no, but at the same time one or two calls going our way instead of their way and it could definitely have made the difference.

  • Hoosier4life67

    For me the game came down to 1 play. With regulation time ending and yogi driving to the hoop. He got Nigel in the Air with the fake but then didn’t go back up into him and draw the foul. Had he done so IU wins the game taking the lead on free throws with 2 seconds left. All in all it was one of the more exciting games to watch this season win or lose.

  • BL

    Don’t disagree.