Indiana travels to Penn State looking for 10th Big Ten win

  • 02/05/2016 8:20 pm in

The last time Penn State played at home in the Bryce Jordan Center was January 21 against Wisconsin.

Saturday night, Indiana will visit Penn State in hopes of picking up its 10th conference victory, which would keep them atop the Big Ten standings and surpass last season’s conference win total of nine.

No. 22 IU will be coming off of a huge road victory over Michigan that included an incredible 28-0 run. It was a statement win against a top 50 team that could set the Hoosiers up for a run at the Big Ten regular season title.

However, in order to set up a battle for first place with Iowa next week, the Hoosiers (19-4, 9-1) have to take care of business on the road.

The Nittany Lions (11-12, 2-8) have played a very tough schedule, losing only to teams with winning records in conference play. Their two wins came against Minnesota and Northwestern.

“We haven’t been home in a long time,” Penn State coach Pat Chambers said on Friday. “We’re playing on the road a ton, seven out of 10. It would be nice to flip some of the scripts here with some of the teams in the Big Ten, but this is the hand we were dealt. Hopefully being in the Bryce Jordan Center we can see the ball go in the basket a little bit more.”

Penn State has already lost twice to Michigan, and has also lost to Maryland, Michigan State, Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

“The kids just have to continue to play with confidence,” Chambers said. “I felt we really moved the basketball well (against Iowa). We have sophomores and freshmen that are very inexperienced that are out there. I have to give them the confidence to take that shot, and I’m going to. They know that.”

Senior forward Brandon Taylor leads Penn State is scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game. The streaky sophomore Shep Garner is second in scoring at 13.7 points per game.

“I’m a firm believer of repetition,” Chambers said. “I’m a firm believer in preparation. Just keep doing what you’re doing and it’s going to go in.”

The Nittany Lions have lost four straight, and are ranked No. 148 according to KenPom. Their offense is at No. 188, and defense at No. 111. They have also played the 27th hardest schedule.

“When you’re losing a couple in a row, you start to check into everything,” Chambers said. “We’re playing really good basketball teams, Iowa’s a top five team, Michigan is a really good team, I think Indiana is a terrific basketball team, so we just have to play at our pace and slow it down a little bit.”

For comparison, Indiana is ranked No. 20 according to KenPom, with the No. 20 offense and No. 44 defense in the country.

“I’m not making excuses,” Chambers said. “But being on the road and between foreign baskets and gymnasiums, I think that plays a little bit with these young kids’ minds.”

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  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Is Yogi limping?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Vicbert,,,You nervous about the second half? I am.

  • ChitwoodIN

    Even “IF” IU pulls this out, this was and is a horribly coached and played game. There’s nothing positive that comes from this.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Game over. Damn.

  • LeeTimmer

    Well, the trap snapped on them tonight.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Certainly not the most fun I’ve had all day.

  • Whohadthelastperfctseason?

    I didn’t get to see the game (glad about that), but I listened to the end of Don Fischer’s postgame show. Fischer said that Taylor got 3 open looks in a row from 3-pt range in the 2nd half and hit all 3. Boggles the mind how the Hoosiers can lose track of PSU’s leading scorer one time, let alone 3 in a row. Also heard that PSU went with a big front line against IU (1st time all season) and it seemed to work, at least in the first half. Hope IU’s bigs can hold up against some big front lines coming up…

  • John Martinek

    We suck. I took a lot of crap over saying the Rutgers and Nebraska wins were “embarrassing”. We make tourney. Win 1 game. Gone in round of 32. I love CTC, but he has to go. Not gonna win titles with him