At the Buzzer: Indiana 82, Michigan State 75

  • 01/21/2017 6:11 pm in

Quick thoughts on an 82-75 win over Michigan State:

How it happened: No OG Anunoby. No Juwan Morgan. No problem this afternoon for Indiana. The Hoosiers, who led by as many as 20 in the second half, controlled the contest from the opening tip. Michigan State made it interesting down the stretch and cut the lead all the way down to four with 5:03 remaining. But Indiana had an answer, as it did all afternoon. Indiana won this game on the strength of its offense and was able to build such a large lead because it played well defensively for the game’s first 25 minutes. Unlike last season’s team, which buried some teams at home in Big Ten play, this group didn’t play well for all 40 minutes. But in a game the Hoosiers desperately needed, the barrage of 3-pointers was enough to carry Indiana to the win.

Standout performance: James Blackmon Jr. was terrific from the opening tip as he finished with 33 points on 11-of-16 shooting. It was the highest scoring output ever for Blackmon Jr. in a Big Ten game and also matched a career-high.

Statistic(s) that stands out: Indiana’s 3-point shooting and offensive efficiency lit up one of the Big Ten’s best defenses. Michigan State came in allowing Big Ten opponents just .91 points per possessions. Indiana scored 1.27. The Spartans were also allowing Big Ten opponents to shoot just 31.6 percent on 3s. Indiana hit 11-of-24 for 45.8 percent.

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  • Bruce Clark

    Doing a little bit of everything: McRoberts knows his role and plays it well.

    Watched a replay: Newkirk is quick but not a good finisher.

    With regard to TB, wondering if he is working his legs out too heavy during the season. I recall reading his vertical increased fairly impressively, but it certainly doesn’t look like it right now.

    Any conference win is a good win!

  • pdhoosier

    Sentence 3 through me! Thought you were making an insult for a sec.then realized you were doing quite the opposite!

  • pdhoosier

    Assists and man-to-man d

  • pdhoosier

    If he could shoot a 3 no one would say a word. I LOVE DG, but newKirk does his job mostly

  • pdhoosier

    Justified or not, he gives up transition buckets with that whine, and I prefer cheese

  • pdhoosier

    I was shocked even by that first number. They were basically all traveling calls, resulting in no points off of, and we still had 25 pts. Essentially, as far as the rock was concerned, it was protected!

  • Fifer39

    Clumsy writing – but definitely a compliment 🙂

  • TomJameson

    Really glad they took care of the ball — only 9 turnovers. If they had turned of over the “normal” 18 the game would have been lost. 9 less possessions for IU, and 9 more for MSU, would have been a completely different game.

    Thanks to the whole team. Even though JBJ got 33, it almost always looked like a total team effort.

  • Ole Man

    Good. Hope you are, too.
    Caught snatches of that game. Couldn’t believe how AZ blew them out on their own court. Still think UCLA is a FF contender.

  • Ole Man

    And the “Bash Bryant Bus” must surely be overloaded with wannabe pundits by now.

  • Ole Man

    Oh; I don’t feel bad so bad now. Some great courses out there; but they’re in KC.

  • Ole Man

    Shorter lineups.

  • Ole Man

    Crean has a defense?

  • Ole Man

    No, he doesn’t give up transition buckets. The loudest whine is the fans whining about him whining!
    Enough with that already.

  • Ole Man

    Thank God Nairn decided to go to MSU rather than IU.
    It did give JBJ someone to guard today! LOL!

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Thanks Vic, I took a new job and it’s been pretty busy. I don’t have as much free time as I used to. Lol

  • Ole Man

    Did you not read Alex’ excellent breakdown of the changes in TB’s game this year; and some of the reasons why those changes have occurred?
    He published it here this week.
    I suggest you read it before you comment on TB again.

  • Ole Man

    Total team win!

  • Fifer39

    I was thinking exactly that during the game last night – don’t think he’d be taking minutes off any of our guards.

    ‘JBJ someone to guard’ – classic, LOL!!

  • pcantidote

    Occasionally one shows up.

  • Chappy Dan

    So you agree that he’s whining.

  • Chappy Dan

    You can watch the replay on the ESPN website.

  • Ole Man

    I was clear that the fans are over reacting. Are you one of the loud whiners?
    BTW, can you watch a game now that a player doesn’t give a WTF look at the ref?