At the Buzzer: Indiana 63, Northwestern 62

  • 02/25/2017 10:13 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 63-62 win over Northwestern:

How it happened: Things looked bleak early on for Indiana. Northwestern, looking to solidify an NCAA tournament berth for the first time in program history, raced out to a 26-14 lead at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The Indiana faithful grew restless and boos were audible. But the Hoosiers didn’t quit. Over the last 5:01 of the first half, Indiana scored 22 points. Northwestern didn’t score. The run was capped off by a Devonte Green heave from about 70 feet out to send Indiana into halftime with a 36-26 lead. But the prosperity for the Hoosiers was short lived. It took just four second half minutes for Northwestern to trim the IU lead to four. By the 13:45 mark, the Wildcats had the lead back. And it looked like Northwestern was going to win going away. But Indiana never gave in. And the Hoosiers closed the game on a 8-0 run, punctuated by a Thomas Bryant 3-point play with 2.6 seconds left on a nifty pass from James Blackmon Jr. The win improved IU to 16-13 overall and 6-10 in Big Ten play.

Standout performer: Green scored eight points and Indiana was +19 in the 12 minutes he was on the floor in the first half. He finished with eight points, four rebounds, two steals, two assists, two turnovers and a block.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana had two major runs in this game. The Hoosiers had a 22-0 spurt to end the first half and an 8-0 run to finish off the win.

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  • jwcasey

    What a win over a bubble team at home!! Extend Tom Crean’s contract!!

  • AndyCapp

    LOL, REALLY?!?

  • IULore

    Gutted one out for Colin. Still really hard for this team to win.

  • jwcasey

    No…not really. That’s total sarcasm.

  • RDD#76

    Priller time=Good Luck!!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Alex, I want to give you the well deserved credit on posting this quickly after a game like this one. Thanks.

  • AndyCapp

    LMAO, GOOD!

  • jwcasey

    Was it just me, or did the Assembly Hall crowd seem oddly enthusiastic?

  • AndyCapp

    Great to see a good turnout for Collin and Seniors Night. We are all, and still support our, Hoosiers!

  • Jeff Crowder

    Lots of fight from the team tonight. And JBJ makes two big plays at the end. Didn’t force a shot at the end and make the smart basketball player on the pass to TB.

  • iugradmark

    Half court shot ends up being the difference

  • Jeff Crowder

    May be nothing…but say they win at PUKE and at OSU…and 2 games in the tournament. Is that possible? Or was the fight they showed tonight a fluke

  • AndyCapp

    If our guards woulda done this all season what a DIFFERENCE it prolly woulda made in our W/L columns. DEF wouldn’t be on the outside lookin in of the tourney

  • Jeff Crowder

    You’re right. Making the smart simple play has been a challenge all year.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    They would get in the Ncaa Tourney, I think if that happened.

  • Jeff Crowder

    Would be a hell of a turnaround. Maybe CTC did something this week. Of course, getting blown out athe PUKE could ruin all this.

  • Jeff Crowder

    Indeed!

  • INUnivHoosier2

    Priller!

  • Jeff Crowder

    And who would have thought getting post touches would lead to better offense? Was there some coaching involved? Or merely listening?

  • Ole Man

    I can tell from you other posts that breaks your heart that real fans care.

  • AndyCapp

    LOVE for that to happen but we haven’t won four in a row since beginning of season (almost all in Beantown) and CTC isn’t exactly known for his late season runs… winning runs, that is 😉

    But who knows? As the kid in Angels in the Outfield says, “it can happen!”

  • iugradmark

    Probably didn’t help that boilers got thumped today

  • Jeff Crowder

    That a why we’re fans! For whatever we think of CTC, or we whine about the season, we all hope for the best. Stranger things have happened…

  • eville87

    Great for the kids to get a win. I think the Priller game appearance in our last home game says something. If they would quit turning the ball over they could make a run. What state is the MACINTOSH kid from? He torched us tonight! Love that the announcer said junk defense about a diamond and 1.

  • bball at nick’s

    Counting on Teflon Tom to do something miraculous, LOL. But that shouldn’t influence the decision on his future at IU.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    AND,,,,Northwestern is 100% healthy and we have OG and CH of course out.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Jw, they are college kids and they should be.

  • bball at nick’s

    I have to admit I learned that bit of class from you, LOL. We are human and fickle.

  • AndyCapp

    But that’s the very definition of insanity isn’t it? CTC doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result?

  • bball at nick’s

    He’s doing what he’s capable of, which is why I’ll never throw daggers at him. Maybe feathered pins, LOL.

  • AndyCapp

    Yeh, he’s an easy target but he’s not the only problem we’ve had this year. I think we deserve better from both coaches AND players. Gonna be an interesting off-season but, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, this one’s not done yet. We can still ruin other team’s dreams 😉

  • Zach Krumwied

    That’s what I thought as well. Two wins over #1 and maybe #2 seeds although early in the year and 20 wins would warrant a bid. Right?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I think so. Northwestern is out if IU does what was stated above. Maybe we get in. I think Northwestern is out now. Take care Zach.

  • Ole Man

    You realize that Priller has never played in a losing regular season game! Maybe has never played in a losing game at IU, but I can’t remember if he ever made an appearance in the tourney.

  • Steve S

    Gotta give the kids credit for pulling that game out and not giving in. I was sure glad to see that free throw go in. It was just bad enough to be good. Sure didn’t want to see OT. It does amaze me how bad the half court offense is tho. They scored half of their points in runs, pushing the ball up fast after missed shots by NW.
    Glad to see them catch a break tho, even if it was at the expense of NW. Sure would like to see it again at PURDY!

  • SCHoosier

    Did you notice that during that first half 22 pt run..IU had only one TO and Green pretty much took McIntosh out of the game? Happy for the team and coaches altho our TO’s nearly killed us again. Finally got some foul calls in the second half. Bet NW feels great about that 70 heave Green made to end the half turned out to be the difference. Hey..we’ve had enuff bad luck..Hoosiers were due for something. Still can’t believe some of the brainless plays these guys make with TO’s..just brainless. Not sure I’m ready for what’s likely to happen in Mackey….

  • Steve S

    Whoops, darn auto correct. PU! LOL
    Can anyone tell me why Jones can’t even come close on his shots. He was a great shooter in HS wasn’t he? He can’t come close on wide open looks.

  • bball at nick’s

    Yes, I want it, if for nothing but some entertainment at the end of a depressing season.

  • eville87

    Well respected Ole man
    I truly think it was ctc telling him thank you for playing for me. Giving him some time in his last home game.

  • Steve S

    It looks like he put him in at the end of the NC game last year. His name is on the stat sheet.

  • Ole Man

    Thanks for that lookup!

  • jwcasey

    Hahaha that’s cute.

  • Fifer39

    IU wins. PU and the Zags lose. That’s a good night!

  • TomJameson

    Haha … I had that same thought, but of course, the whole game contributed to the win. Can’t really pick out one play from 40 minutes, but that one was really nice. Kept replaying it … awesome.

    TB sure made a clutch free throw though!

  • TomJameson

    I’m thinking that Northwestern gets in with one more win. They certainly are much higher in the B1G rankings than IU, even with the IU win.

  • TomJameson

    I know Steve, I’ve wondered at the same thing. I think he started out ok, but then he hasn’t been getting the minutes either.

  • IU Coop

    Yes, and thankfully didn’t listen to CTC who wanted a timeout. Ignoring the coach ordinarily would be a bad move, but not on this team. Crean would’ve set up a terrible out of bounds play no doubt and we would’ve lost. Nice win, Hoosiers

  • Greg M. Bailey

    I am hoping Priller time meant he isn’t going to be back next year and CTC just wanted to get him on the floor for his last home game.

  • RDD#76

    I think your right and if so it was the right thing to do for that young man who gave his all to IU! Plus he played good when he has gotten some playing time.

  • MadMaxfor3

    Same issues remain with this team. High turnover percentage again. Probably should have lost that one but hey I’ll take it. Still a 1 point win at home on a questionable call is not how I expected to be winning games like this.