James Blackmon Jr. still being evaluated, will travel to Nebraska

Sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr., who missed Indiana’s Big Ten opener on Wednesday at Rutgers, is “continuing to be evaluated” according to a release this afternoon from IU athletics.

Blackmon Jr., currently second on IU’s team in scoring at 15.3 points per game, will travel to Lincoln for Saturday’s game with Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Marion product suffered a non-contact injury to his right knee in Monday’s practice. The Hoosiers and Cornhuskers will tip-off Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET on BTN.

Update: Blackmon Jr. will not play on Saturday at Nebraska, according to Don Fischer on the IU radio broadcast.

What to Expect: Nebraska

Indiana continues Big Ten play on Saturday afternoon with a road trip to Lincoln to face Nebraska in Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Cornhuskers are 8-6 following an 81-72 home loss to Northwestern on Wednesday. The game will be broadcast on BTN at 4 p.m. ET:

Indiana didn’t play well on Wednesday at Rutgers, but the Hoosiers did enough to escape Piscataway with a 79-72 win. The road gets tougher on Saturday with Nebraska, although the Cornhuskers have already dropped three games in Pinnacle Bank Arena, the newest hoops facility in the Big Ten.

This is the second of seven straight games to open league play in which Indiana is favored by KenPom and another golden opportunity to pick up a conference road win. With a short prep, there’s plenty for the Hoosiers to clean up from Wednesday’s performance against Rutgers if they’re going to emerge from Lincoln with a 2-0 league mark.


Film Session: Rutgers

Indiana needed Max Bielfeldt to step up in its win against Rutgers and the senior graduate transfer delivered on Wednesday afternoon.

As freshman Thomas Bryant sat on the bench with foul trouble on his way to fouling out in only six minutes of action, Bielfledt put on a show. He had career highs in both points (18) and rebounds (14).

Six of Bielfeldt’s rebounds came on the offensive end and he scored nine second-chance points off four of those boards. The Hoosiers won the game by seven.

We’ll take a look at Bielfeldt’s rebounding for putbacks in the latest edition of Film Session:

Yogi Ferrell has space on Corey Sanders to pop a trey early in the shot clock. He takes the space and fires. Bielfeldt is down on the right block:



Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Rutgers

Indiana moved to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in Big Ten play on Wednesday afternoon with a 79-72 win over Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Scarlet Knights:

· It wasn’t pretty, but it was a Big Ten road win: No, Rutgers isn’t a team that is going to win many, if any, conference games. But given that Indiana was just 2-3 away from Assembly Hall entering Wednesday’s game, it was important to get a victory, particularly in a game where the Hoosiers had the more talented roster and the better team.


Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Rutgers

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 79-72 win over Rutgers at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Wednesday afternoon.

Watch his postgame comments below, courtesy of BTN:

The Minute After: Rutgers

Thoughts on a 79-72 win against Rutgers:

As we turn over to conference play, a trend has emerged. Indiana doesn’t win clean and clear. It’s often a frustrating struggle to the bitter end.

This was an ugly contest. Indiana reverted to Maui form with a number of inexplicable turnovers. Bad passes to no one. Dribbles off feet. With a turnover percentage of 31, it was its worst performance valuing the ball on the season. As Alex noted in ATB, this is about the only team in the conference you can hand the ball over to on nearly a third of your possessions and still win. Had this not been Rutgers, IU might have just started the conference season 0-1 on a bad performance.


At the Buzzer: Indiana 79, Rutgers 72

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 79-72 win over Rutgers:

How it happened: It was an odd start time with a mid-afternoon tip on a weekday and it produced arguably Indiana’s ugliest win of the season. The Hoosiers built a solid lead early, but let Rutgers right back into the contest for a 34-34 halftime tie. Indiana was able to prevail ultimately on the strength of its bench, which scored 37 of IU’s 79 points. Ryan Burton and O.G. Anunoby went a combined 4-of-4 on 3s and Collin Hartman, who started for the injured James Blackmon Jr., hit all three of his 3-point attempts. There are few Big Ten road games where you can win while turning it over 23 times, but Indiana did just that in Piscataway. Yogi Ferrell, despite six turnovers, played well in the second half and finished with a game-high 20 points.