Penn State Nittany Lions Archive

2015-2016 ITH Season Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions


With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, we continue our look at the Big Ten with the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Despite a scarce resume in terms of on the floor accomplishments, Pat Chambers enters his fifth season in State College with a contract extension that will keep him with the program through the 2018-2019 season.


Film Session: Penn State


The second half of Indiana’s 76-73 win over Penn State featured the Hoosiers shutting down D.J. Newbill, some key Ryan Burton offensive rebounds and a return to form beyond the arc.

A look at it all in the latest edition of Film Session:

With 10:27 to go, Newbill has a double ball screen set up to his right. Yogi Ferrell motions to Troy Williams to watch a drive left, where Newbill has space:


Newbill takes the first screen:


And the second. He starts heading downhill and it looks like Burton will have to deal with him:



The Minute After: Penn State


Thoughts on a 76-73 win against the Nittany Lions:

Assembly Hall was in a deep slumber.

Despite the pace Penn State’s defense let Indiana get out and run at, the Hoosiers lacked energy and sharpness. The crowd, even with the students back, wasn’t bringing much. It felt more like a preseason game with little consequence than Indiana’s fourth Big Ten game of the season.

On a night Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Devin Davis sat on the bench in IU warmup gear, Emmitt Holt had no rebounds in 13 minutes. It wasn’t until Ryan Burton entered the game at the 12:03 mark in the second half that Assembly Hall came to life. Burton, unlike some of his teammates up to that point, starting getting after it with hustle, energy and effort. The Assembly Hall faithful rose from its seats in admiration. When Burton subbed out at the 6:43 mark, he’d picked up three offensive boards, two of which led to second-chance scores for the Hoosiers — a Troy Williams bucket and a James Blackmon Jr. 3-pointer. Those three offensive boards were half of Indiana’s total for the entire contest on a night it only rebounded 20 percent of its misses.

Burton entered the game with it knotted up at 51 apiece. When he departed, the Hoosiers found themselves up 10 points at 69-59. Despite limping to the finish line and Penn State nearly tying it at the buzzer, it was the turning point of the contest and aided the Hoosiers to their victory.


Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Penn State

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 76-73 win over Penn State on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Video: Pat Chambers reacts to loss at Indiana

Pat Chambers met with the media following Penn State’s 76-73 loss to Indiana on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Penn State


Check out 22 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 79-76 win over Penn State at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.


Hoosiers hoping toughness continues into Penn State game


It was a game that Indiana fans remember for the wrong reasons.

Last season on Feb. 12, the Hoosiers were stunned when Penn State came back from a 64-53 deficit with 2:26 remaining to win, 66-65, in front of a sold out Assembly Hall. It was the defining moment of a season of fragility for the Hoosiers.

More than 11 months later, both teams will meet again in Assembly Hall, tonight at 7 p.m.

“As we get ready for tomorrow night,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said, “We’re playing a team that never stops coming. And we learned that certainly last year in here.”

But time around, the circumstances have changed.

Heading into tonight’s game, Crean has praised his team for the mental toughness it has displayed in recent games.

It came back after a second-half Nebraska run to defeat the Cornhuskers, 70-65, in Lincoln. And after a 20-point loss at Michigan State, the Hoosiers rebounded with a 69-66 win over then-No. 22 Ohio State in which they turned the ball over often and did not shoot well.

Through the first three games of the Big Ten season, the Hoosiers appear to know what it takes to win close games.


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