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2014-2015 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.

What a difference a year makes. After Penn State finished the 2012-13 season with a meager 10-21 record and 2-16 mark in conference play, the Nittany Lions showed last season they could be a formidable threat under Pat Chambers.

They pushed Indiana to the wire in State College. They beat Indiana in Bloomington. They also beat NCAA tournament squads Ohio State (twice), Nebraska and Mount St. Mary’s en route to a 16-18 (6-12) record and a berth into the College Basketball Invitational — their best season since 2010-2011.

Of course, that’s all in the past. But entering year four at Penn State, Chambers has proven he can make the Nittany Lions competitive in the Big Ten. And this season, the Nittany Lions could surprise, once again.

The big, glaring loss from last season’s team, though, is that of guard Tim Frazier, one of the all-time Penn State greats. The all-time assists leader at the school, Frazier provided the Nittany Lions with both on-court and off-court leadership — he was the team captain for three years, too. His loss leaves a lot to be made up for this season.


Film Session: Late game miscues


As we all know by now, Indiana melted down in the last few minutes on Wednesday night. It led to a crushing loss to Penn State and a potential bubble burst, depending on how the Hoosiers finish out the season.

While most gripes centered on turnovers and some stagnant offense, Indiana’s defense also broke down during the landslide.

A look at some defensive miscues and a couple turnovers from the closing minutes of the Penn State loss in the latest edition of Film Session:

Here’s one of Indiana’s five second calls. There’s a plan here to get someone open:


Evan Gordon cuts through to the ball, but he’s marked by Tim Frazier:



Video: IU players react to loss to Penn State

Yogi Ferrell (16 points, six assists and five rebounds) and Will Sheehey (12 points, three assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 66-65 loss to Penn State.

Watch their postgame comments in the media player below:

Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss to Penn State

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 66-65 loss to Penn State on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch his postgame comments in the media player below:

The Minute After: Penn State


Thoughts on a 66-65 loss to the Nittany Lions:

The scoreboard read 64-53 with 3:19 to go. Indiana, despite another game full of wasted possessions via unforced turnovers, were in control at Assembly Hall. The offense hummed for most of this one when it wasn’t handing it back to Penn State. A fifth conference win lay just over the horizon.

But the bus broke down, the wheels fell off, and Indiana now takes the shameful long walk home. This was a terrible, no good, bad loss. There’s no other way to describe it. Just Penn State’s third win ever in Bloomington. Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill a combined 6-of-22 and the Nittany Lions still won.

So what the hell happened?

For starters: Just one field goal over the last 5:16 of the game and a 2-of-12 finish down the stretch. A team that had been scoring in the paint with relative ease, one that was flirting with its most points per possession in conference play, one that Penn State could only foul at times to try and slow down … fell apart. As Alex said, Indiana appeared to play more to not lose than to win. Penn State hit a 3-pointer on both sides of Tim Frazier free throws for eight quick points. During this stretch, Indiana got hung on a five second call as Jeremy Hollowell couldn’t get the ball inbounds and opted not to call a timeout.


Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Penn State


Check out 21 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 66-65 loss to Penn State on Wednesday at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.


Video: Patrick Chambers reacts to win at Indiana

Patrick Chambers met with the media following Penn State’s 66-65 win at Indiana on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch his postgame comments in the media player below:

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