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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:

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

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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

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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.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Penn State

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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.

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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:

Hoosiers ready for ‘more experienced’ Penn State squad; Sheehey nears 1,000 career points

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Just over a month ago, Indiana received one of its biggest scares to to date this season when the Hoosiers trailed by 15 points to a then 9-7 (0-2 Big Ten) Penn State squad on Jan. 11.

Indiana went on to win that game in University Park, Pa., 79-76: its only road win and one of just three wins decided by single digits this entire season.

Tonight at 7 p.m. in Assembly Hall, those two teams will meet again, as the Hoosiers (14-9, 4-6) will look to stop a Nittany Lions squad (12-12, 3-8) that has won three of its past five games after starting the conference season with an 0-6 mark.

“You can’t look at this team and judge them on percentages,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “You have to judge them on ability and their ability to create havoc on offense and defense. This is still a team that has the same people that we played against at the beginning of the Big Ten season and they are that much more experienced now.”

When taking an in-depth look at the Nittany Lions through their first 11 Big Ten games, they have indeed struggled — especially defensively — according to the numbers. Their defense ranks 11th in efficiency (1.08 points per possession allowed), last in 3-point shooting defense (37.3 allowed) and again, last in defensive rebounding (opponents rebound 35.7 percent of their misses).

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