At the buzzer: Indiana 82, Ottawa 54

  • 11/03/2015 8:57 pm in

A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 82-54 exhibition win over Ottawa:

How it happened: The Hoosiers used a 21-0 run, which began at the 9:13 mark of the second half to pull away from the Gee-Gees, ranked No. 1 in the preseason Canadian Interuniversity Sport poll. Ottawa, which came in shooting close to 43 percent on 3-pointers through nine games, hit just 5-of-26 shots from distance in the loss.

Standout performance: In his first game in an IU uniform, freshman Thomas Bryant finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes of action. Bryant shot just 5-of-16 from the field, but was active on both ends of the floor. His energy during IU’s second half run helped put the game away.

Number to build on: After shooting just 2-of-7 on 3-pointers in the first half, Indiana found its range in the second half. The Hoosiers hit 5-of-13 of their 3-point attempts in the second half and finished the evening with an effective field goal percentage of 55.1.

Number that needs work: Indiana was sloppy in the first half with 13 of its 19 turnovers coming in the opening 20 minutes. Junior forward Troy Williams had six turnovers in 25 minutes. For a team that was one of the best at taking care of the ball in the Big Ten last season, the Hoosiers must clean things up in their final tuneup next Monday.

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  • inLinE6

    Well, I’m just glad basketball season is back!

  • straight no chaser

    Not bad, the only outcome acceptable against Canada’s top loser. Now let’s act like D1. Shameful on turnovers (going on stats alone).

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Thanks Alex. I appreciate it and I’m sure most everyone else will appreciate the feedback also.

  • TomJameson

    Wow, you guys got this up really quick. I’m sure everybody appreciates it as much as I do. Great work, thank you.

  • TomJameson

    Number of turnovers was probably the worse thing about this game, but I think those will disappear real quick. Mainly, I think these guys were just almost too eager to play some basketball … almost as much as we were to watch it.

  • Speed

    Agree…super fast and much appreciated! It’s a start. Looking forward to watching this team mature.

  • TomJameson

    I have to apologize to everybody. I was adamant about NOT forking over the 10 bucks for BTN2go because the streaming was always the worse. Due to the reports of a much improved stream, and due to the starvation for IU basketball, I succumbed to the evil greed of BTN and subscribed.

    I actually streamed it to my 65″ Visio, and it was okay. The stream still wasn’t the best quality, but no buffering and only a very little “skipping” at the beginning. The best part was that my wife and I got dressed in our IU shirts, ate pizza, and watched the IU game. Life is good!

    I’ll watch it again tomorrow because the quality will be much better on BTN, I’m sure.

  • Ms hoosier

    LUV Thomas Bryant. Works really hard he’s gonna be a stud. JBJ’s shot looks really good. Max is really gonna help our front court

  • IU is better than Duke soon.


  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I had to watch the movie Navajo Joe. I flipped between that and the Chicago Bulls. Man did I lose out on those choices!

  • Zach

    -We let them linger around a little too long, but hopefully as the season goes on, we’ll learn to bury teams when we need to. That second half run when I think they cut the lead to six was much needed
    -Thomas missed a few easy putbacks, but man is he energetic. Always seems to be in the right place for boards or tips. Plus it’s awesome to see him get so fired up in an exhibition game when we go on a run and force a timeout!
    -Troy forced the issue more than a few times when the ball was in his hands and made some bad decisions but was very effective off the ball, as usual
    -Thought our defense was noticeably better. Not necessarily at keeping our man in front of us, but our switching and help defense was solid
    -IUBB is back!

  • My elation deal with it

  • SCHoosier

    Opposing coach complimented IU’s defensive improvement over last year. Hey its a start

  • SCHoosier

    Don’t get too ballsy there Skippy..that’s Coach K you are talking about!:)

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Troy’s 6 TO standout… great scrimmage though.

  • ronb

    The Canada sports polls came out today and we just beat there #1 rated team. They were 8-1 coming into this game I don’t believe the Team that played in last year’s Canada’s NC game should be referred to as Canada’s top loser. Listen to their Coach talk about IU’s rebounding, I believe 18 offensive rebounds, and IU’s defense. He believes we are much improved
    in spite of the 19 T/O’s they had 23.

  • straight no chaser

    Oh, please, have a sense of humor. They are good as long they are prancing around on Canadian hardwood. Their coach was whining about their mental breakdown. Yes, they are good, but I expect to destroy good, and we did. If we played a very good or excellent team I think we would have also won, perhaps barely. And I believe we have a team that will rise up to challenges.

  • kaponya44

    Agreed! Great Job sir ! and Thank you !

  • It was very sloppy. And it is always sloppy in early November. They’ll straighten that out. Going to be a great year. A GREAT year.

  • “…prancing around on Canadian hardwood…”

    You almost won all the internets with that one.

  • relevant username

  • my stream was horrible last year, and for HH, but pretty decent last night. Worth it, in my opinion.

  • ronb

    This is why I stay off the main site. Folks don’t want to talk facts. They beat us last year. The year before they beat KY and Kansas. Oh please! At least you admitted IU has some
    things going for it this year over last year. You seem like a smart kid who knows a little about this game.

    If you would stick to that instead of trying to be cute with your buddies you could be a real go to person on this main site. It needs someone like you to step up.

    Frankly I am to sick,old school and filled with medicine to see the humor in your posts . I am sorry for that so I will go back to the forum where I belong and get the respect a 55+ year BB Coach should get.

    I am sorry if I hit a nerve and I promise I won’t be back to bother you.

  • straight no chaser

    LOL, I am honored to be called a “smart kid who knows a little about this game” by someone who is a “55+ year BB Coach”. Please do come back and grace us with your wisdom, and to keep our “cuteness” in check!