At the Buzzer: Indiana 85, Ohio State 60

  • 01/10/2016 3:29 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 85-60¬†win over Ohio State:

How it happened: Indiana left little doubt from the opening tip on Sunday afternoon in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers were the more energized team and raced out to a 10-0 lead before the first media timeout. From there, the onslaught continued the remainder of the first half as IU scored 1.45 points per possession and shot an effective field goal percentage of 57. More importantly, the Hoosiers turned it over on just 15 percent of their first half possessions. The defense was very good, too, as Ohio State managed just 0.54 points per possession as IU built a 48-18 lead at intermission. The lead ballooned to as much as 36 early in the second half and the Buckeyes never got closer than 22 the rest of the way.

Standout performer(s): Thomas Bryant and Troy Williams. Both deserve mention¬†today for the energy and effort produced on Branch McCracken Court. Bryant dominated Ohio State’s Trevor Thompson and Daniel Giddens in the post to finish with 18 points and 13 rebounds. And Williams broke out of his recent funk in a major way with 23 points, six rebounds, two assists and just one turnover.

Statistic that stands out: Ohio State came in with one of the Big Ten’s best defenses, but left Bloomington as the victim of an offensive barrage. Through its first three league games, Ohio State was allowing just .93 points per possession. Indiana finished Sunday afternoon with 1.21 points per trip.

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  • Zach

    Most enjoyable game to watch in the last 2.5 years from the Hoosiers in my opinion. Kudos to the coaching staff and the guys for being focused from the tip and not letting off the gas. Defense and rebounding were exceptional. Still trying to temper my expectations, but this team is starting to hit its’ stride and it’s an exciting thing to see them start to play like the team we all know they can be.

  • ForeverIU

    Your second point goes exactly counter to what CTC said repeatedly after the game. He said he has been stressing taking one less dribble and making the extra pass.

  • Young Hoosier

    There is a such thing as making too many extra passes. There were plenty of times where they just made one too many. RJ did it a few times. He just needs to shoot it. Especially if it is just a 15 foot jumper. Same with Collin and Yogi. Troy just needs to shoot the ball when he’s open.

  • TomJameson

    I really don’t think defense was never being taught, I truly think the players finally found that AHA! moment that “maybe the coaches know what they are talking about”. I think they are starting to really play defense … individually and as a team.

    I said it was the turnovers, or lack thereof, that would win the game, but I was wrong (there you go ForeverIU .. LOL). Even though I think the low turnover numbers contributed to the win, I think it was the DEFENSE that really won the game. That and the effort that the team put out there.

    Wow, what a game!!

  • ForeverIU

    Yeah okay just send a letter to CTC.

  • Young Hoosier

    Extra passes are goid. Sharing the ball life that is great. Just don’t overdo it. It can backfire. Make sense?

  • bojak

    I think with good coaching they could be a final 4 team. That is not going to happen this year. They have the talent for sure.

  • Agreed. And enjoyable not just because of some freakish offensive showing, but because of solid defense, aggressive, intelligent play, diving and fighting for loose balls–in other words, lots of the kinds of basic, fundamentally sound basketball that so many of us have been demanding. This is a much, much better team the last for games.

  • I’m okay with the 2nd-half dropoff. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to keep playing so aggressively and energetically when you’re up 36 points. I mean, they had to be at least a little winded at that point (TB sure was, although he played through it, which was so much fun).

  • bvillehoosier

    I told my dad at one point that had Nick been his normal self we’d have won by 40!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    You are correct young man.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Great point.

  • CreamandCrimson

    “Be prepared for the away game”…I believe you are writing about a game in Columbus against the Buckeyes. For good or for bad, we don’t play at Ohio State this season so unless we see them in the B1G Tourney, we are done with the Buckeyes. Interestingly (to me anyway), we are now done with two of our first four opponents (Rutgers and Ohio State).

  • Hoosier from Hell


  • Rushman

    Young Hoosier aka Fin


    I’ve read and appreciated enough of your comments that I knew right away where you were going with that one. Lump me in with Forever I guess. lol


    I know they weren’t there but sure hope Alkins & Maker were at least watching. I don’t hold out a lot of hope for either, but one never knows in the wacky wacked out world of recruiting.


    True defensive effort = biggest reason for such a good game…….IMHO


    Couldn’t believe that !! Seattle’s luck reminds me of the luck that that NBA farm team living in the big blue cesspool south of here has.


    Excellent post !

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83