At the Buzzer: Indiana 85, Iowa 78

  • 02/11/2016 11:26 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 85-78 win over Iowa:

How it happened: The Hoosiers raced out to a 36-20 lead on the No. 4 Hawkeyes, but this one wasn’t without its fair share of drama. Iowa, as it has done on multiple occasions this season, raced back from a large deficit and led by as many as four with 9:35 to play. But down the stretch, Indiana made the plays it needed to emerge victorious. The Hoosiers scored a ridiculous 1.32 points per possession on the evening and had a turnover percentage of just 17, which were two keys in the victory. They also overcame a tough shooting night from Yogi Ferrell (2-of-12) on the strength of a strong showing on the offensive glass. IU rebounded 54 percent of its missed shots and scored 26 second chance points. In a contest that was close down the stretch, that was arguably the difference. Indiana now has a signature win on its resume as a road test in East Lansing on Sunday awaits.

Standout performer(s): Indiana’s bench scored 28 points and Iowa didn’t record a single point from its reserves. It was a well rounded effort, too, as Max Bielfeldt had 10, Nick Zeisloft had nine, OG Anunoby had four, Juwan Morgan had three and Harrison Niego finished with two.

Statistic that stands out: Free throws can often be the difference in close games and Thursday was no exception. Indiana hit 18-of-21 from the line and Iowa hit just 13-of-23.

Final stats:

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  • Ole Man

    Really?
    Coach K, Self, Williams, Pitino, Calipari…all own National Titles and all don’t hesitate to take Technicals.
    And let’s add the best Coach IU has ever had; guy by the name of Knight.

  • Ole Man

    Refs, just like players, get intimidated. They’re human.

  • 1stGenHoosier

    I would be interested to see the breakdown of percentage zone versus man to man but it felt like Iowa played about 50% man. Perhaps I’m way off base but it seemed their run toward the end of the first half and beginning of 2nd came while they were playing mostly zone. Either way, come home with a win and I am delighted.

  • dwdkc

    Definitely Hartman’s finest hour this season, he played better D than we have seen. He locked in and did a great job. His 3 was at a critical juncture too.

  • BL

    He also had some good defensive possessions against Uthoff. Let’s face it, no one shut down Uthoff. He had 24 and missed several open shots.

  • ForeverIU

    Your home forum in Iowa obviously got boring for you. Go find a place where you can feel accepted.

  • CreanFaithful

    You sometimes get over defensive of players IMO, but I was very displeased about the audible displeasure from the crowd when Troy was reinserted to the lineup in the second half. He was understandably benched after having 2 turnovers in the first 2 minutes of the second half, but coach knew it was time to get him back out there. Those gasps turned into cheers pretty quickly.

  • Ole Man

    LOL!

  • dwdkc

    I’m with ForeverIU. This is no night to talk PSU. Pour some of your finest and enjoy the great team win. My wife’s in bed and I just opened a ridiculously good Cab myself.

  • CreanFaithful

    Can’t say I’m certain, but even the play by play announcer called out the fact that Iowa was going man2man the last 2 minutes of the game – a change in strategy.

  • INUnivHoosier

    They are also vengeful.

  • BL

    I thought OG played great. Disappointed he didn’t play more. As I noted in a different post, late in the first half after playing only 6-7 minutes he was totally gassed. I’ve noticed the same in every game since the Wiscy game where it was reported he was ill. Wondering if he’s not fully recovered or has severe winter allergies. Frankly, I was surprised Coach went to JM late in lieu of OG. Thinking he must have known OG was struggling physically. Thankfully, JM played awesome.

  • Ole Man

    That’s silly. To give credit to Yogi when he “stank” and to not give credit to Troy is really, really blind on your part.
    Troy was cutting the Iowa D apart to begin the game.
    He hit that shot in the lane to beat the buzzer. He boarded. He actually played good D tonight.
    Talk about someone being disingenuous.

  • Ole Man

    Are you scared of shadows?
    They will also run all over you if you don’t stand up to them.

  • BL

    Disagree. We didn’t have the energy and focus against PSU. Certain it will be a war in Lansing.

  • Ole Man

    You get it!! IU would then have had sole possession of first place!!!!!!!!

  • Ole Man

    LOL!

  • Ole Man

    Agreed. Seemed like he was the only one moving at times. It got frustrating watching IU dribble against that zone.
    You beat a zone by passing, not by dribbling around it.

  • Ole Man

    Good point, Vic!

  • Ole Man

    Crean doesn’t stand up for the players. You have to do that. You just have to.
    That is all.

  • dwdkc

    Exactly. We disagree with OleMan on some aspects of his overall play, but not on his value when he is at his best. This was the kind of game where every good play was big, and a lot of guys made plays. But Troy came up big and didn’t make any bad judgments the last 10 minutes that I recall. They showed him only 2-8 in the first half and I don’t recall any bad shots but do recall the lightning fast drives to the hoop. Must have had 2-3 tips on the offensive boards not go down. Seemed to play good D all game too. This is the guy we need.

  • ForeverIU

    Dude do I get to have one sober comment tonight?

  • dwdkc

    I wondered too in the last 4 minutes, because Iowa got some putbacks that probably don’t happen with TB in the game with the added length. Can’t really fault Crean as IU stayed in control and he trusts Max, as he should, who was playing a really solid game. But the lack of length was noticeable.

  • dwdkc

    They did a good job on him. IU’s depth wore him down, those shots at the end looked tired. The guy was feeling it in the first half and is a terrific player, and Yogi totally shut down Jok.

  • bleeding crimson

    I was concern about CTC rotations but once again he did a great job…regardless how we do at MSU or Iowa. The Zebra’s were no help at all.

  • cbags05

    I think i still have the same opinion of this team win or not against penn st. Nobody wants to see them in their bracket. This team will be a threat in march.

  • BL

    Can’t remember the last time I saw Coach K, Izzo or Calipari T’d up. Actually they’re really good at running up to but not crossing the line. What’s really funny, from what I’ve seen on this forum, absolute first choice for TC’s replacement is Brad Stevens. Guess you’ll be criticizing him on this point as well.

  • BL

    Agree we wore him down and it paid off in the 2nd half. Nice we have four wings to throw at him. Still, he had some success on everyone he faced.

  • bleeding crimson

    TJ, I usually agree with you but Ole man is correct…when was the last time CTC received a T? NEVER….

  • Zach

    By no means was it perfect (some ugly turnovers, stupid fouls, and missed rebounds) but really proud of the way our guys competed tonight as a unit. They had their backs against the wall when Iowa took the lead early in the second half and we had zero momentum but found a way to claw back into it. They managed to overcome some HORRIBLE officiating and not let it affect them too much which is easier said than done.

    We ended up giving up 78 points and felt like a ton of second chance points in the second half (mostly because we didn’t have TB) but we played some great team defense especially on the ball. Except for a couple open opportunities for Uthoff, we made him and Jok work for everything they got. Collin, Rojo, and even Troy really dug in on defense. Especially proud and thankful for Harrison for being ready to contribute when his number was called. Dude gave us an enormous spark off the bench!! (IU bench points 28 to Iowa’s 0!)

    The crowd was electric and I had a blast. Definitely lost my voice and even got a high five from Dicky V! Win or lose against Sparty in East Lansing, hope we can come back home and protect our house against Nebrasketball and especially PU (Which will *fingers crossed* be college gameday. Not sure what our competition is though that day) Go Hoosiers!

  • BL

    Depends on match ups. I thought he might be able to do a decent job staying in front of Uthoff who doesn’t have great lateral quickness. Conversely, player like Taylor at PSU is not a good match up for CH. Important Coach puts him in position to succeed.

  • The biggest thing that stands out to me about the PSU loss is that it’s bracketed by the utter demolition of UM and tonight’s win against the eight Iowa players who were allowed on the court at the same time. It’s almost like the real IU was kidnapped and replaced with doppelgängers over the weekend. No, not almost like.

  • bleeding crimson

    Guys, you have to remember that Ole Man and myself have been around for some time now….and he is totally correct about who have receive T’s…do you guys even remember Iowa’s coach going off on his team a few years ago…that was a total disgrace. CTC clapping his hands…really….who cares……

  • I actually thought he was fairly reserved tonight, considering just how bad the calls were.

  • Zach

    I was SO EXCITED when he pulled up for that shot. Not sure if it was because of the shot clock running down, but he needs to do this a lot more often instead of forcing an awkward fading away bank shot out of the lane. He could be deadly if he splits a double on a screen and pulls up like that more often

  • BL

    You just lost me.

  • Zach

    That assist was my favorite play of the game. BEAUTIFUL basketball

  • BL

    So true. Very happy for him.

  • IUJarbo

    Ferrel, Bryant, Hartman-4 fouls each
    Adam “Goon” Woodbury-3 fouls

    Utterly ridiculous

    I don’t seriously think this happened but based on the line moving from Iowa -2 to +3.5 I’d say Vegas stood to lose big, and if there was ever a game that looked suspicious?

  • When Iowa went up by four, I was thinking that was the point where this team had to really prove what they were made of. They took Iowa’s best punch, and came back out swinging. It seemed like HN’s incredible energy and hard work on defense (and very smart midrange jumper) really kicked the things back into gear. I need to watch the players’ presser and am glad to see he was included–I love it when someone like him comes off the bench and keys a victory like that. My absolute favorite part of tonight’s win.

  • cbags05

    I am pulling for the kid. Just think he has room to mature quite a bit. i would take him over woodberry’s knees and elbows any day.

  • IUJarbo

    Generally human beings do what fixes their problems the easiest. Oiling the squeaky wheel is easier than plotting revenge against it.

  • HN has always played good defense whenever he’s been on the court. I remember saying recently and before tonight that I would feel comfortable with him spelling Yogi for a few minutes. I still feel that way. 🙂

  • I’m sorry, I just can’t say enough about how HN played tonight. Those were some tremendous minutes, with excellent defense, a really heady midrange jumper, and a huge steal on the other end. Really turned things around. And how gutsy was it on CTC’s part to put him in at that particular point in the game? Gutsy, and smart–real credit to CTC for how he managed the game tonight.

  • I suppose TB was just up to the same old antics when he greeted HN coming off the floor and gave him so much support for the excellent minutes. Yeah, TB should really reign in that stuff.

  • IUJarbo

    If this is the case, did they forget about how Woodbury is a dirty Goon player, and how the officials that didn’t kick him out of the game after multiple obvious eye pokes looked really dumb the 417th time they were shown on Sportscenter? He should should foul out of every game in 5 minutes.

  • BoxingGlobe

    Coach K jumped up and about got a T when IU was there earlier this year.

    The ref didn’t give him one, but he gave them every call after that.

  • So you’re saying you weren’t impressed with tonight’s win? You didn’t think it was a very well coached win?

  • ForeverIU

    Why are you apologizing, LOL. It’s not like anyone’s disagreeing with you.

  • ForeverIU

    We had some incredible defense, and that only happens when everyone’s clicking.