At the Buzzer: Indiana 99, Chattanooga 74

  • 03/17/2016 9:28 pm in

DES MOINES, Iowa – Quick thoughts on a 99-74 win over Chattanooga in the first round of the NCAA tournament:

How it happened: This was a contest that was close early, but Indiana’s high powered offense was too much for Chattanooga to handle. The Hoosiers scored an impressive 1.27 points per possession in the first half and led by as many as 28 late in the second half. This was a balanced offensive performance for Indiana as five guys scored in double figures led by Yogi Ferrell with 20 points. The Hoosiers finished with the evening scoring 1.38 points per possession and with a turnover percentage of just 16.7. The win moves the Hoosiers into the round of 32 on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena for a potential matchup with Kentucky, provided the Wildcats get past Stony Brook later tonight. This was Indiana’s first NCAA tournament win since the 2012-2013 season when the Hoosiers advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Syracuse.

Standout performer: Ferrell was dominant and controlled the game throughout in finishing with 20 points and 10 assists in 36 minutes. It was the type of performance you’d expect from your senior point guard in a win or go home tournament.

Statistic that stands out: The Hoosiers shot a very solid 10-of-16 on 3-pointers (62.5 percent), a shooting touch they’ll need to continue on Saturday if they hope to advance to the regional next weekend in Philadelphia.

Final stats:


(Photo credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • I’m pretty convinced our excellent shooting was the result of even better ball movement, though. I’m not sure what they could have done to stop us. And a couple of Yogi’s shots were his typical step-backs, which nobody has been able to defend.

  • Oh, crap, I always do that. UK. 🙂 Fixed it.

  • Doesn’t sound like you’re trolling at all. 🙂 You’re beating up on SB right now, so… Bring on Saturday already!

  • BL

    I’m actually referring to our defensive performance suggesting we follow this run-the-opponent-off-the-3-point-line strategy, even if we have to risk easy looks inside at times. Not suggesting that’s the only issue or whether it’s a winning strategy; just an observation. Also, Coach commented as he left the floor after the first half that he was not happy with our pick n roll defense.

  • BL


  • duderdudeedoo1984 .

    No….no they don’t….

  • I gotcha. I was referring specifically to your last sentence, “maybe they should have prioritized running us off the three line.” There’s always the “live by the 3, die by the 3” with this team, but I don’t think that’s accurate. Just wanted to make the point that we weren’t just “luckily” shooting lights-out, it was all the result of good ball movement that’s tough to defend.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I don’t care what some guy in an article says. Big stage, 28 point lead, win by 25. You as well as others were worried about this game. Screw the first half. The refs made some bogus calls early and we had to adjust. We blew them out in the second half and everyone contributed. You wanna compare Ill. NW. As forever says PULLLLLEEEEZ. Big stage…25 point win. Try and enjoy things a little OM.

  • Show-Me-State HOOSIER

    Proud that he and Morgan are both from the SHOW-ME state! Go HOOSIERS!

  • duderdudeedoo1984 .

    May Saturday’s victor knock UNC out in the Sweet (assuming they get that far). At least we can agree on that, right?? Ha.

  • Kevin Blackistone

    Priller should have got some minutes….

  • Kevin Blackistone

    don’t dvr it! and sit in the same chair you sat in tonight! mojo baby!

  • Yes, you did, and I really only about half believed you at the time.. Glad you were right and hope we can also make you right about Kensucky..

  • Freemason

    After 3 turnovers.

  • buttercookies

    Since when did Osterman become the definitive voice on IU basketball? This time of year, doesn’t matter so much how you get there….but get to nearly 30 point victories against anyone in the tourney, you are doing it right. Bring on Cheater Calipari. This is FAR from being one of UK’s best teams…with our motivation… I say IU wins by 9.

  • Ole Man

    Climb down off your stump and chill, vc.
    I enjoyed the game.
    I’m not the hype artist declaring it our best game, nor his sycophant supporting him.
    That’s what my debating point was, that it wasn’t close to our best game, and I won the debate handily over “koolaid kids” who want to act like a pigeon on a chess board.

  • Ole Man

    The point being discussed is “best game of the season”. Some of us with rational minds and not fan boy attitudes think not.
    We enjoyed the heck out of it and will take any win over pUKe.

  • buttercookies

    Please. I love IU, but have no problem seeing each team as it is. I was kind of ribbing you as it appears you like to quote Osterman in several of your comments. Clearly – we all would like to see a monumental beatdown of the team from the questionable commonwealth to our south.

  • Ole Man

    Would love that beatdown as well!!!

  • Koko

    Did they press?….I didn’t notice…:)

  • Koko

    PU didn’t appear to know they were representing the B1G.
    Are they calling for Painter’s head on a pike yet?

  • vicbert caladipo

    In the vast open space that is your mind.


    Speaking of the best game we’ve played all season thta may be exactly what it takes to win our next game. I’m not saying that we can’t beat pUKe, but it may very well take that kind of game to win. The old saying, “watch what you wish for, cause you just might get it” might apply to some of the things are being said by some. Something tells me that some of the same ones hollering bring on pUKe, no problem, this is not one of their best teams, will be some of the first ones to also holler that Crean can’t coach and he has to go if we lose by even one point in double overtime. This may not be their best team since Calicheat got there, but it is for sure not their worst either and they are playing better right now than they have all season. Confidence is a good thing……….up to a certain point.

  • Ole Man

    You have to get personal because you have no basketball points to make.
    Kind of going trailer park, aren’t ya?

  • Ole Man

    Amen, Mike.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I only saw maybe a small handful of plays at the beginning. And it was very, very tentative 3/4 court pressure.

    I think I need to explain my comment: I’m more criticizing all the media hype than anything else. The Mocs were indeed known for full court pressure, and the sports press I followed was all over it, talking it up like it would be poison to IU given their turnover problems. It was, after all, how ‘Nooga beat Illinois when they met. But I think the Mocs themselves, specifically their coaches, quite wisely determined it was a bad idea to try such pressure against a running team with good guards like Indiana, so they abandoned it. Really, they didn’t seem to try to do anything other than use slightly extended half court defense to slow IU down. It’s as if the coaches realized that their hope was in containing IU’s horses, not in trying to run them down.

    And I’m being hyperbolic there just for fun’s sake. I really didn’t think their press sucked (even though it didn’t seem effective the few times they did try it); rather, it seemed obvious to me that it was deliberately shelved in order to try and keep IU from blowing them into oblivion.