At the Buzzer: Indiana 103, Kansas 99

  • 11/12/2016 12:56 am in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 103-99 overtime win over Kansas in the Armed Forces Classic:

How it happened: For early November standards, it’s hard to ask for a better game than what just took place in the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. For 45 minutes, two of the nation’s top 11 programs in the preseason went back and forth with big play after big play. And when Indiana failed to close things out in regulation with some costly mistakes down the stretch, it appeared the Jayhawks had the momentum and would seize control in the overtime. But the Hoosiers had just enough in the extra five minutes to emerge victorious. Freshmen made big free throws, James Blackmon Jr. knocked down some difficult shots and Indiana picked up a win that will be on its NCAA tournament resume come March.

Standout performance: Blackmon Jr. was terrific in the game’s final 25 minutes as he scored 22 of his team-high 26 points after halftime. He finished 8-of-17 from the field and also had six rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes.

Statistic(s) that stands out: Against what is likely to be one of the nation’s best defenses, Indiana scored 1.17 points per possession and posted a 54.2 effective field goal percentage. A big reason for that? The Hoosiers knocked down 15 of their 31 attempts from behind the 3-point line.

Final IU player stats:


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(Photo credit: Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

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  • I get the occasional double foul, but think about the absurdity of what happened with IU KU. The definition of charge and block are opposite. It’s literally not possible to have both on the same play, yet these refs managed to make that happen. I’m not complaining. I just found it kinda funny

  • Ole Man

    Don’t complain. TB could have easily been called for charging on the replay. The D man was set outside the circle.
    A “no-call” would have been the better option.

  • Ole Man

    Also need to practice tip-ins and layups. Never seen so many close in shots missed by an IU team that won.

  • Ole Man

    One game does not a season make.

  • Ole Man

    Well, not sure how you can put that back on Yogi.
    But you did.
    How about the Yogi who played on to Big Ten championship teams.
    That Yogi.

  • Dave Carnes

    Me too

  • Dave Carnes

    The 81 team with Isiah was impressive but didn’t look nearly this good in November.I don’t think they were this deep

  • TomJameson

    I certainly agree with you about pre-season rankings, but KU is carrying their ranking for good reasons … coaching, last 5-year history, players (front court), so I’ll give them the benefit of that ranking. But I would do the same for our Hoosiers, and for the same reasons.
    My only point is to agree with what you said, inLinE6, about KU being a great team. In March, they will be very good after having the season to integrate their young players into a cohesive team. But again, the same for our Hoosiers.

    This could be a very special year for IU basketball! Very special indeed!

  • TomJameson

    Pretty sure you (and everyone) know it was the emphasis that was being put onto the new rules. New rules are usually called incredibly tight in the preseason, loosens up during the regular season, and mostly forgotten by tourney times. There’ll be a lot of judgement calls made (both ways) by the refs at seasons end, that people won’t agree with.

  • TomJameson

    A lot of that has to do with using the “arm bar”, for both offense and defense. They are also mostly very subjective, so that two officials could easily make a call differently. Not to worry though, it will be the official that is the furthest away that will make the call on the play that occurs right in front of another ref that didn’t make a call at all! LOL

  • TomJameson

    I have to agree with Ole Man here. Different teams, two B1G championship teams, all-time assist leader …

    This team looks to be really good, but lets not get too carried away with the “Yogi who” stuff. 🙂

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  • BMusic

    Haha. Fair enough, Ole Man. Fair enough.

  • Undefeated.

    This is the year.

  • to be fair, he was put on the Naismith list.

  • We’re not just “that good.” IU may be the best team in the country.

  • pdn Michael

    You gotta be old to remember this, but this is the best season opener since the ’75-’76 team totally took it to the defending national champs, UCLA.

  • Did you catch the announcers’/ESPN’s comments about the crowd before the game? Something to the effect of “the arena is finally filling up” now that IU and Kansas were getting ready to start. As opposed to the two teams preceding. Why would anyone want to play for a team like UCLA, where nobody even shows up to home games. IU has a better showing in Hawaii for one game, than teams like UCLA will for their early season games at home.

  • ForeverIU

    Upvote for your enthusiasm, LOL.

  • it was also not even on the front page of espn’s website for college basketball. overtime game and something of an upset by two of the most decorated programs in the sport’s history and essentially two top ten teams…and they go with arizona? odd.

  • “…but we need to see us and Kansas winning against other top teams before we can conclude that they are Final Four material.”

    I don’t.

  • Yep. I always thought he’ll be a contributor…but not so early. I was surprised he has played so much thus far. And I’m liking what I see. Just wait until those put-back dunks start going down. And becomes a defensive monster.

  • yup yup yup. Also, we’re undefeated. Just sayin’…

  • I’ve been saying it the entire off-season: THIS IS THE YEAR.

  • marcusgresham

    The players were all in mid-season form. The refs need some seasoning.
    As I type this trying to be a smart aleck I realize I’m making sense: The players are at least going full speed in practice for a few weeks. The refs don’t get that chance other than doing some scrimmages.

  • marcusgresham

    He still got toasted a few times in the first half.

  • TB seems to do that as he gets tired, IIRC. He missed some bunnies late, after he cramped up. I think he’ll fix that up once he gets some more stamina. Now the rest of the guys, I think DD and OG missed a few… JM seemed pretty tight though on the few shots he took in between doing everything else so well.

  • Ben thorne

    True…just can’t step out that close to someone that much quicker. He will learn.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Dammit, why’d I have to be traveling during this game? I missed a good one.

    Good for IU! This is a win to build on. And to think, there’s still an entire season left to get even better.

  • Creek0512

    “A double foul? That’s just dumb. If you’re gonna be dumb, can you at least be fast about it?” – Jay Bilas had me ROFL.

  • HardRockHoosier

    What? A wet blanket?
    Hey where are all you guys who said we’d be better off w/o JBJ? Cone on fess up you were saying it?

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  • HardRockHoosier

    I’ve watched my recorded version of the game 3 times already. When you watch it, you can just see the difference in the demeanor of the players.. they are on the attack, they aren’t in awe of Kansas, they are straight up playing them ‘tooth and nail’, the whole way. Don’t ya just love these guys?

  • HardRockHoosier

    I wish I could ‘upvote’ that about 16 times.

  • HardRockHoosier

    U know ole man, you R right.. But gosh man, do you always bring up the neg side? Damn. I’m jus’ sayin’ yer right. But every comment u’ve made on here that I’ve read so far, has had a negative tone. Do you not like this game or this team? Just askin’?

  • HardRockHoosier

    Git lost FIU.. we’re having fun. The broadcasters certainly didn’t downgrade Kansas just cause IU was hanging with them.. That is what you’re trying to do..

  • HardRockHoosier

    How do we do that now.…

  • ForeverIU

    Really? I’ve been having fun since last night. Did you just wake up to a hangover or something? Mark wasn’t bothered by my comment, so why should you?

    F U.

  • Just think about UNC in a couple of weeks. That’ll do it. 🙂

  • Ole Man

    Whatever your personal malfunction in life is, take it somewhere else.

  • Ole Man

    I will be nice one last time. IF you bother to read, I was responding to another poster. It was an add on to what they had to say. The only negativity on this board has been your nonsense. I guess you disagree with Alex’ assessment that IU missed way too many inside shots. Why don’t you tell him how negative he is?