At the Buzzer: Indiana 96, Illinois 80

  • 01/07/2017 7:18 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 96-80 win over Illinois:

How it happened: Indiana won this game on the strength of a strong start and hot 3-point shooting. The Hoosiers opened the game on a 15-0 run and never trailed. It was a dominant performance, at least offensively, for Indiana in a game where it desperately needed a win. But Illinois showed signs of life in the second half and was able to get within nine at 81-72 with 5:41 to play. Indiana’s answer? The 3-point shot. Thomas Bryant splashed one with 3:29 to go to extend the lead to 14. And 20 seconds later, OG Anunoby hit another one to push the lead to 15. Indiana was hot all afternoon from deep (13-of-25), which helped cover up another lackluster defensive performance (1.18 points per possession allowed).

Standout performance(s): It was a strong afternoon for both James Blackmon Jr., who finished with 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting and Thomas Bryant, who had 20 on 6-of-6 shooting, including a pair of 3s.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana’s offense was in peak form as the Hoosiers posted an effective field goal percentage of 72.4 and scored 1.42 points per possession against the Illini.

Final IU player stats:

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  • mharv2631

    That was their game plan in the second half. Give it to Hill and let him dribble drive (with no one in the lane) or kick it to Coleman for a three. Easy to see from the rafters.

  • David Macer

    The game has changed dramatically in the past 40-45 years. It’s far more vertical than horizontal. That puts a premium on athletes. Speed of play is faster.

  • David Macer

    That’s because of travel ball has ruined the game. Up and down the court. Zero defense.

  • TomJameson

    Thanks, that’s what I thought but wasn’t sure. Ended up looking it up anyway, but always nice to hear from one who knows. My whole point is that they shot a lot of free throws, and I would think that would skew that particular stat just a bit.

  • Ole Man

    LOL! You got it!
    How were the biscuits?

  • SCHoosier

    Good for the Hoosiers!! this was a whistle blowing contest during which a b-ball game broke out!. Great passing first half..not much D from IU in the second. Needed the win..grow from here…and keep Thomas in the damn post. Effective tonight and still had a couple of threes’

  • Piker

    Kinda like the NBA until playoffs start

  • GL81

    Exactly what I thought watching he was getting the Nigel calls where the whistle was ready to be blown before he made his move

  • GL81

    How was first game back in 30 years?

  • GL81

    Like that assessment

  • mharv2631

    Really had a great day. A lot of fun

  • That might be true. There are also some people who only post after losses, and it’s only to slam CTC. Those people sure do seem like they’re happiest with losses because they’re convinced that CTC is the wrong coach–and in their minds every win just makes it more likely he’ll stick around. So, yes, there do seem to be some “fans” who hate it when IU wins a game.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Fantastic!!!! I haven’t been to Red Lobster in awhile and we had a great time. But Ole Man,,,,,it’s not cheap! I forgot how expensive it is. Nothing beats those biscuits. Enjoy your Sunday!!! Take care.

  • Ole Man

    Nope; not cheap, which is why I rarely go anymore.
    Glad you enjoyed!

  • Kevin Blackistone

    They actually called a timeout to draw up a play and got a 5 second call. Really kinda shows a lot of a little about the two coaches.

  • Kevin Blackistone

    I think pure shooting will come back in with kids trying to be like Curry/Splash bros

  • Kevin Blackistone

    If JN takes one shot it’s one too many.

  • Ole Man

    It would be nice, wouldn’t it.


    He figured he would need all 3 of them for when they got within a point or two, or even took the lead.