At the Buzzer: Indiana 78, Penn State 75

  • 01/18/2017 9:32 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 78-75 win over the Nittany Lions:

How it happened: This one didn’t come easy for Indiana. The Hoosiers had to overcome a knee injury to OG Anunoby late in the first half. And with 4.6 seconds to go, it appeared that Indiana was headed for overtime after blowing a 14-point lead with under 10 minutes to go. But the Hoosiers weren’t going to be denied. On the game’s final possession, James Blackmon Jr. took the ball the length of the floor and nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Hoosiers to their 13th win of the season. Indiana is now back to .500 in conference play at 3-3.

Standout performer(s): Three different Hoosiers finished in double figures as Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson and Thomas Bryant each finished with 17 points in the crucial road win. Blackmon Jr. and Johnson combined to shoot 8-of-17 on 3-pointers. Bryant finished with nine rebounds.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana scored 1.09 points per possession against Penn State, which was giving up just .90 points per trip coming in. The effective field goal percentage for Indiana was 56.6. Coming into Wednesday, Big Ten opponents were shooting just 44.2 percent against the Nittany Lions.

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(Photo credit: Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • Ole Man

    Really? We must not be watching the same games. Please list them.

  • Ben thorne

    Exactly what I thought.
    A bit ironic

  • Ole Man

    No; he had to be carried between two others. No weight on it.

  • I obviously don’t know such things, but I’d bet he goes if he can. And if he’s out for a couple months… The injury scares he’s had this season might even push him that direction. I doubt he goes outside the first round, at worst. But who knows.

  • Ole Man

    Yeah; TB only went for 17 and 9 tonight. Terrible inside player.

  • He was helped off (ironically) by Morgan and maybe L. Anderson. He never came back to the bench, and it seemed like he, the coaches, and players were all a little shaken up during halftime in the locker room. Obviously I hope it isn’t major and pops back quickly. I’m doubtful for some reason. It’s already going into late January now. A few weeks out and the season’s almost over.

  • He did turn his back to the ball on the last PSU possession, as the guard (former recruit) was driving to the basket. That was bad.

    But then he totally redeemed himself!

  • Coach did mention it was basically the same play.

  • Did you notice he was passing up 3’s, that he had been taking all season? I thought that was interesting, and maybe a (positive) sign that they’re changing things up a little.

  • I don’t really know. But I wouldn’t doubt it at all. If they go by body-type, athleticism, and pure potential, then he’s a lock. If I just had a major injury scare (meaning the fear of a career-ending injury), I’d consider all of my options anew. If he comes back…wooo hooo!

  • Hoosierkamp

    His best game Of year . Gave it all he had too. He was gassed . Good for him

  • Hoosierkamp

    No way he goes pro with acl tear. He’ll be with IU for next season.

    Scholly situtation should
    Be interesting

    (I don’t know if acl btw, but I am
    Assuming )

  • ForIndiana

    I like Bryant and didn’t say he was a terrible inside player but he isn’t a back to the basket inside player you give it to to grind out a closing sequence…big difference but most on this board don’t understand the difference

  • Big Ten officials just seem to hate on IU most of the time (home or away). what causes that, IU’s history or what? Example: PS player shoves DD in the back, he in turn lightly bumps PS player in front of him as he loses balance, foul DD, what?

  • Hoosierkamp

    It was a good win. And I agree, Og injury is sad. I have little
    Hope it isn’t serious

  • yaman22

    Maybe I’ll have to watch it again, seemed like there was a few times in a row they had empty possessions, and it swung the momentum to Penn State.
    Happy for the win, a win on the road is always a good thing !

  • SoCal Hoosier

    Yes, you can beat a zone with passing. But the passing angles are set up by attacking the gaps on the bounce and stretching/distorting the zone. Just whipping the ball around the perimeter doesn’t do anything to really move the defense out of position.

  • Ole Man

    Agree with that. But they don’t even pass it around the perimeter. They just dribble around and hand it off.

  • Ole Man

    I get that. But tonight he was scoring from “back to the basket” along with his other stuff.

  • BC

    Yes, I need u to specifically list the five instances in which we scored on a baseline out of bounds play. I definitely don’t think u can. He’ll just give me 5 out of bounds plays that we’ve scored on in 9 years and you will have proven ur point. If you can’t be specific l, then admit that u were wrong. So tired of excuses and bs.

  • Ole Man

    CTC doesn’t “stand up” for the players. Watch Izzo on Sat. He’ll get more home cooking in AH than CTC does.
    CTC needs an occasional tech to say, “What in blazes is that nonsense! I’m watching you!”

  • Ole Man

    Who was all the deletes?

  • BC

    Yes specifically name that the 5 instances. I’m calling bs on this. And I don’t for1 second believe any stat that says we’re 2nd best. Give me some specific reference.

  • Oh, there were a couple of empty possessions, sure–although I’m not sure the shots were “terrible.” But there were also a couple where we scored at the very end of the possession. So I think the strategy was sound, there was just an issue of execution.

  • Yes. TB had two bad possessions late–the three, with I believe too much time left on the clock and so it was unnecessary. And then when he tried to drive and lost the ball. For some people, those two possessions undue the incredible game he had otherwise.

  • Except for that one last three he attempted, which was a poor choice. But I’ll let him have that one–he was a great player tonight.

  • Ole Man

    Yep; and I don’t understand that.
    JBJ gets all the well deserved credit in the world for hitting the game winner.
    But the play before he turns his back on his man who then drives by him.
    I just don’t get it.
    I want to shout, “People! Watch the game! It’s more than one man and one play.”


    Damn right ! He may not use expletives anymore, but he can still get his point across in a big enough, and demonstrative enough way that it would get the desired effect.


    Kind of what I was wondering.

  • Ohio Hoosier

    It looked like his right foot was turned a little awkwardly on the last
    step. Could be ankle or knee. Hope for the best as he is a good kid.

  • BKLock

    Good win! Injury to OG and the last few minutes were pretty ugly. Had a coach tell me once “How you handle adversity will win or lose ball games.” They handled it today. Let’s see if the has any carryover to Saturday’s game.

    Hoping OG will be able to recover quickly from his injury.

    Two questions:
    1. How in the world did PS play the majority of the second half with only have one stinking foul? They must have swallowed their whistles.
    2. Where was Priller? Did not see him on the bench tonight.

  • Kendall Polston

    Norlens Noel comes to mind. Injured, still drafted lottery.

  • Travis

    The last attempted 3 and the drive where he lost the ball hurt, but it appeared TB wanted to be the man to finish PSU off. I doubt either play was what CTC designed, but I can’t fault TB for trying to put the game on his shoulders. My God, any made shot by IU in the final 2 mins (FT or FG) and the game doesn’t come down to Blackmon’s shot.

  • mharv2631

    Yeah, we got homered for sure, but got lucky with a win.

  • mharv2631

    McRoberts was taking some cheap shots also.

  • b_side

    That’s awesome, didn’t listen to the post game.

  • IMHO this IU ref vendetta thing is one reason IU’s defense is so bad (tentative), especially at the rim. IU players play soft because they are worried about picking up fouls and being benched for a half.

  • Molon Labe

    I think the other major thing they need to work on is the inbounding of the basketball. It just looked like everyone was standing around or slowly walking to a spot when the ball was being thrown in at the end of the game. Like they don’t even practice set inbounds plays at all.

  • IMHO CTC has to get tougher on dealing with this, maybe even taking a technical or two if necessary.

  • Molon Labe

    Maybe Priller graduated at the Semester and has left for a real job so that it opens up a scholarship and no one bothered to tell us. Probably not, but a guy can hope can’t he?