At the Buzzer: Wisconsin 65, Indiana 60

  • 02/05/2017 3:20 pm in

Quick thoughts on a 65-60 loss at Wisconsin:

How it happened: The odds were against Indiana going into Sunday’s game at the Kohl Center. With 15 straight losses in Madison, Indiana needed a near-perfect effort to emerge with a signature road win. The Hoosiers hung tough all afternoon, but never led in their fourth road loss in five tries in conference play. Indiana defended well enough to win, but turnovers (23.7 TO%) and a huge differential from the foul line (+12 for Wisconsin) were the difference. The Hoosiers held the Badgers to just 1.03 points per possession, but couldn’t get enough offense going and couldn’t quite get over the hump down the stretch. After trailing by eight with 51 seconds to play, Indiana got within three with 28.6 seconds left on a pair of Josh Newkirk free throws. From there, Bronson Koenig hit a pair of free throws with 25.8 seconds left and Indiana never got closer than three the rest of the way. The loss dropped Indiana to 5-6 in league play as a showdown with Purdue looms on Thursday in Bloomington.

Standout performer: Newkirk, who scored a career-high 27 points in Wednesday’s triple overtime win over Penn State, scored a game-high 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. Newkirk was 4-of-6 on 3s.

Statistic(s) that stands out: Free throws and points off of turnovers were the difference for Wisconsin. The Badgers outscored Indiana 16-6 on points off of turnovers and by 12 points at the foul line. Indiana was 11-of-12 from the foul line and Wisconsin was 23-of-31.

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  • Ole Man

    ROFL! I literally laughed out loud over your last sentence!
    It wins post of the forum today!

  • vicbert caladipo

    No sir. Beating IU players with a sock full of soaps is allowed. So is tripping. Showalter likes to do that. The sick side of me almost laughed when he rolled up his own players and Happ had to leave the game

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Steak Dinner,,Boom!!! Enjoy the SB.

  • Daaddy Blac

    the half court trap seemed to work a little toward end, at least makes them use some clock and delay getting into their offense. I wouldn’t use it all the time, but as a different look, I’d be open to teaching and using it.

  • SCHoosier

    Can’t defense is worst in the B-10 and we can’t play a zone without giving up easy buckets. Huuuummmmmm.

  • SCHoosier

    I’m with you..he excels at getting the ball into the post..not sure what prompted Jones starting today.

  • vicbert caladipo

    With a mule ball appetizer

  • SCHoosier

    U could read TC’s lips..he said “I’m just look for some respect (on these calls.).that’s all….

  • SCHoosier

    Understand the foul issue..could have called a lot more on either team. WIS is good at avoiding them..especially at home. Let’s concentrate instead on the (minimum) four possessions when the Hoosiers (and their not elite offense) couldn’t even get off a shot. off. total lack of court awareness..All in the first half. ridiculous. 4-5 B-10 teams could have beaten WIS today given their shoot % from 3..we aren’t one of them

  • vicbert caladipo

    I’ll bet I can paraphrase with 95% accuracy CTCs presser without even listening, but I’m a sucker for punishment. I’m going to take a listen. “Hey Tom. What did you think about being warned for being on the floor?” “Well I’ll have to watch the film and see what the refs were giving me.”

  • Show-Me-State HOOSIER

    Crean, haven’t u seen the ONE AND ONLY!!!! “kick me out of this game, I’m going to scream like a madman if you don’t kick me out of this game!”

  • Piker

    Just stop. CTC had a good game along with the whole team. Sick of this hate CTC crap even when it was a gamed played well by all. Now it’s CTC fault because of calls. Give it a rest.

  • Piker

    Yeah get a second get thrown out give the team some FT and possesion you don’t get coaching do you

  • Piker

    Agree this is what alot of posters called for more agressive D I was real happy to see it and over all it was effective. How many TOS was Wispy over their average? Please someone who thinks this agressive D tonight was a bad thing explain with more facts

  • Ohio Hoosier

    NewKirk played really well despite the turnovers. That is the kind of effort that
    IU needs on defense every game. The half court offense is really the problem
    for IU. Isolation plays forcing guys to make one on one plays late in the shot clock is not what this team needs. I was watching them set up in the half court
    and everyone is moving at half speed to get in a designated spot when finally
    the ball gets passed around the perimeter to the IU player who is supposed to
    go one on one. TB for one doesn’t handle the ball well enough to have to
    drive from the three point line into help side defense to create a shot on the run.
    Not too many centers that can. RJ also has a hard time being forced to create
    something late in the shot clock. Both of these guys are really good players
    but NBA one on one style basketball is not their forte. Offense needs to
    push the ball as much as possible with more passing and less dribble drives.
    They live and die by the three pointer so they should continue to play that style.

    If IU will put this kind of effort into their defensive play for the rest of the season
    they can have some success. Hopefully JBJ comes back to give us our best
    outside shooter for the rest of the year.

  • vicbert caladipo

    He never got the first T smarta$S. Maybe I don’t get coaching but try and follow along. He got a warning for being on the floor…something he does all the time but refs decided to say something today. Did we win or lose smart guy? Maybe if he showed some stones we wouldn’t have continually get hosed on calls and might have won but you’re the genius right?

  • vicbert caladipo

    Take a hike pike if you can’t allow an opinion that isn’t the same as yours. Guess the world would be a much better place if we all just thought like you.

  • Piker

    Would of got the t with the next one. Nice name calling. I think I will stick around and give my opinion.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Telling me I don’t know coaching to me is the same as name calling. You questioned my intelligence and I thought it was a slam worthy of calling you a S A

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    More turnovers.. better effort.. we have too make open shots.. keep grinding ..

  • Pman

    We lost.

  • Chappy Dan

    Tough talkers talk so tough!

  • wesmont

    Please stop saying Newkirk played well.I watched the replay,he blew singlehandedly 13 posessions! He dominated every possession by dribbling too much.Yes he it some shots for a change but he was beaten on defense numerous times,including a fail to switch on n out of bounds play under the basket.I give him a D for the game and an F for RJ.Sorry our guard play was atrocious.

  • Koko

    And I wondered why that couldn’t have happened earlier in
    the game.


    I think maybe you should be the one to give it a rest. I don’t think you can find one comment from me that would justify the, ” I hate Tom Crean and /or Tom Crean should be fired ” tag. I also did in no way say, or even imply, that it was his fault that we lost the game. I simply stated what was one of the things that IMHO he should be different about, especially when we play at UW. So maybe you should be the one to ” stop ” and ” give it a rest “. Last time I checked the kind of comment I made was what this site is for.

  • Piker

    You said CTC cannot man up, stand up for his players. I guess you think a statement like that would go well with him or his players. Stand by my statement. It’s an insult so give it a rest.


    I don’t think he’s so thin skinned that he would take someone saying that they think one particular thing should be different, even with it being worded as it was, and label it as someone hating on him. It’s my opinion and that’s all it is. Guess I missed it when the title of ITH opinion police was bestowed on you and Grand Decider of who should, ” give it a rest “, and stop giving their opinion on a site that is for just that.

    And for what’s it worth I have talked with Coach Crean more than just once or twice at length, BEFORE he was IU’s coach AND after he became IU’s coach. I originally thought I should ask you if you would like to see the pics and the handwritten letters if you didn’t believe that, but I couldn’t care less if someone like you believes me or not. We have talked bball, tactics, strategy and just life in general, and yes I did bring up the point in my original comment, thus me knowing his reasoning as to why he doesn’t do it and why I feel confident that he would feel like I’ve stated. He is a good man and has done several very kind things for my son who is let’s just say, not as fortunate as most of us. I shouldn’t take up any more of your time as I’m sure you have many comments to pass your personal judgment on.