IU beats Penn State by 23. This headline should sound familiar to the Jan. 7 game these two teams just recently played. Not only was the scoring margin the exact same as the prior game, but nearly everything about this game was eerily similar. A ton of Penn State fouls (29), poor Indiana free throw shooting (57%), lots of turnovers (34 combined), really good three point shooting by the Hoosiers (11-20; 55%), and a horrible shooting night for the Nittany Lions (33%). Also, just like last game, this was just not all that enjoyable to watch.
About the only difference for Indiana in this one compared to last was the source of offensive production. Yogi Ferrell had his best shooting night of the season, knocking down three 3’s on his way to a career high 15 points. Will Sheehey found his missing swagger and hit all three of his three point attempts. Victor Oladipo’s shooting form is looking might pretty nowadays. He continued his stat stuffer ways with a game high 19 points to go with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Also, Hanner Mosquera-Perea did something good!
Cody Zeller couldn’t get going offensively but still was a force on defense and on the boards. Remy Abell has looked god awful lately. It was good to see Maurice Creek back out there, but the more open threes he misses, the less time he will see.
Team Grade: B+
Looking Forward- Go ahead get ready for the “Biggest game of the year!” talk because it will be coming for the next four days. Michigan State, the current conference leader with a 6-1 record, will be coming to Bloomington on Sunday for the marquee match-up of the day on CBS. The Spartans have won six straight after opening with a loss at Minnesota. The atmosphere should be excellent which is great for everyone not named Gary Harris.