Penn State: 82
I don’t know about you, but I came into this game more worried than I was against Michigan. Penn State is not near as good as Michigan but I felt like they were playing well enough, their confidence was spilling over from their Purdue win, and IU was playing on the road in the B1G Ten. Just like the Michigan game, this game came down to the wire and the Hoosiers were able hold off a good effort from the Nittany Lions.
Inside The Hall pointed it out in their preview of the game that Penn State gave up the second highest percentage of their points from 3 in the nation. Stats don’t lie. The Hoosiers used good ball movement and good spacing, coupled with Penn State’s inability to get out on IU’s shooters, to set up for quite the shooting display on Sunday. IU finished the game 16-24 (66.7%) for the game. Roth and Hulls combined to shoot 12-15 from downtown. But yet, the game was still close.
I don’t think this game is one to get too worried about if you are an IU fan. Would it have been nice to actually play some defense at some point and/or knock down free throws throughout the game, yes. Were there some questionable substitutions being made, certainly. Is Verdell Jones not the most frustrating player to watch, of course. But a win is a win. I have to admit, this game was actually pretty exciting to watch. The B1G Ten is known for its tough, grind-it-out, first-team-to-50-wins type of games and to have a shootout like this was awesome.
Question for my readers: Who do you think would win in a game of HORSE (all shots have to be behind the three point line), Jordan Hulls or Matt Roth?
Each game someone different for this Hoosier team steps up and that is probably the most dangerous part about this team. Today it was Hulls and Roth. Next game it may be Watford and Zeller again. And then Pritchard and Wayer after that. Just imagine if this team brought in a good recruiting class next year how deep they could be!!
Team Grade: B
Looking Forward- IU comes back home to Assembly Hall on Thursday to face Minnesota and the students will FINALLY be back in the seats. This is my game to be behind the basket. I am thinking about making my own Big Head of myself. Look for me.