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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Indiana 75, Penn State 58

By Myron Medcalf


INDIANAPOLIS -- Reaction from Indiana's 75-58 victory over Penn State.

Overview: Hoosiers fans have been waiting for this. In recent years, they haven’t been able to experience a positive outcome at the nearby Big Ten tournament. But this season could be different. The Hoosiers fed off the crowd on their way to a victory Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Turning point: After Verdell Jones went down with an injury in the first half, his teammates responded. It was an emotional scene. Jones refused to be carted off in a wheelchair. The entire crowd rose and cheered as he walked away, unable to put any weight on his right leg. Seeing one of their veteran leaders go down seemed to motivate the Hoosiers, who were unstoppable from that point.

Key players: Indiana’s Jordan Hulls scored 20 points and Cody Zeller had 19. Christian Watford added 14.

Key stat: The Hoosiers made 44 percent of their 3-point attempts. It’s a huge weapon for this team.

Miscellaneous: Ugly scene when Jones went down. He’s had injury issues before. It will change Indiana’s postseason outlook if he’s done for the year.

What’s next: Indiana will play Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m. ET Friday. Penn State will probably go home for the season unless it’s invited to and decides to participate in some of the non-NIT/NCAA tourneys.