4 storylines for IU’s game at Penn State #iubb

1. Nittany Lion near-misses
Penn State hasn’t been a pushover in its recent matchups with Indiana. Each of the past three games have gone down to the wire, including Penn State’s win at Assembly Hall in 2014. Last season, Brandon Taylor nearly forced overtime with a 3-point heave that made it through the goal, but was determined to have come after the buzzer, delivering IU a 76-73 win. The last three games have all been decided by three points or fewer.

2. Brandon Taylor and who else?
The Nittany Lions own one of the Big Ten’s least efficient offenses. They’ve been able to rely on 16.3 points per game from Brandon Taylor, but little else around him. Taylor produced his fifth double-double of the season at Iowa on Wednesday, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. The 6-foot-6 forward has led Penn State in scoring the past six games, averaging 17.2 points in that span. Outside of Taylor’s consistent production, guard Shep Garner has earned the spotlight on a handful of occasions. Garner has scored 20 or more points five times this year.

3. Rob Johnson heating up
At times during conference play, Johnson has been one of IU’s unsung defensive heroes. And while he had only modest offensive production across the three games leading into Tuesday’s trip to Michigan, Johnson authored one of his best performances of the season against the Wolverines with 16 points and six rebounds. During those three previous contests, Johnson had scored a total of 17 points and made seven field goals, but he went 7-of-13 from the field in 29 minutes against Michigan. He also played well against Penn State last season, scoring 20 points in one of his finest games of the year.

4. OG Anunoby won’t slow down
The rangy freshman continues to impact Indiana in meaningful ways off the bench. His 11 points at Michigan tied his career high, but he also had a hand in the hustle department. Anunoby grabbed three rebounds, dished two assists and had one block and one steal in 19 minutes. Anunoby is fourth in conference play with 1.5 steals per game, tying him with teammate Yogi Ferrell.