What to Expect: Rutgers


Indiana will try to end its first losing streak of the season on Saturday when it welcomes Big Ten newcomer Rutgers to Assembly Hall. The Scarlet Knights are 10-12 overall and 2-7 in conference play.

The game will be broadcast at 3:15 p.m. ET on BTN:

Conference expansion means that Indiana will welcome another new league foe to Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights, an addition made by the conference to help with exposure in the northeast, haven’t made the NCAA tournament since 1991 and are 0-4 in Big Ten road games thus far.

But that’s not to say this group hasn’t been competitive at times. Earlier in the month, Rutgers knocked off Wisconsin, sans Frank Kaminsky, in Piscataway, and also won its Big Ten-ACC Challenge game at Clemson. However, reality of just how far the program has to go under second year coach Eddie Jordan has set in as Rutgers is 0-5 since the win over the Badgers with the losses coming by an average of 13.8 points.

Coming off tough losses at Ohio State and Purdue, this is a chance for Indiana to finish out the first half of the Big Ten season with its sixth win and continue on as one of the league’s surprises thus far.


Video: Crean, IU players preview Rutgers

Tom Crean, Stanford Robinson and Nick Zeisloft met with the media on Friday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Saturday’s game with Rutgers.

Watch both press conferences below:


Film Session: Purdue

In Indiana’s blowout loss to the Boilermakers, Purdue turned up the pressure on defense.  It didn’t allow the Hoosiers to play to their strengths in the halfcourt and A.J. Hammons also erased shots at the rim with eight blocks.

We’ll take a look at Purdue’s defense in the latest edition of Film Session:

The Hoosiers are down 11-6 with 13:49 to go in the first half. Yogi Ferrell takes a ball screen from Emmitt Holt:


Ferrell gets all the way down to the rim, but Isaac Haas and Bryson Scott have him covered:


Ferrell comes all the way around to the left corner and left wing before passing it back up top to James Blackmon Jr. The Hoosiers will try resetting:



Notebook: Offense and defense lacking in loss at Purdue


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — From the start of Wednesday night’s game at Purdue, Indiana found itself in trouble.

The Hoosiers were rushing shots. They were dribbling too much. They were turning it over. They didn’t get many open looks. And when they did, they missed.

By the end of the 40 minutes of action, the Boilermakers (13-8, 5-3) had soundly defeated the Hoosiers (15-6, 5-3), 83-67, giving Indiana its second straight loss.

“They played well,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “But we put ourselves in positions to allow them to do that too many times by just not making simple plays.”

The basis of success for the Hoosiers’ offense has always been simple, according to Crean — make the easy pass, and find the open man. The Hoosiers don’t have the personnel to play a complicated style — one that involves “trying to create things that aren’t there.” That was the source of Indiana’s problems on Wednesday, Crean said.


Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Purdue


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana fell to 15-6 overall and 5-3 in Big Ten play on Wednesday night with a 83-67 blowout loss at the hands of Purdue in Mackey Arena.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Boilermakers:

· Purdue did what it wanted on both ends: Much of the talk leading up to the game had to do with matchups and which team would be able to take advantage of its strength. Indiana’s high octane offense was going to have to make perimeter shots to win and Purdue’s chances for success hinged on dominating in the paint.

The Boilermakers not only dominated the game offensively in the paint, but they also dominated the paint defensively. Purdue had 46 points in the paint against an IU offense that had no answer for its size and junior A.J. Hammons had a career-high eight blocks to shut down the paint on the other end. From the game’s opening moments when Purdue raced to a 17-6 lead, the result was never in doubt.

“We were not good enough in the paint,” Tom Crean said. “Our best post defender was 6-foot-3. We just didn’t guard the paint well enough tonight. And our aggressiveness on offense didn’t turn into what it should have been, which is much simpler basketball.”


Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Purdue


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Check out 20 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 83-67 loss to Purdue at Mackey Arena in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.


Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 83-67 loss to Purdue on Wednesday at Mackey Arena.

Watch the full press conference below:

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