Notebook: Resilient Hoosiers excel in overtime

BROOKLYN — When Georgetown’s Otto Porter hit a layup to tie the game with seconds remaining in regulation, it seemed momentum would swing in favor of the Hoyas.

But Tom Crean’s team was resilient and showed poise from the start of overtime, taking control from the tip.

The Hoosiers scored six of the first eight points in the extra period – four from Jordan Hulls (including an impressive and-one) and a pair of free throws from Yogi Ferrell – to push the lead early. With Georgetown in the double bonus, Indiana capitalized at the free throw line, hitting 13 of 17 shots.

Pressure defensively also increased. The Hoyas didn’t make a field goal (0-for-7 from the field) in overtime. The result was an 82-72 win to capture the 2012 Legends Classic championship.

“I think it was great because our attitudes were fantastic,” Crean said. “Our heads didn’t drop, there wasn’t any complaining, and I just kept saying to them ‘this is tremendous.’ I think what helped the most in overtime was our great maturity.”

Backcourt steps up in clutch

Indiana’s backcourt struggled early against Georgetown’s longer perimeter players, especially on the defensive end, though they saved their best for last. Both Hulls and Ferrell hit key shots and made crucial free throws down the stretch in regulation and into overtime.

Ferrell in particular made four free throws and hit an off-balance 3-pointer with a defender in his face as time expired on the shot clock to push Indiana’s lead to 10.

“Yogi has great body language,” Crean said. “That is not the first time that he has hit a shot with the clock winding down. We have seen it in scrimmages and practice at different times. He just has something about him.”

Added Hulls: “We don’t treat him like a freshman. He doesn’t play like a freshman. He’s doing a tremendous job for us. He’s driving and kicking, he’s finding me, he’s finding people and doing really good.”

Balance a key for Hoosiers

Zeller gets more attention than anybody on the team, but Tuesday night was a great example of how balanced Indiana can be offensively.

The Hoosiers had five different players – Zeller, Hulls, Ferrell, Christian Watford, Victor Oladipo – score in double digits. But that offensive efficiency was expected.

For Crean, the balance that mattered against the Hoyas on Wednesday night came on the defensive end.

“I think we’re just getting started,” Crean said. “We got a lot of guys that are being asked to do things – that maybe they won’t be asked to do down the road – when it comes to defensive reasons. That’s where we had to make our biggest improvements this season.”

Hulls earns MVP honors

Indiana’s senior leader from Bloomington was fantastic in Brooklyn, averaging 15.5 points in wins over Georgia and Georgetown.

His effort was rewarded, as he earned Legends Classic Tournament MVP honors. Teammate Cody Zeller was also on the squad along with Hoyas guard Markel Starks, Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad.

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Indiana’s win was the 250th of Tom Crean’s career. …  Hulls is now 42nd on Indiana’s all-time scoring list with 1,031 points. … the Hoosiers now own three straight wins against the Big East (Pittsburgh, 2009, Notre Dame, 2011, Georgetown, 2012). … The win was Indiana’s first in overtime since beating Northwestern, 88-80, on Mar. 6, 2010.

(Photo credit: IU Athletics)

  • Knuckledrager

    I’d give you more than 1 (^) if I could.

  • Knuckledrager

    I’d give you more than 1 (^) if I could.

  • Knuckledrager

    Ditto. What he said—except..I think we could easily have a 10 man rotation. We could RUN any team into the ground. Run Run Run.

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    Remy shoulda played more , especially in the final minutes . If he was there wouldn’t be an overtime .

  • yimyames

    No way Elston gets 10-20, I think 10 will be on the high end.

  • HoosurDaddy

    Hollowell will be just fine he just needs to slow down and accept that he is PART of a top team and realize he cant and wont to it ALL within this program!
    I think he is just trying to hard to earn min at Indiana and once he come to terms with the fact that he is in a top 10 program and he can relax and let the game come to him he will be much more effective! He is without a dout a very good player but he just trys to push the ball much to often.
    Mr Hollowell youll be fine just slow down some, take your time and play your game!

  • HoosurDaddy

    Hollowell will be just fine he just needs to slow down and accept that he is PART of a top team and realize he cant and wont to it ALL within this program!
    I think he is just trying to hard to earn min at Indiana and once he come to terms with the fact that he is in a top 10 program and he can relax and let the game come to him he will be much more effective! He is without a dout a very good player but he just trys to push the ball much to often.
    Mr Hollowell youll be fine just slow down some, take your time and play your game!

  • Bballpop

    Did you notice though that when he was in there the zone defense improved dramatically. He was very active and I think you need to give him some credit. He’ll come around, I believe.

  • Scooter

    No, but what I did notice was his lack of emotion after winning and his pouting as his teammates came off floor to the bench.

    Perhaps he needs to look at guys like Austin and raphael creating a positive “bench mob” culture who would die for his minutes or be grateful he is getting minutes as a fr on the #1 team in the country.

    Freshman he may be, but he is old enough to know better and improve his demeanor.

  • Scooter

    No, but what I did notice was his lack of emotion after winning and his pouting as his teammates came off floor to the bench.

    Perhaps he needs to look at guys like Austin and raphael creating a positive “bench mob” culture who would die for his minutes or be grateful he is getting minutes as a fr on the #1 team in the country.

    Freshman he may be, but he is old enough to know better and improve his demeanor.

  • Scooter

    I agree with your comments. The end of the game approach by CTC and staff left much to be desired. You cannot look to make stops on penetration or defending the 3 with 2 sub six footers playing much larger guards and wings.

    As you have pointed out in years past, use timeouts, make key adjustments and maximize match ups on the floor to win the game.

    Why not have ws, vo, remy, cwat, and cz on defense after they cut lead to 4? If you cannot make a sub before they foul, all are good ft shooters. But when game is on line, call timeouts and set up a plan and execute it.

    Hulls should have ball in his hands and cannot make ft on bench.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.bergmann2 Ken Bergmann

    UCLA an elite team? Not a chance. They’ll be lucky to get 20 wins and make the tournament.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.bergmann2 Ken Bergmann

    Agreed. Once we have Elston, Perea, and Jurkin, I think we almost have to have a 10 player rotation. I said it before the season began, and I’ll say it again… The biggest challenge facing this team early will be finding the proper rotation with this VERY deep bench.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.bergmann2 Ken Bergmann

    Agreed. Once we have Elston, Perea, and Jurkin, I think we almost have to have a 10 player rotation. I said it before the season began, and I’ll say it again… The biggest challenge facing this team early will be finding the proper rotation with this VERY deep bench.

  • Kenneth234

    Did Muhammad have a huge game against Georgia on Tuesday? If not, how did he get voted to the all-tourney team? Certainly someone else on UCLA, Indiana or Georgetown deserved it more than someone who struggled to score against Georgetown.

  • Kenneth234

    I’m actually alright with the zone, but Yogi should have been watching the senior leader dribble off the clock and forcing Georgetown to foul him, from the bench. It has to be Hulls’s job to head to the free-throw line to ice games.

  • Kenneth234

    Although Austin is a valuable person to have, but if it would come down to it, I think he may be better off transferring to someone else like an Indiana St, Ball St, Butler, or Evansville.

  • Kenneth234

    I think in Hulls defense, Georgetown got open looks because IU had to play zone against them because of the size of Georgetown. The open looks came mostly on the handoff plays in which the other player never stepped out on the shooter to pressure the shot.

  • Kenneth234

    I think in Hulls defense, Georgetown got open looks because IU had to play zone against them because of the size of Georgetown. The open looks came mostly on the handoff plays in which the other player never stepped out on the shooter to pressure the shot.

  • anthony conaggio

    Duke looks better than IU so far. Plumlee has been dominant. Not sure Cody could outplay him ….

  • CreanFaithful

    ??? Obviously we aren’t running top 50 players out. My point is the guy is averaging as many minutes as Remy. That tells me Crean see’s something in practice that tells him Jeremy can contribute now. He’s only played in 5 games…

  • anthony conaggio

    Finally someone else gets it! Send your comment to Coach Crean. No offense to him, obviously he’s an accomplished coach, but really — can a 5’11” guard really handle 6’4″ or more guards who can shoot? What happens when we’re playing a team with big guards AND a very top notch frontcourt? I know no one on this site wants to hear this, but IU WILL NOT WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR if Crean continues playing the 2 small guards together. Defense is 50% of the game, and if we cannot contest shots on the perimeter, we will not win a championship.

  • anthony conaggio

    Finally someone else gets it! Send your comment to Coach Crean. No offense to him, obviously he’s an accomplished coach, but really — can a 5’11” guard really handle 6’4″ or more guards who can shoot? What happens when we’re playing a team with big guards AND a very top notch frontcourt? I know no one on this site wants to hear this, but IU WILL NOT WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR if Crean continues playing the 2 small guards together. Defense is 50% of the game, and if we cannot contest shots on the perimeter, we will not win a championship.

  • anthony conaggio

    Yep, and this armchair coach is willing to bet big money that IU will not win a championship if they continue to play two 5’11” guards together for most of each game. Guys like Gary Harris — their eyes will be bigger than softballs when they see Yogi or Jordy guarding them. I used to play college ball myself. Size does matter when it comes to defending the perimeter.

  • anthony conaggio

    So impressed that Remy never forces things, at least not when I’ve watched. And suddenly he’s the best 3-point shooter on the team (well alright, in limited attempts, so far)

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