Ferrell hits clutch shot, but Butler answers with one of its own

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana looked dead in the water. Down 74-69 with 38 seconds left in regulation Saturday afternoon against Butler, the No. 1 Hoosiers went to full-court pressure, desperately trying to remain undefeated. They swarmed around and did everything possible to get their hands on the ball. And eventually, they got within three points at 76-73 with 16 seconds to go.

That’s when freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell — who had struggled all afternoon — stepped up like a veteran and nailed a game-tying 3-pointer from the right wing.

“That’s Yogi,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said afterward. “He did the same thing in New York [against Georgetown], he’s done the same thing in a couple of practices. He’s got great toughness. He really does. He’s a ‘next play’ guard. That’s why he’s such a special guard, especially at that age.”

The Hoosiers surrounded Ferrell at midcourt, celebrating like they had just won the game. They hadn’t. They had merely gotten it to overtime. And Butler, with two of its starters already fouled out, refused to go away.

After Indiana (9-1) jumped ahead 84-80 and looked to be headed for its 10th straight win, Butler’s Rotnei Clarke and Chase Stigall hit back-to-back 3s to put the Bulldogs back on top. Stigall’s attempt was uncontested as there was miscommunication between Will Sheehey and Remy Abell.

“There’s no question we cost ourselves at the end of the game defensively,” Crean said. “They made the plays and they get credit for that, but we made the mistake in how we guarded it.”

Cody Zeller quickly scored to tie the game at 86-86. And then came the final possession of the game.

Walk-on point guard Alex Barlow dribbled the ball up the floor while Clarke and Kellen Dunham ran around screens in an attempt to get open.

“It was baseline screens. We had run it all game,” said Butler coach Brad Stevens. “We had a couple of different options. One of the options was the guy on top can drive the basketball, and usually that’s Roosevelt [Jones] up there. We had a lot of success in that action we felt like. I didn’t feel like we could call a set because I didn’t know if we could dribble it around til eight or nine seconds because of the pressure. So let’s just get in the movement and then see if we can’t figure out a way to get a basket.”

Clarke, though, knew there was little chance he would get the ball. Victor Oladipo had blanketed Butler’s leading scorer all afternoon, and he was on him again.

On the defensive side, Indiana was intent on switching everything, leaving the 7-foot Zeller on the bench.

“We were in a 55, we wanted to switch on everything because they were in the ball-screen game,” Crean said. “In that situation, we wanted to continue to have that switching because it was either going to be a drive or a 3.”

The Hoosiers kept the ball out of the hands of Clarke and Dunham, forcing Barlow to make a play himself. With Hulls on him, Barlow dribbled his way into the lane and flicked up a right-handed floater.

“Once it got down to six [seconds], there was no hesitation,” Barlow said. “I was gonna shoot that unless Rotnei or Kellen or somebody else got wide, wide open. If I missed it, they weren’t going to have time to get a shot off.”

But he didn’t miss it. The ball hit the right side of the iron, rolled around, and went in, securing Butler’s upset victory.

“Nobody really helped off,” Clarke said. “He made a tough shot.”

  • Kelin Blab

    Cody to me needs to be more demanding of the ball and needs to use more post moves. What ever happened to a nice jump hook or an up and under?

  • jmfriedman

    Watford needs to sit. It is plain and simple. The guy has stunk horribly this year. I hate it. i really do, but it is time to make the team better. You cannot tell me that Perea will not have better stats than Watford. I hope Crean can see this and doesn’t play Watford unless he truly earns it. In my opinion, Watford’s play was more of a factor in our loss than anyone else. C’mon CWat, step it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jmfriedman

    Purdon’t is stuck with Painter and the rumor is that they don’t even have the money to pay him. Stevens only wants one other job and I will give you one guess as to which one it is……

  • jmfriedman

    Yes, great game, BUT it never should have been that close. IMO IU is a far superior team than Butler. IU wins that game 9 out of 10 games. Yes Stevens is a good coach, but c’mon people. Butler got a number of “lucky” bounces and hit some ridiculously tough shots. That Clarke kid hit 2 3 pointers from NBA range with two guys in his face. Coaching is very little of a factor with that.

  • jmfriedman

    Yes, great game, BUT it never should have been that close. IMO IU is a far superior team than Butler. IU wins that game 9 out of 10 games. Yes Stevens is a good coach, but c’mon people. Butler got a number of “lucky” bounces and hit some ridiculously tough shots. That Clarke kid hit 2 3 pointers from NBA range with two guys in his face. Coaching is very little of a factor with that.

  • JerryMaguire

    Oh, I forgot you are a coach(or used to be). We all need to get you in front of CTC so he can learn from you on how to use timeouts and his personnel properly.

    The reason why he is coaching at the level he is coaching is he is a lot better then all of us at it. One of the reason’s why he is a better coach then all of us is he has systems in place to evaluate all the things you want him to evaluate but he won’t do it publicly. If you can’t figure out why he doesn’t do it publicly – another reason why he is better at the coaching job.

    Because you have coached you do understand you are a much better coach when the players perform as they are asked/coached. This is the same coach who coached Cody a week ago to 19 rebounds in 30 minutes and CWAT to double digit rebound games in 3 games earlier this yr and 14 in a game last yr against one of the best rebounding teams nationally – MSU. As you know, those two guys grabbed one rebound in the first half and eight for the entire game. Obviously, it’s coaching?!

    I’m sure the real stupid Butler fans were saying the same thing about Stevens coaching ability earlier this year after they were owned by Illinois by 17 and Xavier by 15.

    Coach Stevens is no better or worse a coach then he was a few weeks ago but player execution has a lot to do with what the average fan has to say.

    I read many of the idiotic comments over the years from people on this site about CTC coaching ability. I’ve watched it change based on the talent level of the team, execution of the game plan and the most common cause CTC coaching ability comments are the emotion of the moment caused by victory or loss. Good thing our coach doesn’t make his comments based on emotion of the moment.

  • Dagwoods

    To me it seemed like they got a lot of easy points off their offensive rebounds (blame on us), and we left a few points on the table at the free throw line (again, that destiny was in our own hands). I guess at the the end of the season, we’ll all see how legit Butler is (I have a hunch that they are). If they are, we have no shame and we’ll be better because of this game.

  • Kenneth234

    Sure advantage Stevens on Saturday. However, in some respect I do think that IU’s style change from sometime last year through this year of up tempo all the time is what made IU susceptible to getting beaten by a team like Butler. I haven’t seen the game from last year, but I am sure at that time we beat Butler handily by utilizing primarily half court sets. Perhaps we need to have more balance on our tempo. Don’t just go fast to go fast, but also be able to settle down into some spread out sets in which we can isolate certain advantages better or run more pro style sets on occasion when the up tempo is taken away. I guess, what I am trying to say is that we seem to settle for some shots that seem a little quick from time to time, which in turn leads to not utilizing Zeller effectively, and sometimes turns into a jumbled mess of a few minutes of play.

  • MillaRed

    Once again, taking this stuff personally. I have no idea of who you are, you know me, and want to go after me as if I kicked your dog this morning.

    This whole “blog” thing. It’s opinions. That’s all. Doesn’t make anyone great or horrible. Just discussion. If it really bothers you this much maybe you should take up hockey. I don’t know. I’m not a psychologist.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    IU got hammered on offensive glass …that lost the game

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    I too noticed Butler getting a lot of “lucky” bounces.

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnathan.bishop Johnathan Bishop

    Sure, there are a couple factors you can attribute to this hard loss. But I consider the biggest thing free throws. As talented as our team is at making shots, why are we missing so many free throws? If we would have hit more of them, we would have won this game without overtime. The players should spend time by themselves just shooting free throws.

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnathan.bishop Johnathan Bishop

    Sure, there are a couple factors you can attribute to this hard loss. But I consider the biggest thing free throws. As talented as our team is at making shots, why are we missing so many free throws? If we would have hit more of them, we would have won this game without overtime. The players should spend time by themselves just shooting free throws.

  • notfargj

    in light of what happened in CT on friday, all of this seems so trivial. it’s a game. there are much more important things in life. not suggesting there is no value in this dialogue but we should all be grateful we have each other to revel in the wins and losses and avoid any petty disputes and criticisms.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Nothing new or unique can be added to the discussion but I feel like adding my two cents. I see a lot of new user names have popped up after this game, interesting but not surprising. If you are here because you an IU fan, welcome. If not, have fun trolling.

    Obviously, it’s frustrating to lose. Especially when you get beat by a more physical team that beat you to too many loose balls and made the final clutch play. I think it’s pretty obvious but it needs to be said, this loss doesn’t impact our two major goals. The first is to win the Big Ten championship. The second is to the win the National Championship.

    To do those two things, there needs to be some improvement made (same can be said for every other team in the country). We need to get Hulls more shots. We need to get Zeller more shots. We need to figure out our rotation now that Hanner is in the fold and Elston will be soon. Late game situations can improve. Free throw shooting hurt us. This is the first bit of on-court adversity this team has had this season. I don’t think there is any question about how they have responded to adversity over the last few years and I think we will see them make the necessary improvements on the floor. I hope they use the next couple of weeks to tweak the lineup and improve. I don’t think you can question the effort or desire of this team and they will fight back from this loss. Our next test is in two weeks at Iowa. Frustrating loss but this season is just getting started and we still have everything to play for. Let’s bounce back on Wednesday and hope we don’t have to feel the sting of a loss much the rest of the way.

  • BlakeD1223

    I’m just blown away how so many people put this lose on the coach. Are the Lakers losing because of their coach? NO! We played horrible. We shot horrible. Yeah, there were a few things that we could have done better but my God stop throwing CTC under the bus. I keep reading that Hulls shouldn’t have been on the floor when the game winning shot was hit. Ok, one shot doesn’t define the whole game. Butler hit all the shots that they needed to keep the game close. That’s really what it all comes down too.

    Sing CTC praises all year and then we get one lost and it’s allllll his fault. I just don’t get it.

  • http://twitter.com/BlairDMckee Blair D. Mckee

    I think Butler was in the right place at the right time. Their bigs were able to contain CZ just enough and the new kid hasn’t had enough time with the team. Jordy is a special player, but he is better with the ball in his hands, rather than on defense, and with no big man in the paint to contest the final shot, he got backed down. Butler is tough, and it should not come as a surprise that they were in it to the end.

  • JerryMaguire

    Who is taking it personally?

    I understand it is a “blog” thing and it’s about opinions. What I hope you understand is just because you have an opinion it doesn’t mean 1)it needs to be shared, 2) has value or 3)anyone agrees with it. This is why they reply to comments. Sorry for hurting your feelings.

  • SCHoosier

    Keep firin’ Milla..as u said that’s what these blogs are for..probably preventing me from having a frustration heart attack:)

  • SCHoosier

    Yes..the match-ups gave Crean problems and Steven’s took advantage. When Hulls must cover an under the bucket strong garbage player like Jones…Stevens said he was “surprised”. Hell is eyes lighted up and so did Jones’ Jordy is great..but he couldn’t handle Jones Ironic that if Jones hadn’t fouled out..Barlowe might not have even been in the game at the end of the OT. Jones would have been the perfect go too guy..

  • MillaRed

    You understand that by going on a blog and saying, “just because you have an opinion it doesn’t mean it needs to be shared” makes no sense, right? Do you know what a blog is?

    Maybe you should Google it. And please don’t tell me just because you want to surf you don’t have to go to Google.

  • Kenneth234

    When it is all said and done, the only real impact that this game will have on the tourney is where Butler will ultimately get seeded. At that time they would have a win over UNC, Marquette and a top 4 Indiana, along with a long list of very tough teams that they have or will play this year in and out of conference play. There is no doubt that this Butler team will be fully tested come tourney time, just as any team out of the Big Ten, ACC, SEC, Big East, and Big 12.

    But IU did not get exposed as many people suggest, at least not in a way that 99 % of the rest of the college level teams will be able to exploit. A vast majority of the loss was poorly timed missed ft, a lot of unfortunate wild scrums, and as much as I hate to harp on it…poor officiating or at least lack of consistent officiating.

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