Hoosiers kill turnovers in rout of Grand Canyon

  • 12/14/2014 9:12 am in

Following Indiana’s 94-66 win over Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon, Tom Crean was asked about his team’s turnovers.

The Hoosiers coach paused. He smiled.

“Crazy,” Crean said. “Beyond belief. We’ll have to go back through the tape, see if that’s actually accurate, because, man, I never coached a team that had that few.”

He hadn’t.

Indiana’s four turnovers on Saturday were the fewest ever by a team coached by Crean. The turnover percentage: just 5.7.

After ranking No. 330 in the nation last season in turnover percentage — averaging a 21.8 percent rate — the Hoosiers thus far this season are now ranked in the top 40 in the NCAA (17.0 percent, No. 37). It’s a number that, more than anything, shows promise to Crean.

“It’s a fast paced game and we wanted to play fast,” he said. “So I think that’s a big step. What that does is put the pressure on players to know they can do it.”

All four Indiana turnovers against the Antelopes came in the first half — one in which the Hoosiers struggled to pull away despite a 1.17 points per possession rate. It was the second half in which the Hoosiers dominated.

Not turning the ball over a single time, the Hoosiers attacked the basket at a much more efficient rate — scoring 30 of their 52 second-half points in the paint — while becoming less reliant on the three (the Hoosiers had 20 first-half attempts from behind the arc compared to 10 in the second half). It’s what Grand Canyon coach Dan Majerle called the difference in the game.

“They took a lot of threes early and our guys got lulled to sleep,” Majerle said. “They came out in the second half and just attacked us. We didn’t guard at all. Like I said, once they got it rolling, it was hard to stop them.”

After the game, Crean said attacking the basket in the second half was the plan, that the Hoosiers not forget the benefits of moving through the paint. The improved turnover percentage, though, was not as expected.

The four turnovers on Saturday night came from one each from Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Yogi Ferrell, Stanford Robinson and Emmitt Holt. The Hoosiers had been averaging 12.9 per game beforehand.

It’s a welcome change, though — especially to Troy Williams, who was averaging nearly two per game. He had zero turnovers for just the fifth time in his career.

“It feels good not to be a turnover machine,” Williams said. “Just capitalize on it.”

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  • Bruce Clark

    Great second half; we know that against most teams we can get our shooters free, but going inside then out is a new dimension to this team. Hoping some recruits take notice…

    Good article in the Courier about HMP; I sometimes forget how long highly-rated he was. Games like last night will boost the confidence of HMP and those of his teammates in going to HMP. And TW: no turnovers. Sweet.

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    Let’s hope the reduced number of turnovers is a very long trend.

  • David Macer

    I was amazed they only had 4 TO’s given the sloppy nature of the first half….

  • GaHoosier

    I think the first half was more undisciplined then anything. Way too many threes, but they also took this threes early in the shot clock!

  • GaHoosier

    Favorite quote in awhile, “It feels good not to be a turnover machine.”

    That shows me that Troy is starting to realize how bad his turnovers have been, and just how costly the are!

  • dwdkc

    Indiana schedule strength just took a slight hit and lost an opportunity–Butler lost at Tennessee after losing sizable lead, and EWU also lost a big lead and lost by 4 on the road at Washington–who is undefeated and ranked #17 after handling SDSU pretty well. With a scalp like that EWU would have really turned some heads. They are a pretty good team.

  • marcusgresham

    Things could be worse—Pitt barely beat St. Bonaventure.

  • Hoosier Hall

    4 turnovers against Louisville might have resulted in a win… Not likely against a team with that kind of pressure though. I liked what I saw from Troy in this game. He continued his attacking style but usually made the smart play and that coast to coast drive and dish to Burton was sweet. We appear to be improving significantly on the boards but not yet on defense.

  • Hoosier Hall

    EWU is still a good team. People are talking about them as a team and individually (Tyler Harvey and Venky Jois). That would have been a great win for them but it definitely wasn’t a bad loss especially on the road. I think they’ll make the tournament (Maybe we would be lucky enough for a rematch!).

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    A lot is said about Crean not making in-game adjustments (and I agree most of the time), but have to give credit where credit is due. Coach, like many of us, saw we were relying on the 3 too much, adjusted at halftime, and focused on attacking the rim in the second half. Granted, this isn’t a complicated X’s and O’s adjustment, but still good to see nonetheless.

  • Kyl470

    The shot it before they could turn it over.

  • firstTimeCaller

    I personally don’t care if they shoot a three early in the possesion. Think about it… we have small rebounders and three’s have potential to rebound long which gives us a chance.

    I would rather we shoot a three-ball each time down the floor than dribble to the hoop and throw up prayer shots hoping to get fouled.

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    Butler didn’t respond well to Tennessee’s court pressure and never found an answer to their 2-3 zone. UT also shut down drives to the rack–something we are unable to do so far this season.

  • dwdkc

    Then we will just have to outscore them. Theme for the season

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    That’s an excellent game plan! Do you think that next year TC will try to out-quick everyone?