Seniors look to complete undefeated home season against Maryland

  • 03/06/2016 7:39 am in

Yogi Ferrell cemented his place among the IU basketball greats after hitting the game clinching 3-pointer at Iowa that gave the Hoosiers an outright Big Ten championship.

Now a winner of two conference titles, holder of the assist record and the clear leader of this year’s squad, Ferrell will look to finish out an undefeated season at Assembly Hall.

The No. 12 Hoosiers (24-6, 14-3) have a lot on the line today, despite already locking up the top seed in the Big Ten tournament.

To start, it’s senior day. Ferrell, Max Bielfeldt, Nick Zeisloft, Ryan Burton and manager turned walk-on Jackson Tharp will all play in Assembly Hall for the final time.

“I just want to be remembered as a winner,” Ferrell said. “A guy who went out there and played hard every possession … Being a part of two Big Ten championships, hopefully that helps my case.”

After the victory against Iowa, an emotional Tom Crean, who was near tears, declared this team would not lose on senior day.

It won’t be an easy task. No. 14 Maryland (24-6, 12-5) presents a tough final exam. Arguably the most talented team in the conference, the Terrapins have five players that average double-figures each game.

“(Maryland) presents every problem imaginable because they’re deep,” Crean said. “That was one of the things that in the beginning of the year was so imperative for them and I think they’ve developed those guys. They don’t put anybody out on the court that can’t make plays.”

Sophomore point guard Melo Trimble leads the Terps at 14.3 points per contest and freshman big man Diamond Stone is adding 12.7 per game.

This will be a game that tests the depth of Indiana – especially if it is without Robert Johnson who continues to deal with a high ankle sprain. He is not expected to play, which would likely result in Nick Zeisloft getting another start at the shooting guard spot.

“The best thing (Maryland) does is protect the paint,” Crean said. “They create a lot of shot-blocks, they create some shot alters. We’re going to have to really, really move the ball.”

Juwan Morgan, who injured his shoulder in the final minutes at Iowa, is progressing and Crean says there’s a better chance he is able to play, but wouldn’t say for certain.

Ferrell said he caught himself thinking back to his freshman year and how he is so much more confident now. He’s been a different player and also appears to be a different person off the court.

That different level of motivation, the extra drive to win. He’s said it’s there, his teammates have noticed and it’s been validated with a conference title. His leadership has played such a large role that Zeisloft believe it makes him league MVP.

“We see it every day in him because he’s a leader,” Zeisloft said. “Whether it’s on the court or off the court … We think he’s the most valuable guy in the Big Ten for sure just because of what he does as a leader and as a person, not just a basketball player.”

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  • pcantidote

    Yogi, there is no doubt that you will be remembered as a winner. The way you willed this team to the B1G title this year will always be one of my fondest IUBB memories.

  • sarge

    Yogi always has been a winner and will always be one to his home state. It is an honor to have him at Indiana.

  • Gary

    Yogi, Thank you for coming back for your senior season.

  • BL

    Two IHSAA championships and two BIG championships, what more needs to be said? Oh yeah, NCAA Champion!!!

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    A B1G title in his freshman and senior years…………Kudos!
    It’s a Yogi championship sandwich!

  • JohnIU

    Rob Johnson playing today?

  • Fifer39

    Anyone know if this game will be streamed live anywhere – I’m outside the US and can’t get the cbs app? If not will it be on radio? I’ve listened to Don Fischer on WHCC 105 before but recently that has broadcast women’s games.

  • Bill Graham

    Maryland is scary b/c they have length but also good guards. PU is just massive but their guards are garbage…this is a complete team we are playing. My main concern is Sul from 3 and Layman in general. Melo and Stone are good but I feel like we match up well with them.

  • HooshWin

    From my perspective out here in Cali, Assembly Hall is THE place to be today. Thank you Yogi, your career at IU is equal parts lofty success and gritty determination. You will be missed. Thanks to all the seniors – enjoy the post-game moment but don’t feel satisfied. Lots of momentous work still to be done. Congrats to Remy at Xavier too.

  • Pat

    Next man up

  • Pat

    That is what Yogi said after and injury to another player do not recall who ” Next man up”

  • Fifer39

    Many thanks, Alex.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Yogi is a dream come true for the Indiana basketball program. I hope the season ends with a happy scenario for him. He deserves that and earned it with nothing but class.

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    Alex- Do you know where Yogi stands on the all-time three point list? Chance to pass Guyton?

  • NZ, when asked how it would feel to finish undefeated in Assembly Hall: “I mean, it’s gonna be awesome.” Lots of confidence. I’m nervous, but excited. Go Hoosiers!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    What a season Mark!!!

  • oldiugymnast

    As another Cali relocated Hoosier – right on!

  • HeartoftheRockies_Hoosier

    I have nothing against one and dones but you don’t get to watch transformation of character, the highs and lows, the development of leadership and most importantly you as a fan in some magical way develop a bound with the player who stays 4 years. A national championship would be awesome but I find watching a player like Yogi Ferrel develop as person in many ways more rewarding than a national championship. College is about growing up and laying the groundwork to fulfill your potential as a person. Its been fun to watch. Thank you Yogi.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    That is a great comment and statement.

  • HeartoftheRockies_Hoosier

    Thanks! GO HOOSIERS!

  • Koko

    They are a very talented team for sure. I have watched them play almost all of their B1G games. I really haven’t seen them play as a complete team on any type of consistent basis. My opinion is if they played as a complete team with the talent they have they would be the outright winners of the B1G this year. They have lapses during games that a good shooting team (IU) can take advantage of. Suliamon is easy to upset and Layman disappears when faced with good D. The way we have been playing lately, we should win. Now if all their talent shows up and plays as a complete team we may be in trouble….but I don’t see that changing all of sudden.

  • BL

    Already has. Anything more is just icing on the cake.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Beautiful sunny day here in Naperville and the excitement for IU is immeasurable. Great days indeed!

  • BL

    Big opportunity for TW to go head-to-head with Layman. Troy can outplay him if he comes focused for 40 minutes.

  • BL

    Highly doubtful. Suggest you listen to Coach’s presser.

  • Bill Graham

    I think that’s the key..good Troy needs to show up (especially since this might be his last game in AH)

  • HooshWin

    Right on! Love it out here, headed to the beach shortly

  • BL

    It’s a must, especially with the team battling injuries.

  • bleeding crimson

    Alex is the MAN.

  • bleeding crimson

    There is a BIG game shortly…you better make it a quick dip.

  • bleeding crimson

    Let’s take it into next year….GO HOOSIERS.

  • Fifer39

    You bet. Us Hoosiers lucky to have him!

  • bleeding crimson

    I do agree but recruiting has changed for the worse due to the one and done…
    It’s still OK to get them because this day and age we need to to compete to get the National Championship Banner…and we do talk about getting the next banner up. It would be hard to do but look across the board for the last 10 years, I wonder how many teams had all Senior Vet’s on their team.
    But I much rather have all stay 4 years and win the next banner.

  • Corey Schroyer

    This is not Yogi’s final game as a senior but it is in Assembly Hall, and I hope every student there gives him the ovation he deserves, he has grown so much in four years and with him manning our team I feel like any game can be won. He’s gonna be missed that’s for sure, let’s get the win for him and all of our beloved seniors!!

  • bleeding crimson

    We wouldn’t even have this wonderful, exciting, intelligent, informative forum if it was not for Alex. Keep up the great work.

  • SilentBob

    It’s seems rare these days to have two year starters, let alone four year starters. It’s been one heck of a roller coaster ride. Four years ago I knew we’d be sending off 5 seniors today. Had no idea two of them would be walk on and another two would be grad transfers, leaving Yogi as the only original member of his class. With all the transfers and dismissals in both his class and classes surrounding his, it’s truly special to see him go out as a big ten champion. A testament to his resilency and skill level. Sad to see him go, but I will enjoy every last second of it.

  • Koko

    Thanks for staying for your senior Yogi…..you da the man!

  • What do you mean, “play as a complete team”..??

  • HooshWin

    Have no fear, my priorities are in order. Back for tip!

  • ‘Good Troy’ has pretty much been the ‘norm’ for the past four games.. So hopefully that’ll be the case this afternoon as well.

  • Koko

    I was referring to Bill’s comment calling them a complete team. But my idea of playing as a complete team would mean no lapses in play that they have had during the course of most of their games this year. With the talent they have they have not played together on a consistent basis….not a complete team.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    The energy at Assembly Hall is amazing for this game.

  • BL

    Keep it going. Sand pit is paying huge dividends. Mary’s players look gassed.