Film Session: Losing 3-point shooters

Jacksonville was hot from beyond the arc in the first half (5-of-9) in their loss to Indiana on Friday night, and it’s a theme that continued until the final buzzer (10-of-17, 58.8 percent).

The Dolphins did hit a few of the contested variety, but some defensive miscues by the Hoosiers also gave them open looks. A look at four such miscues in the latest edition of Film Session.

I. We start this sequence with the Hoosiers on offense. Jacksonville is applying a little pressure in the full court. Yogi Ferrell has the ball and Tom Crean — as you can hear in the video — yells “Get it down to Jordan!” to Ferrell. Hulls is down on the right wing unguarded:

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Hulls — as he did five times in the first half — hits the three.

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But Jacksonville turns it right back around and gives the Hoosiers a taste of their own medicine. Both Ferrell and Hulls are calling for someone to pick up Jeremy Bogus, as he’s left unmarked. (For the record: Christian Watford  — the last one across the timeline — had been checking Bogus during this stretch of the game):

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Bogus has plenty of space once he receives the ball:

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Recruit roundup: Fischer posts 20-20 effort in easy win

123112aiThroughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how IU’s six 2013 signees and James Blackmon Jr. are performing at their respective schools. 

You can send us stats or results for this report at insidethehall@gmail.com

2013 SIGNEES

Collin Hartman (Indianapolis Cathedral): Did not play as he recovers from a fractured left wrist. Cathedral beat Jay County 53-47 and fell to Indianapolis Tech 60-54 in the Hall of Fame Classic on Dec. 28.

Devin Davis Jr. (Warren Central): Did not play as Warren Central is off until Jan. 2 when they travel to Lawrence North.

Luke Fischer (Germantown, WI): Twenty points, 20 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in a 100-47 win over Arrowhead on Dec. 27 and 30 points in a 79-50 win over Milwaukee Riverside on Dec. 28. Both games were played at Concordia University.

Noah Vonleh (New Hampton Prep, NH): Thirteen points and nine rebounds in a 69-50 win over Greenfield Academy (NC) on Dec. 27. Eighteen points in a 68-50 win over High Point Christian (NC) on Dec. 28. Seven points in a 58-53 loss to Word of God (NC) on Dec. 29. All three games were in the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational.

Stanford Robinson (Findlay Prep, NV): Did not play as Findlay Prep is off until Jan. 5 when they host Redemption Christian (NY).

Troy Williams (Oak Hill Academy, VA): Did not play as Oak Hill Academy is off until Jan. 11 when they host Toronto Academy.

2014 COMMITMENT

James Blackmon Jr. (Ft. Wayne Luers): Forty-five points in a 101-87 loss to Ft. Wayne Snider on Dec. 26 and is averaging 39.2 points through five games.

(Photo credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Jeremy Hollowell reinstated, eligible to play at Iowa

IUNDSITH0010Earlier this afternoon, Indiana Athletics Director Fred Glass announced that IU freshman Jeremy Hollowell has been reinstated and will be eligible to play Monday afternoon as the Hoosiers open Big Ten play in Iowa City.

Here’s the complete statement from Glass:

Earlier today we were advised by the NCAA that they have accepted our self-reported secondary violation involving Jeremy Hollowell and, consistent with our proposal, immediately reinstated his eligibility. He will travel with the rest of the team to Iowa and be eligible to play in that game and all other games going forward. I would like to thank the NCAA for its assistance and responsiveness, especially during this holiday season when their office is officially closed.

I also thank Jeremy Hollowell and his mother Chandra Lockett who raised this issue and have continued to be forthright and forthcoming throughout this matter. Finally, I thank our athletic department and men’s basketball staff who worked diligently and professionally to help bring this to a positive conclusion.  I am proud of how Indiana University has handled this situation. We will release the details of this matter later this week. Until then we will have no further comment.

Hollowell has appeared in 10 games this season and has averaged 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds.

He last played in the Hoosiers’ 88-86 overtime loss to Butler on Dec. 15.

What to Expect: Iowa

123012aFor the first time in sixteen days, the No. 5 Hoosiers will face a challenging opponent as they go on the road to face the Iowa Hawkeyes. Fran McCaffery’s team finished up the non-conference schedule 11-2 and is coming off a win over Coppin State on Dec. 22.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Jim Barbar and Dan Dakich on the call.

After what felt like countless drubbings with a few formidable opponents mixed in, Indiana has finally arrived at the Big Ten portion of its schedule. And the Hoosiers, winners of three straight following a loss to Butler at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Dec. 15, will be entering what should be a raucous environment in a soldout Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa City hasn’t been kind to IU in recent seasons as the Hoosiers have dropped four straight on the road to the Hawkeyes. That said, it’s a different season and this is a different IU team with great expectations. Those expectations include contention for a league title, which makes tomorrow’s game the most important one on the schedule so far.

PERSONNEL

In the aftermath of the failed Todd Lickliter era, McCaffery has done a solid job of assembling the talent necessary to challenge for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. A solid nucleus (Roy Devyn Marble, Aaron White, Melsahn Basabe, Eric May, Zach McCabe, Josh Oglesby) returns and reinforcements have arrived in the form of a strong freshman class that includes guards Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons along with big man Adam Woodbury.

Marble is off to a solid start to his junior season and is the only Hawkeye averaging more than 30 minutes per game. He’s averaging 15.7 points per game with a solid effective field goal percentage (52.0). He’s taking nearly four 3-pointers a game compared to just 1.6 a season ago and is shooting close to 40 percent. But as he’s shifted to more of a scoring role following the departure of Matt Gatens, Marble’s assists are down and his turnovers are up. It would be a shock to see anyone other than Victor Oladipo draw the Marble assignment.

White has built on a surprising freshman season with a sophomore campaign that has been highlighted by a parade to the free throw line. In 13 games, White has taken 87 free throws, which gives him the highest free throw rate in the Big Ten, and his field goal percentage on 2’s is close to 57 percent. White has also continued to hit the offensive glass hard which is evident by his offensive rebounding percentage (10.1).

Woodbury, a consensus top 50 recruit, has modest offensive numbers at 6.6 points per game, but is making an impact on the glass and defensively by altering and blocking shots. That means Basabe, who is coming off an ankle injury in the win over Coppin State, will continue to come off the bench as a source of energy.

In the backcourt, Gesell has slid right into the starting lineup and is Iowa’s third leading scorer (9.4). While he was recruited as a point guard, Clemmons has actually taken over those duties and is the Hawkeyes leading assist man at 3.8 per game. That means Iowa is starting two 6-1 players, so both teams will have similar size in the backcourt.

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Pick to Click: Iowa

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For those unfamiliar with the Pick to Click, you can read the ground rules and how it all works at this link.

This year’s contest will once again include all eighteen Big Ten games and prizes ($100 gift certificate to Amazon.com for first and $100 gift certificate to Dagwood’s on Kirkwood for second) will be awarded. Ties will result in either the prize being split (if all parties agree) or if not, a random drawing among those tied to determine the prize winner.

As was the case last season, rather than giving free reign on who you’re able to pick, we’re instituting a pool system. Each game, there will be a pool of players to select from. This is being done to prevent picking the same player each game, which became a problem in previous seasons.

Pool for Iowa: Christian Watford, Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls, Remy Abell, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Yogi Ferrell

A few other things to remember:

· Please make sure you are using a valid e-mail address if you are not registered.
· Please make sure you are using the same name each time to pick if you are not registered. Once the contest begins, we’ll be tracking wins by the name you use to submit your pick. If your name changes on a game-to-game basis, credit for your pick will be given to the name used to submit the pick.
· Please state who you are picking as the first thing in your comment. We will have a couple of hundred picks per game. If your pick isn’t the first thing listed in your comment, it won’t be counted.
· Do not use the pick to click thread to start other conversations. If you do, your comment will be removed and you could be banned from making future comments.

Picks are due by 3:45 PM ET on Monday.

What we learned from the non-conference season

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The Big Ten season tips off tomorrow in Iowa City, but the Hoosiers have already been through a ton since November. Here are five things we learned about the preseason-No. 1 team in the first 13 games of the season.

1. Jordy + Yogi works: One of the top questions leading up to the regular season was whether or not guards Jordan Hulls and Yogi Ferrell could play together in the same backcourt. Some suggested Ferrell would push Hulls aside and steal the majority of his minutes, many believed the two guards were too small to be on the court at the same time.

But so far, Hulls and Ferrell have proven those doubters wrong. They have thrived together during the non-conference schedule because each player has stuck to his own strengths. Ferrell, who has 71 assists and just 27 turnovers, has spent the majority of his minutes finding open teammates and playing tight defense on the other end. Hulls, with much of the ball-handling responsibility now in Ferrell’s hands, has been able to do more of what he’s great at — spot up and shoot. Hulls is shooting 55 percent from beyond the arc this season.

There will be some games during the conference season that test Hulls and Ferrell, but Indiana has plenty of depth off the bench to help with that. And Hulls already has experience defending players much bigger than he is (See: Georgetown).

2. The talent is there: The Hoosiers have the talent to win a national championship. There’s no doubt about that. We knew they would be deep in the preseason, but the scary thing is they haven’t had certain pieces at various times. Hanner Mosquera-Perea is just four games into his college career, Derek Elston missed time with a knee injury, Jeremy Hollowell is currently out due to an NCAA compliance issue, Cody Zeller has dealt with illness, Maurice Creek is out indefinitely with a foot injury, and Austin Etherington is out for the year with a broken patella.

And yet, the Hoosiers have still looked deep. That’s scary for the other teams in the Big Ten and around the country.

3. But…: As talented as the Hoosiers are, they are still very much a work in progress. They can play so much better, and they know it. They’ve been fantastic at Assembly Hall as they usually are, but it may take a few more games for them to figure out how to play away from home.

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The Minute After: Jacksonville

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I. Though Indiana eventually won this game by 34 points (Jacksonville actually covered the 36-point spread thanks to a late 3-pointer), it was a slow burn to get up to that mark. The Dolphins trailed by a respectable 15 at half and Indiana didn’t punch the lead to 30 until the 8:52 mark of the second half. They were able to keep it somewhat close because they were working their offense for open looks early and connecting. The Dolphins hit 47 percent of their first half shots and were particularly strong beyond the arc (5-of-9). And it ended up being a solid night from distance for the game for them as well (10-of-17, 58.8 percent).

What ultimately did Jacksonville in were two things. No. 1) It sent the Hoosiers to the line at a high rate. IU was in the bonus by the 11:34 mark of the first half and got over a quarter of its points (24 on 31 attempts, 77.4 percent) at the line. Jacksonville also coughed the ball up 20 times (27.7 turnover percentage) which Indiana, as it often does, converted on heavily (34 points). So from the line and off turnovers alone, Indiana scored 58 points — 62.3 percent of its offensive output.

You simply can’t give a team as good as Indiana that many gift points and expect to stay close enough to be in striking distance. Especially if you’re already giving up a sizable advantage in the talent department.

II. A night to remember for the likes of Jordan Hulls and Yogi Ferrell. Hulls was hot in the first half from beyond the arc — 5-of-7 — and even banked one in. After he hit his sixth early in the second half (18:39), it seemed as if he may be on pace to challenge the IU record of nine made threes in a game (a co-record held by Rod Wilmont and Matt Roth). But Hulls never made another shot from beyond the arc the rest of the contest. He finished 6-of-9 from 3-point range and scored 20 points.

Ferrell continues to set his teammates up left and right, but tonight was particularly impressive: The freshman tallied 10 assists against zero turnovers. He’s been great at finding teammates on the break and in the halfcourt, and such vision and skill will come in handy when Indiana gets slowed down by teams that have more equivalent talent during Big Ten season and need a creator and facilitator against better defenses.

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