I. The naton’s most efficient offense was on full display tonight inside Assembly Hall. Mount St. Mary’s — as previously detailed round these parts — offers little resistance in the halfcourt once you get past its trapping defense. Indiana connected on 72 percent of its shots in the first half, including 5-of-6 from distance (83 percent); it assisted on 14 of its 18 makes. And a good chunk of those points came off easy looks around the rim, as the Hoosiers tallied 22 points in the paint. Indiana kept it up in the second half and finished with these lines: 70.6 percent from the field, 9-of-12 from 3-point range (75 percent), 27 assists on 36 makes, 50 points in the paint. They scored 1.34 points per possession. And it was nearly a historic night. According to Ken Bikoff, Indiana’s single-game record for field goal percentage is 71.2 percent vs. Michigan State in 1988.
About the only knocks on IU’s offensive output tonight came at the line, as it only shot 12-of-19 (63.2%). The Hoosiers also had 19 turnovers. But remember: This comes against the Mountaineers, a team that entered tonight’s contest fifth best in the nation at turning opponents over due to their defensive style.
Yogi Ferrell posted a career-high nine assists to aid in Indiana’s balanced attack, which featured Will Sheehey (6-of-9, 16 points), Christian Watford (5-of-9, 15 points), Victor Oladipo (5-of-7, 14 points) and Cody Zeller (7-of-9, 16 points) having near identical scoring lines. Watford looked more aggressive this evening, especially around the basket with a couple strong takes. He also added eight boards to his tally. This is good to see.
II. Hanner Mosquera-Perea saw 10 minutes of action tonight and, well, he’s continuing to learn and find his place on the floor. He had some good looks around the rim early, but failed to convert them, and also missed two free throws. He also fouled a Mountaineers 3-point shooter. The freshman did have one rebound. The more time he gets in these next couple non-conference games, the more experience he’ll have — and perhaps more trust Tom Crean will have in him — come Big Ten season.
Derek Elston also returned to lineup this evening to make his senior year debut. He saw nine minutes of action and scored his first basket of the year late in the second half to go along with two boards and a steal. Elston now also gets the rest of Indiana’s non-conference slate to work into game action before Big Ten season hits at the end of the month. And if Peter Jurkin ever sees the court — more on that below — the Hoosiers’ frontcourt is just about back to full strength.
As first pointed out Tuesday on Yogi Ferrell’s Twitter account, Indiana is adding former Park Tudor guard Paul Bayt to its roster as a walk-on.
Bayt played his first two high school seasons at Cathedral before finishing up under Ed Schilling at Park Tudor. He averaged nearly 15 points and shot close to 40% from the 3-point line in his two seasons at Park Tudor.
Here’s the full release from IU:
Carmel native and Park Tudor graduate Paul Bayt, a 6-4 guard, will walk on at IU after spending the first semester at Manhattan College.
He did not appear in any games for the Jaspers and must sit out one year to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.
“We are excited to have Paul at Indiana,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “He is a well-coached, well-rounded winner who is an outstanding representative in the classroom. Along with Yogi, Paul played an integral part winning two state championships for one of the top programs in the state of Indiana in Park Tudor. He brings some Division I experience to IU but more importantly he brings a great attitude and an ability to shoot the basketball.”
Bayt is Indiana’s fifth walk-on, joining Jonny Marlin, Taylor Wayer, Jeff Howard and Raphael Smith.
Class of 2015 duo leading hot start for Paul VI Catholic
Indiana’s recruiting prowess in the DMV area has been well-established for much of Tom Crean’s tenure in Bloomington. Crean’s second recruiting class included Maurice Creek and his third included Victor Oladipo.
But more recently, IU’s efforts in the area have ramped up to a higher level with the addition of assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kenny Johnson, a native of Oxon Hill, Maryland and formerly a high school coach (Paul VI Catholic), college assistant (Towson) and AAU director (Team Takeover) in the area.
Shortly after Johnson’s hiring in Bloomington, the Hoosiers added Stanford Robinson, another DMV area recruit, to the fold and several recruiting targets in the 2014 and 2015 classes have emerged from the area.
Two of the early 2015 targets are Paul VI Catholic duo Marcus Derrickson (pictured) and Franklin Howard. The Hoosier staff has already watched Paul VI Catholic, which is off to a 4-1 start, twice this fall.
Despite losing Robinson, who transferred to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas for his senior season, Paul VI already owns a win over Oak Hill Academy and the Panthers are up to No. 17 in the latest USA Today Super 25.
A big reason for their ascent is the play of Derrickson, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound forward with an IU offer and Howard, a versatile 6-foot-4 guard who has drawn interest from IU.
“They’re basketball junkies. There’s no question about that,” Paul VI Catholic coach Glenn Farello told Inside the Hall this week. “One of the hallmarks of the kids we have here at Paul VI is they love the game and they love to work at the game. They both kind of epitomize that, no question.”
Derrickson, who Farello says has some similarities to Kevin Love in his style of play, is averaging a team-high 15.7 points and is the No. 9 prospect nationally in his class according to ESPN.com.
“He’s willing to bang and do the dirty work down low, but also step out and shoot,” Farello said. “He’s got great range out to 23, 24 feet. He’s a tough, physical player. He was part of our team last year, a big time contributor for us last year as a freshman on a team that finished 35-3 and won a championship. He’s just a winner.”
Following Saturday’s 88-86 overtime loss to Butler in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the No. 6 Hoosiers will get a chance to get back in the win column on Wednesday night as Mount St. Mary’s visits Assembly Hall. The Mountaineers (4-4) are coming off a 79-57 loss at Loyola (MD).
The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
Comparisons in style of play between Virginia Commonwealth and Mount St. Mary’s have been tossed around this week by Tom Crean on his weekly radio show and Kenny Johnson, who previewed the Mountaineers earlier today with the media.
Those comparisons likely stem from the fact that Mount St. Mary’s is led by Jamion Christian, who spent last year as an assistant under Shaka Smart and landed the head job at his alma mater at age 29 last spring.
Christian inherited an 8-21 team that is experiencing some growing pains, including four losses by an average of 20.3 points.
The Mountaineers have three players averaging in double figures — guard Rashad Whack (11.5 ppg), guard Julian Norfleet (10.5) and guard Sam Prescott (10.2). Whack and Norfleet have started all eight games in the backcourt with Prescott coming off the bench.
The style of play Christian has deployed is heavily reliant on 3-point shooting and the Mountaineers have the highest point distribution from behind the arc in the country.
Prescott has been the most effective 3-point shooter on the roster (43.1 percent on 51 attempts) with Whack not far behind at 40 percent on 55 attempts. Norfleet is also putting up 3’s at an alarming rate with 48 attempts thus far. His success, however, has been moderate at just 29.2 percent.
Given Mount St. Mary’s relentless pursuit to force turnovers, both Norfleet and Whack rank highly in steal percentage by KenPom.com. Whack is 23rd nationally at 5.7 percent while Norfleet checks-in at 162nd nationally at 3.9 percent.
HD Video: Kenny Johnson, Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Victor Oladipo preview Mount St. Mary’s
Assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kenny Johnson, freshman Hanner Mosquera-Perea and junior Victor Oladipo met with the media on Tuesday to preview Wednesday’s game with Mount St. Mary’s at Assembly Hall.
Watch and listen to the press conferences in the embedded media players below:
Podcast on the Brink: Examining Butler’s upset of IU
Indiana is No. 1 no more as the Hoosiers fell victim to Butler on Saturday in overtime at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
To break down Butler’s stunner, Rick Bozich of WDRB.com joins hosts Matt Dollinger and Greg Rosenstein on this week’s Podcast on the Brink. Bozich shares his insights on what went wrong for the Hoosiers and how this loss could ultimately benefit the team going forward.
Among the topics discussed this week:
· Butler’s game-winner and Cody Zeller’s absence on the floor · Whether or not Brad Stevens out coached Tom Crean · Indiana’s lack of rebounding, especially on the offensive end · The role of missed free throws in Indiana’s first defeat · The difficulty of the Hoosiers’ non-conference schedule · Tweets from IU fans on why the team lost on Saturday