Video: Crean talks signees, EWU loss, UNC-Greensboro

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media today to discuss class of 2015 signees Juwan Morgan, O.G. Anunoby and also review Monday’s loss to Eastern Washington and look ahead to Friday’s game with UNC-Greensboro.

(Video courtesy of Peegs YouTube channel)

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Film Session: Eastern Washington

Indiana had defensive issues against both Lamar and Eastern Washington, something we chronicled in yesterday’s Lamar Film Session.

We’ll instead be taking a look at Troy Williams work on the baseline on his way to 19 points.

What often makes Williams’ sneaky work out of the corners to the hoop so effective is that even when the defense has a foot in the restricted area, Williams still finds a way to use the precious amount of space between the endline and the hoop to receive the ball and score. The sophomore makes it that much harder to defend with his leaping ability, which sometimes allows him to catch on one side and finish on the other, using the hoop as a shield for scores.

The latest edition of Film Session:

James Blackmon Jr. has the ball on the top of the key. Yogi Ferrell, who has just inbounded the ball, gets a screen from Williams out near the right wing:


The Eagles sink into a 1-3-1 zone, and it leaves Williams tucked behind the defense as Blackmon Jr. still has the ball up top:


Blackmon Jr. sees it and throw it over the top as the Eagles scramble to recover:



Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Eastern Washington


Indiana suffered a disappointing 88-86 loss to Eastern Washington on Monday night at Assembly Hall. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Eagles:

· Defense fails Indiana throughout: Aside from a strong start when the Hoosiers went up 14-2, Indiana’s defense was simply poor across the board. Eastern Washington, a team that was relying more on the 3-pointer than any other school in the country, scored 48 points in the paint and 1.18 points per possession against the Hoosiers.

The Eagles scored off of drives, put backs and even grabbing a 78-75 lead late, the Hoosiers simply couldn’t stop the trio of Venky Jois, Tyler Harvey and Drew Brandon from that point on. As good as Indiana’s offense has looked early on, its defense has a long, long way to go.

· Indiana has no post presence right now: Junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea is improved, but he’s simply not to the point where he can be counted on to produce consistently. Over his last three games, Mosquera-Perea has a total of five rebounds and he’s done little to stop shot attempts at the rim.

As a result, Tom Crean has been using guards to defend the post, which isn’t working either. So what’s the solution?


Film Session: Lamar

Indiana’s defense was a cause for concern in Saturday’s win against Lamar. At one point in the second half, the Hoosiers surrendered seven straight buckets to the Cardinals.

We’ll take a look at what what wrong during that run in the latest edition of Film Session:

In a 2-3 zone, Indiana is communicating movement early:


Ferrell continues to call out movement:


But as the possession goes along, Ferrell is pinched into the lane line and doesn’t notice Lamar sneaking behind him to the rim:



Eastern Washington’s Venky Jois on Indiana’s defense: ‘They weren’t doing anything’


From far outside the Eastern Washington postgame locker room on Monday night, you could hear the screaming and the celebrating.

During his postgame interview, Eagles star Tyler Harvey mouthed to teammate Venky Jois, “Oh my god.”

As Eastern Washington (4-1) walked off Branch McCracken Court after their upset over Indiana (4-1), ending the Hoosiers’ 43-game non-conference home winning streak, the Eagles could barely even contain themselves. Parker Kelly looked up to Eastern Washington fans and shrugged, as if he could not believe what just happened. Players yelled as they left the court.

All that shock came from the performance the Eagles had against the Hoosiers on Monday night. They had won, 88-86.

“We deserved it,” Eastern Washington guard Drew Brandon said. “We work hard every day, and it just felt great to finish with the win.”

Indiana, meanwhile, was left reeling. After giving up 48 points in the paint in their win over Lamar on Saturday, the Hoosiers allowed another 48 points in the paint to Eastern Washington on Monday.


Video: Tom Crean reacts to loss to Eastern Washington

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 88-86 loss to Eastern Washington on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Video: IU players react to loss to Eastern Washington

Troy Williams (19 points, nine rebounds) and Yogi Ferrell (27 points, seven assists and four rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 88-86 loss to Eastern Washington on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

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