The Big Ten Conference released the annual All-Big Ten teams this evening live on the Big Ten Network and Yogi Ferrell was named first team all conference by both the coaches and the media.
The All-Big Ten first team as selected by the coaches: Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, Iowa’s Aaron White, Maryland’s Dez Wells and Ferrell.
The All-Big Ten first team as selected by the media: Kaminsky, Russell, White, Ferrell and Maryland’s Melo Trimble.
Kaminsky was named the Big Ten player of the year by the coaches and the media. Russell was named the Big Ten freshman of the year by the coaches and the media.
James Blackmon Jr. was named to the Big Ten’s all-freshman team and was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media. Troy Williams was also named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media.
The Big Ten will announce its All-Big Ten teams and awards later tonight, but here’s the Inside the Hall staff’s selections for the various honors that will be handed out:
All-Big Ten freshman team
· D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State; Melo Trimble, Maryland; James Blackmon Jr., Indiana; Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern; Vince Edwards, Purdue
Comment: The first three selections were clear cut and then McIntosh and Edwards get the nod ahead of Robert Johnson (Indiana), Aubrey Dawkins (Michigan), Leron Black (Illinois), Ricky Doyle (Michigan), Isaac Haas (Purdue), Muhammad- Ali Abdur-Rahkman (Michigan), Vic Law (Northwestern), Nate Mason (Minnesota), LouRawls Nairn (Michigan State) and Jae’Sean Tate (Ohio State). Overall, this was a much stronger freshman group than last season.
The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the final week of conference play and to look ahead to this week’s conference tournament in Chicago. Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:
On Yogi Ferrell’s play this season:
“Well I think he continues to get better and better. He’s his own worst critic at times and at the same time, he’s got an edge and a level of toughness that is outstanding. We need him to play with that. We need him to play with edge on defense as well as offense and be the stopper and be the team leader on the defensive end of the court that he is on the offensive end of the court because when we have that, we’re good. He does a lot of things. He improves all of the time. He improves every year and throughout the year and I wouldn’t trade him for anybody, he’s done a fantastic job.”
Indiana’s failure to secure the boards and put up enough resistance on the defensive end — no matter how it was set up — was its undoing on Saturday afternoon against Michigan State.
We’ll take a look at the rebounding and defensive issues in the second half in the latest edition of Film Session:
Indiana appears to be some sort of a matchup zone — maybe? — with Yogi Ferrell guarding space out on the left wing. As we’ve seen too often this season, it leaves an opponent wide open as Marvin Clark has plenty of space in the left corner. The ball is passed to Travis Trice up top:
Ferrell pursues and Clark gets even more space:
Trice zips the pass into the let corner as Ferrell leaves Trice to cover:
Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call.
Coming off of three straight losses and facing a must-win scenario on Thursday in the Big Ten tournament against Northwestern, Morris is joined by Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich for a jam packed edition of the show. Among the numerous topics discussed:
· Indiana’s slide to end the regular season
· The upcoming rematch with Northwestern on Thursday
· Indiana’s defense and theories for why it never improved
· Breakdowns of several individuals, including Nick Zeisloft, Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams
· The Thon Maker and Thomas Bryant recruitments
· All of the talk regarding Tom Crean’s future
So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at email@example.com.
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Regular season play is now complete and Indiana will open the Big Ten tournament on Thursday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 against Northwestern with the winner facing second-seeded Maryland on Friday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN.
Indiana is the No. 7 seed and will be the home team on Thursday at the United Center, which means the Hoosiers will wear the cream version of the adidas heritage uniforms.
The full Big Ten tournament bracket is available after the jump.
Indiana suffered its third straight loss on Saturday afternoon in Assembly Hall as Michigan State controlled the second half and held off a late rally for a 74-72 win. The loss dropped the Hoosiers to 19-12 overall.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Spartans:
· Indiana has another early, costly second half lull: A pair of layups, one by Hanner Mosquera-Perea and another by Yogi Ferrell, pushed Indiana to a 38-34 lead at the 18:56 mark of the second half. The crowd in Assembly Hall was engaged.
The next two and a half minutes, however, would set the tone for most of the second half. On Michigan State’s next possession, the Spartans missed a pair of 3-pointers, but grabbed offensive rebounds on both before Travis Trice set up Marvin Clark for a 3-pointer. By the 16:13 mark, Michigan State was in the midst of a 9-0 run and even though IU would again take the lead briefly in the subsequent minutes, the inability to sustain energy early in the second half proved costly.
“They got a lot of second-chance opportunities with the offensive rebound kick outs,” Yogi Ferrell said. “We’ve just got to fight them better. Got to crack them before they come into the paint because we know that they are big.”