After 32 games, Indiana’s turnover issue remains

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INDIANAPOLIS — There have been plenty of recurring issues for the Indiana Hoosiers in the 2013-2014 season. Scoring slumps, second-half collapses, the list goes on.

But on Thursday in their Big Ten tournament opener, another recurring issue reared its ugly head: turnovers.

In their 64-54 loss to Illinois, the Hoosiers turned the ball over 16 times — on 25.9 percent of their possessions. Through 32 games this season, the Hoosiers have turned the ball over on 21.8 percent of their possessions.

No Indiana squad has had a worse turnover percentage since the 2009-2010 team that finished 10-22. And after the Illinois loss, many of the Hoosiers weighed in on why it has remained an issue throughout this season.

“It was just awareness on the court,” redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington said. “Some of the times the turnovers we had, we had the right intentions and we were making the right play, just sometimes you were over-dribbling or over-thinking a play.

“I wouldn’t say it’s something like skills-wise, that’s the reason why we had turnovers — with a young team it’s hard to really get used to everything. But I mean it is the end of the year and you don’t consider them freshmen anymore. It’s something that you just have to be more aware of on the court.”

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Illinois

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s existence in the 2014 Big Ten tournament was brief as the Hoosiers fell 64-54 to Illinois on Thursday afternoon in the event’s opening game.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from Indiana’s 15th loss:

· The same problems that plagued IU in December plagued them Thursday: At the onset of the second half, it looked as if Indiana was gaining control and would put their early second half woes that have been a problem all season to rest for the day. But once the Hoosiers went up 38-33, Illinois quickly responded with an 11-0 run to take the lead for good.

So what changed after IU gained its largest lead? Here’s a summary of Indiana’s possessions from the 13:53 mark of the second half to the 9:39 mark, a span of four minutes and 14 seconds:

- Possession one: Yogi Ferrell missed jump shot, Devin Davis offensive rebound, missed putback, Davis offensive rebound. Illinois foul. Ferrell missed layup. Three shot attempts, zero points.
- Possession two: Stanford Robinson turnover.
- Possession three: Ferrell missed jump shot.
- Possession four: Noah Vonleh missed 3-pointer.
- Possession five: Will Sheehey turnover.
- Possession six: Robinson missed 3-pointer, Jeremy Hollowell offensive rebound, Ferrell missed 3-pointer.

A little bit of everything in this stretch, but most glaringly of course are turnovers and poor shooting. Two missed 2-point jump shots, three missed 3-pointers, two missed layups and two turnovers. By the time Indiana called timeout after the sixth possession, the Hoosiers were staring at a six-point deficit and never recovered.

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Video, Transcript: Crean, Ferrell, Sheehey after IU’s loss to Illinois at Big Ten tournament

Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey met with the media following Indiana’s 64-54 loss to Illinois in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Watch their postgame comments and read a full transcript below:

Q. You guys got it going from the three-point line in the first half, missed the last 11. Did they come out on you more? What changed the rest of the game?

WILL SHEEHEY: The ones in the first half kind of came off movement and penetration. The second half we didn’t necessarily get the same penetration and movement that we did the first half.

Q. I’ll ask both of you, the zones seemed to give you some troubles. Was that a big factor in the game for you? You came out the second half really penetrating and they went to the zone. There must have been a reason for it.

YOGI FERRELL: We needed to move the ball more, still kind of play inside and out. But we didn’t do that the second half.

WILL SHEEHEY: I think we had some sets where we actually did have some pretty good movement within the zone but it wasn’t on a consistent basis.

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Hoosiers’ “roller-coaster” season stagnates in loss to Illini in Big Ten tournament opener

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INDIANAPOLIS — Noah Vonleh sat in his locker with his head slumped. Troy Williams, sitting next to him, held his hands together and rarely looked up. Plenty of their teammates were doing the same. They were defeated.

Just minutes earlier, the Hoosiers were in the midst of a battle with Illinois in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament with the game within one point. The Illini (19-13, 7-11) won, 64-54, ending the Hoosiers’ (17-15, 7-11) remaining hopes of an NCAA tournament bid.

The mood in the locker room was silent, deflated, but they heard celebrations from across the hall. It was Illinois, celebrating its win over the Hoosiers.

“It’s frustrating,” senior Will Sheehey said. “Obviously we know that we’re capable of winning these games, but we’ve got to work hard to do that.”

The theme of the game was all too familiar: turnovers prove costly, and a second-half collapse costs the Hoosiers.

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Video: IU players react to loss to Illinois

INDIANAPOLIS — It was a quiet Indiana locker room on Thursday afternoon as the Hoosiers addressed the media following a disappointing 64-54 loss to Illinois in the opening round of the 2014 Big Ten tournament.

Watch what several of IU’s players had to say following the loss:

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Illinois

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INDIANAPOLIS — Check out 24 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 64-54 loss to Illinois in the 2014 Big Ten tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.

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The Minute After: Illinois

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INDIANAPOLIS — Thoughts on a 64-54 loss to the Illini:

Less than four minutes into Indiana’s opening round meeting with Illinois on Thursday afternoon in the Big Ten tournament, it appeared as though the Hoosiers would offer up little resistance to a Fighting Illini club that had come in with wins in four of its last five games.

Just before Illinois took a 9-0 lead with 16:23 to play in the first half, Tom Crean turned to his bench and uttered one sentence that said it all: “There’s no attack to the game right now.”

Crean was right.

Illinois was the aggressor out of the gate and how Indiana would respond over the next 16 minutes would tell us plenty about how the afternoon would transpire.

The Hoosiers answered out of the timeout with an 8-0 run, thanks to five points from Will Sheehey, who finished the opening 20 minutes with 11 points. Yogi Ferrell, ever the reliable contributor all season for these Hoosiers, would step up as well, pouring in 10 points before intermission.

When halftime hit, the Hoosiers would enter the locker room trailing by just two at 30-28, thanks in large part to a 6-of-10 performance from behind the 3-point arc and despite a turnover percentage of 30.4.

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