The Minute After: Illinois

Thoughts on a 103-69 win over the Illini:

It was one of those special nights under the Assembly Hall lights.

We’ve been here before with a second half where Indiana’s offense seemingly could do no wrong. But it’ll be one to remember for some time when you add in Yogi Ferrell becoming Indiana’s all-time assists leader and a program record 19 3-pointers.

Illinois took a page from Minnesota’s gameplan and packed the paint on Indiana early. But the Hoosiers, as they do often at home, got hot from the outside. It helped fuel the record-setting performance. They rested on it for a bit too long early, however. They weren’t getting into the paint and working inside out. It in part helped Illinois crawl back into the contest at 22-21. But once Indiana stopped settling and starting passing, cutting, driving, moving and shaking, the Illini just couldn’t hang.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Illinois

Check out 48 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 103-69 win over Illinois at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Photography.

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Video: IU players react to win over Illinois

Troy Williams, Max Bielfeldt and Yogi Ferrell met with the media following Indiana’s 103-69 win over Illinois on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Video: John Groce reacts to loss at Indiana

Illinois coach John Groce met with the media following his team’s 103-69 loss to Indiana on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

At the Buzzer: Indiana 103, Illinois 69

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 103-69 win over Illinois:

How it happened: Indiana started quickly, but a 10-0 run from Illinois to draw within one at 22-21 made you wonder if there’d be a close game in Assembly Hall. But the Hoosiers, as they’re known to do at home, responded with a 16-2 run and cruised to a 42-25 halftime lead mainly due to 3-point shooting (9-of-21). Not only did Indiana hold the Illini to just .78 points per possession in the first half, IU had just four turnovers for a turnover percentage of only 12. From there, things just got worse for Illinois. Indiana continued its 3-point barrage in the second half and set a new school record for 3-pointers made in a game at 19. Simply put: This was domination from nearly start to finish by Indiana.

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News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

On Monday evening, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at his weekly radio show hosted by Don Fischer at the Bloomington Holiday Inn and looked back at IU’s win over Minnesota and also previewed Tuesday’s game with Illinois, among several other topics.

Below are news and notes from what the Hoosiers’ coach had to say:

· On getting down nine against Minnesota and battling back: “We started the game taking too many jump shots. We’ve got to go through the paint, not just to establish the free throw game or start to establish the free throw game, but because good things happen when we do go through the paint and our numbers bear that out. That’s exactly how we want to attack. We didn’t do a very good job of that initially. We settled in to playing through the paint and at the same time, Nick (Zeisloft) stepped up and made excellent shots and Max (Bielfeldt) came in and gave us a real lift. We just continued to play.”

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Assist record on horizon for Ferrell as Hoosiers host Illinois

A day after finding its way back into both major polls, Indiana will put its No. 25/23 (AP/Coaches) rankings on the line with Illinois in town.

The Hoosiers, who are tied with Iowa for first place in the Big Ten standings at 5-0, have won 10 straight games. Illinois is coming off of a home loss to Nebraska and is just 1-4 in conference play.

In tonight’s game, senior Yogi Ferrell will look to become Indiana’s all-time leader in assists. He has 544, just one assist behind Michael Lewis for most in school history.

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