Podcast on the Brink returns with Indiana legend Jordan Hulls to reflect on his career at IU and also to offer some thoughts on this year’s team in Bloomington.
Hulls, who is playing professionally in Poland, joins host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call and gives his take on a variety of topics, including:
· Indiana’s win on Sunday over Ohio State
· What he misses most about playing at Indiana
· What makes Will Sheehey such a special teammate and player
· Why Tom Crean is so good developing players
· Whether he could beat Noah Vonleh in a 3-point contest
So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back as we enter the final week of conference play. This week’s rankings feature a couple shake-ups in the top four and several throughout the bottom seven, as we head into the final stretch of what has been a thrilling regular season.
Without further ado, check out where each team stands after week nine of league play:
12. Northwestern (12-17, 5-11, PPP: .89, PPP Allowed: 1.03) (LAST WEEK: 12) … The Wildcats remain at the bottom of this week’s power rankings as their lone game last week, at Nebraska, resulted in a 54-47 loss. They played it to the pace they want — a 57-possession game — but as of recently the Wildcats just simply haven’t been able to win those types of games. They’re now on a six-game losing streak entering the final week of the season. (Up next: March 6 vs. Penn State, March 9 at Purdue)
11. Purdue (15-14, 5-11, PPP: 1.0, PPP Allowed: 1.07) (LAST WEEK: 8) … It’s hard to look past the Boilermakers’ loss to Michigan this past week, in which the Boilermakers had every opportunity to knock out the Big Ten leader. But the Wolverines came storming back, forced overtime without ever even holding a lead in the game and won on a last-second lay-up from Glenn Robinson III. And the Boilermakers followed that with a deflating loss at Iowa on Sunday in which they, again, got close and couldn’t finish the deal. Purdue, this season, doesn’t have one win over a team ranked in the KenPom.com top 50. They’re the only Big Ten team without one. (Up next: March 5 at Wisconsin, March 9 vs. Northwestern)
Indiana beat another top 25 opponent on Sunday afternoon, No. 22 Ohio State, 72-64 in Assembly Hall. The win moved the Hoosiers to 17-12 overall and 7-9 in the Big Ten.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Buckeyes:
· Without Vonleh, Ferrell and Sheehey carry the Hoosiers: When the news dropped just minutes before IU and Ohio State tipped at 4 p.m. on Sunday that the Hoosiers would be without Noah Vonleh, optimism for success against the Big Ten’s best defense was waning. Indiana was left without a post presence to start the game as Jeremy Hollowell started in place of Vonleh and the Buckeyes jumped out to a 20-12 lead.
Enter Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey. The duo combined for 12 of Indiana’s 16 unanswered points, capped by two free throws and a 3-pointer by Ferrell to make it 28-20. The Hoosiers would never relinquish the lead the rest of the way. Ferrell finished with a game-high 20 points and Sheehey added 19. IU’s two leaders were responsible for six of the team’s seven 3-pointers and for shutting down Aaron Craft, who finished 2-of-11 from the field.
“Yogi and Will led this team at a high level,” Tom Crean said afterward.
Indeed they did.
Indiana coach Tom Crean said the Hoosiers had been waiting for this game for a long time.
Well, at least since after last season’s loss to Ohio State on March 5, 2013: Indiana’s senior night. 362 days later, on Sunday, Crean got the rematch he had been waiting for at Assembly Hall.
And in a dominating performance — even without one of its best players — Indiana (17-12, 7-9) got the win it had been looking for in a 72-64 victory over No. 22 Ohio State (22-8, 9-8).
“Our players just responded,” Crean said. “I mean, this league is so tough that the only thing you can liken it to is a 15-round fight every night, and we’ve been answering every round, and we’ve been dealing with it in a good way. I’m really, really proud of the way our team played today.”
It doesn’t come as news that this has already been a season full of ups and downs for the Hoosiers. Just in the past two and a half weeks Indiana has collapsed (with losses to Penn State and Purdue), experienced the arrest of one of its own players and somehow built itself back up, winning two of its past three (at Northwestern and vs. No. 20 Iowa on Thursday) before Sunday.
It received yet another twist before the game against the Buckeyes.
Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 72-64 win over No. 22 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.
Watch his postgame comments in the media player below:
Check out 29 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 72-64 win over No. 22 Ohio State at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.
Thoughts on a 72-64 win over the Buckeyes:
The Buckeyes threw punch after punch in the second half, trying their best to break through, seize back the lead and leave Bloomington with a victory.
But the Hoosiers, without Noah Vonleh (who was out with a foot inflammation), would counter again and again. No second half collapse here, just Indiana doing what it’s done best this season: Beat a ranked team at home during a national broadcast. Another one goes down on Branch McCracken Court, and this may have been Indiana’s finest performance of the season.
The shots weren’t falling early for the Hoosiers. Ohio State jumped out to a 20-12 lead on a Lenzelle Smith Jr. free throw at the 7:54 mark. But Indiana would turn it up and make an important 21-5 run to close the half up eight (33-25). The Hoosiers moved the ball, pushed the pace and got scores at the cup. Yogi Ferrell, Will Sheehey and Troy Williams all converted on layups on three of Indiana’s next four possessions. That fourth possession featured two free throws from Jeremy Hollowell and it was quickly tied up at 20.
Indiana brought it at the other end as well, not allowing the Buckeyes to score after that Smith free throw until a Shannon Scott layup at the 3:11 mark.
Seniors Sheehey (18 points) and Evan Gordon (nine points) made sure the door remained closed in the second half. IU’s most-tenured players came up big during a crucial stretch when LaQuinton Ross (19 points) was nearly unstoppable, making play after play in the paint and the Hoosiers having no answer for his smooth length. For almost an eight-minute stretch (11:30 to the 3:33 mark) of game clock, Gordon and Sheehey accounted for 10 of Indiana’s 12 points. Gordon drove and scored and hit two threes. Sheehey had a trey of his own and a jumper.