Just before the Indiana men’s basketball team was set to leave for their Canada tour on Thursday morning, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean found transfer addition Nick Zeisloft in the gym, working on his game with rising sophomore Stan Robinson.
It was 6:45 a.m. The team was scheduled to meet at 8 a.m.
“That’s what you want,” Crean said on Sunday afternoon. “No one told them to do that. And that’s the level of commitment you want.”
Zeisloft, a senior with two years of eligibility remaining, had arrived in Bloomington just days before then after completing his undergraduate education at Illinois State. He had only practiced with the Hoosiers for “a couple of days,” according to Crean, before flying with the team to Montreal.
And while he is new to Bloomington, Crean said he still has “extremely high expectations” for Zeisloft. After all, last season he shot nearly 42 percent from beyond the arc during Missouri Valley Conference play and 90 percent from the free throw line throughout the season.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re 21, 22, 42 or 52, you walk into a new environment, it’s going to be different,” Crean said. “But we have high expectations for Nick. Extremely high expectations for him. Because like I said, when we started studying his film when this became a possibility, we felt there was a lot on the table left for him. and there is, and we’re going to keep pushing him.
“And I think he wants it. He’s an extremely hard worker.”
SAINT-LAMBERT, Quebec — Check out 18 photos by Joe Eke from Indiana’s 109-101 loss to the University of Ottawa on Sunday afternoon at Champlain College Saint Lambert.
SAINT-LAMBERT, Quebec — Indiana’s five-game Canadian tour continued on Sunday afternoon with a 109-101 loss to the University of Ottawa at Champlain Saint Lambert College.
Inside the Hall was there for all of the action and have edited together two minutes of highlights, which are available below. Please note that Big Ten rules prevent us from showing more than two minutes per game on the trip.
SAINT-LAMBERT, Quebec — Thoughts on a 109-101 loss to the University of Ottawa:
Indiana’s third opponent on its Canadian tour, Carleton University, received most of the pre-trip buzz as a team capable of knocking off the Hoosiers. The Ravens are a perennial power in Canada with a ridiculous 292-14 mark over their last 306 contests.
But the University of Ottawa, arguably the top challenger currently to Carleton in the quest for Canadian Interuniversity Sport titles, got the first crack of the two schools to beat Indiana.
And that’s exactly what happened. This was no gimmick win nor was it a fluke. It was just two talented offensive teams making shot after shot. Unfortunately for IU, the Gee Gees just happened to make more on this particular afternoon.
You can start with the discrepancy on 3-pointers as the major downfall for Indiana. The Hoosiers hit 7-of-17 from distance while the University of Ottawa hit 18-of-30 from behind the arc.
The Gee Gees shared the ball brilliantly, moved it with purpose and found shooters, of which they have plenty. Their backcourt, which is certainly one of the best in the country, combined for 54 points as Johnny Berhanemeskel and Mike L’Africain each poured in 27. L’Africain hit six 3s and unofficially, dished out six assists.
SAINT-LAMBERT, QUEBEC — Tom Crean, along with Yogi Ferrell (seven points), Troy Williams (27 points, four rebounds, three blocks) and James Blackmon Jr. (20 points, five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 109-101 loss to the University of Ottawa on Sunday afternoon.
Watch and listen to postgame comments from IU’s coach and players in the media players below:
MONTREAL — Indiana’s five-game Canadian tour got underway Friday night with a 110-70 rout of Laval University.
Inside the Hall was there at Brebeuf College for all of the action and have edited together two minutes of highlights, which are available below. Please note that Big Ten rules prevent us from showing more than two minutes per game on the trip.
MONTREAL — Thoughts on a 110-70 win over Laval University:
After an offseason full of arrivals and departures, the first look at the 2014-15 Indiana Hoosiers was unveiled on Friday night on the first game of a five-game tour through Canada.
And the early returns were promising.
On a night where Indiana was without junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea (visa issues) and freshman Jeremiah April (ankle), Tom Crean opted to go small from the get-go with a starting lineup of Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Troy Williams and Nick Zeisloft.
The Hoosiers wasted little time scoring early in possessions as a 24-second shot clock produced a frantic pace that only Indiana could keep over a full 40 minutes.
After Laval hung in for a quarter and even led for portions of the first 10 minutes, Indiana finally exploded in the third quarter. The Hoosiers hung 34 third quarter points and were on their way to a comfortable win.
A look at some of the tempo-free numbers: Indiana’s effective field goal percentage was strong (57.3) as was its offensive rebounding percentage (38.4). The Hoosiers did, however, turn it over on 18.3 percent of their possessions. And while Indiana did clamp down defensively in the second half, holding Laval to just 27 points over the last two quarters, it did allow an effective field goal percentage of 50. That was driven, in large part, by Laval hitting 11 of its 30 attempts from behind the 3-point arc.
Individually, there were several standouts.