Watch and listen below as Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell, Will Sheehey and Remy Abell answer questions from the media after Indiana’s second round NCAA Tournament 83-62 win against the James Madison Dukes on early Friday evening:
DAYTON, Ohio — Indiana was the nation’s preseason No. 1 team. The Hoosiers are a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. As a result, there are a lot of people picking the Hoosiers to win it all. That includes President Barack Obama, who chose Indiana as his national championship when he filled out with bracket with ESPN’s Andy Katz on Tuesday.
“It is pretty neat. I haven’t agreed with some of the other decision’s that he’s made,” Indiana center Cody Zeller said, smiling. “No, I’m gonna get in trouble for this. I fully agree with everything that Obama does.”
Obama has been filling out a bracket annually since he took office in 2009, with mixed results. He correctly picked North Carolina to win the title in ’09, but incorrectly selected Kansas in 2010 and 2011 and North Carolina last season.
“I think it’s really good, but I’m also concerned that someone said that he was 1-3 in his picks before,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean. “So you’re always going to be — you hope he’s right on this one.”
Who is James Madison?
On Thursday afternoon at the University of Dayton Arena, the Indiana players were asked this question at their press conference: Do you guys know who James Madison, the figure, is?
He signed the Declaration or something like that,” Victor Oladipo responded. “You mean the person, right? James Madison, he signed something big, like the Declaration of Independence. I’m right, right? Emancipation Proclamation, something like that. One of those big names. I know he’s a big historic figure in U.S. history.”
Indiana’s Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller, as well as coach Tom Crean, addressed the media earlier this afternoon in Dayton, Ohio to preview tomorrow’s game with James Madison.
Watch and listen to the press conference in the embedded media player below:
The Dukes of James Madison University hit 8-of-23 from distance (34.8 percent) to advance past LIU-Brooklyn on Wednesday night 68-55. The Blackbirds played a healthy amount of zone in the game and it allowed JMU all those looks from distance, as they moved the ball around and found open shooters on the perimeter. Indiana is unlikely to throw much, if any, zone at JMU. Still, the Dukes did hit a couple 3-pointers off drives when the Blackbirds were playing man — similar to how IU gave up 3-pointers to the Badgers on Saturday.
A look at those two 3-pointers, as well as two scores from the team’s top scorer and rebounder, Rayshawn Goins, in the latest edition of Film Session:
I. It’s a ball screen up top:
LIU-Brooklyn initially hedges, but as the defenders switch back, it allows Devon Moore to make his move to the lane:
From there, C.J. Garner comes to help off the corner:
Indiana tips off the NCAA Tournament on Friday as a No. 1 seed for the first time since 1993. The Hoosiers will play the James Madison Dukes, champions of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dukes advanced to the second round of the tournament with a 68-55 win over LIU-Brooklyn on Wednesday night.
The game will be broadcast on TBS at approximately 4:10 p.m. ET with Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Tracy Wolfson on the call:
With six days of rest, Indiana will return to the court on Friday to begin what it hopes will be a deep run into the NCAA Tournament. The circumstances of this year’s tournament appearance are quite different from a season ago. The Hoosiers aren’t being picked by anyone to lose their first game as was the case last year with New Mexico State. Nate Silver of The New York Times puts the probability of IU advancing past the first game at 98.5 percent, the second highest winning probability among second round games.
First up for the Hoosiers is James Madison, which will be facing just its fourth top 100 Ken Pomeroy opponent this season. The teams share one common opponent: North Dakota State. The Hoosiers beat the Bison 87-61 on Nov. 12 at Assembly Hall and the Dukes fell to North Dakota State 66-44 on Nov. 21 on a neutral court in Pittsburgh.
After serving a suspension in the first half of James Madison’s win over LIU-Brooklyn, the teams’s leading scorer, senior Rayshawn Goins (pictured), will be available for all 40 minutes on Friday afternoon. Goins was arrested Sunday nightand university policy later determined that he would have to watch from the sidelines for the first half as his teammates opened the NCAA Tournament. Fortunately for James Madison, his absence wasn’t much of a detriment and after leading by one at halftime, the Dukes took control down the stretch for a comfortable 13-point lead. Goins uses 27.4 percent of his team’s possessions and averages 12.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting. He’s the team’s leading rebounder on both ends (8.9 OR% and 22.6 DR%), but at 6-foot-6, is going to give up plenty of size to Indiana’s front line.
As is the case frequently at the mid-major level and below, size on the front line is scarce and that’s certainly the case with James Madison. With Goins unavailable to start, the Dukes started five players who are listed as guards against LIU-Brooklyn. The team’s second leading scorer, A.J. Davis, is a taller guard at 6-foot-6 that loves to shoot the three. Davis has hoisted 184 threes this season and has connected 69 times for 37.5 percent. He was hot on Wednesday night, hitting four of his attempts from distance to finish with a team-high 20 points. Devon Moore, a native of Columbus, Ohio, has multiple 20-point games under his belt and is also the team’s leading assist man (32.3 assist rate).
Freshman Andre Nation, another big guard at 6-foot-5, turned in arguably his best all-around game of the season against LIU-Brooklyn with 14 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and four assists. Nation hit 6-of-12 shots, but came into the game shooting just 42.3 percent. His primary strength lies in his defensive ability. His steal rate (3.6) and block rate (5.5) are team highs. Charles Cooke, a 6-foot-6 freshman guard, turned in just his sixth game in double figures with 15 points against LIU-Brooklyn. Cooke is typically a poor shooter, particularly from the perimeter where he’s hitting just 28.7 percent of his attempts.