HD Video: IU players react to win over Mount St. Mary’s

Christian Watford, Derek Elston, Remy Abell and Will Sheehey met with the media following Indiana’s 93-54 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch and listen to both press conferences in the embedded media player below:

HD Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Mount St. Mary’s

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 93-54 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall. Watch and listen to the press conference in the embedded media player below:

Quotes after the jump.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Mount St. Mary’s

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Check out 19 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 93-54 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.

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The Minute After: Mount St Mary’s

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Thoughts on a 93-54 win over the Mountaineers:

I. The naton’s most efficient offense was on full display tonight inside Assembly Hall. Mount St. Mary’s — as previously detailed round these parts — offers little resistance in the halfcourt once you get past its trapping defense. Indiana connected on 72 percent of its shots in the first half, including 5-of-6 from distance (83 percent); it assisted on 14 of its 18 makes. And a good chunk of those points came off easy looks around the rim, as the Hoosiers tallied 22 points in the paint. Indiana kept it up in the second half and finished with these lines: 70.6 percent from the field, 9-of-12 from 3-point range (75 percent), 27 assists on 36 makes, 50 points in the paint. They scored 1.34 points per possession. And it was nearly a historic night. According to Ken Bikoff, Indiana’s single-game record for field goal percentage is 71.2 percent vs. Michigan State in 1988.

About the only knocks on IU’s offensive output tonight came at the line, as it only shot 12-of-19 (63.2%). The Hoosiers also had 19 turnovers. But remember: This comes against the Mountaineers, a team that entered tonight’s contest fifth best in the nation at turning opponents over due to their defensive style.

Yogi Ferrell posted a career-high nine assists to aid in Indiana’s balanced attack, which featured Will Sheehey (6-of-9, 16 points), Christian Watford (5-of-9, 15 points), Victor Oladipo (5-of-7, 14 points) and Cody Zeller (7-of-9, 16 points) having near identical scoring lines. Watford looked more aggressive this evening, especially around the basket with a couple strong takes. He also added eight boards to his tally. This is good to see.

II. Hanner Mosquera-Perea saw 10 minutes of action tonight and, well, he’s continuing to learn and find his place on the floor. He had some good looks around the rim early, but failed to convert them, and also missed two free throws. He also fouled a Mountaineers 3-point shooter. The freshman did have one rebound. The more time he gets in these next couple non-conference games, the more experience he’ll have — and perhaps more trust Tom Crean will have in him — come Big Ten season.

Derek Elston also returned to lineup this evening to make his senior year debut. He saw nine minutes of action and scored his first basket of the year late in the second half to go along with two boards and a steal. Elston now also gets the rest of Indiana’s non-conference slate to work into game action before Big Ten season hits at the end of the month. And if Peter Jurkin ever sees the court — more on that below — the Hoosiers’ frontcourt is just about back to full strength.

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Maurice Creek out indefinitely with right foot injury

creekRedshirt junior Maurice Creek has had his first three seasons in Bloomington either cut short (freshman and sophomore year) or completely wiped out (Indiana’s 2011-12 campaign) due to injury.

And with the news that Creek is now out indefinitely due to a right foot injury, it’s possible the rest of this season could be in jeopardy, too.

The full release from IU Media Relations:

Indiana University guard Maurice Creek will be out indefinitely after suffering an injury to his right foot Sunday in practice. Through 10 games, he is averaging 3.0 points and 1.6 rebounds.

“Maurice has been doing so much to improve and help our team,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “Hopefully this is just a temporary setback.”

With Austin Etherington also out with injury, freshman Jeremy Hollowell could be in line for more minutes in a reserve guard/wing role the rest of the way — or at least until Creek returns.

Creek sent out a couple of tweets on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after IU announced his injury.

Indiana adds Paul Bayt as a walk-on

121912akAs first pointed out Tuesday on Yogi Ferrell’s Twitter account, Indiana is adding former Park Tudor guard Paul Bayt to its roster as a walk-on.

Bayt played his first two high school seasons at Cathedral before finishing up under Ed Schilling at Park Tudor. He averaged nearly 15 points and shot close to 40% from the 3-point line in his two seasons at Park Tudor.

Here’s the full release from IU:

Carmel native and Park Tudor graduate Paul Bayt, a 6-4 guard, will walk on at IU after spending the first semester at Manhattan College.

He did not appear in any games for the Jaspers and must sit out one year to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.

“We are excited to have Paul at Indiana,” said IU Coach Tom Crean.  “He is a well-coached, well-rounded winner who is an outstanding representative in the classroom. Along with Yogi, Paul played an integral part winning two state championships for one of the top programs in the state of Indiana in Park Tudor. He brings some Division I experience to IU but more importantly he brings a great attitude and an ability to shoot the basketball.”

Bayt is Indiana’s fifth walk-on, joining Jonny Marlin, Taylor Wayer, Jeff Howard and Raphael Smith.

Class of 2015 duo leading hot start for Paul VI Catholic

121812auyIndiana’s recruiting prowess in the DMV area has been well-established for much of Tom Crean’s tenure in Bloomington. Crean’s second recruiting class included Maurice Creek and his third included Victor Oladipo.

But more recently, IU’s efforts in the area have ramped up to a higher level with the addition of assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kenny Johnson, a native of Oxon Hill, Maryland and formerly a high school coach (Paul VI Catholic), college assistant (Towson) and AAU director (Team Takeover) in the area.

Shortly after Johnson’s hiring in Bloomington, the Hoosiers added Stanford Robinson, another DMV area recruit, to the fold and several recruiting targets in the 2014 and 2015 classes have emerged from the area.

Two of the early 2015 targets are Paul VI Catholic duo Marcus Derrickson (pictured) and Franklin Howard. The Hoosier staff has already watched Paul VI Catholic, which is off to a 4-1 start, twice this fall.

Despite losing Robinson, who transferred to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas for his senior season, Paul VI already owns a win over Oak Hill Academy and the Panthers are up to No. 17 in the latest USA Today Super 25.

A big reason for their ascent is the play of Derrickson, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound forward with an IU offer and Howard, a versatile 6-foot-4 guard who has drawn interest from IU.

“They’re basketball junkies. There’s no question about that,” Paul VI Catholic coach Glenn Farello told Inside the Hall this week. “One of the hallmarks of the kids we have here at Paul VI is they love the game and they love to work at the game. They both kind of epitomize that, no question.”

Derrickson, who Farello says has some similarities to Kevin Love in his style of play, is averaging a team-high 15.7 points and is the No. 9 prospect nationally in his class according to ESPN.com.

“He’s willing to bang and do the dirty work down low, but also step out and shoot,” Farello said. “He’s got great range out to 23, 24 feet. He’s a tough, physical player. He was part of our team last year, a big time contributor for us last year as a freshman on a team that finished 35-3 and won a championship. He’s just a winner.”

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