Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Eastern Washington


Check out 20 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 88-86 loss to Eastern Washington at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.


James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson named to Wayman Tisdale Award watch list


The United States Basketball Writers Association announced the watch list for the 2015 Wayman Tisdale Award, which honors the country’s top freshman, on Monday afternoon.

Two IU freshmen, James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson, were on the 22-player list.

Here’s the complete watch list, per a USBWA press release issued on Thursday, is available after the jump.


What to Expect: Eastern Washington


Indiana concludes the four-game “Hoosiers Showcase” tonight in Assembly Hall with a meeting with Eastern Washington, which was picked to finish second in the Big Sky conference by the league’s coaches.

The game tips at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNews with Mike Couzens and Mark Adams on the call:

If Indiana is going to move to 5-0 on the young season, the Hoosiers will need a much sharper effort than the one produced on Saturday night against Lamar. Eastern Washington, which is 3-1 and is coming off a nine-point loss at SMU, brings its 3-point shooting attack to Bloomington tonight.

It’s a game that didn’t jump out on the non-conference schedule when it was released, but the Eagles are just outside of the top 150 in the current KenPom ratings. After Saturday’s poor defensive performance against Lamar, Indiana will need to be much more engaged against a team that is fully capable of knocking down enough 3-pointers to walk out of Assembly Hall with a win.


Junior lefty guard Tyler Harvey (pictured) led the Big Sky in scoring last season at 21.3 points per game and hit 43.3 percent of his 3s and is off to another strong start. Of Harvey’s 55 field goal attempts in four games, 40 of them have been 3-pointers. He’s knocked down 19 of those shots. Harvey also has an excellent assist-to-turnover ratio (4.5 to 1) early in the season.


Film Session: SMU

Indiana collected an important win on Thursday night against No. 22 SMU.

The Hoosiers made a number of key plays on offense in the second half to re-take the lead and keep it. A look at four such plays in the latest edition of Film Session:

Indiana started flat in the second half against the Mustangs and found itself down five points with just over 14 minutes left in the contest. Here, James Blackmon Jr. hands off to Yogi Ferrell in the weave:


Yogi tosses it to Stanford Robinson in the weave as he clears out to the left wing:


Robinson takes a ball screen from Hanner Mosquera-Perea:



Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Lamar


It wasn’t the decisive win that was expected, but Indiana moved to 4-0 with a 85-72 win over Lamar on Saturday night in Assembly Hall.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s win over the Cardinals:

· IU’s defense struggles: Lamar came into Assembly Hall averaging .88 points per possession through its first three games. When the final buzzer sounded on the IU victory, the Cardinals had carved the Hoosiers up to the tune of 1.09 points per trip.

Most concerning from the performance was how easily Lamar was able to score inside. The Cardinals amassed 48 points in the paint and shot 65 percent on their 2s. A majority of the easy looks were the result of poor perimeter defense as Lamar found driving lanes with ease and either took them directly to the rim or dished off when help arrived.

“The bottom line is that we’ve got to do a better job of containing penetration, understanding scouting report defense and not stepping up on penetration when it comes,” Tom Crean said. “I thought we didn’t do a very good job of perimeter defense at all when it came to ball pressure in the first half and it came to dribble penetration in the second half, and then we got careless with our step-ups which gave them too many easy baskets.”

· Another efficient performance for James Blackmon Jr.: Another game, another strong effort from IU’s McDonald’s All-American freshman guard. Blackmon Jr. hit six of his 10 field goal attempts, knocked down all four of his free throws and finished with 21 points. He also grabbed six rebounds, a team-high.


Devin Davis surprise sparks Indiana to 85-72 win over Lamar


Less than an hour before Indiana’s game against Lamar on Saturday evening, sophomore Devin Davis made his way into the Hoosiers’ locker room. The event staff, standing just outside, could not help but grin at the occasion.

Just three weeks after a car crash that left Davis seriously injured with a “traumatic brain injury,” the Indianapolis native made his first appearance in Assembly Hall since the accident and watched the Hoosiers go on to win, 85-72, over the Cardinals.

As Davis walked in to the locker room, his teammates were on Branch McCracken Court warming up. They had no idea who would be waiting upon their return to the locker room.

So when the Hoosiers routinely jogged off the court and made their way into the locker room, they unexpectedly found Davis inside. The mood instantly changed.

“We were all jumping on him, like dog-piling him kind of,” junior Yogi Ferrell said. “We were all happy to see him.”


Video: IU players react to win over Lamar

Robert Johnson (13 points), James Blackmon Jr. (21 points, six rebounds) and Yogi Ferrell (19 points, three rebounds and three assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 85-72 win over Lamar on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

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