Mike Davis all smiles in return to Bloomington


As Mike Davis prepared to walk onto Branch McCracken Court 12 minutes before tipoff on Monday night, the former Indiana coach looked up and smiled.

The long, winding road the 54-year-old Texas Southern coach has endured had taken him back to Bloomington — the place where his head-coaching career began more than 14 years ago.

His trip onto the Assembly Hall floor slowed as he reminisced with former co-workers. By the time he finished the pregame greetings, the buzzer signaling the end of warmups blared. He still was smiling.

“It’s just great to be back,” Davis said. “I wanted to bring my family back. Indiana has shown so much love for me. I’m where I am today because of Indiana basketball.”

When Davis resigned as the Indiana basketball coach after the 2005-2006 season, after six rocky seasons that included an NCAA Final Four trip and two seasons of missing the NCAA tournament completely, Davis’s career went on. Though he went on to coach UAB, a Conference USA school, and now Texas Southern, a SWAC school, he said he held no animosity against Indiana.


Video: IU players react to win over Texas Southern

Yogi Ferrell (20 points, seven assists, four rebounds), Robert Johnson (21 points, six assists, five rebounds) and James Blackmon Jr. (19 points, five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 83-64 win over Texas Southern on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Quotes are available after the jump.


Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Texas Southern

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 83-64 win over Texas Southern on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Quotes are available after the jump.


Video: Mike Davis reacts to loss to Indiana

Texas Southern coach Mike Davis, who coached at Indiana from 2000 to 2006, brought his team to Bloomington on Monday for a meeting with IU in the Hoosiers Showcase.

Indiana prevailed, 83-64 and afterward, Davis addressed the media in the Assembly Hall press room.

Watch the press conference below:

Quotes are available after the jump.


The Minute After: Texas Southern


Thoughts on a 83-64 win over Texas Southern:

I. Robert Johnson came out of the gate hot. He headed to the locker room at halftime with a line that would have looked nice after a full 40: 17 points (5-of-6, 3-of-3 from distance), four assists and three rebounds. Johnson’s ability to handle the ball, dribble-drive and score or find the open teammate in the corner for 3-pointers makes him incredibly valuable within Indiana’s offense. When the competition stiffens Johnson may find it harder to drive into the paint, but he’s making a strong case for a starting spot even when Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson come back from suspension Thursday against SMU.

At the very least, he’s going to give Tom Crean an option off the bench without much dropoff from the starting backcourt.

II. Hanner Mosquera-Perea played arguably his best game as a Hoosier tonight against the Tigers. He scored a career-high (12 points) with some back-to-basket scores, a breakaway dunk, a jumper and a pick-and-roll bucket. Mosquera-Perea also notched a career-high five blocks, looking like a man against boys at times with a couple of the chasedown variety. He did have three turnovers and only five rebounds, but he looked confident on both ends of the court and continues to look like an improved and capable player despite the miscues.

III. The offensive numbers were again impressive: 1.19 points per possession, 66% eFG, 10-of-15 from 3-point range, four players in double-figures (Johnson: 21, Yogi Ferrell: 20, James Blackmon Jr: 19, Mosquera-Perea 12). But after heading to the locker room with a 15-point lead, the Hoosiers let an undermanned Texas Southern squad hang around for too long. The Tigers never got closer than 10 and there was never any real threat of them taking the lead. But over the final 20 minutes of the contest, Indiana only outscored the Tigers 39-35.


Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Texas Southern


Check out 21 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 83-64 win over Texas Southern at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.


Yogi Ferrell named to Wooden Award preseason top 50


Indiana junior Yogi Ferrell has been named to the John R. Wooden Award preseason top 50 list, the national advisory board for the award announced on Monday.

He’s one of seven Big Ten players to be named to the list, joining Michigan State’s Branden Dawson, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky, Michigan’s Caris LeVert, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Maryland’s Dez Wells.

Former Indiana Director of Basketball Operations Calbert Cheaney was the last Hoosier to win the Wooden Award in 1993.

Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo were both finalists for the award during the 2012-2013 season.

The complete preseason top 50 list follows after the jump:


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