Will Sheehey (13 points, four rebounds), Troy Williams (18 points, six rebounds) and Yogi Ferrell (10 points, eight rebounds, five assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 70-60 loss to Nebraska on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch their postgame comments in the media player below:
Thoughts on a 70-60 loss to the Cornhuskers:
After back-to-back wins over ranked opponents, the Hoosiers seemed ready to avenge their loss to the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, keeping their slim NCAA Tournament at-large hopes alive in the process.
But they fell short, just couldn’t get over the hump, and it’s another heartbreaker on senior night.
Tied at 52 with 10 minutes to go after a Will Sheehey 3-pointer, Indiana had a number of shots that would have finally given them the lead in the contest. They just didn’t fall. Still, it never trailed by more than three for the next eight minutes of the game, despite the Cornhuskers’ zone giving them a bit of trouble. The hustle and effort were there; there was no quit. A Yogi Ferrell missed 3-pointer that air-balled was saved out of bounds by Troy Williams. Devin Davis got his paws on it and scored. Indiana trailed by just one with 2:30 t0 go. A hustle play and the Hoosiers were still right there, still in the hunt.
But Indiana, which had its issues on defense throughout, got a little crossed up on the right wing with some pick action between Terran Petteway and Walter Pitchford. Pitchford got free for a trey and sunk it. 62-58 Cornhuskers and the Hoosiers would never get any closer.
Tim Miles, Shavon Shields and Walter Pitchford met with the media following Nebraska’s 70-60 on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch their comments in the media player below:
Will Sheehey will be honored tonight at Assembly Hall after IU’s home Big Ten finale against Nebraska, but before the Stuart (Fla.) native addresses Hoosier fans with a speech, here’s a look at some of his more memorable moments in Bloomington:
An impromptu jam session:
Before ever taking the floor for an actual game, freshmen Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo put on an unplanned dunk session in Cook Hall and the cameras were rolling to capture it:
Just a week before the season started, the Big Ten media released a preseason poll of where it projected the 12 teams in the conference to finish. Indiana was rated No. 6. At the bottom of that list: Nebraska.
Fast forward more than four months, and the end of the season is near. Indiana (17-12, 7-9) ranks seventh in the Big Ten standings. But tied for fourth in the league is Nebraska (17-11, 9-7), winners of eight of its past ten with just two games to go.
Tonight in Assembly Hall, those two teams will face off for the second time this season — and the first matchup was long before each team established where it is now.
“It’s going to be two teams battling for their NCAA tournament life,” senior walk-on Taylor Wayer said. “I think a lot of it is going to come down to who wants it more.”
Podcast on the Brink is back with a special senior night edition to honor Will Sheehey.
Host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call is joined by four guests to celebrate Sheehey’s IU career who all have a unique, up-close perspective: IU assistant AD Jeremy Gray, the director of academics for men’s basketball Marni Mooney, IU superfan Chronic Hoosier, and Will’s teammate of three years, Jordan Hulls.
Among the topics discussed:
· What Sheehey is like off of the court
· Fan reaction when Sheehey committed to the program initially
· Sheehey’s impact on the IU program
· Whether he has a future in coaching
· Favorite Sheehey memories and stories from his time in Bloomington
So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at email@example.com.
Listen in the embedded media player below, download the episode, subscribe via iTunes or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Indiana coach Tom Crean walked into the locker room and saw Will Sheehey getting mobbed by his teammates.
It was Feb. 27, just six days ago, and the Hoosiers had just defeated then-No. 20 Iowa, 93-86, in Assembly Hall. And Sheehey, Indiana’s lone fourth-year senior on scholarship, had just recorded a career-high 30 points, along with three assists, against the Hawkeyes.
As Crean walked in only minutes after the buzzer, he saw his players “going crazy” for Sheehey. They were so excited, Crean recalled, for his career-best performance in one of his final games in Assembly Hall.
“He deserved it more than anyone,” sophomore Austin Etherington said.
But what caught Crean’s eye as the players congratulated Sheehey was the senior’s reaction to the attention. He deflected the praise to guards Evan Gordon and Yogi Ferrell for their passing and getting the Hoosiers open, controlled looks on a night in which a high-tempo game could have resulted in an ugly offensive effort. It’s exactly what Crean wanted to see.