Video: Trey Lyles in win at Decatur Central

2014 Indianapolis Tech forward and IU commit Trey Lyles scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds last Wednesday in a 85-59 win at Decatur Central. (Watch postgame reaction from Lyles and Tech coach Jason Delaney here.)

Inside the Hall was in attendance and we’ve compiled close to four minutes of video of the talented sophomore in the embedded media player below:

Film Session: Attacking, exploiting Michigan’s D

In Indiana’s win against Michigan, Cody Zeller and Christian Watford combined for 43 of the team’s 73 points.

A look at four plays involving both players in the latest edition of Film Session:

NO. 1) WATFORD DRIVE AND DISH TO ZELLER:

Jordan Hulls brings the ball up the court and passes it to Watford on the left wing:

Hulls gets a bit of a body into Stu Douglass, which allows Watford some space to attack the paint:

Watford takes it into the lane:

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 3

Our third installment of the Big Ten power rankings are ready for your consumption and the movement this week comes in the middle of the pack as every team besides Michigan State now has a loss:

12. Nebraska (8-7, 0-4) (LAST WEEK: 11)…Welcome to the Big Ten, Cornhuskers. They have competed with both Michigan State and Illinois, but got hammered by Ohio State and Wisconsin. If they can’t beat Penn State at home on Wednesday, it could be a while before they get a conference win.

11. Minnesota (12-5, 0-4) (LAST WEEK: 9)…The Golden Gophers have competed, but they haven’t been able to finish. A home game against Iowa was one they needed to get.

10. Penn State (9-8, 1-3) (LAST WEEK: 12)…The Nittany Lions are pretty good at home, but they have yet to win on the road. A 20-point home win against Purdue was impressive, and they gave Indiana everything it could handle on Sunday.

9. Northwestern (11-4, 1-2) (LAST WEEK: 9)…A one-point loss to Illinois was only the Wildcats’ second home loss of the season. The Wildcats have a brutal upcoming schedule, with Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin over the next week and a half.

8. Wisconsin (12-5, 1-3) (LAST WEEK: 7)…Two home losses in a row? This must not be a normal Wisconsin team. Jordan Taylor is good, but he can’t do it alone. The Badgers are plenty capable of getting on a winning streak, especially with a relatively weak upcoming schedule.

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Hoosiers enter top ten for first time since 2008

When Indiana takes the floor at Assembly Hall against Minnesota on Thursday evening, the Hoosiers will do so as a top ten team in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches top 25 polls.

After a pair of wins over Michigan and Penn State, Indiana jumped five spots in the AP Poll and four spots in the coaches poll.

The Hoosiers were last ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll on Jan. 21, 2008 and No. 8 in the coaches poll on that same date.

Four Big Ten teams — Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana and Michigan — are ranked in the top 15 in both polls.

You can view the complete AP Poll here and the complete coaches poll here.

Notes, quotes from Crean on Big Ten teleconference

Notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s Monday morning appearance on the Big Ten coaches teleconference. Prior to the teleconference, the Big Ten announced that Cody Zeller as the league’s Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season:

OPENING REMARKS

— “We feel like we’re making progress, we feel like we’re getting better and at the same time, we feel like there’s a lot of room for us to improve even more. This is a big week for us obviously with Minnesota coming here and playing at Ohio State after just playing them a little over a week ago. Along with getting ready for games, we’ve got to make sure that we continue to never get away from the fundamentals that have put us in this position thus far. And it’s all the little details of the game that make you better and we’ve gotta make sure that we stay on top of that. But I love the attitude of our players, I love their work ethic and I think they’re as committed to get better as we are to getting them better.”

CREAN ON “THE PROGRAM”

— Crean was asked (by Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times) about “The Program,” which is a Massachusetts-based company that specializes in “team building and leadership development programs for pro sports teams, college teams, high school teams, and major corporations.” Crean said he found out about “The Program” after reading a story about their involvement with Oregon football and decided to bring the military-based company to Bloomington over the summer.

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Blackmon Jr. delivers pair of big games for Luers

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how IU’s five 2012 signees, five verbal commitments and other notable prospects with interest in the Hoosiers are performing at their respective schools. (Photo credit: Jamie Owens/J. Scott Sports)

You can send us stats or results for this report at insidethehall@gmail.com. (Note: This is not a complete list of prospects IU is recruiting. Prospects may be added/removed on a week-to-week basis depending on the availability of stats.)

2012 SIGNEES

Hanner Perea (La Porte La Lumiere): Eighteen points in a 65-51 win over Farragut on Jan. 7.

Jeremy Hollowell (Lawrence Central): Thirty-eight points in a 84-76 loss at Bowman Academy on Jan. 3 and 36 points in a 74-60 win over Columbus North on Jan. 6.

Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (Park Tudor): Sixteen points in a 47-37 win at Heritage Christian on Dec. 6.

Peter Jurkin (United Faith Christian Academy, NC): Twenty-one points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in a 90-69 win at Gaston Day on Jan. 3 and 11 points in a 70-50 win over North Hills Christian on Jan. 6.

Ron Patterson (Broad Ripple): Eighteen points, five rebounds and five steals in a 80-15 win over Indianapolis Herron on Jan. 6.

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Hoosiers use barrage of threes to down Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — For a 2:26 stretch in the first half, Indiana knocked down 3-point field goals on five consecutive possessions.

Shots falling from beyond the arc were a common sight at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday, as Indiana used a barrage of 3-pointers to beat Penn State 88-82 and snap its 16-game losing streak in Big Ten road games.

The No. 12 Hoosiers (15-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who entered the game with a nation’s-best 45.6 three-point field goal percentage, sunk 16 of their 24 3-point attemps.

“This is a hard-earned victory. This is a tough league. It’s the No. 1 league in the country for a reason,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “We knew that we were going to have to play at a very high level.”

Jordan Hulls tallied seven of Indiana’s 3-point field goals, and recorded a career-high 28 points, also a game-high. The junior guard from Bloomington took only two shots inside the 3-point line, making neither, and scored his other seven points off late-game free throws.

Matt Roth came off the bench and hit five 3-pointers of his own, finishing with 22 points. Cody Zeller and Christian Watford each added 10.

“(Penn State) made it hard for us a couple of times. But that’s where that extra pass was excellent,” Crean said. “I think Jordan shooting the ball the way that he did, it gets really hard to back off those guys.”

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