Report: Ferrell, Patterson, Perea to join forces

All four players currently committed to Indiana for its 2012 recruiting class will compete together this spring and summer for Indiana Elite – Team Indiana, according to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star.

Hanner Perea, Peter Jurkin, Ron Patterson and Yogi Ferrell will be teammates on the program’s top 17-and-under squad.

Ferrell played up a year with Austin Etherington, Cody Zeller and the 17-and-under team last summer and Patterson played with Indiana Elite One.

Neddenriep’s report did not mention who would be coaching the team.

Also of note in the report: Cathedral forward and IU commit Collin Hartman will move from Indiana Elite to the Eric Gordon All-Stars team that features Warren Central’s Devin Davis, Hamilton Southeastern’s Zak Irvin and Heritage Christian’s Basil Smotherman.

Inside the Hall Podcast: January 13

(Photo credit: AnnArbor.com)

The Inside the Hall Podcast returns this week to discuss Saturday’s game at Assembly Hall with Michigan. Joining Zach: Michael Rothstein, the Michigan basketball beat writer for AnnArbor.com.

Among the topics discussed: The rise of sophomore point guard Darius Morris, the chances of Michigan getting out in transition against Indiana, freshman forward Evan Smotrycz and how his game compares to Luke Zeller, Michigan’s depth, how Christian Watford and Maurice Creek could impact the game and expectations for Saturday.

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Four games into Big Ten play, a look at the numbers

Four games is only representative of 22.2 percent of Indiana’s 18-game slog through the Big Ten schedule.

There are a lot of games left on the docket — which, may further downward spiral your funk about this team, or give you hope that not all is lost, depending on your current mental state in regards to these Hoosiers.

But in the interest of casting a wider net on what’s wrong with this team in the present, here’s a look at the numbers angle.

Onward:

DEFENSE

Let’s just get this out of the way first: Indiana’s defense has been terrible through four Big Ten games. They’re allowing the competition to score 1.26 points per possession, ranking them last in the league. They’re also 10th in the league in opponent effective field-goal percentage, allowing a mark of 59.9 percent. All those open threes aren’t helping matter here, as the Hoosiers are also dead last in opponent 3-point percentage at 51.4 percent.

The Hoosiers also struggle on the defensive glass, as their defensive rebounding percentage mark of 62.4 percent ranks 10th in the league. (Though, I suppose it bears a mention that Minnesota, an opponent of Indiana in these first four contests, is the top offensive rebounding team in the conference so far.)

And don’t forget the constant fouls, perhaps IU’s most egregious defensive weakness. Indiana’s opponent  free-throw rate is 69.5 percent, ranking the Hoosiers last in the conference in that department. They’ve allowed 130 foul-shot attempts. The next closest is Northwestern with 88.

Indiana isn’t so middling in terms of  block percentage (7.5 percent, seventh) steal percentage (eight percent, sixth), and opponent turnover percentage (fifth, 18.8 percent), but these defensive facets aren’t enough to overcome its shooting defense and rebounding shortcomings.

Allowing uncontested looks, second-chance attempts and a high rate of free throws is simply not a recipe for defensive success.

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Around the Hall: A little bit of everything

Indiana head coach Tom Crean greets the fans after a game against North Carolina Central on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Assembly Hall. (Photo by James Brosher)

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on.

+ Stellar write-up from John M. over at the Crimson Quarry on Tom Crean and the state of the IU basketball program.

+ Herald-Times columnist (and friend of ITH) Hugh Kellenberger writes that Derek Elston’s trip of Alex Marcotullio demanded more punishment over at The Hoosier Scoop. Hutch takes a look at the trip, too, as does The Dagger.

+ The longtime radio voice of Indiana basketball, Don Fischer, joined the Dan Dakich Show on Monday. The interview is worth a listen.

+ Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe will not be suspended by Tubby Smith after his arrest for violating a harassment restraining order.

+ John Gasaway of Basketball Prospectus lists his top 25 freshman in the country to date. Three Big Ten players make the list.

+ Ken Pomeroy dives into the use of plus/minus statistic for college basketball. The conclusion: It’s a poor tool.

+ Northwestern fans aren’t particularly thrilled about the contract extension Bill Carmody received on Monday.

Crean discusses Elston’s trip of Alex Marcotullio

On his weekly radio show earlier this evening, Tom Crean was asked about the intentional foul that was called against Derek Elston in Sunday’s game at Northwestern for tripping Alex Marcotullio.

Our friend and Herald-Times beat reporter Dustin Dopirak was in attendance for the radio show and transcribed Crean’s comments on the foul:

“I didn’t get a good look at it during the game at all. I didn’t see it until it was on the film. I brought him up to the plane. He stayed with the same thing. He said to me that he didn’t do it intentionally. I know exactly what it looks like. I told him the same thing. When I looked at it the referee had a good view of it. I didn’t argue it. In comparison to (Devan Dumes’s intentional foul two years ago) I don’t think there is any comparison because there’s no question that that was intentional. I wasn’t surprised by it. In this situation, it would be highly out of character for Derek to be dishonest or do something of that nature in a negative way. It would be truly out of character, and if he did it would be a mistake. That’s the end of story. We got the intentional foul, they got the foul shots. I looked at it. I discussed it with him. But the last thing I’m going to do is break down a trust by accusing a player of something that he says he didn’t do on purpose. I’m not trying to put my head in the sand, that’s just the way that it is. Again, it would be different if it was something that was after the fact that you see on film. Those are the things that you react a little bit more to. The referee saw it, the referee handled it.”

If you haven’t had a chance to see the play in question, here’s a link.

I wrote last night in The Minute After after watching the replay a couple of times that I believed that Elston stuck his foot out on purpose and the trip was a cheap move by Elston. I’m sticking to that analysis.

Big Ten power rankings: Week 3

The second installment of our Big Ten power rankings (we started after a week of games to get an early read on the league, so Week 3 = second installment). We’ve got movement at the top and bottom of the poll this week, with Illinois up to second and Indiana sliding to last.

Without further ado, and running from 11th to 1st this time ’round:

Inside the Hall Big Ten power rankings: Week 3

11. Indiana – NR; 9-8, 0-4; 33 total points

There are a myriad of problems with the Hoosiers right now, both tangible and intangible, and no one in the lineup seems immune. A fact perhaps most indicative of the Hoosiers’ problems is the simplest of all: They are 0-4 in the Big Ten, and have now lost six games in a row.

10. Iowa – NR; 7-8, 0-3; 30 total points

Another unanimous selection at their position in this week’s rankings, the Hawkeyes hold the dubious distinction of being the Big Ten’s only sub-.500 team overall. There could exist a chance to get a first Big Ten win for Fran McCaffrey at home Wednesday against Northwestern.

9. Michigan – NR; 11-5,  1-2; 25 total points

Oh but what could be for the Wolverines, who lost on Sunday by seven in overtime to No. 3 Kansas. Couple that with a three-point loss to Syracuse earlier in the season, and you get a picture of a team getting close. Yet the Wolverines are still being outscored by more than 10 points per game in Big Ten play, so maybe not as close as you’d think.

8. Penn State – NR; 9-6, 2-2; 24 total points

It’s getting harder to lend much weight to a win against Indiana, even at Assembly Hall. But the Nitts are 2-2 in the Big Ten, where frankly no one expected them to be at this time. Jeff Brooks’ 17.8 points per game in conference play have been immensely helpful.

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Ferrell goes for 27 in rout of Heritage Christian

Park Tudor’s Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (11) drives to the basket in a 76-53 win at Lapel on December 30, 2010. Photo by Jamie Owens of J. Scott Photography. Click here to view a gallery from this game and other Indiana high school games.

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how 2011 signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller, IU’s eight verbal commitments and other notable prospects with interest in the Hoosiers, are performing at their respective schools.

You can send us stats or results for this report at insidethehall@gmail.com. Here’s our latest update:

2011 SIGNEES

+ Austin Etherington (Hamilton Heights): Twenty points and 11 rebounds in a 68-39 win at Taylor on Jan. 7.

+ Cody Zeller (Washington): Twenty-nine points and 15 rebounds in a 80-59 win over Evansville Mater Dei on Jan. 7.

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