Video: Horace Broadnax reacts to loss to Indiana

Savannah State coach Horace Broadnax met with the media following his team’s 95-49 loss to Indiana on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Savannah State

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 95-49 win over Savannah State on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Savannah State

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Check out 22 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 95-49 win over Savannah State at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.

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Video: IU players react to win over Savannah State

James Blackmon Jr. (18 points) and Yogi Ferrell (18 points, seven assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 95-49 win over Savannah State on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

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The Minute After: Savannah State

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Thoughts on a 95-49 win against Savannah State:

I. Considering the sloppy start to this one, another opponent might have been able to push the Hoosiers a bit more in a game like this. But Savannah State entered the contest as the one of the worst offensive teams in the country and it showed tonight. The Tigers scored just .72 points per possession to go along with a 36.6 effective field goal percentage. They had just 17 points at half, made only 22.7 percent of their 3-pointers and hit only 53.3 percent from the line. They also turned the ball over on 22.1 percent of their possessions.

Simply put: The Tigers were no match for the Hoosiers and so they cruised to a 46-point victory.

II. Stanford Robinson has flat out pressed for most of the season. He’s often tried to get to the hole with the defense swarming with nowhere for him to go. After doing just that when he entered in the first half, resulting in a charge call, Robinson finally started taking what was given. When the defense came on his drives, he found the open man over and over to the tune of five assists in 13 minutes of play. And when a lane to the rim was there for him off the top of the key, he took it and scored. He even scored in the post during the final two minutes of this one and finished the night with seven points. Robinson is now behind two freshmen in Robert Johnson and James Blackmon Jr. in the rotation. And guys like Collin Hartman and Max Hoetzel are squeezing minutes from him as well. But the sophomore is still one of the better penetrators on the team for an offense that thrives on it, and better decision-making like tonight could mean more minutes.

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More details on approved renovations for Assembly Hall

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On Friday at its December meeting at IU Southeast in New Albany, the Indiana University Board of Trustees approved the capital improvements project for renovations to Assembly Hall.

Plans to renovate IU’s basketball home, which opened in 1971, were announced last year after a $40 million dollar gift from Cindy Simon Skjodt. Since that time, the university has been in the planning stages for the renovations, which are slated to begin on April 1, 2015 and are scheduled to be completed by October 2016.

At the Board of Trustees meeting, a design summary for the renovations was presented with the following goals:

– Create a dramatic new entry sequence that enhances image and presence.
– Leverage Assembly Hall’s iconic qualities to renew the facility’s relevance.
– Provide new and renewed event amenities to improve the game experience.
– Celebrate the accomplishments of IU Athletics through a new interactive portrait gallery.
– Integrate the athletics campus with a new exterior plaza.

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Robert Johnson playing major role in Indiana’s success

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From the time he was recruited to Indiana, Robert Johnson knew he would have an immediate role to play for the Hoosiers.

Through seven games of his college career, Johnson has done just that. He has started every game in which he has played, averaging 29.7 minutes per game. He is scoring 11.3 points per game and producing 4.1 rebounds per game, four assists per game and an effective field goal percentage of 60.4. He also was named to the Wayman Tisdale Award Watch List — an award given to the nation’s best freshman.

Johnson also is expected to start, once again, for Indiana’s game against Savannah State at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Despite the immediate pressure to succeed, though, Johnson said on Tuesday he is comfortable running the team. It’s exactly what he came to Indiana to do.

“I think those are some of the things coach (Tom) Crean talked to me about when he recruited me,” Johnson said. “When you come here as a guard you’re expected to do multiple things, and he only recruits versatile players. You’ve got to be able to rebound, drive the ball, dish it out, make smart decisions, just be a complete player.”

When Crean recruited Johnson from Benedictine College Preparatory (Va.), he quickly realized what value the 6-foot-3 guard could hold for his program. Playing under coach Ryan Marable, Crean saw Johnson as someone who was tenacious on defense and still had plenty of room to improve.  He said the Hoosiers were “very, very fortunate” to have had Johnson join the program.

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