MONTREAL — Thoughts on a 109-77 win over the University of Quebec at Montreal:
Indiana’s five-game trip through Canada came to an end on Wednesday afternoon and in a lot of ways, the game felt much like the first game of the trip for the Hoosiers.
The opponent had little in terms of size, IU was clearly the more athletic and talented team and once it took control, there was little doubt as to what the result would be.
Still, there were positives to draw out of the effort, particularly when you consider this team was playing its fifth game in six days.
The bounce back effort of Robert Johnson, who went scoreless on Tuesday, is near the top of the list. The freshman guard from Richmond (Va.) finished with 17 points, hit all four of his 3-point attempts and also added five rebounds, four assists and three steals. In his postgame comments, Tom Crean mentioned that he didn’t even realize that Johnson failed to score on Tuesday because he was contributing in other facets of the game.
Devin Davis also had a strong final effort on the glass, corralling a team-high 10 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. While Davis wasn’t consistent with his rebounding totals on the trip, he’s definitely worked on his body in the offseason and seems more comfortable when he catches the ball near the block. While he’s still undersized, the added strength should allow Davis to hold his own as he role continues to grow.
Troy Williams was also outstanding on this afternoon with a team-high 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists and said one of the reasons he’s more comfortable right now than he was last season is that his left hand is completely healthy. Crean has talked a lot on this trip about getting his team to understand that it’s often better to just make the simple play and Williams, with his elite athleticism, is a great example for a player where this should be the focus.
MONTREAL — Tom Crean, Devin Davis (four points, 10 rebounds) Troy Williams (21 points, seven rebounds, four assists) and Robert Johnson (17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals) met with the media following Indiana’s 109-77 win over the University of Quebec at Montreal on Wednesday afternoon.
Watch and listen to their postgame comments in the media players below:
ESPN announced its 2015 Super Tuesday schedule on Wednesday afternoon, and the Hoosiers will be featured twice this upcoming season.
Indiana will play at Wisconsin on February 3 at 7 p.m. ET, and the Hoosiers also will play Iowa, in Bloomington, on March 3 at 7 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN.
Wisconsin leads all Big Ten teams with four games scheduled for Super Tuesdays, while Michigan will be featured on three separate occasions. Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State are other schools with multiple Super Tuesday appearances scheduled.
You can find the full ESPN Super Tuesday schedule after the jump.
With Indiana’s current lack of an effective big man on its trip to Montreal, the Hoosiers are looking for someone to step in and fill that role. Cue rising sophomore Devin Davis.
In the Hoosiers’ first game of their Canada tour, Davis grabbed 16 rebounds. Against Carleton on Monday, he scored 13 points and recorded six rebounds. The 6-foot-7 rising sophomore started in Indiana’s 96-69 win over McGill University on Tuesday night, as well, scoring seven points but earning just three rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
Following last night’s contest, Indiana coach Tom Crean shared optimism about Davis for this upcoming season.
“I think he has worked hard at it but there is a lot of room for him to work even harder and develop,” Crean said. “I thought tonight was his best game, offensively, although last night was his best game `intent-wise’. What he wants to erase is having 16 rebounds in 19 minutes the first night and then three rebounds in 22 minutes the next night. Those are the inconsistencies that he wants to erase.”
MONTREAL — Indiana’s five-game Canadian tour continued on Tuesday evening with a 96-69 rout of McGill University at Love Competition Hall.
Inside the Hall was there for all of the action and have edited together close to two minutes of highlights, which are available below. Please note that Big Ten rules prevent us from showing more than two minutes per game on the trip.
Previous game highlights: Laval, Ottawa, Carleton
MONTREAL — Check out nine photos by Joe Eke from Indiana’s 96-69 win over McGill University on Tuesday evening at Love Competition Hall.
MONTREAL — Thoughts on a 96-69 win over McGill University:
Unlike Sunday afternoon in Saint-Lambert, Quebec and Monday evening in Ottawa, Ontario, Indiana received little in terms of a test as it returned to Montreal for the fourth game of its Canadian tour.
The Hoosiers, who came into Love Competition Hall on the campus of McGill sporting a 2-1 record on their trip, dominated the Redmen, who lacked the athleticism to contain IU’s array of perimeter options.
From a team perspective, there was plenty to like in this performance from Indiana. The offense wasn’t nearly as good as what we witnessed Monday night against Carleton, but it was still quite solid. The Hoosiers scored 1.10 points per possession with an effective field goal percentage of 54, while limiting the Redmen to .85 points per trip and an eFG percentage of just 43.3.
Indiana also did a solid job grabbing the shots that it did miss as evidenced by its offensive rebounding percentage of 46.1. And while the free throw rate (FTA/FGA) wasn’t as high as Tom Crean would like at just 21.3 percent, the Hoosiers did make 15 of their 16 attempts at the stripe.
On the downside of things, Indiana was sloppy with the ball quite often this evening and turned it over 23 times for a turnover percentage of 27.2. Crean said afterward that many of those were unforced and a film session with this young group will show far too many occasions where a ball handler went airborne without anywhere to go. These are the types of mistakes that haunted Indiana a season ago and are exactly the kind of mishaps that can be the difference in tight games when the regular season rolls around.