Indiana returned home from Wisconsin with its first loss in Big Ten play, falling in overtime to the Badgers by three. Now, the Hoosiers will look to pick up their second win of the season against Minnesota, which visits Assembly Hall Saturday.
The Golden Gophers have struggled in conference play and are yet to pick up a win (0-9). However, Tom Crean believes you can’t just go by their poor record when looking at the Gophers.
“Minnesota is getting better, and again this is not a game where you play their record, you play what they’re capable of,” Crean said. “They’re right there and they’ve been in, including ours, all of these games that they’ve played and they’ve come down to the wire or overtime or the last couple of possessions. I know our guys are locked in, and we’ll need every bit of that.”
Tom Crean, Robert Johnson and Nick Zeisloft met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview Saturday’s game at Assembly Hall against Minnesota.
Watch both press conferences below:
Following Tuesday’s 82-79 overtime loss to Wisconsin at the Kohl Center, Indiana returns to Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon to host Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are 6-15 overall and 0-9 in the Big Ten.
The game will be broadcast on BTN at 2:15 p.m. ET with Josh Lewin and Bob Wenzel on the call:
No, Indiana’s narrow loss to Wisconsin in Madison on Tuesday night didn’t sound off any alarms about this Hoosier team. Strength of schedule aside, as of Friday morning, Indiana has the Big Ten’s best offense and defense in conference play.
What the loss did represent was an opportunity missed. Road wins in conference play are difficult to come by and Indiana was right there against Wisconsin, only to come up just short in what was mostly viewed as a 50/50 game. But the Hoosiers can’t let the loss linger or dwell on it.
In Indiana’s overtime loss to Wisconsin on Tuesday night, there was no shortage of storylines.
Indiana turned it over too much. Yogi Ferrell shined. Nigel Hayes got to the line over and over again. Thomas Bryant and Ethan Happ battled.
We’ll take a look at all this in the second half in the latest edition of Film Session:
After turning it over on their first three possession of the half, Indiana’s up to no good again. Robert Johnson gets a ball screen from Thomas Bryant on the right wing and heads to the lane:
Indiana’s 12-game winning streak is over. The Hoosiers fell to Wisconsin 82-79 in overtime on Tuesday night in Madison. They’re now 17-4 overall and 7-1 in Big Ten play.
Here’s a look at five takeaway from the loss to the Badgers:
· A loss? Yes. A bad loss? No. Once Indiana has a chance to go back and watch this game and dissect some of the mistakes that were made, the Hoosiers will surely want some of them back. That happens in any loss. And it’s difficult to win any game in which you turn it over on 25.3 percent of your possessions, which is the number Indiana finished with on Tuesday.
MADISON, Wisc. — Whistle. Foul. Nigel Hayes to the free throw line. Repeat.
That was the story of the game as Indiana dropped its first game in Big Ten play 82-79 to Wisconsin in overtime at the Kohl Center on Tuesday. The loss ended IU’s 12-game winning stream and dropped the Hoosiers 17-4 overall and 7-1 in conference.
Wisconsin’s front-court duo of Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ combined for 56 points – 22 of which came from free throws. Hayes himself reached the foul line more than Indiana’s entire team did, getting 22 shots to IU’s 18.