SAINT-LAMBERT, Quebec — Thoughts on a 109-101 loss to the University of Ottawa:
Indiana’s third opponent on its Canadian tour, Carleton University, received most of the pre-trip buzz as a team capable of knocking off the Hoosiers. The Ravens are a perennial power in Canada with a ridiculous 292-14 mark over their last 306 contests.
But the University of Ottawa, arguably the top challenger currently to Carleton in the quest for Canadian Interuniversity Sport titles, got the first crack of the two schools to beat Indiana.
And that’s exactly what happened. This was no gimmick win nor was it a fluke. It was just two talented offensive teams making shot after shot. Unfortunately for IU, the Gee Gees just happened to make more on this particular afternoon.
You can start with the discrepancy on 3-pointers as the major downfall for Indiana. The Hoosiers hit 7-of-17 from distance while the University of Ottawa hit 18-of-30 from behind the arc.
The Gee Gees shared the ball brilliantly, moved it with purpose and found shooters, of which they have plenty. Their backcourt, which is certainly one of the best in the country, combined for 54 points as Johnny Berhanemeskel and Mike L’Africain each poured in 27. L’Africain hit six 3s and unofficially, dished out six assists.
SAINT-LAMBERT, QUEBEC — Tom Crean, along with Yogi Ferrell (seven points), Troy Williams (27 points, four rebounds, three blocks) and James Blackmon Jr. (20 points, five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 109-101 loss to the University of Ottawa on Sunday afternoon.
Watch and listen to postgame comments from IU’s coach and players in the media players below:
MONTREAL — Indiana’s five-game Canadian tour got underway Friday night with a 110-70 rout of Laval University.
Inside the Hall was there at Brebeuf College for all of the action and have edited together 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.
MONTREAL — Thoughts on a 110-70 win over Laval University:
After an offseason full of arrivals and departures, the first look at the 2014-15 Indiana Hoosiers was unveiled on Friday night on the first game of a five-game tour through Canada.
And the early returns were promising.
On a night where Indiana was without junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea (visa issues) and freshman Jeremiah April (ankle), Tom Crean opted to go small from the get-go with a starting lineup of Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Troy Williams and Nick Zeisloft.
The Hoosiers wasted little time scoring early in possessions as a 24-second shot clock produced a frantic pace that only Indiana could keep over a full 40 minutes.
After Laval hung in for a quarter and even led for portions of the first 10 minutes, Indiana finally exploded in the third quarter. The Hoosiers hung 34 third quarter points and were on their way to a comfortable win.
A look at some of the tempo-free numbers: Indiana’s effective field goal percentage was strong (57.3) as was its offensive rebounding percentage (38.4). The Hoosiers did, however, turn it over on 18.3 percent of their possessions. And while Indiana did clamp down defensively in the second half, holding Laval to just 27 points over the last two quarters, it did allow an effective field goal percentage of 50. That was driven, in large part, by Laval hitting 11 of its 30 attempts from behind the 3-point arc.
Individually, there were several standouts.
MONTREAL — Check out 9 photos by Joe Eke from Indiana’s 110-70 win over Laval University on Friday night at Brebeuf College.
MONTREAL — Indiana opened its five-game Canadian tour with a comfortable 110-70 win over Laval University on Friday night at Brebeuf College.
Following the win, Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell (22 points, six assists, four rebounds, three steals), James Blackmon Jr. (14 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals), Robert Johnson (12 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals) and Troy Williams (21 points, six rebounds and a steal) met with the media to discuss the win.
Watch video of both press conferences below:
MONTREAL — Indiana will begin its five-game tour in Canada without a player who figures to be a major part of the upcoming season.
Junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea was not at Indiana’s first game against Laval University at Brebeuf College on Friday night. An IU spokesperson said Mosquera-Perea’s absence was due to a visa related issue and that it was possible he could join the team later on the tour.
“It’s truly a day-to-day thing,” Tom Crean said prior to the tip-off of the tour.
Through his first two seasons in Bloomington, Mosquera-Perea has averaged 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.9 minutes per game.
Earlier this summer, Crean spoke about the importance of Mosquera-Perea taking a step forward entering his junior season.
“It’s time to play. It’s time to be really serious about playing extended minutes,” Crean said. “It’s time to be an enforcer at the basket. It’s time to show that toughness that his body gives you. It’s going to have to happen or he won’t be out there as much. We need his consistency. It’s no more fun and games, now it’s time for you to lock in and mature and not anymore talk, let’s get at it.”