Collin Hartman, Max Bielfeldt and Yogi Ferrell met with the media following Indiana’s 89-57 win over Northwestern on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall.
Watch the full press conference below:
Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 89-57 win over Northwestern:
How it happened: Another home game, another result that was never really in doubt for the Hoosiers. Indiana opened the game on a 10-0 run and the Wildcats never got closer than five the rest of the afternoon. As I wrote on Twitter about midway through the second half, you can say what you’d like about IU’s strength of schedule so far in league play, but the fact is the Hoosiers are dismantling teams on this winning streak. Indiana is now 7-0 in Big Ten play, the longest in-conference winning streak for the Hoosiers since 1993. Overall, IU is now 17-3 and has won 12 straight games. This was another offensive clinic (1.36 points per possession) and another conference opponent held under a point per possession (.87).
Indiana will look to move its winning streak to 12 games today when Northwestern comes to Assembly Hall to take on the first place Hoosiers.
At 16-3 overall and 6-0 in conference, IU has put itself in a position where it could go undefeated in the month of January. The Wildcats, though, are no pushover. Northwestern is 15-5, 3-4 and on a mission to finally get that NCAA Tournament berth they’ve been seeking under Chris Collins.
“They’re a confident group,” Tom Crean said. “They’re coming off a game the other night that are one or two bounces the other way they’d beat Maryland at Maryland.”
Tom Crean, Nick Zeisloft and Troy Williams met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview Saturday’s game at Assembly Hall against Northwestern.
Watch both press conferences below:
Indiana is back at it on Saturday afternoon as Northwestern comes to town for a matinee in Assembly Hall. The Wildcats are 15-5 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten, but have dropped four of their last six contests.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 12 p.m. ET:
At 6-0, Indiana remains atop the Big Ten standings with Iowa, which beat Rutgers on Thursday night. Favorable schedule or not, the Hoosiers keep posting wins and gaining confidence. IU has won its last two games at Assembly Hall by a combined 59 points. That doesn’t happen unless your level of play is extremely high.
But the road should get a little tougher on Saturday with Northwestern in Bloomington. The Wildcats have struggled lately, but just took Maryland to overtime in College Park. And the last time Northwestern came to Assembly Hall during the 2013-2014 season, Chris Collins and company left with a 54-47 win.
Recruiting rankings and award watch lists make for great discussion topics leading up to the start of the season. But once the ball tips, they go out the window quickly.
Lower ranked players outperform their rankings each year and others who are viewed as can’t miss five-stars fail to live up to the hype. Thomas Bryant of Indiana came to Bloomington as a McDonald’s All-American, but was given significantly less billing than some of his freshman counterparts going into the season.
Through 19 games, Bryant has been one of the best freshman big men in the country and is a major reason the Hoosiers are on an 11-game winning streak going into Saturday’s game against Northwestern at Assembly Hall.