Collin Hartman Archive

Video: Crean, IU players preview Butler

Tom Crean, James Blackmon Jr. and Collin Hartman met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview Saturday’s game against No. 23 Butler in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Watch both press conferences below:

Notebook: Indiana dominates Savannah State in 95-49 win

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Heading into Saturday night’s game against Savannah State, Indiana did not have the greatest track record against inferior opponents.

They won by just 13 over Lamar — a team that won four games last season. They beat UNC Greensboro by just eight points. And they also lost to Eastern Washington from the Big Sky Conference.

But on Saturday, the Hoosiers took care of business in Assembly Hall, dominating the Tigers en route to a 95-49 victory to extend their record this season to 7-1.

“Well, really, we learned that from our Eastern Washington game — if you don’t get up for a team, they start to gain confidence and they think that they can play with you,” freshman James Blackmon Jr. said. “Tonight we just wanted to start from the beginning and that’s what we did.”

The Hoosiers did get off to a slow start against Savannah State as they led just 10-9 with 14:55 to go in the first half. But from there, the Hoosiers did not look back.

Savannah State’s offensive ineptitude combined with an improved defensive effort from the Hoosiers led to a 43-17 margin at halftime. The Tigers were averaging just 0.49 points per possession. Indiana limited their offensive rebound percentage to just 14.3 percent as well.

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Pittsburgh

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Indiana moved to 6-1 with a comfortable 81-69 win over Pittsburgh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Panthers:

· This was Indiana’s best performance of the season to date: If the Hoosiers are to find success with any consistency this season, last night was a decent blueprint of what needs to occur, sans the poor defensive rebounding. Indiana shot it at a very high rate (59.1 effective field goal percentage), didn’t turn it over much (14.1 turnover percentage) and put in strong work on the offensive glass.

The defense wasn’t great as Pittsburgh scored 1.08 points per possession, but when Indiana is shooting it so efficiently and getting easy baskets (48 points in the paint), the Hoosiers are tough to stop. Last night, Indiana not only got easy baskets at the rim, but also hit timely perimeter shots against a defense that was allowing teams to shoot just over 20 percent on 3s coming into the game.

Here’s a look at how Indiana scored last night, via Shot Analytics:

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· Emmitt Holt emerges as a legitimate rotation piece: Indiana fans had been clamoring to see more of Holt, a freshman from Webster (NY), and when Hanner Mosquera-Perea picked up two early fouls, he was called into action early. Holt, who is just 6-foot-7 but has a 7-foot-1 wing span, not only held his own, but he changed the game.

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over the University of Indianapolis

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In its final tuneup before Friday’s season opener, Indiana beat the University of Indianapolis, a Division II opponent, 76-63, on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win:

· Encouraging signs come with plenty of reasons for concern: We’ll dive into a couple of these topics a bit more in-depth, but after watch seven exhibition games (five in Montreal, two in Assembly Hall), there’s plenty to like about Indiana and there is a lot to be concerned about, too.

On the positive side of things, the ball movement is better, the shooters are better and the potential for improvement in taking care of the ball exists, although we didn’t see much of it last night. On the negative side of things, Indiana allowed the University of Indianapolis to rebound 45.8 percent of its misses last night and looked very shaky on defense early on as the Greyhounds built an early 11-point lead.

Should we draw major conclusions from any of these performances? Not quite. But the rebounding is a major concern and that isn’t changing give IU’s lack of frontcourt depth.

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· A little more on the rebounding: To put UIndy’s offensive rebounding performance into some perspective, Indiana allowed just three teams last season to rebound more than 40 percent of their misses. Coincidentally, Indiana won all three of those contests (at Penn State, at Northwestern and Iowa).

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Hartman, still in rehabilitation from torn ACL, impresses in Indiana’s win

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Early in Indiana’s 76-63 win over the University of Indianapolis on Monday night, sophomore Collin Hartman was substituted in and received his first look of the evening off a pass from junior Yogi Ferrell.

Without hesitation, the 6-foot-6 forward — donning a heavy brace on his right knee — caught the pass from behind the 3-point arc and shot it. It went in.

Despite not making a single 3-pointer last season, the Indianapolis native, who is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in March, finished the game with two, making both of his attempts. In his second game back — and still on a minutes limit — Hartman finished with eight points, two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 18 minutes of action.

“He’s shooting it with more confidence,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “But I just liked the fact that he’s out there and getting real reps, real game speed, real game action. And frankly, if I had to look at this a couple months ago and say we would have had him for the exhibition games even though the doctors were optimistic, I wouldn’t have shared the same optimism.

“But, fortunately, I was wrong, and he’s worked really hard, and he wouldn’t be out there if he wasn’t helping.”

Just two days after Indiana’s 2013-2014 season ended, Hartman went down with a torn right ACL during a workout. After a freshman season in which Hartman rarely ever played — partaking in 16 of Indiana’s 32 total games and averaging 4.5 minutes of action per game — his offseason took a dramatic turn.

Instead of improving on his game over the summer, Hartman found himself having to rehabilitate, with playing time in the 2014-2015 season in question. But as he said on Monday, Hartman’s immediate reaction was that of optimism. He planned on being back in time for the start of this season.

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Video: IU players react to win over University of Indianapolis

Robert Johnson (15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists), Collin Hartman (eight points, two rebounds, two assists, two blocks) and Yogi Ferrell (19 points, five assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 76-63 exhibition win over the University of Indianapolis on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

2014-2015 Player Profile: Collin Hartman

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With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with Collin Hartman.

Collin Hartman’s freshman season at Indiana ended with a whimper rather than a bang.

Brought in by Indiana coach Tom Crean to be a shooter on a team that desperately needed them, Hartman played the first two games of the Hoosiers’ season as the first player off the bench. But after that, Hartman rarely saw action on the court, amassing just 16 minutes of play during the entire Big Ten season.

Perhaps he wasn’t aggressive enough in the opportunities he was given. But it was expected he would have the entire offseason to work on his game and gain more confidence on the court heading into his sophomore season.

That never happened.

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