Collin Hartman Archive

Assist record on horizon for Ferrell as Hoosiers host Illinois

A day after finding its way back into both major polls, Indiana will put its No. 25/23 (AP/Coaches) rankings on the line with Illinois in town.

The Hoosiers, who are tied with Iowa for first place in the Big Ten standings at 5-0, have won 10 straight games. Illinois is coming off of a home loss to Nebraska and is just 1-4 in conference play.

In tonight’s game, senior Yogi Ferrell will look to become Indiana’s all-time leader in assists. He has 544, just one assist behind Michael Lewis for most in school history.

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Video: Crean, Hartman preview Wisconsin

Indiana coach Tom Crean and junior Collin Hartman met with the media on Monday afternoon to preview Tuesday’s game at Assembly Hall with Wisconsin. Crean also discusses the ceremony planned to honor the 1976 national championship team that finished undefeated.

Watch both press conferences below, via IU Athletics:

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At the Buzzer: Indiana 79, Rutgers 72

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 79-72 win over Rutgers:

How it happened: It was an odd start time with a mid-afternoon tip on a weekday and it produced arguably Indiana’s ugliest win of the season. The Hoosiers built a solid lead early, but let Rutgers right back into the contest for a 34-34 halftime tie. Indiana was able to prevail ultimately on the strength of its bench, which scored 37 of IU’s 79 points. Ryan Burton and O.G. Anunoby went a combined 4-of-4 on 3s and Collin Hartman, who started for the injured James Blackmon Jr., hit all three of his 3-point attempts. There are few Big Ten road games where you can win while turning it over 23 times, but Indiana did just that in Piscataway. Yogi Ferrell, despite six turnovers, played well in the second half and finished with a game-high 20 points.

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s non-conference season

Indiana completed the non-conference portion of its schedule on Dec. 22 with a 10-3 record. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the first month and a half of the season:

· The offense is still elite: Say what you want about Indiana’s disappointing trip to Maui or the blowout loss at Duke, but the Hoosiers have one of the best offensive units in all of college basketball.

The numbers are impressive nearly across the board: IU ranks fifth in adjusted offensive efficiency, second in effective field goal percentage and seventh in offensive rebounding percentage. The offense alone should win IU its fair share of conference games.

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