On Saturday in Madison Square Garden, Indiana began the second half with a 10-point lead over Georgetown. But thanks to the 1-2 punch of D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Josh Smith, the Hoosiers found themselves down 60-56 with 7:16 to go and little answer for the Hoyas’ 2-3 zone.
But Tom Crean put Troy Williams as the lead ballhandler down the stretch and it proved to be a gamechanger. Williams continually broke down the zone for looks for himself and teammates off of simple action to keep the Hoosiers within striking distance to set up the overtime frame.
A look at his mostly successful run in the latest edition of Film Session:
On his first possession with the ball, Williams went right to work. Here’s him taking a ball screen from Hanner Mosquera-Perea right:
He finds space between himself and Mikael Hopkins:
Indiana fell to 10-3 on Saturday with a 91-87 overtime loss to Georgetown in Madison Square Garden. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Hoyas:
· Hoosiers had no answer to Josh Smith: In their previous two losses this season, Indiana was dominated by physical big men: Venky Jois of Eastern Washington and Montrezl Harrell on Louisville.
On Saturday, Josh Smith of Georgetown had a similar effect.
The Hoosiers had no answer for the 6-foot-10, 350-pound senior, who freely attacked the basket without much contention.
Due to Indiana’s lack of size — only Jeremiah April is taller than Smith, and April has played just 14 minutes this season — the Hoosiers had to double team Smith to be effective at all, Tom Crean said. Smith turned the ball over three times and had four fouls on the afternoon.
But Indiana did not nearly defend Smith to the level it hoped, and the big man found open looks because of his size and physicality in the paint. He finished with 14 points, six rebounds (five offensive rebounds), three assists and two steals in just 26 minutes of action.
· Turnovers make their return: Much like Indiana does to its opponents, Georgetown switched defenses on the Hoosiers often on Saturday.
But this time, Georgetown’s physicality forced the Hoosiers into multiple shot clock violations, multiple rushed shots and multiple turnovers.
NEW YORK — With the Hoosiers trailing by five against Georgetown on Saturday with just 37 ticks left, Yogi Ferrell (27 points) rose from the top of the key and banked in a three to pull Indiana within two points. On the ensuing Hoosier possession, the junior swished another 3-pointer from near the same area, a tough shot over an outstretched Aaron Bowen with 11 seconds remaining to tie the contest and send it into overtime.
“Yogi’s a big shot-maker,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean after the contest.
But as the game shifted into overtime, it was long-time friend and fellow Indianapolis native D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera sealing the game for the Hoyas. The fellow junior, who hit three 3-pointers to start the second half, poured in a clutch pull-up jumper with 23 seconds left over Ferrell to put the Hoyas up five at 90-85. Ferrell missed a desperation 3-pointer on the ensuing Indiana possession as the Hoosiers went on to lose 91-87.
“Nobody feels worse about this game than (Yogi) does because in his matchup his guy got some buckets,” Crean said.
Smith-Rivera had 24 of his 29 points in the second half and overtime, and it appears he had this game marked on his calendar.
“My freshman year we lost to them,” Smith-Rivera said after the game, referring to Georgetown’s overtime loss to Indiana at the Barclays Center in 2012-2013. “Me and coach talked about that all week coming into the game so it’s personal for me … I’ve grown up with Yogi since kindergarten, I’ve known him forever and we’ve always been great friends. There’s always been a rivalry but I’m winning right now.”
NEW YORK – Yogi Ferrell (27 points), Troy Williams (23 points, eight rebounds and four assists) and James Blackmon Jr. (22 points and seven rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 91-87 overtime loss to Georgetown on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
This one had a little bit of everything this afternoon in Madison Square Garden.
There was Indiana opening a comfortable 10-point halftime lead and even extending it a bit to start the second half. There was Georgetown, led by its upperclassmen, making its run in the second half and appearing to take hold of things in the final minutes. And then there were late heroics from Yogi Ferrell, who made a pair of 3-pointers in the final 39 seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime.
For late December, when most teams are filling up on cupcakes before the start of conference play, this was a high level contest that Indiana had a great chance to win. But it just didn’t make enough plays when it mattered most.
So where do we start? With Indiana’s defense, which allowed 61 points combined in the second half and overtime. On the afternoon, the Hoyas scored 1.17 points per possession with an effective field goal percentage of 56.6. Had Georgetown not left 12 points at the free throw line, this game may have ended in regulation. Those numbers would be tough for any team to overcome, but Indiana nearly did it thanks to a hot shooting game from the perimeter.
Indiana concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden as the Hoosiers take on Georgetown in the Indeed Invitational.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 12:00 p.m. with Bob Wischusen, Seth Greenberg and Jim Calhoun on the call:
A late addition to the 2014-15 schedule, Indiana’s game tomorrow with Georgetown at Madison Square Garden bolstered the non-conference slate and added a solid opponent in place of what would have likely been a guarantee game at Assembly Hall.
And while the non-conference schedule does include five teams in the top 60 of Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, it also includes six who are ranked No. 270 or worse, which makes this game a smart addition to help the strength of schedule.
As the rest of the Big Ten coasts into conference play, the Hoosiers will get one final test before heading on the road to Nebraska for New Year’s Eve. Ultimately, the goal of any non-conference schedule is to pick up a few key wins and also prepare for what lies ahead in league play. This contest presents another opportunity for a solid win that could loom large come March and also pits the Hoosiers against size and physicality that is formidable.
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In his 11th season at the helm, John Thompson III brings a Georgetown team to MSG that has size, athleticism and an ability to relentlessly crash the offensive glass. Of IU’s first 12 opponents, only SMU and Louisville have been bigger up front and the Cardinals are the only team comparable from an offensive rebounding perspective. That Louisville contest ended in a 20-point loss for IU as Rick Pitino’s team rebounded 52 percent of its misses.
With four starters 6’8″ or taller, Georgetown presented matchup issues for the Hoosiers in their 82-72 overtime win last Tuesday at the Barclays Center. As such, Indiana went 2-3 zone for long stretches of the game instead of playing man-to-man defense against John Thompson III’s much larger perimeter players.
While it worked at times, Georgetown was also able to exploit it for a host of 3-pointers, particularly in the first half. The Hoyas went 8-of-14 from distance during the first 20 minutes of action.
A look at four of those first half 3-pointers all coming against Indiana’s 2-3 zone in the latest edition of Film Session:
I. Georgetown passes the ball around the perimeter for the first 10-15 seconds of this possession:
The ball makes it back to Jabril Trawick on the right wing and he dribbles towards Otto Porter, who’s instructing him to pass it up top to Markel Starks:
Porter puts a body on Remy Abell as Trawick drew Jordan Hulls to the middle. That leaves Starks with room up top. Trawick passes the ball to him:
Though he’s several feet behind the line, he has space to rise and fire with ease. He connects:
You beat a 2-3 zone by getting the ball into the middle, drawing the defense and finding the open man. This was one way of Georgetown getting that done.