On Monday evening, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at his weekly radio show hosted by Don Fischer and recapped the Hoosiers’ win over Maryland and loss to Ohio State, while also looking ahead to Wednesday’s game at Purdue.
Below are news and notes from what the Hoosiers’ coach had to say:
— Firstly, Crean reflected on the Hoosiers’ 89-70 victory against Maryland, saying the result showed how good they can be “when everything is going right.” Crean also commended his team on how they were able to take away things from the Terrapins bigs, especially in the second half — as first half leading scorer 6-foot-9 Jake Layman was held to just two points in the final 20 minutes.
— After going 7-for-32 on 3-pointers in the Hoosiers’ first five Big Ten games, junior Yogi Ferrell went 13-for-19 on 3-point attempts in Indiana’s two games this past week. Crean said Ferrell shooting 3-pointers before and after practices in the leadup to the Maryland game helped get his shooting confidence back — that the net only got bigger from there. Crean also mentioned that it appears Ferrell has been the biggest beneficiary of having 6-foot-7 Collin Hartman as a starter, as it gives opponents yet another shooter to cover and one less defender to guard Ferrell.
— Since the Hoosiers’ trip to Montreal, one of Crean’s biggest priorities in coaching his team has been producing guard rebounds. The harder the block-outs are, the more guard rebounds there will be. But on Sunday against the Buckeyes, the Hoosiers didn’t grade out high in that category, Crean said. He said the Hoosiers have to also understand the sheer importance of rebounds — and how that affects their transition offense, as well. “If a guy is not a participant in the rebounding on the defensive end,” Crean noted, “It’s gonna be hard to play him.”
Tom Crean was a guest on the Jim Rome Show on Friday and discussed a variety of topics (full interview here), including a return date for Hanner Mosquera-Perea.
The 6-foot-9 junior suffered a left knee injury in practice on Monday, Jan. 12 and IU announced that he would be out indefinitely. On Friday in an interview with Rome, Crean said he expects the Colombia native to be available beginning in mid-February.
“We’re gonna get healthy with Hanner Perea probably in the middle of the month somewhere, which will help us, certainly around the basket and bringing that presence that we have to have on the defensive end and the offensive end,” Crean told Rome.
Through 17 games of the 2014-2015 season, Indiana has been flying high.
The Hoosiers have wins over SMU, Butler and Ohio State — all ranked opponents at the time — and an away win at Nebraska, heading into Sunday’s game at Illinois. Indiana is 13-4 overall with a 3-1 mark Big Ten play.
But things are about to get even tougher.
After playing just two true road games thus far, the Hoosiers will play three of their next four games on the road. And without 6-foot-9 junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea, the challenge becomes that much more significant.
“Without his presence inside, without his ability to post, and it sometimes it’s not always the statistics that he gets or doesn’t get, it’s the ground that he covers,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said following his team’s win over Penn State. “For people that really pay attention, they see the ground that he covers and the presence that he has. It’s not always getting caught up in the numbers that he has or doesn’t have. So we’re going to miss him for an extended period of time, and we have to figure out how to play without him.”
Each of the Hoosiers’ four upcoming opponents — Illinois, Maryland, Ohio State and Purdue — has capable size in its rotation.
The Illini have 6-foot-11 Nnanna Egwu, the Terrapins have 6-foot-9 Jake Layman, the Buckeyes have a former McDonald’s All-American in 6-foot-11 Amir Williams and the Boilermakers have 7-foot A.J. Hammons and 7-foot-2 Isaac Haas.
Following an Indiana practice on Monday night, Indiana associate head coach Steve McClain told Tom Crean to not forget about 6-foot-7 walk-on Ryan Burton during Tuesday’s game against Penn State.
Yes, Burton — who had played a total 36 minutes all season heading into Indiana’s 17th game of the season.
“Don’t forget about Ryan,” McClain told Crean. “He has toughness. If we need something, don’t forget about Ryan.”
Crean didn’t forget.
After a seven-point Indiana lead vanished into a 51-51 tie and teams traded fouls and misses, the Hoosiers coach put Burton into the game with 12:03 left on the clock. It was his first action since he played four minutes in the closing moments of Indiana’s win over New Orleans in mid-December.
Penn State coach Patrick Chambers didn’t even have Burton in the scouting report.
Indiana confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that junior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea has suffered an injury to his right knee during practice and is out “indefinitely,” according to a press release sent out by the program.
Mosquera-Perea has started all 16 games for the Hoosiers this season and is averaging 7.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in more than 20 minutes per game.
The full press release is available after the jump:
Indiana’s depth took a hit Monday when junior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea suffered a knee injury that could sideline him for two to four weeks, according to reports.
And just three games into the conference season, the Hoosiers are now two players down as sophomore Devin Davis remains sidelined following a traumatic brain injury suffered in early November.
So what does the injury to Mosquera-Perea mean going forward? Put simply, Indiana must look at this as a “next man up” situation. Indiana played five games in August in Canada without Mosquera-Perea, so it has some experience of what life is like without him.
Mosquera-Perea, who has started all 16 games and is averaging 7.5 points and five rebounds in 20.9 minutes, has been a key contributor at times this season. In IU’s win over Butler on Dec. 20, the Colombia native had eight points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in 30 minutes. And in the Big Ten opener at Nebraska, he had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes as the Hoosiers picked up a key road win, 70-65.
Junior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea suffered a kneecap injury on Monday and will be out for 2-4 weeks, according to multiple reports on Tuesday morning.
The 6-foot-9 Colombia native has started every game for the Hoosiers this season, averaging 7.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in more than 20 minutes per game.
Mosquera-Perea recorded his first career double-double just three games ago at Nebraska, when in 22 minutes of action he recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds.
But in the two games since then, Mosquera-Perea has played just 18 minutes total — with foul trouble keeping him sidelined and freshman Emmitt Holt playing replacement minutes.
The 6-foot-7 Holt likely will see more playing time with Mosquera-Perea injured. In 12 games this season, Holt is averaging 5.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and a 71.9 percent field goal rate in 12.3 minutes of action per game.