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Notebook: Indiana’s veterans helping Hoosiers stay ‘even-keeled’ ahead of NCAA tournament opener

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OMAHA, Neb. — A bit less than two years ago, Yogi Ferrell played in his first NCAA tournament game. He was a freshman at the time, one of Indiana’s least-experienced players on a No. 1 seed squad.

Yet he was a starter on that 2012-2013 Hoosiers team, playing against No. 16 seed James Madison.

On Friday afternoon, Ferrell will make his return to the “Big Dance” when the No. 10 seed Hoosiers play No. 7 seed Wichita State. He is one of just two remaining Indiana players from that eventual Sweet Sixteen team.

Now he is one of the current Hoosiers’ leaders, and Ferrell on Thursday reminisced about his first NCAA tournament game. He said there is plenty he can take from that experience as they prepare for the Shockers.

“I remember the first game we played, JMU, I was going out there and playing for my teammates, really,” he said. “I feel like if we can do that, play for each other, play desperate, play like we don’t want to go home, we can win.”

From the time the Hoosiers’ name was announced on Sunday evening during the NCAA tournament selection show, both Ferrell and Hanner Mosquera-Perea knew they could help their teammates prepare for the Shockers.

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Indiana hopeful it will have Mosquera-Perea on Friday

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OMAHA, Neb. – If the decision is left up to him, Indiana junior forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea will be on the floor tomorrow afternoon when the Hoosiers meet Wichita State in the 2015 NCAA tournament at the CenturyLink Center.

But Perea, who participated in Indiana’s practice on Wednesday at Creighton University as well as the open practice on Thursday afternoon at the CenturyLink Center, won’t be making the final call.

“The trainers haven’t really told me a whole lot,” Perea told assembled media inside IU’s locker room. “They’ve looked at the MRI, the x-ray and all of those things. They haven’t really given me a lot of information. Coach Crean told me as soon as this happened to do whatever they tell me to do and that’s what I’ve been doing. Hopefully they clear me by tomorrow.”

What happened to Perea last Thursday in IU’s 71-56 win over Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament was similar to the injury that forced him to miss seven games earlier this season.

He described that first injury as a dislocation of his knee as well as a hyperextension, but said Thursday that this time it was “basically the same thing, but just not as bad.”

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Video: IU players preview Wichita State

OMAHA, Neb. – Indiana’s locker room was open prior to its open practice at the CenturyLink Center on Thursday afternoon as the Hoosiers prepared to take on Wichita State in the NCAA tournament.

Watch and listen to what the players had to say below:

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Notebook: Hoosiers have ‘work cut out’ against Wichita State

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Just a couple hours after the Hoosiers found out they would be facing Wichita State in their 2015 NCAA tournament opener, several players had the chance to react to the draw.

One player who took particular interest in the match-up was junior Nick Zeisloft. Just last season as a sophomore at Illinois State, Zeisloft played the Shockers twice during their undefeated regular season.

And he has made sure his teammates know Friday’s game will not be an easy one.

“They’re a great team,” Zeisloft said. “Well-coached, very tough, physically and mentally. I mean, I think coach (Tom Crean) has told us they’re one of the winningest programs in the past three years from a winning percentage wise, and they went to the Final Four a few years ago, and I’ve played them several times. They’re very good.

“We have our work cut out for us, but we’re very excited we have them, as well.”

The Hoosiers were made well-aware of Wichita State’s success over the past three years. During the 2012-13 season, the Shockers made it to the Final Four and lost to the eventual national champion, Louisville. Just last season, they finished the regular season undefeated and lost to eventual NCAA tournament runner-up Kentucky in the second round.

And this season, several significant contributors from those previous teams have made another big impact. The Shockers are 28-4 heading into Friday’s second-round game in Omaha.

“They’ve got a couple of bona fide stars in (Ron) Baker and (Fred) Van Vleet,” Crean said. “And the bottom line is they’ve got a bunch of other guys that really know how to play and that make each other better constantly.”

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Video: IU players react to loss to Iowa

Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Troy Williams and Nick Zeisloft met with the media following Indiana’s 77-63 loss to Iowa at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Film Session: Rutgers

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Indiana started the second half of its victory against Rutgers on a 9-0 run to push the lead out to 19 points on its way to a blowout win.

We’ll take a look at what the Hoosiers did on both sides of the ball during this stretch in the latest edition of Film Session:

Off a Rutgers miss to start the half, James Blackmon Jr. grabs the rebound and he passes to Yogi Ferrell:

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From there, it’s what we’ve seen from Indiana time and again this season. Ferrell pushes it up and finds a teammate with space behind the 3-point line. It’s Robert Johnson:

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Junior Etou closes out, but he isn’t off his feet as Johnson hits the top of his shooting form. The 3-point shot drops to start the run:

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Rutgers

Tom Crean, Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Robert Johnson met with the media at Cook Hall on Saturday afternoon to preview Sunday’s game at Rutgers.

Watch all three media sessions below:

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