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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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Video: IU players preview Minnesota

Collin Hartman and Hanner Mosquera-Perea met with the media on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Sunday’s game with Minnesota.

Watch the full press conference below:

Notebook: Hoosiers stay ‘locked in’, hang on for 70-67 win over Michigan

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Indiana had been in this position more than once this season.

The Hoosiers led by a single possession in the closing seconds on Sunday and were on defense with Michigan holding the ball without the shot clock.

A stop, like the Hoosiers did against Ohio State and Penn State earlier this season, meant a win. A Wolverines 3-pointer could have meant overtime.

Once again, the Hoosiers held strong. After Michigan got the ball to Zak Irvin, its intended shot-taker, Hoosiers defenders closed on Irvin — who was forced to give up the ball. It found Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, a 30-percent 3-point shooter who took a corner three as the game clock read less than five seconds. It missed.

With that, Indiana (17-7, 7-4) escaped in a 70-67 win after losing three of its previous four. And the Hoosiers are now tied for second place in a wide-open Big Ten.

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Notebook: Indiana believes Michigan is just as dangerous despite injuries

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After losing so many of its leading players from last season, from Nik Stauskas to Jordan Morgan to Glenn Robinson III, Michigan came into the 2014-2015 season riding the coattails of junior Caris LeVert and sophomore Derrick Walton Jr. — its only two returning starters.

Yet midway through this season, the Wolverines have had to learn to adjust to life without both LeVert and Walton.

LeVert was declared out for the remainder of the season with a left foot injury suffered in a game against Northwestern. Walton, although Michigan coach John Beilein is hopeful he will return at some point this season, also has a foot injury and has not played since Jan. 24.

But Indiana still regards the Wolverines as having a “tremendous system,” one that has not changed from those injuries. And heading into Sunday’s game against Michigan in Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers are on high alert.

“They’re missing some players but they’re not missing their coach, they’re not missing their staff, and they’re not missing their system,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “And when you have that, you’ve got a chance to be very successful.

“So we have great respect for what they are doing, great respect for our battles with them over a period of time, and we are excited to play.”

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Wisconsin

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Indiana fell to 16-7 overall and 6-4 in Big Ten play on Tuesday night with a 92-78 loss to No. 5 Wisconsin at the Kohl Center. It was the third loss in four games for the Hoosiers.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Badgers:

· Wisconsin runs prove too much to overcome: It wasn’t that Indiana failed to compete or respond to adversity against Wisconsin, but the Hoosiers allowed two scoring runs that had a major impact on the final outcome.

The first run, a 9-0 spurt by the Badgers to start the contest, put IU in an early hole which it actually dug out of to take a brief lead at 13-11 on a Robert Johnson 3-pointer. That didn’t last long as Wisconsin quickly moved ahead 24-16 and ultimately led by that same margin at halftime.

The second half would start out the same as the first for Indiana, but the second run by Wisconsin put the game out of reach by the under-16 media timeout. After six quick points by the Badgers, Tom Crean attempted to stop momentum with a 30-second timeout, but the run continued to 13-0 and by the time Indiana scored in the second half, the Badgers led by 21. The lead would balloon to 32 points before a late IU rally.

“We got off to a slow start, we got it right back where it needed to be, and then we just didn’t have the same activity and aggressiveness that we needed to have to start the second half,” Crean said in his postgame press conference.

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News and notes from Tom Crean’s weekly radio show

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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.”

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