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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over SMU

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It wasn’t easy, but Indiana passed its first legitimate test of the season on Thursday night with a 74-68 win over No. 22 SMU at Assembly Hall.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s win over the Mustangs:

· Turnovers tell the story: When Larry Brown and his staff go back and look at this loss, the glaring number that will stand out for the Mustangs is turnovers: 19 of them. SMU shot an effective field goal percentage of close to 62 percent, won the rebounding battle and still lost by six because it turned it over on 28.4 percent of its possessions.

Indiana, on the other hand, has been justifiably criticized for turnovers in the past but only turned it over on 10.5 percent of its possessions on Thursday night. Nick Zeisloft, James Blackmon Jr. and Yogi Ferrell combined for 49 points and no turnovers.

In a game that was played much more in the halfcourt than IU’s previous two contests (67 possessions), it’s solid progress for this group to take care of the ball that well against the length and athleticism of SMU.

· James Blackmon took over offensively: Indiana didn’t shoot the ball well from the field as a team, but James Blackmon Jr. again showed efficiency as he hit 7 of his 15 field goal attempts and also went 7 of 7 from the foul line for 26 points.

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Film Session: Texas Southern

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Indiana only outscored Texas Southern 39-35 in the second half on Monday night. Were it not for some Hanner Mosquera-Perea blocks, it could have been an even frame — or even one where the Hoosiers were outscored.

We’ll be taking a look at some easy looks Indiana gave up as well as two Mosquera-Perea blocks in the latest edition of Film Session:

I. Early in the second half, the Tigers get a two-man game going on the right wing. We can see Robert Johnson shading over and giving his man space to the right:

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Johnson keeps giving space right and even jumps in front of a ball screen, which gives his man even more room and he takes it right at Mosquera-Perea:

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He makes a move past Mosquera-Perea towards the rim:

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Texas Southern

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Indiana moved to 2-0 with a comfortable 83-64 win over Texas Southern on Monday evening at Assembly Hall. The game was the first in the four-game Hoosiers Showcase and also marked the return of Mike Davis to Bloomington for the first time since the 2005-2006 season.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win:

· Johnson showing uncommon maturity for a freshman: It’s only two games and the competition level hasn’t been great, but freshman guard Robert Johnson is showing why he’s a major part of the equation for the Hoosiers. Johnson is a little older than your typical freshman because he reclassified after his junior season from the 2013 class to 2014. The extra time to develop at the prep level obviously proved beneficial as Johnson transferred to Benedictine Prep and saw his recruitment take off the summer before his senior year there.

Arguably the most physically developed freshman that Tom Crean has ever recruited to Bloomington, Johnson’s skill set is solid all around. He’s a very capable perimeter shooter and he’s good off the dribble despite lacking elite athleticism. In Monday’s game, he was on fire early on as he had 17 points by halftime and had a lot of ball handling responsibilities once again. Johnson’s turnover percentage is just 14.7 through two games, the lowest among IU’s starting five which speaks to his willingness to make the simple play and not try to do too much.

Like any freshman, he’ll have his ups and downs, but through two games, Johnson appears to have put a stamp on a starting position for the foreseeable future.

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· Mosquera-Perea excels again: Is it too early to proclaim that Hanner Mosquera-Perea has arrived? Yes. But with each game that passes, it becomes more and more clear that the Colombia native has improved significantly. There’s still plenty of work to be done, but it’s obvious that Mosquera-Perea is gaining comfort, particularly offensively.

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Film Session: Mosquera-Perea’s start

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In Indiana’s exhibition win over Northwood, junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea played a career-high 32 minutes and posted a double-double (10 points, 12 boards).

We’ll take a look at some hits and misses from Mosquera-Perea inside Indiana’s halfcourt offense in the latest edition of Film Session:

Mosquera-Perea gets involved in Indiana’s weave action on the perimeter and receives the ball at the top of the key:

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He dribbles left and hands off to Robert Johnson on the left wing and curls around towards the hoop:

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Mosquera-Perea finds space between himself and his man and there’s maybe an opportunity for a quick alley-oop here, but Johnson is looking in front of his field of vision and opts for James Blackmon Jr. in the corner:

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Northwood

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In our first exhibition look at the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers in Assembly Hall, the outcome was a 94-70 win over Division II Northwood on Thursday night.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win:

· Nick Zeisloft comes out firing: The Illinois State transfer was the surprise of Indiana’s trip to Montreal in August and on Thursday night, Zeisloft showed no hesitation to generate offense when the ball came his way. His numbers through two seasons in the Missouri Valley Conference don’t suggest he’ll be featured and last night shouldn’t change that thinking. However, there’s a lot to like about what Zeisloft can potentially bring. He’s confident, seems to have a good connection with his teammates and is a guy who will take care of the ball.

On the evening, Zeisloft finished with 24 points, including a 10-of-10 performance from the free throw line. With defenses keying on Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr., the opportunities for Zeisloft to find space for open looks should be plentiful.

“My teammates made the extra pass a lot tonight,” he said after the win. “We’re going to continue, and there’s a lot of shooters out there and a lot of weapons that we have, and plenty of guys that can find the open man and make the play to get someone else open.”

· Will IU be capable of generating enough easy looks? The Hoosiers struggled to find many easy baskets early on in the exhibition and while adding Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams back into the rotation should give this group a more balanced look offensively, the fact that IU doesn’t have much of a post presence isn’t changing.

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Video: IU players react to win over Northwood

Hanner Mosquera-Perea (10 points, 12 rebounds), Nick Zeisloft (24 points, six rebounds, three assists) and James Blackmon Jr. (26 points, seven rebounds, two steals) met with the media following Indiana’s 94-70 exhibition win over Northwood on Thursday at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

A full transcript, via ASAP Sports, is available after the jump.

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The Minute After: Northwood

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Thoughts on a 94-70 win against the Timberwolves:

I. This roster-depleted, emotionally-tested Hoosier squad started slow. Despite getting in the bonus early and being the more talented and athletic team, it took about 14 minutes to grab the lead back for good and grow it. Once the second half hit, it was pretty much all Hoosiers en route to a victory with several Indiana players making big contributions.

II. Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s feel for the pace and rhythm of a college basketball game is still a work in progress. But this is fact: Tonight was his most complete game in the cream and crimson. As noted on the broadcast, the junior’s previous career-high in minutes was 15; he passed that in the first half. In that first 20 minutes, Mosquera-Perea connected on a long two from the right baseline and rolled to the rim to finish an alley-oop from fellow junior Yogi Ferrell. In 33 minutes of actions, Mosquera-Perea posted a double-double (10 points, 12 boards) along with a block, an assist, a steal, four turnovers and just two fouls. A good start, but room to grow.

III. Broken record at this point, but Indiana turned the ball over at an alarming rate last season. But on this night, the Hoosiers were pretty good with the ball. Mosquera-Perea’s four turnovers accounted for nearly half of Indiana’s miscues (10), as its turnover rate was just 13.0 percent. Turn the ball over on just 13 percent of its possessions for the rest of the season, and the Hoosiers are going to end up with a lot less empty possessions than their 2013-2014 campaign. But it’s too early right now to know if Indiana has really turned the corner in this category.

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