While we’ve broken down plenty of scores from Indiana’s free-flowing weave on offense so far this season, its rout of Illinois proved the Hoosiers are more than a one-trick pony with the ball.
Indiana ran some nice sets out of timeouts and on inbounds plays throughout the contest and executed them to perfection.
We’ll take a look at a few of those, as well as some sneaky Troy Williams movement, in the latest edition of Film Session:
Out of the under eight timeout in the first half, Collin Hartman inbounds to Yogi Ferrell down on Illinois’ side of the floor. Hartman streaks down the right side of the floor as Ferrell has the ball out past the left wing. Juwan Morgan begins to come up to the top of the key from the left block. Max Bielfeldt and Nick Zeisloft are on the left and right high posts, respectively:
It was a record setting night for Yogi Ferrell. The senior guard passed Michael Lewis to become the record holder for assists in an Indiana uniform after a beautiful pass inside to Max Bielfeldt in the first half.
He would go on to have nine, along with 16 points, as IU beat Illinois 103-69 Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.
“That’s a great honor,” Ferrell said. “I played with a lot of great guys coming up: Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, that’s what I like to be. I like to be a facilitator for my team, and I feel like I’ve gotten to have known my teammates very well all four years, the guys that are coming in here, in and out. So I basically know where they’re going to be on the court. I know where they like to hit threes. That’s what I’ve got to do is basically get the ball to them and they make the magic happen.”
It was one of those special nights under the Assembly Hall lights.
We’ve been here before with a second half where Indiana’s offense seemingly could do no wrong. But it’ll be one to remember for some time when you add in Yogi Ferrell becoming Indiana’s all-time assists leader and a program record 19 3-pointers.
Illinois took a page from Minnesota’s gameplan and packed the paint on Indiana early. But the Hoosiers, as they do often at home, got hot from the outside. It helped fuel the record-setting performance. They rested on it for a bit too long early, however. They weren’t getting into the paint and working inside out. It in part helped Illinois crawl back into the contest at 22-21. But once Indiana stopped settling and starting passing, cutting, driving, moving and shaking, the Illini just couldn’t hang.
Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 103-69 win over Illinois:
How it happened: Indiana started quickly, but a 10-0 run from Illinois to draw within one at 22-21 made you wonder if there’d be a close game in Assembly Hall. But the Hoosiers, as they’re known to do at home, responded with a 16-2 run and cruised to a 42-25 halftime lead mainly due to 3-point shooting (9-of-21). Not only did Indiana hold the Illini to just .78 points per possession in the first half, IU had just four turnovers for a turnover percentage of only 12. From there, things just got worse for Illinois. Indiana continued its 3-point barrage in the second half and set a new school record for 3-pointers made in a game at 19. Simply put: This was domination from nearly start to finish by Indiana.