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That’s A Wrap: James Blackmon Jr.

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: James Blackmon Jr.

Blackmon Jr. (33 games): 15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 51.2 eFG%, 38.7 3P% in 30.0 minutes per game.

If there was anything clear about James Blackmon Jr.’s game from Day 1, it’s the freshman could score the basketball.

The McDonald’s All-American stormed out of the gate in the non-conference schedule by posting 25 points (7-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 8-of-9 from the line) in IU’s season opener against Mississippi Valley State. Two games later in the Hoosiers’ win over SMU, Blackmon Jr. went for 26 — which included a 5-of-10 mark from distance and a perfect performance from the line (7-of-7).  It ended up being his season-high.

He looked smooth, confident and possessed a wide-range of offensive ability.

But as the season went along, Blackmon Jr. also posted some forgettable lines. In a neutral court win against Butler on Dec. 20 and the conference opener against Nebraska on New Year’s Eve, Blackmon Jr. finished 2-of-9 respectively in both games. In a matchup where Michigan State’s D knocked the Hoosiers on their heels in East Lansing, the freshman finished only 2-of-14. There were similar lines littered throughout the conference schedule: 4-of-13 in Indiana’s loss at Purdue, 2-of-14 at Maryland, 1-of-10 at Northwestern, 2-of-12 vs. Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament.

So what happened?

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Transcript: Crean, IU players address media ahead of Wichita State game

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OMAHA, Neb. – Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft, James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams addressed the media earlier today at the CenturyLink Center in advance of Indiana’s game tomorrow

THE MODERATOR: Nick Zeisloft, James Blackmon, Jr., Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell represent the student body of the Indiana Hoosiers. They’re the No. 10 seed in the Midwest region; they’re out of the Big 10 conference, they will play No. 7 Wichita State in Friday’s second game.

Q. Yogi, as you look at Wichita State, what are some of the things that they present that make them a difficult match for you guys? What makes them good?

YOGI FERRELL: One thing about their team is they’re a very solid team. They’ve got basically five solid positions, and that’s what makes them such a great team. They start junior and seniors, so they’re obviously a lot more experienced than we are. They’ve got great 3-point shooters; they’ve got great post presence. Like I said before, just a great experienced team.

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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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News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show

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On Monday evening, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at his final weekly radio show of the season hosted by Don Fischer and looked ahead to the Hoosiers’ NCAA tournament opener against Wichita State on Friday, among several other topics.

Below are news and notes from what the Hoosiers’ coach had to say:

On Indiana women’s basketball coach Teri Moren

At the start of the show, Crean glanced at a TV, which was showing NCAA women’s basketball tournament selection show. It sparked the seventh-year Hoosiers coach to open with a vote of confidence for Indiana women’s coach Teri Moren.

The women’s team finished the season 15-16 after Moren took over the squad on August 9, less than three months before the start of the season following Curt Miller’s resignation.

“It’s just a matter of time before she and her staff get this program exactly where it should be,” Crean said. “They walked into a tough, tough situation. And those girls lost a coach obviously that they cared a lot about. And those are hard deals.

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Video: Crean, Indiana players react to NCAA tournament selection

In a surprise to many bracketologists, Indiana safely made the NCAA tournament field as the top No. 10 seed. The Hoosiers will travel to Omaha to play Wichita State in the Midwest Region on Friday afternoon on CBS.

Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft, James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams met with the media on Sunday evening at Assembly Hall to discuss IU’s tournament selection and much more. Watch both press conferences below:

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Video: IU players react to loss to Maryland

CHICAGO – The Indiana locker room was open following the Hoosiers’ 75-69 loss to Maryland in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

Inside the Hall was there and has reaction from several players, including Yogi Ferrell, who finished with 18 points:

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Video: Crean, IU players react to win over Northwestern

CHICAGO – Tom Crean, Emmitt Holt, James Blackmon Jr. and Yogi Ferrell met with the media following Indiana’s 71-56 win over Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament on Thursday evening at United Center.

Watch their postgame comments below:

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