The United States Basketball Writers Association announced the midseason watch list for the 2015 Wayman Tisdale Award, which honors the country’s top freshman, and IU freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. was among the 14 midseason candidates.
The complete watch list, per a USBWA press release issued earlier this afternoon, is available after the jump:
Collin Hartman (15 points), Troy Williams (16 points and seven rebounds), James Blackmon Jr. (22 points and five rebounds) and Yogi Ferrell (24 points and five assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 89-70 win over No. 13 Maryland on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch the full press conference below:
Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call.
Morris is joined by Inside the Hall co-founder and editor Alex Bozich to discuss a variety of topics, including:
· How Indiana has been able to flip the script so far on preseason expectations
· The growth of Troy Williams
· Yogi Ferrell and his adaptation to a his role of facilitator and scorer
· Recent play of James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson
· The feel of this season and how different it is from last season
So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Indiana moved to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in Big Ten play on Sunday afternoon with an 80-74 win over Illinois at the State Farm Center.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Fighting Illini:
· Indiana made the most important run of the afternoon: On an afternoon where there were numerous runs, the Hoosiers made the final one and as a result, won the game. After Illinois ripped off a 21-2 run to claim a 9-point lead midway through the second half, things stabilized as both teams traded baskets for roughly a seven-minute stretch.
Illinois looked to have control of things after a Kendrick Nunn 3-pointer pushed the lead to 72-67 with 3:20 to play, but from there it was all Indiana. The Hoosiers closed the game on a 13-2 run to claim their second Big Ten road win in three tries.
Tom Crean said Indiana never got down despite Illinois runs of 14-3, 11-0 and 21-2 throughout the afternoon.
“There were a lot of different things going on in the game,” Crean said. “So once they adjusted to something, you’ve got to be able to go to something else. And because the ball was moving, the screens were good, the cutting was good, the spacing was good, we were able to do that.”
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Troy Williams (21 points, nine rebounds), James Blackmon Jr. (21 points, seven rebounds), Nick Zeisloft (10 points, three rebounds) and Max Hoetzel (six points) met with the media following Indiana’s 80-74 win over Illinois at the State Farm Center on Sunday afternoon.
Watch postgame reaction from all four players below:
Tom Crean, James Blackmon Jr., Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams with the media on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Sunday’s meeting with Illinois at the State Farm Center.
Watch both press conferences below:
After a 1-of-5 start in the first half against Ohio State, James Blackmon Jr. found himself just two of his last 19 from the floor. But instead of trying to shoot his way out of the drought, Blackmon Jr. made it easier for himself by getting to the hole in the second half. A 1-of-5 start turned into a 6-of-13 performance, as Blackmon Jr. shot 5-of-8 after the break to finish with a game-high 18 points.
A look at all his second half buckets in the latest edition of Film Session:
Troy Williams drives into the lane and finds Blackmon Jr. in the corner:
Blackmon Jr. is covered so he comes back up top and passes to Robert Johnson: