Yogi Ferrell (21 points, five rebounds and four assists), James Blackmon Jr. (14 points) and Troy Williams (14 points, seven rebounds and three assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 67-63 loss to Purdue on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.
Indiana moved to 18-8 overall and 8-5 in Big Ten play with a 90-71 beatdown of Minnesota on Sunday night at Assembly Hall.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Golden Gophers:
· A record-setting shooting performance: The Hoosiers have been one of the nation’s best 3-point shooting teams all season, but Sunday night’s performance set a new high mark for the program. Indiana hit 18 of its 32 attempts from distance against the Gophers which broke the single-game record previously set at 17.
James Blackmon Jr. hit six 3s, but nearly all of IU’s shooters got into the act as Robert Johnson hit five, Nick Zeisloft, Collin Hartman and Troy Williams each hit two and Yogi Ferrell hit one.
“The ball just has to move,” Tom Crean said of the performance. “That’s what it is more than anything else. A lot of that 3-point shooting, that’s just what we do. It’s not like they were set play calls for a 3. It’s about the movement.”
· IU’s freshman guards bounce back: Both Blackmon Jr. and Johnson struggled with their shooting in IU’s 68-66 loss on Wednesday at Maryland, but the duo put that performance in the rearview mirror from the onset on Sunday.
Troy Williams (19 points and nine rebounds), James Blackmon Jr. (24 points and seven rebounds) and Robert Johnson (19 points and four assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 90-71 win over Minnesota on Sunday night at Assembly Hall.
Indiana stayed close throughout but couldn’t take control in a 68-66 defeat to Maryland on Wednesday evening in College Park. The loss dropped the Hoosiers to 17-8 overall and 7-5 in the Big Ten.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Terrapins:
· The shots just didn’t fall: The Hoosiers’ struggles from the floor on Wednesday night were epitomized in Yogi Ferrell’s last-chance game-winning 3-point attempt just before the buzzer. As Ferrell said — “Felt good, looked good, just didn’t go in.”
Time after time against the Terrapins, Indiana found open shots. But throughout the night — whether it was an open corner 3, a dunk attempt or a layup attempt — the Hoosiers struggled to convert. Indiana’s 15-of-42 effort (35.7 percent) on 2s was its second-worst this season, just behind its 33 percent performance in the 70-50 loss to Michigan State earlier this year. Even its 3-point shooting percentage of 40 percent (10-of-25) was its worst since the loss at Purdue.
Some of those misses were due to improved Maryland defense and ill-advised Indiana shots — the Terrapins’ eight blocks were the fourth-most they have had in a game this season — but on Wednesday, the open ones weren’t falling, either.
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.
Indiana bounced back from a loss at Wisconsin with a narrow 70-67 win over Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall. The win moved the Hoosiers to 17-7 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Wolverines:
· Indiana continues to find ways to win close games: A season ago, Indiana struggled to close out games for a variety of reasons. Turnovers was chief among them as was a lack of capable shot makers to turn to. The script has been flipped through eleven league games as Indiana now has seven conference wins and six of them have been decided by six points or less.
Sunday was another example of Indiana not playing its best game, but still figuring out a way to claim a win. The Hoosiers built an 11-point lead against the Wolverines with 14 minutes to play, but Michigan never folded and ultimately had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer. Still, Indiana never let go of control of the game, which is a sign of growth over last season.
“I’d say the difference has been mindset, our mental mindset going into a close game like that is just to get a stop and whatever is necessary to get it, we’re going to get it,” Yogi Ferrell explained. “We go out there, we fight for each other and we fight for the team and we come out with the outcome we want.”
Troy Williams (20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals), James Blackmon Jr. (13 points, eight rebounds and two assists) and Yogi Ferrell (18 points, six assists and four rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 70-67 win over Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.