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Notebook: Hoosiers looking for expanded role from Devin Davis

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With Indiana’s current lack of an effective big man on its trip to Montreal, the Hoosiers are looking for someone to step in and fill that role. Cue rising sophomore Devin Davis.

In the Hoosiers’ first game of their Canada tour, Davis grabbed 16 rebounds. Against Carleton on Monday, he scored 13 points and recorded six rebounds. The 6-foot-7 rising sophomore started in Indiana’s 96-69 win over McGill University on Tuesday night, as well, scoring seven points but earning just three rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

Following last night’s contest, Indiana coach Tom Crean shared optimism about Davis for this upcoming season.

“I think he has worked hard at it but there is a lot of room for him to work even harder and develop,” Crean said. “I thought tonight was his best game, offensively, although last night was his best game `intent-wise’. What he wants to erase is having 16 rebounds in 19 minutes the first night and then three rebounds in 22 minutes the next night. Those are the inconsistencies that he wants to erase.”

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Video: Tom Crean, IU players react to win over McGill

MONTREAL — Tom Crean, James Blackmon Jr. (21 points, five rebounds, two steals), Nick Zeisloft (15 points, six rebounds) and Tim Priller (8 points) met with the media following Indiana’s 96-69 win over McGill University on Tuesday night at Live Competition Hall.

Watch and listen to their postgame comments in the media players below:

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Video: Tom Crean, IU players react to win over Carleton

OTTAWA, Ontario — Tom Crean, Nick Zeisloft (14 points), Yogi Ferrell (21 points, five rebounds, four assists) and Devin Davis (13 points, six rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 95-85 win over Carleton University on Monday night at the Ravens Nest.

Watch and listen to their postgame comments in the media players below:

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Notebook: Crean impressed with Nick Zeisloft early on

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Just before the Indiana men’s basketball team was set to leave for their Canada tour on Thursday morning, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean found transfer addition Nick Zeisloft in the gym, working on his game with rising sophomore Stan Robinson.

It was 6:45 a.m. The team was scheduled to meet at 8 a.m.

“That’s what you want,” Crean said on Sunday afternoon. “No one told them to do that. And that’s the level of commitment you want.”

Zeisloft, a senior with two years of eligibility remaining, had arrived in Bloomington just days before then after completing his undergraduate education at Illinois State. He had only practiced with the Hoosiers for “a couple of days,” according to Crean, before flying with the team to Montreal.

And while he is new to Bloomington, Crean said he still has “extremely high expectations” for Zeisloft. After all, last season he shot nearly 42 percent from beyond the arc during Missouri Valley Conference play and 90 percent from the free throw line throughout the season.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re 21, 22, 42 or 52, you walk into a new environment, it’s going to be different,” Crean said. “But we have high expectations for Nick. Extremely high expectations for him. Because like I said, when we started studying his film when this became a possibility, we felt there was a lot on the table left for him. and there is, and we’re going to keep pushing him.

“And I think he wants it. He’s an extremely hard worker.”

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The Minute After: The University of Ottawa

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SAINT-LAMBERT, Quebec — Thoughts on a 109-101 loss to the University of Ottawa:

Indiana’s third opponent on its Canadian tour, Carleton University, received most of the pre-trip buzz as a team capable of knocking off the Hoosiers. The Ravens are a perennial power in Canada with a ridiculous 292-14 mark over their last 306 contests.

But the University of Ottawa, arguably the top challenger currently to Carleton in the quest for Canadian Interuniversity Sport titles, got the first crack of the two schools to beat Indiana.

And that’s exactly what happened. This was no gimmick win nor was it a fluke. It was just two talented offensive teams making shot after shot. Unfortunately for IU, the Gee Gees just happened to make more on this particular afternoon.

You can start with the discrepancy on 3-pointers as the major downfall for Indiana. The Hoosiers hit 7-of-17 from distance while the University of Ottawa hit 18-of-30 from behind the arc.

The Gee Gees shared the ball brilliantly, moved it with purpose and found shooters, of which they have plenty. Their backcourt, which is certainly one of the best in the country, combined for 54 points as Johnny Berhanemeskel and Mike L’Africain each poured in 27. L’Africain hit six 3s and unofficially, dished out six assists.

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Video: Tom Crean, IU players react to loss to the University of Ottawa

SAINT-LAMBERT, QUEBEC — Tom Crean, along with Yogi Ferrell (seven points), Troy Williams (27 points, four rebounds, three blocks) and James Blackmon Jr. (20 points, five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 109-101 loss to the University of Ottawa on Sunday afternoon.

Watch and listen to postgame comments from IU’s coach and players in the media players below:

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Video: Tom Crean, IU players react to win over Laval

MONTREAL — Indiana opened its five-game Canadian tour with a comfortable 110-70 win over Laval University on Friday night at Brebeuf College.

Following the win, Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell (22 points, six assists, four rebounds, three steals), James Blackmon Jr. (14 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals), Robert Johnson (12 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals) and Troy Williams (21 points, six rebounds and a steal) met with the media to discuss the win.

Watch video of both press conferences below:

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