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Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Ohio State


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Indiana jumped out to a 14-6 lead, but never got going defensively on Sunday afternoon in an 82-70 loss to Ohio State at Value City Arena. The loss dropped the Hoosiers to 5-2 in the Big Ten and 15-5 overall.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Buckeyes:

· This was easily IU’s worst defensive performance of the season: The numbers are not pretty: 1.32 points per possession allowed and a 2-point field goal percentage defense of 74. It was an afternoon that these Hoosiers need to quickly forget as Ohio State got what it wanted when it wanted with no resistance.

The performance dropped Indiana to 13th in the Big Ten in defensive efficiency as the Hoosiers are allowing league opponents to score 1.10 points per possession. That, of course, has been negated in several games because of IU’s elite offense (1.10 PPP) in league play, but as John Gasaway pointed out last night on Twitter, these Hoosiers have allowed opponents to make 61 percent of their 2s.

Improvement must begin with doing a better job of containing dribble penetration as Ohio State shot layup after layup on Sunday and won comfortably as a result.


Video: Crean, IU players preview Ohio State

Tom Crean, Troy Williams, Max Hoetzel and Robert Johnson met with the media on Saturday afternoon to preview Indiana’s matchup with Ohio State on Sunday at Value City Arena.

Watch both press conferences below:

Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Maryland


Indiana moved to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten with an 89-70 rout of No. 13 Maryland on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Terrapins:

· This was easily Indiana’s best offensive performance of the season: The numbers speak for themselves: 1.39 points per possession against a team that came in giving up .90 points per possession in Big Ten play. 15-of-22 from behind the 3-point line. An effective field goal percentage of 75. And a turnover percentage of just 15.6 percent, a number that was a rarity a season ago.

Add it all up and the onslaught was just too much for even a red-hot Maryland team, which came into Assembly Hall with a three-game winning streak and a 17-2 record overall.

“Indiana was terrific all night from the start to the end,” Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon said. “Made some incredible shots. Yogi Ferrell made a lot of tough shots. (James) Blackmon was great. The whole team was great and they were hard to guard.”


Video: IU players react to win over Maryland

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: A midseason recap


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

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Illinois


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.”


Video: Indiana players react to win at Illinois

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:


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