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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Grand Canyon

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Indiana moved to 8-2 on Saturday night with a comfortable 94-66 win over Grand Canyon at Assembly Hall. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Antelopes:

· The Hoosiers delivered a remarkable performance in taking care of the ball: Four total turnovers for a turnover percentage of 5.7. Those are numbers that would have been unthinkable a season ago, but Indiana has made significant strides in curing a problem that was the storyline of last season.

Through 10 games, Indiana ranks 37th nationally in turnover percentage according to KenPom.com and fourth among Big Ten teams (Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan). Saturday’s performance in taking care of the ball included zero turnovers in the second half and earned strong praise from Tom Crean.

“Crazy. Beyond belief,” Crean said. “We’ll have to go back through the tape, see if that’s actually accurate, because, man, I never coached a team that had that few.”

· Troy Williams bounced back from a tough game against Louisville: Sophomore wing Troy Williams, who struggled in Indiana’s loss to No. 4 Louisville, came back with one of the better games he’s played in an IU uniform.

Williams was under control while still being aggressive and finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 21 minutes. The raw, natural ability of Williams has never been questioned, but his decision making has been and after the win, he said it felt good to not be a “turnover machine.”

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Film Session: Grand Canyon

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The Hoosiers pushed the pace in their win against Grand Canyon, getting a host of quick, easy looks in the process.

While he’s mostly been known to receive passes off the baseline for scores, sophomore Troy Williams is also starting to spread his wings a bit as a distributor instead of an overdribbler when he’s in the open court.

We’ll take a look at him setting his teammates up on the break in the latest edition of Film Session:

Off Grand Canyon’s first make of the game, Yogi Ferrell inbounds the ball to Robert Johnson. Williams is up ahead on the left side of the court:

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Johnson makes the pass ahead to Williams:

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It looks like Williams might have a bit of a lane to the hoop once he gets to the left wing, but he sees James Blackmon Jr. sliding down into the corner with no defender near:

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Video: IU players react to win over Grand Canyon

Hanner Mosquera-Perea (11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks), Troy Williams (14 points and eight rebounds) and James Blackmon Jr. (18 points, six rebounds and three assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 94-66 win over Grand Canyon on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Film Session: Eastern Washington

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Indiana had defensive issues against both Lamar and Eastern Washington, something we chronicled in yesterday’s Lamar Film Session.

We’ll instead be taking a look at Troy Williams work on the baseline on his way to 19 points.

What often makes Williams’ sneaky work out of the corners to the hoop so effective is that even when the defense has a foot in the restricted area, Williams still finds a way to use the precious amount of space between the endline and the hoop to receive the ball and score. The sophomore makes it that much harder to defend with his leaping ability, which sometimes allows him to catch on one side and finish on the other, using the hoop as a shield for scores.

The latest edition of Film Session:

James Blackmon Jr. has the ball on the top of the key. Yogi Ferrell, who has just inbounded the ball, gets a screen from Williams out near the right wing:

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The Eagles sink into a 1-3-1 zone, and it leaves Williams tucked behind the defense as Blackmon Jr. still has the ball up top:

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Blackmon Jr. sees it and throw it over the top as the Eagles scramble to recover:

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Video: IU players react to loss to Eastern Washington

Troy Williams (19 points, nine rebounds) and Yogi Ferrell (27 points, seven assists and four rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 88-86 loss to Eastern Washington on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over SMU

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It wasn’t easy, but Indiana passed its first legitimate test of the season on Thursday night with a 74-68 win over No. 22 SMU at Assembly Hall.

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

· Turnovers tell the story: When Larry Brown and his staff go back and look at this loss, the glaring number that will stand out for the Mustangs is turnovers: 19 of them. SMU shot an effective field goal percentage of close to 62 percent, won the rebounding battle and still lost by six because it turned it over on 28.4 percent of its possessions.

Indiana, on the other hand, has been justifiably criticized for turnovers in the past but only turned it over on 10.5 percent of its possessions on Thursday night. Nick Zeisloft, James Blackmon Jr. and Yogi Ferrell combined for 49 points and no turnovers.

In a game that was played much more in the halfcourt than IU’s previous two contests (67 possessions), it’s solid progress for this group to take care of the ball that well against the length and athleticism of SMU.

· James Blackmon took over offensively: Indiana didn’t shoot the ball well from the field as a team, but James Blackmon Jr. again showed efficiency as he hit 7 of his 15 field goal attempts and also went 7 of 7 from the foul line for 26 points.

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Video: IU players react to win over SMU

James Blackmon Jr. (26 points, seven rebounds), Troy Williams (11 points, four rebounds, two steals) and Yogi Ferrell (13 points, seven assists and five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 74-68 win over No. 22 SMU on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

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