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After his team lost to North Dakota State, 73-69, on Wednesday, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said his team needed more confidence on the court.
Especially on the offensive side, after his team had its second-worst shooting performance on the season (43.8 effective field goal percentage), his biggest worry was that his team has lost its offensive rhythm.
“For a program that’s kind of hung its hat on being efficient offensively, I just think this week, not the greatest of rhythms,” he said on his teleconference with the media on Thursday. “I think it’s a little bit of confidence with stuff. That’s why I think in practice, you’ve got to play a little bit. You’ve got to step up. I want guys to keep taking shots.”
Heading into today’s game in Indianapolis as part of the 2013 Crossroads Classic, Indiana is well-aware of those shooting struggles. But for the Hoosiers, stopping the Fighting Irish’s offense will still be priority number one.
Tom Crean, freshman Troy Williams and sophomore Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview Saturday’s game with Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Watch all three press conferences in the media players below:
Freshman wing Troy Williams scored a career-high 22 points in Thursday’s comfortable win against the Washington Huskies at Madison Square Garden.
While Williams hit a few shots from the perimeter, he did most of his work around the hoop on both the break and in the halfcourt. A look at four of his scores in the latest edition of Film Session:
I. Evan Gordon gets a rebound of a missed Washington free throw and he pushes the ball up the court. Four Hoosiers nicely fill lanes behind him with Williams coming down the right wing:
Gordon gets up in the air and attracts both Washington defenders with Williams still coming down the right side:
Indiana suffered its first loss of the season on Friday night, 59-58, to UConn in the 2K Sports Classic championship at Madison Square Garden.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the narrow loss to the Huskies:
· Turnovers prove costly: Connecticut dictated the pace of the game, which was played at 68 possessions and turned Indiana over on 28 percent of those possessions. In a couple of IU’s early games, we noted that the turnovers were a bit on the high side, but added that a lot of it had to do with the pace that the Hoosiers were playing. When forcing the tempo, some mistakes are inevitable.
But Friday’s game was played at a pace that Indiana will see often in the Big Ten and the Hoosiers had 19 turnovers. Piece together the fact that Indiana’s other close game this season (LIU Brooklyn) was played at a slower tempo than any other game besides UConn and it’s not hard to see that teams are going to try to force Indiana into playing in the half court.
· Evan Gordon finding his niche: After playing a significant offensive role in two seasons at Liberty and one at Arizona State, it’s been an adjustment in roles for Gordon as he begins his final collegiate season. But his performance on Friday suggests that he’s becoming more comfortable as a reliable contributor off of IU’s bench.
In 19 minutes, Gordon was 3-of-3 from the field with two rebounds, two turnovers and an assist. All six of his points came in the game’s final 12 minutes and his layup with 5:15 remaining gave Indiana a five-point cushion at 51-46. He also assisted a Jeremy Hollowell jump shot that gave Indiana a one-point lead with 3:50 to go and scored the final IU basket of the night with 1:34 remaining.
NEW YORK — Before Indiana left for its first road trip of the 2013-2014 season on Tuesday evening, coach Tom Crean said his team’s biggest challenge was to ensure that its identity traveled outside Assembly Hall. He wanted his team to rebound, play strong transition defense and limit turnovers while maintaining a fast-paced offense.
Well, after Indiana defeated Washington, 102-84, on Thursday evening at Madison Square Garden in the 2K Sports Classic semifinals, so far it seems Crean has gotten his wish. In the Hoosiers’ 18-point win, the Huskies did not lead once. Indiana outrebounded Washington on its way to 27 second chance points, turned the ball over a season-low 13 times, eclipsed the 100-point mark for the third time in five games and allowed only eight fast break points.
The win put the Hoosiers in to tonight’s final against No. 18 Connecticut, who escaped an upset to Boston College, 72-70.
“We got off to as good a start as we could have possibly had for a team that is in this environment for the first time,” Crean said following the Hoosiers’ win against Washington. “So many guys are on the road for the first time. And our guys, they continued to take it from there. We got ahead, we stayed ahead.”
Starting with a 9-0 run to open the game, Indiana held the reins from the start and did not give them up.
The Huskies, dominated on the boards, gave up 54 points in the paint, allowing the Hoosiers to dominate early and pull away when necessary.
Indiana moved to 5-0 with a 102-84 win over Washington on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s comfortable win over the Huskies:
· Hoosiers start fast and never really let up: Going into IU’s first game away from Assembly Hall, one of the storylines to watch was how the young Hoosiers would handle the stage of Madison Square Garden. Even with a Washington team with limited frontline depth as the opponent, surely Indiana would get some early resistance as it looked for a fifth win in five games, right?
It was nearly a perfect start as Indiana scored the game’s first nine points and never let Washington believe it had a chance to stay in the game. There were some short lulls on both sides of the ball throughout the game, but Indiana shared the ball relatively well (16 assists) and its balanced scoring totals bear that out.
· Four double figure scorers: When Indiana was at its best a season ago, the Hoosiers were spreading the ball around and getting double figure scoring outputs from multiple players. The season is young, but Thursday’s performance was impressive from a balance perspective from both the starters and the bench.
Indiana had four players in double figures as Troy Williams netted 22 points, Yogi Ferrell added 20, Noah Vonleh had 18 and Will Sheehey chipped in 16. Three of the four shot better than 50 percent from the floor. The bench also did its part to contribute as seven Hoosier reserves found their way into the scoring column.
Thoughts on a 102-84 win over the Huskies:
All the spotlight on Noah Vonleh’s sensational start to the season, but under the lights at Madison Square Garden fellow freshman Troy Williams finally got his.
In Indiana’s first four games, Williams has had some near misses on home run plays, some steals where he’s stepped out of bounds on his way to a sure slam. But tonight at Madison Square Garden, he couldn’t miss. Williams finished an alley-oop from Stan Robinson on the break in the first half. He hit shots from the outside. He had some up and unders off the baseline in the second half that, like Will Sheehey, are becoming his trademark move. Williams did have another near miss, a dunk attempt where he was fouled in the first half that might have been his biggest “wow” play of the night. It was an electric 22-point (8-of-12, 6-of-7 from the line) performance. Williams was feeling it, he knew, we knew it, and it’s perhaps a sign of things to come.
The Huskies tried throwing a zone at the Hoosiers in the first half, and though there were some possessions early where IU floundered around and had to jack something up late in the shot clock, they rarely settled for long twos or 3-pointers. It was shots at the cup with clean up, a 50-point first half performance where the Hoosiers shot 16-of-18 from the line and rebounded 71 percent of their misses for 19 second-chance points (1.37 points per possession).
Vonleh was all over the boards for easy put-back dunks again tonight when he wasn’t making his own moves for scores in the post otherwise. His double-double streak ends (17 points, nine boards) tonight, but he continues to be hyper-efficient and forceful around the rim. Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge was in the building tonight. Vonleh and Williams certainly gave him something to think about.