In a surprise to many bracketologists, Indiana safely made the NCAA tournament field as the top No. 10 seed. The Hoosiers will travel to Omaha to play Wichita State in the Midwest Region on Friday afternoon on CBS.
Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft, James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams met with the media on Sunday evening at Assembly Hall to discuss IU’s tournament selection and much more. Watch both press conferences below:
CHICAGO – Indiana kept things interesting for Selection Sunday with a 75-69 loss to Maryland on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament at the United Center.
The loss dropped the Hoosiers to 20-13 overall and kept them firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Terrapins:
· Maryland won the game at the free throw line: In our preview on Friday morning, we mentioned Maryland’s ability to get to the foul line as a major key to the Terrapins’ success offensively. That ability was on full display in this game as Maryland got to the line 33 times for a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 67.3 percent.
This wasn’t just the usual suspects for Maryland, it was a team effort. Dez Wells and Melo Trimble combined for 16 attempts, but Evan Smotrycz and Jake Layman each got there six times and Jared Nickens and Damonte Dodd found their way to the stripe as well.
The end result was Maryland taking 11 more free throw than Indiana and outscoring the Hoosiers by seven from the line. In a game that was tight and well contested throughout most of the second half, it was the difference.
In its 14-point loss to Iowa on Tuesday night, Indiana’s offense hit a cold spell, as it made just two fields goals over the final 10:16 of the first half. Several players also had rough shooting nights, such as Troy Williams, who went 3-of-13 from the field despite a number of looks around the rim.
On the other end, Aaron White scored 21 points thanks to some favorable matchups.
We’ll take a look three White scores and some missed lay-ups by the Hoosiers in the latest edition of Film Session:
On Iowa’s second possession of the game, White posts Yogi Ferrell up on the left high post, one of the areas he likes operating from:
With the rest of Iowa’s starting lineup on the weakside of the court, White receives the entry pass:
From there, White uses his size to back Ferrell down:
Indiana fell 77-63 to Iowa on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall and the loss dropped the Hoosiers to 19-11 overall and 9-8 in Big Ten play.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Hawkeyes:
· Indiana needed to play with urgency and it exhibited none: On a night where Indiana needed to raise its level of play from where it was for most of last Wednesday’s game in Evanston, the Hoosiers simply failed to respond to the challenge. A win would have likely put Indiana safely in the NCAA tournament and quieted talk, at least for a night, that this team was folding down the stretch.
Instead, Indiana was humbled against an Iowa team that, quite frankly, didn’t even need to play its best game to beat the Hoosiers handily in Assembly Hall. This was a significant departure from IU’s losses earlier in the season at home to Eastern Washington and Purdue. Once Iowa took control early in the second half, it never relented because Indiana never put up a fight.
In Sunday’s pregame press conference, both Tom Crean and Yogi Ferrell both said that Indiana had practiced well and appeared ready to meet the challenge. That may have been true at the time the words were spoken, but none of it carried over to the court and it left Indiana fans who were in attendance annoyed at what they were witnessing. That feeling was understandable.