INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana suffered a disappointing quarterfinal exit in the 2016 Big Ten tournament, falling to Michigan 72-69 on Friday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Wolverines:
· Turnovers, poor outside shooting slow down offense: When Indiana is hitting on all cylinders offensively, the Hoosiers are doing three things well: hitting perimeter shots, crashing the offensive boards and taking care of the ball.
On an afternoon where Indiana failed to take care of the ball and shot an effective field goal percentage of less than 50, the Hoosiers let Michigan hang around all afternoon and eventually lost as a result.
INDIANAPOLIS – Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams addressed the media at the podium following Indiana’s 72-69 loss to Michigan in the 2016 Big Ten tournament quarterfinals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Indiana closed out the regular season in convincing fashion on Sunday afternoon with an 80-62 win over Maryland at Assembly Hall. The win completed a 17-0 season on Branch McCracken Court and moved the Hoosiers to 25-6.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Terrapins:
· Williams continues his ascent: Indiana junior wing Troy Williams was justifiably criticized for his poor performance in a loss on Feb. 14 at Michigan State, but rather than letting the game hang over him, he’s responded in resounding fashion.
Williams was once again brilliant on Sunday afternoon in scoring a game-high 23 points, including an impressive stretch to open the second half where Maryland simply could not keep him out of the lane.
How it happened: Tom Crean told his team in the aftermath of Tuesday’s 81-78 win at Iowa that this group wasn’t going to allow its senior walk out of Assembly Hall for the last time without their heads held high. Indiana made good on Crean’s declaration on Sunday afternoon. After a slow start in which Maryland knocked the Hoosiers back on their heels and opened up eight point lead, Indiana kicked things into high gear in the regular season finale. The ball moved, the Hoosiers made several ridiculous plays and the result was a mauling of a team that has been ranked in the top 10 for most of the regular season. The win capped an undefeated season for IU at Assembly Hall and a 15-3 conference record. Indiana not only won the Big Ten, but the Hoosiers won it by two games.
It was arguably Indiana’s best performance of the season.
Behind a raucous Assembly Hall crowd, No. 22 IU beat No. 17 Purdue 77-73 to move to 22-6 overall and 12-3 in the Big Ten. IU is also 16-0 inside Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers were led by Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell who scored 19 and 18 points respectively.
“Troy played a phenomenal game,” Tom Crean said. “Troy’s had an excellent week. Very locked in and focused. Troy was incredibly committed on the defensive end this week. It’s amazing what happens to your offense. You try to get these guys to understand all the time, when you focus on the defense and the rebounding, making simple plays with the ball, it’s amazing how well you play.”