Noah Vonleh (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Troy Williams (11 points, three rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 66-60 loss to Minnesota on Saturday night at Williams Arena.
Watch their postgame comments in the media player below:
Video courtesy of J.B. Bauer of LateNightHoops.com.
Indiana senior Jeff Howard and sophomore Troy Williams met with the media on Saturday afternoon to preview Sunday’s game at Assembly Hall with Illinois.
Watch their comments in the media player below:
Friday morning, Indiana held a teleconference featuring head coach Tom Crean to preview Sunday’s matchup against Illinois. Here are some notes and quotes from Crean’s remarks:
· The first question directed at Crean was geared toward the health status of senior Will Sheehey, which we posted a full update on earlier today.
· Crean was asked about what improvements he has seen from his team since its Big Ten opener on Dec. 31 at Illinois. Instead, he elaborated on what his team continues to need to do to improve, saying, “When we make mistakes, sometimes they are self-inflicted. A great example is the other night (at Michigan State) — we had young guys having very veteran moments, where we did some great things defensively and offensively. But then we also had some young guys that had some freshmen moments with tough shots or mistakes on screens.
“And what we are trying to get across to them are two things: the best teams and best players make you pay for mistakes and the margin of error that you have in this league is so small, that’s why you have to keep your mistakes as minimal as possible and treat every possession as the most important possession in the game. Now that is very hard for a young team to get to, but I do think we are making strides in that area. I think our desire to compete to win, understanding more and more has been very strong and a lot better.”
· Crean said he thinks Illinois is going to come into Assembly Hall on Sunday night with “a ton of excitement and energy” and that the Hoosiers will have to match that if they want to win. The Illini have lost five straight games since a 2-0 start to the Big Ten season, but Crean thinks that’s more the grind of the Big Ten affecting the Illini rather than a simple lack of Jon Groce having a good team.
Over the weekend, the Hoosiers posted high turnover rates in wins against Nicholls State (28.3%) and Kennesaw State (26.3%) and now stand 309th in the country in turnover percentage, per KenPom. A supercut of all of their miscues from Friday and Sunday are above.
Two games in a 13-game season present a small sample size. Still, there’s enough of a range of ways the Hoosiers turned it over from these two games that speak to their season-long issues with ball control.
A few themes in the latest edition of Film Session:
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: