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Ferrell, Williams push Indiana past Purdue

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.”

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Film Session: Nebraska

Troy Williams showed up in a big way Wednesday night in Assembly Hall.

The junior scored a game-high 18 points (8-of-9) and dished out three assists. In the second half, Williams found space in Nebraska’s defense and left no prisoners as he he busted through the seams for four scores at the hoop. After those four scores, Williams went into assist mode — dishing out two to Juwan Morgan as Nebraka’s defense keyed on him more.

We’ll take a look at Great Troy in the latest edition of Film Session:

On Indiana’s first possession of the half, Robert Johnson enters the ball to Thomas Bryant on the left block:

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Nebraska

Indiana improved to 21-6 and 11-3 in the Big Ten on Wednesday night with an 80-64 win over Nebraska at Assembly Hall. The victory moved the Hoosiers back into a tie for first place in the conference with Iowa.

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

· An improved defensive effort: After giving up more than a point per possession in three straight games, Indiana was much better defensively against Nebraska.

For the tenth time in 14 tries, Indiana held a Big Ten opponent under a point per possession as the Huskers managed just .995 points per trip on Branch McCracken Court. For perspective on how much IU’s defense has improved, the Hoosiers held just four teams under a point per possession last season in league play.

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Notebook: Williams, Morgan lead Indiana back to first place with Nebraska win

As it looked to pick up win number 11 in Big Ten play, the majority of the first half was ugly for Indiana. But a strong close to the half and a surge to start the second half helped the Hoosiers pick up that win over Nebraska 80-64 at Assembly Hall to move to 21-6 overall and 11-3 in the Big Ten.

The win keeps IU undefeated in Assembly Hall this season with just two home games left.

Troy Williams was the story of the game, scoring a game-high 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting. He also grabbed five rebounds and had three assists to go along with four turnovers.

“Troy has got unique talents, and sometimes he’s his own worst enemy with the things he tries to do,” Tom Crean said. “What he did in the second half was what we were trying to get him to do in the first half, and he had a couple footwork errors. That’s the way Troy needs to play. Troy needs to be aggressive, attacking, but reading the situation and that’s obviously what we want to try to get him to have.”

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss at Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Indiana played well for about 16 minutes on Sunday afternoon at the Breslin Center, but the success was short lived as Michigan State blitzed the Hoosiers for an 88-69 win. The loss dropped Indiana to 20-6 overall and 10-3 in the Big Ten.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the blowout loss to the Spartans:

· Indiana’s defense is regressing to the mean with better competition: The Hoosiers allowed just one of their first 10 Big Ten opponents to score more than a point per possession, but the defense has been on a slide the last three games.

It started in State College when Indiana allowed Penn State, which was averaging just .95 points per possession at the time, to score 1.04 per trip. That lackluster defensive performance resulted in a loss that severely hurt IU’s chances at the Big Ten title. On Thursday against Iowa, IU beat Iowa because of a ridiculous offensive performance, but not much was written about the fact that the Hoosiers allowed Iowa to score 1.21 points per possession.

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