Indiana bounced back from consecutive losses at Ohio State and Purdue with a 72-64 win over Rutgers on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall. The win improved the Hoosiers to 16-6 overall and 6-3 in Big Ten play.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Scarlet Knights:
· After two poor games, Williams reemerges: Aside from a hot offensive start in Columbus, Indiana didn’t get much out of sophomore Troy Williams in its losses to Ohio State and Purdue. Perhaps looking to send a message that he needs to grow into a more consistent performer, Tom Crean removed Williams from the starting lineup against Rutgers. It was the first time Williams hasn’t started a game in his IU career when he’s been available to play.
The 6-foot-7 wing responded with not only an improved offensive effort (14 points), he also hit the glass for 12 rebounds, which is more than he grabbed combined in his previous two games.
“When Troy is playing that way, that’s the Troy Williams we need to have,” Tom Crean said.
The numbers for Williams in Big Ten play speak to how important his production is for IU to be successful. In IU’s six Big Ten wins, he’s averaging 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. In three conference losses, he’s averaging just 5.3 points and three rebounds per contest.
Troy Williams (14 points and 12 rebounds), James Blackmon Jr. (20 points and five rebounds) and Nick Zeisloft (eight points) met with the media following Indiana’s 72-64 win over Rutgers on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Indiana jumped out to a 14-6 lead, but never got going defensively on Sunday afternoon in an 82-70 loss to Ohio State at Value City Arena. The loss dropped the Hoosiers to 5-2 in the Big Ten and 15-5 overall.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Buckeyes:
· This was easily IU’s worst defensive performance of the season: The numbers are not pretty: 1.32 points per possession allowed and a 2-point field goal percentage defense of 74. It was an afternoon that these Hoosiers need to quickly forget as Ohio State got what it wanted when it wanted with no resistance.
The performance dropped Indiana to 13th in the Big Ten in defensive efficiency as the Hoosiers are allowing league opponents to score 1.10 points per possession. That, of course, has been negated in several games because of IU’s elite offense (1.10 PPP) in league play, but as John Gasaway pointed out last night on Twitter, these Hoosiers have allowed opponents to make 61 percent of their 2s.
Improvement must begin with doing a better job of containing dribble penetration as Ohio State shot layup after layup on Sunday and won comfortably as a result.
Indiana moved to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten with an 89-70 rout of No. 13 Maryland on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Terrapins:
· This was easily Indiana’s best offensive performance of the season: The numbers speak for themselves: 1.39 points per possession against a team that came in giving up .90 points per possession in Big Ten play. 15-of-22 from behind the 3-point line. An effective field goal percentage of 75. And a turnover percentage of just 15.6 percent, a number that was a rarity a season ago.
Add it all up and the onslaught was just too much for even a red-hot Maryland team, which came into Assembly Hall with a three-game winning streak and a 17-2 record overall.
“Indiana was terrific all night from the start to the end,” Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon said. “Made some incredible shots. Yogi Ferrell made a lot of tough shots. (James) Blackmon was great. The whole team was great and they were hard to guard.”
Collin Hartman (15 points), Troy Williams (16 points and seven rebounds), James Blackmon Jr. (22 points and five rebounds) and Yogi Ferrell (24 points and five assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 89-70 win over No. 13 Maryland on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.
Morris is joined by Inside the Hall co-founder and editor Alex Bozich to discuss a variety of topics, including:
· How Indiana has been able to flip the script so far on preseason expectations
· The growth of Troy Williams
· Yogi Ferrell and his adaptation to a his role of facilitator and scorer
· Recent play of James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson
· The feel of this season and how different it is from last season