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Hoosiers can’t stop second-half Wolverines effort, fall short in 84-80 defeat

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The same script has played out over and over for Indiana this season: build a lead on the road and watch it slip away into a loss.

It happened on Saturday, once again.

After the Hoosiers built a 10-point lead in the first half at the Crisler Center, a 12-turnover second half saw the Hoosiers’ lead evaporate. And in the regular season finale, the Michigan Wolverines (23-7, 15-3) emerged with an 84-80 victory over the Hoosiers (17-14, 7-11) in front of an announced crowd of 12,701.

“There’s times this year, hence our record, that we haven’t been as consistent,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said following the game. “Even though we lost the game today, we did a lot of good things that we can build on.

“But it’s still the same things.”

Throughout Saturday afternoon’s game, though, the Hoosiers’ offense clicked. Against the conference’s No. 10 defense in league play, Indiana averaged 1.23 points per possession — its most since a 102-84 win over Washington on Nov. 21.

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Video: Will Sheehey, Troy Williams react to loss at Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Senior Will Sheehey (17 points) and freshman Troy Williams (16 points) addressed the media following Saturday’s loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Watched their comments in the media player below:

Video: Indiana players react to loss to Nebraska

Will Sheehey (13 points, four rebounds), Troy Williams (18 points, six rebounds) and Yogi Ferrell (10 points, eight rebounds, five assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 70-60 loss to Nebraska on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch their postgame comments in the media player below:

Video: Troy Williams, Will Sheehey react to win at Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. — Sophomore Troy Williams (12 points, four rebounds) and senior Will Sheehey (12 points, six rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 61-56 win over Northwestern on Saturday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Watch their postgame comments in the media player below:

Film Session: Troy’s start, second half turnovers

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After just five turnovers in the first half, the Hoosiers coughed the ball up 11 times against Minnesota in their 66-60 loss at Williams Arena on Saturday evening.

We’ll take a look at how Minnesota’s press and trapping sped IU up, as well as Troy Williams’ strong start in the latest edition of Film Session:

Stanford Robinson finds Noah Vonleh with a pass near the top of the key:

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Vonleh surveys his options and opts to dribble right to hand off to Williams:

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Notes, quotes from Tom Crean on Big Ten teleconference

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The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the sixth week of conference play. Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:

· Prior to the call, the conference announced that Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes was named the league’s freshman of the week for the third time this season and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft was named the league’s player of the week for the second time this season.

· Opening statement: “Our focus right now is just on the week ahead and getting back to practice today after taking yesterday off and totally being locked into Penn State after we go through the corrections and the good and the not so good from the other night and what we can learn from that. We’re ready to roll.”

· Crean was asked about coaching a team that draws a strong response and how his message to his players about dealing with fan behavior has changed or evolved: “I think the biggest thing and obviously I’m sure that every coach in the country is going to be reminding their team of it today, if they didn’t yesterday … and the bottom line for us is that you can’t ever let anybody get in the way of your career, get in the way of the way of your responsibility to your team and most importantly, you can’t ever let anybody get to you in a way that’s going to affect you in a negative way.

“It’s a lot easier said than done, there’s no question about that. The bottom line is, the more that you can treat, especially on the road, which is hard, but the more that you can treat the noise and treat the barbs and treat all of that as just faceless and nameless, the better you’re going to be. Again, that’s hard to do. It’s very, very hard to do. It’s very easy to talk about it. It’s a lot harder to actually do it because you want people to have an incredibly competitive spirit when they’re playing. It doesn’t matter if you’re a coach or you’re a player, it’s very, very hard to turn that off. And if you turn it off too quickly, you don’t win games. But the bottom line is you’ve got to keep trying to remind people that the fight is within the lines. The fight is within the 94 feet. The fight is within the football field, the baseball diamond, whatever it is. You keep the fight in there, you keep your edge in there and you try to treat the rest of it just as noise that you work through.”

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A tale of two halves costs the Hoosiers once again

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Like many of Indiana’s road games this season, Saturday’s performance against Minnesota was a tale of two halves.

There was the first, in which Indiana built a double-digit lead for its second straight road game and appeared on its way to just its third win away from Assembly Hall this season.

And then there was the second, in which a collapse once again doomed the Hoosiers (14-9, 4-6), this time in a 66-60 loss at the hands of the Golden Gophers (16-8, 5-6) in Williams Arena.

“We had some turnovers in the second half, and we had some awareness issues at the end of possessions,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “And that’s what it was more than anything else. And in this league, it’s not possession-by-possession, it’s a pass-to-pass league.”

Indeed, such slim margins for error have been the difference makers for the Hoosiers in their first 23 games this season. At Penn State on Jan. 8, the Hoosiers trailed by as many as 15 points but limited mistakes in a second-half comeback victory, their only true road win of the season.

At Nebraska only two Thursdays ago, the Hoosiers led by 16 points but allowed the Cornhuskers to shoot a 66.7 percent effective field goal percentage in the second half in a 60-55 loss.

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