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Notes, quotes from Crean on Big Ten coaches teleconference

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The Big Ten held its weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the final week of conference play and to look ahead to this week’s Big Ten tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:

· Prior to the call, the conference announced that Indiana’s Troy Williams was named the league’s freshman of the week and Nebraska’s Shavon Shields and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas were named the league’s co-players of the week.

· Opening comments: “We’re getting ready right now full-tilt for Illinois. We have great respect for them and really, with the exception of their game with Michigan last week, they have been playing great basketball over the last month. I don’t think there’s any question that they are playing with excellent confidence. Their defense is at a high level and they are really, really playing with tremendous energy. We’re going to have our work cut out for us at any point in time with anybody in this league, but certainly going into this game, we have great respect for what they are doing and how they are progressing and that’s where we sit.”

· On what Illinois is doing so well on the defensive end towards the end of the season: “I think they are just trying to control tempo. They are much like Ohio State in that they create a lot of turnovers with the way if you’re loose with the basketball. If you drive it into traffic, they make you pay for that. They are very strong defensively. They are opportunistic with their running game. The bottom line is that they are making it hard for you to get good looks and they expose you if you over-handle. And they are rebounding at a high rate. Those are the things that stand out the most to me.”

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Film Session: The Yogi-Troy connection

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Yogi Ferrell dished out a season-high eight assists in IU’s 84-80 loss to Michigan on Saturday night. The sophomore did a great job of breaking down the Wolverine defense off the dribble and finding teammates for scores.

Freshman Troy Williams (16 points) was often on the receiving end of those passes, as he was smart in movement off the ball for buckets.

A look at four assists from Ferrell to Williams in the latest edition of Film Session:

The Hoosiers quickly bring the ball up the court and it looks as if they’re getting into their weave action on the perimeter with a handoff from Ferrell to Stan Robinson:

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Ferrell ends up keeping the ball on the sneak and all Derrick Walton can do is point for someone to pick Ferrell up. Glenn Robinson III slides over to cover up the rim and stop Ferrell’s drive:

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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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