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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Butler

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana moved to 9-2 on Saturday afternoon with an impressive 82-73 win over No. 23 Butler in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Bulldogs:

· Indiana won the rebounding battle and won the game as a result: Tom Crean said on Friday that the team who won the battle on the boards would emerge victorious in this contest. He was not wrong.

The Hoosiers came in as the inferior rebounding team but left Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the decisive winner on the glass this afternoon. Indiana rebounded 34.1 percent of its misses and held Butler to an offensive rebounding percentage of just 25, its second worst performance of the season.

Most encouraging? The team effort from Indiana. Troy Williams corralled 11 boards, Hanner Mosquera-Perea had nine and James Blackmon Jr. had eight. Rebounding may never be a strength for this group of Hoosiers, but this was certainly a performance to build on.

· This was the best game Troy Williams has played to date at Indiana: We first had a chance to see the offseason progress of the sophomore wing during IU’s August trip to Montreal, but Williams had struggled to find consistency through his first eight games. But over his last two, Williams has 36 points, 19 rebounds and just two turnovers.

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Video: Troy Williams, Yogi Ferrell react to win over Butler

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana sophomore Troy Williams (22 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals) and junior Yogi Ferrell (20 points, three rebounds and three assists) met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 82-73 win over No. 23 Butler in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Watch the full press conference below:

The Minute After: Butler

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Thoughts on an 82-73 win over the Bulldogs:

As IU’s lead stretched to 11 with just over three minutes remaining in the first half, it looked like its athletes were just too much for Butler. The Bulldogs couldn’t guard Troy Williams. And the disadvantage the Hoosiers were supposed to have on the boards simply wasn’t there as the gang rebounding was in full force.

But, as they do, the Bulldogs mounted a comeback. They ended the half on a 11-1 run with Kellen Dunham scoring nine of those. Indiana was unable to get the momentum it had built in the first half going in the second. The Hoosiers trailed by six with 13:48 to go and it felt like it might be slipping away.

Enter Yogi Ferrell.

The junior point guard didn’t score a point in the first half and sat due to two early fouls. But when his team needed him to crawl back into this one there he was. Ferrell’s first bucket of the game was a triple to cut that six-point Butler lead in half. He kept going, muscling his way to the bucket for scores at the rim and points at the line. He moved well off the ball for another 3-ball. He stopped on a dime on the break, launched a 3-pointer, hit it and placed his elbows at his side with the 3-salute going with both hands. Williams popped his jersey at the IU bench.

That one put the Hoosiers up 10 and just about sealed the deal, save for some late full-court press from the Bulldogs that made you hold your breath a bit.

Ferrell scored 20 second half points and willed his team to a comeback win. That’s what leaders do.

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Video: Crean, IU players look back at Louisville, ahead to Grand Canyon

Indiana coach Tom Crean, along with redshirt junior Nick Zeisloft and junior Yogi Ferrell, met with the media on Friday afternoon and discussed a variety of topics.

Among them: Tuesday’s loss to Louisville, tomorrow’s game with Grand Canyon, Crean’s relationship with Dan Majerle, the development of Hanner Mosquera-Perea and more. Watch both press conferences below (video via Peegs YouTube channel):

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Louisville

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Indiana dropped its second non-conference game on Tuesday night as the Hoosiers fell to No. 4 Louisville, 94-74, in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Cardinals:

· Louisville brought physicality and Indiana was unable to match it: There were stretches where the Hoosiers hung in with Louisville relatively well and they even had a second half lead, but ultimately Louisville’s defense and physicality was too much to handle.

Louisville hadn’t been particularly good offensively coming in, but the Cardinals scored 1.22 points per trip, rebounded more than 50 percent of their misses and got to the foul line at a better rate than Indiana. Defensively, Louisville did allow Indiana to score 74 points, shoot an effective field goal percentage of 54.1 and score 0.96 points per possession (all season-highs), but this game was never really in doubt down the stretch as fatigue was brought to the game and the more physical, more experienced team prevailed.

“We got a lot of growth potential to get better, but the toughness level certainly and the glass level was hit tonight – we weren’t ready for that,” Tom Crean said of his team’s effort. “We’ve got a short period of time obviously when you have so many games as we have to get better at it.”

· Indiana was too careless with the ball: A lot was made of how Indiana would handle Louisville’s pressure coming in and Rick Pitino’s signature ball pressure didn’t take long to become effective. The Hoosiers turned it over 13 times in the first half and despite that, only trailed by five at halftime because of hot perimeter shooting.

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Savannah State

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Indiana moved to 7-1 on Saturday night with a blowout win over Savannah State at Assembly Hall. Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s 95-49 win over the Tigers:

· Indiana took care of business against an inferior opponent: This may not seem significant, but there’s an argument to be made that it’s a sign of growth for a young team to step on an opponent early and never relent. After Michigan lost to NJIT and Purdue lost to North Florida earlier in the day, it was fair to ask whether Indiana would create early separation or let Savannah State hang around like Lamar and UNC Greensboro, two earlier, similar opponents in terms of their Pomeroy ratings.

The Hoosiers looked flat early, but exploded for a 33-8 run to claim a 43-17 halftime lead. From there, Indiana never looked back on its way to win No. 7.

“When we go out there, we want to give it everything we got like it is our last game,” junior Yogi Ferrell said. “So that game can transfer over to the next game so we can get wins on top of wins.”

· Quietly, Yogi Ferrell is thriving: Is it possible that Indiana’s best player isn’t being talked about enough? Because the numbers say that so far, Ferrell has been a better player this year. Here’s a look at his numbers this season through eight games compared to last year’s first eight:

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Video: IU players react to win over Savannah State

James Blackmon Jr. (18 points) and Yogi Ferrell (18 points, seven assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 95-49 win over Savannah State on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

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