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Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss to Iowa

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Indiana fell 77-63 to Iowa on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall and the loss dropped the Hoosiers to 19-11 overall and 9-8 in Big Ten play.

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

· Indiana needed to play with urgency and it exhibited none: On a night where Indiana needed to raise its level of play from where it was for most of last Wednesday’s game in Evanston, the Hoosiers simply failed to respond to the challenge. A win would have likely put Indiana safely in the NCAA tournament and quieted talk, at least for a night, that this team was folding down the stretch.

Instead, Indiana was humbled against an Iowa team that, quite frankly, didn’t even need to play its best game to beat the Hoosiers handily in Assembly Hall. This was a significant departure from IU’s losses earlier in the season at home to Eastern Washington and Purdue. Once Iowa took control early in the second half, it never relented because Indiana never put up a fight.

In Sunday’s pregame press conference, both Tom Crean and Yogi Ferrell both said that Indiana had practiced well and appeared ready to meet the challenge. That may have been true at the time the words were spoken, but none of it carried over to the court and it left Indiana fans who were in attendance annoyed at what they were witnessing. That feeling was understandable.

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Video: IU players react to loss to Iowa

Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Troy Williams and Nick Zeisloft met with the media following Indiana’s 77-63 loss to Iowa at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Hoosiers rejuvenated after six-day break between games

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Each year, Big Ten teams get two byes in the 10-week, two-game-per-week schedule the league currently uses.

Indiana’s first came following its first conference game of the season between Dec. 31 and Jan. 5. Its second, however, came just this past week following last Wednesday’s loss at Northwestern.

After six days since playing a game, the Hoosiers (19-10, 9-7) will take the court at Assembly Hall tonight for a matchup against Iowa (19-10, 10-6). And they are feeling rejuvenated after their break in action.

“It was a nice stretch,” junior Yogi Ferrell said. “It was good for us, a good time for us to get back, build our bodies up and get ready for these last two home games and try and come out 2-0.”

The six-day break started with a day of rest on Thursday following the Hoosiers’ 72-65 loss at Northwestern. But from there, Indiana coach Tom Crean said “it’s really just been getting ourselves acclimated with where we need to improve.”

It allowed them to achieve a period of self-reflection, actually.

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Iowa

Tom Crean, Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Sunday evening to preview Tuesday’s game against Iowa at Assembly Hall.

Watch both press conferences below:

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Northwestern

Tom Crean, Nick Zeisloft and Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Tuesday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Wednesday’s game against Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Watch both press conferences below:

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Video: IU players react to loss to Purdue

Yogi Ferrell (21 points, five rebounds and four assists), James Blackmon Jr. (14 points) and Troy Williams (14 points, seven rebounds and three assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 67-63 loss to Purdue on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Purdue

Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell and Nick Zeisloft met with the media on Wednesday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Thursday’s matchup with Purdue.

Watch both press conferences below:

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