Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over James Madison

  • 03/22/2013 9:38 pm in


DAYTON, Ohio — There was plenty of talk about a 16-seed beating a one-seed leading into this NCAA Tournament, but Indiana would have none of it on Friday afternoon at the University of Dayton Arena. The Hoosiers started quickly en route to a comfortable 83-62 win over James Madison.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the Hoosiers’ win over the Dukes:

· Ferrell fuels quick start: His scoring numbers weren’t gaudy, but Yogi Ferrell quietly engrained himself as the point man on one of the nation’s best teams. Early on against James Madison, it appeared that the Dukes were so focused on trying to contain Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo that they almost didn’t realize that Ferrell was capable of putting up points in bunches. Those of us who covered Ferrell throughout his prep career know he’s more than capable of doing just that and James Madison learned the hard way on Friday as the Park Tudor product scored nine points in three minutes and eighteen seconds. Ferrell’s start set the tone for a game that was really never close the rest of the way. “He was awesome,” James Madison coach Matt Brady said. “We knew how fast he was. We knew he’s really talented. We know he’s the guy that kind of makes them go.”

· IU puts on an offensive clinic: James Madison didn’t put up much resistance, but Friday marked IU’s best offensive performance from an efficiency standpoint since a 76-47 beat down of Nebraska in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers finished with 1.28 points per possession, hit 9-of-23 attempts from three, dished out 17 assists and only committed nine turnovers. Indiana also had five guys finish in double figures and had a sixth player, Christian Watford, with nine. “They ran. They ran faster than any team we ever played,” James Madison freshman Andre Nation said. “They threw the first punch, and they threw another punch, and they kept throwing them, and we weren’t throwing any back.”

· Hoosiers get engaged defensively: Defense stopped IU’s NCAA Tournament last March as the Hoosiers allowed eventual national champion Kentucky to put up 102 points in a regional semifinal loss in Atlanta. But the Hoosiers have gone with the narrative of defense  leading to offense all season long, and that was the case against James Madison as 10 turnovers by the Dukes turned into 15 IU points. The Dukes finished with just .97 points per possession. “We weren’t giving them easy baskets,” Tom Crean said when asked to evaluate IU’s defensive performance. “There was a couple here and there, but we were challenging our guys. We were talking about pick-and-roll coverage, really, really locked into personnel. I can’t stress enough how proud I am of the way that they did that because they’ve done that all year long.”

· Hulls finds his shot, Abell continues tournament charge: After hitting just six of his last 24 three-point attempts prior to Friday, Jordan Hulls found his range against James Madison. The IU senior hit 3-of-6 of his field goal attempts, knocked down a pair of free throws and finished with 10 points. And Abell, who scored 10 points in two Big Ten Tournament games last weekend, continued to shoot the ball with confidence and chipped in seven points off the bench. “To have Remy with seven, to be able to play as many people as we did was a big deal today,” Crean said in his postgame comments.

· Nation shines for James Madison, IU shuts down Goins: If there was a bright spot for James Madison, it was the play of freshman Andre Nation. After finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and four assists in JMU’s first four win over LIU-Brooklyn, Nation pumped in 24 points on Friday against Indiana. James Madison’s leading scorer, Rayshawn Goins, said this on Thursday when he was asked about his team’s strategy to keep the game close with the Hoosiers: “We’re going to attack them and try to get them in foul trouble so they’ll be forced to use their bench.” Goins, who came into the game averaging 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds, was essentially a non-factor all afternoon and finished with two points on 1-of-6 shooting and six rebounds in 22 minutes.

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  • LeeTimmer

    Yogi today reminded me of another No. 11 that I enjoyed watching many years ago.

  • Arsdale

    Good to see Remy pick up where he started the season. Having him play some productive minutes in the tournament will be huge.

  • Hoo Hoo Hound dog

    Yes when Remy and Will play well of the bench this team becomes so much harder to beat.

  • richmich68

    Great win Hoosiers, now lets keep the momentum!

  • marcusgresham

    Goins might end up being one of those undersized 4-5 guys who gets drafted to play tight end.

  • jmfriedman

    1-0 5 to go

  • InTheMtns

    Post-game press conference question to Devon Moore:. “You guys have had so much success defensively this year. What kind of challenges did Indiana pose out on the perimeter for you guys?”

    DEVON MOORE: “That’s Indiana. They’re a great school. They’ve got great guards. The speed that they play is unbelievable. Like Coach always told us all year, run the spots and I finally realized what he was talking about, just seeing how their bigs run the floor, their guards run to the corner, deep corner.

    So it was definitely hard at the beginning of the game, facing that type of speed because we’ve actually never seen nothing like that. So hats off to Indiana. They showed why they’re the number one team in the country. I hope for the best for them.”


    And I hope the best for Devon and his Mom. Class act kid.

  • Kenneth234

    It is hard for me to decide what the most encouraging part of yesterdays play was, because there were so many positives. From Yogi’s hot start, Cody attacking the rim early, Hulls finding his stroke again, Remy playing with confidence, or the level of defense the whole team played with. Even Hanner looked far more comfortable on the floor late in the game. I was actually hoping that CTC would have let the bench play in full much earlier in the game, in order to help save the legs of the starters, but he did address that he wanted to make sure that they found their legs in the first game in order to be more ready for Sunday’s game, so I do get it.

    All around, no complaints from me today.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    VO shuts down Wyatt on sunday and we roll to the sweet 16. Remy was huge against JMU that was great to see, this team is going to be a tough out! GO HOOSIERS!!

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    VO shuts down Wyatt on sunday and we roll to the sweet 16. Remy was huge against JMU that was great to see, this team is going to be a tough out! GO HOOSIERS!!

  • SCHoosier

    Agree..Derek had a nice game too..rebounds and one block. JH doing it on the D boards..just don’t need him putting it on the floor on O.

  • The Dude

    Zeller finally remembered that he is 6’11” and started dunking again

  • MillaRed

    Guys i was looking at the schedule tomorrow and didn’t see Wisconsin. Has anyone seen Wisconsin??? They were right here and now they are gone. Hit the showers Bucky!

  • MillaRed

    Add when Yogi is hitting jumpers and we’re pretty much unstoppable.

  • marcusgresham

    He didn’t actually take a “shot” did he?

  • marcusgresham

    …or he may go the other way and challenge Kobyashi and Joey Chestnut.

  • Hoo Hoo Hound dog

    I seen a glimpse of them yesterday. Its was a pitiful display of basketball for sure.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Hmmm… let’s see, what can we critique about the game? Well:

    They let up a bit on rebounding… when they had a 30 point lead.

    They had some lazy passes… when they had a 30 point lead.

    They weren’t playing at 100%… when they had a 30 point lead.

    They let JMU make up 9 points of that 30 point lead.

    Man, when all I got are nitpicks like that, you know it was a dominating game. Who gives a **** about any of those things when you build such a big lead? At the 30 point difference mark, there’s no team out there that won’t shift into cruise mode. I’ll be ecstatic to be able to say “man, they didn’t fight for that rebound, did they?” if I can say it when they have a 30 point lead.

    I want more games like that. It may be a vain hope, given that teams only get stronger from here on out, but still… wouldn’t it be nice to have several more double-digit blowouts on the way? I sure as hell wouldn’t complain.

  • marcusgresham

    Wyatt may score 30, but he may take 40 shots to get it.

  • SCHoosier

    They stayed in Chi-town..scrimmaging barefoot in the sand dunes of Lake M. to refine their offense. U know..they needed something to slow them down a bit.

  • MillaRed

    25% shooting. They should lose scholarships.

  • MillaRed

    25% shooting. They should lose scholarships.

  • at this point. I wish we could have mastered an alley oop for Victor, Sheehey, or Hanner