Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Maryland

  • 01/23/2015 1:30 am in

Indiana moved to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten with an 89-70 rout of No. 13 Maryland on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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

· This was easily Indiana’s best offensive performance of the season: The numbers speak for themselves: 1.39 points per possession against a team that came in giving up .90 points per possession in Big Ten play. 15-of-22 from behind the 3-point line. An effective field goal percentage of 75. And a turnover percentage of just 15.6 percent, a number that was a rarity a season ago.

Add it all up and the onslaught was just too much for even a red-hot Maryland team, which came into Assembly Hall with a three-game winning streak and a 17-2 record overall.

“Indiana was terrific all night from the start to the end,” Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon said. “Made some incredible shots. Yogi Ferrell made a lot of tough shots. (James) Blackmon was great. The whole team was great and they were hard to guard.”

· Ferrell rises to the challenge: Maryland freshman guard Melo Trimble came into Thursday night as one of the best stories in college basketball and a major reason the Terrapins have been able to rise into the top 15 nationally in both polls. Sports Illustrated picked him as the best freshman in the country earlier this week.

Yogi Ferrell, meanwhile, has been a bit of an afterthought nationally on an Indiana team that just recently broke into the polls. Ferrell, whether he would admit it or not, surely had the individual battle with Trimble in the back of his mind and he responded accordingly with a dominant performance.

It wasn’t that Trimble played a bad game – he finished with 10 points in 32 minutes – but he had no answer defensively for Ferrell. IU’s junior guard was nearly perfect from behind the 3-point line (7-of-8) and also had five assists and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

“I was just trying to take what the defense gave me,” Ferrell explained. “And I was just letting it go and then it was all up to the ball from there.”

· Hartman flipping the narrative on IU’s size deficiency: When the Hoosiers lost Hanner Mosquera-Perea to a knee injury on Jan. 12, many wondered how the Hoosiers would handle opposing teams with legitimate size on the frontline. There will still be games where IU is vulnerable in this regard, but through three games without Mosquera-Perea, this group is forcing teams to match up to IU’s smaller lineups.

In Thursday’s win, Turgeon played 6-foot-10 Damonte Dodd, the Big Ten’s second best offensive rebounder, just 10 minutes and went with smaller lineups for a majority of the night.

The reason? Collin Hartman.

At just 6-foot-7, Hartman is a nightmare matchup for opposing centers because he’s been knocking down perimeter shots and he’s also proven himself capable of getting to the rim. He did a little bit of both against Maryland by knocking down all three of his 3-point attempts and also getting to the line, where he converted on four of five attempts. He also had three blocked shots.

· A fourth straight solid effort for Troy Williams, Blackmon heating up: Many wondered how sophomore wing Troy Williams would respond to his no-show performance earlier in the month at Michigan State. Four games later, we have an answer.

For the fourth straight game, scored 15 or more points on better than 50 percent shooting from the field. Williams had a few unnecessary turnovers, but the good far outweighed the bad as his final line had a little bit of everything: 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

As for Blackmon Jr., he hit three of his five 3-point attempts and finished with 22 points. Over his last two games, he’s seven of 11 on 3s.

“I think we saw (this shooting performance) coming,” Blackmon Jr. said. “I don’t think our shots are something we’re going to be worried on because we know we’re going to get it going.”

· Crean deserves major credit for this team’s success: Just as Tom Crean deserved some of the questioning that arose during the rocky period back in the fall when Devin Davis was injured and two players were suspended, he now deserves praise for getting this team to where it currently sits.

Picked to finish in the bottom half of the league by many, Indiana is one of the country’s surprise teams through its first 19 games. Crean is the leader of the program and his ability to put this team’s pieces in the best position to succeed should be commended.

He still isn’t talking big picture with this group as he prefers to just stay in the moment and focus on continued improvement.

“There’s a ton of room for improvement,” he said. “It’s one really good win against a really good team and what I like the best about this team is every time we have struggled, they have really responded. Now we’ve got to keep responding and improve.”

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  • Realityvill-an

    your comments are pretty reflective of your avatar…SO SERIOUS ha

  • Realityvill-an

    I agree with the texting interpretation. gets me in trouble a lot

  • KmanCRK

    great response if someone were to try and make the argument that it wasn’t a blowout win.

  • KmanCRK

    You’re right. I’d rather say our phenomenal offense shredded one of the best defensive teams in the Big Ten.

  • INUnivHoosier

    If they miss 6 of those three pointers and don’t get any points off of the misses (normally they’d get about 2 rebounds, and probably score 2 points off of that), Indiana wins by 1 while shooting a 57% eFG rate to Maryland’s 60%.

    9/22 3 pt FG would put them just a pinch above their season average. I’m not convinced you can hang your hat on a hot shooting night.

  • Bill

    I think the overrated chant was used in the face of the free throw shooter. He missed so I’m ok w it.

  • Yeah, I’ve found that sometimes stuff can come across a lot more serious, when it’s just the written word.. with no voice inflectios, etc. I guess I should have a ‘handle’ more like your’s.. I mean Reality villan, as in I think sometimes guys on here think I am a villian… Uh oh that’s not spelled right and I don’t have time to get out the dictionary.. You know what I mean…lol..

  • InTheMtns

    I was referring to the fact that three of our next four games are on the road. It’s the B1G, so all games are difficult; but a stretch of road games makes it even more so IMO.

  • InTheMtns

    I agree and I certainly wasn’t dissing our team. I’m one of the ones who predicted preseason that Indiana would finish in the top 4 of the B1G, so I’m not one for saying “we’ll see what this team is made of.” I was merely noting that we have a rough stretch coming up – which we do; but I’m going to stay in the moment and enjoy the win. Yep, it is all happening. And I’m a believer.

  • dwdkc

    The fact that they have so many good shooters makes an across the board bad night more unlikely. The OSU game is probably about as bad as it gets, with both of their 2 top options (Yogi and JBJ) off from the field. But both of them have shown the ability to adjust, Yogi by facilitating and JBJ by driving and a nice midrange game. And in that game they played their toughest D all year. I really like how they are improving on D and on the boards.

  • dwdkc

    I don’t get Pitino jr. on this list. He may end up being great and his dad certainly is, but what has he proved? As opposed to a guy who has brought not one but 2 programs back from the ashes.

  • dwdkc

    I predicted it but may not have been the post you had in mind. Except for a very fired up Georgetown point guard who went to my old high school, it seems like every stud guard going up against Yogi is having a lousy night. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Is it just me, but with all the things Yogi does for this team on both ends, shouldn’t he be getting some more national love?

  • dwdkc

    And a worrier. I also think this team will play better in a 2nd game against a higher seeded team, than they would in the first against a lower seeded team. So you really hope they get the opportunity. Should be fun. And man are we overdue to make some noise in the B10 tourney.

  • dwdkc

    Depends on the matchups. I agree that Collin is really bringing us alot and the offense is absurdly good, but Hanner has really improved at rim protection, which we seriously lack otherwise. The D against OSU won us the game when the shooting was off.

  • dwdkc

    No, his mom was trying to talk him into going to IUPUI so he could get more playing time………but his girlfriend thought he should stay because of how cute the candy stripes are. So I think just his girlfriend……………………………………….:)

  • dwdkc

    I agree, although I think that team struggled more in conference (looking back I see they were 11-7 and 1-1 in tourney) than this one might. They really played brilliantly against Kentucky both games, the tourney game was the best game in terms of quality that I think I saw all year.

  • Tcuomo

    Fiction is fun, but I prefer the truth. I’m going to walk you possession by possession of Stan’s minutes in the first half. Also, the only 9 point lead that happened in the first half was 12-3, which was before Stan checked in.

    Just under 14 minutes Stan checks in IU up 14-10
    -Yogi 3
    -Stan gets raked, no call, TO #1
    -Holt TO
    -Stan called for charge, it was a block TO#2
    -Make up charge call on the other end
    -NZ miss 3
    -MD miss, Stan rebound
    -Yogi make 3 off pass from Stan, not an assist
    -Stan blocked on layup, crowd gripes for foul
    -Stan missed baseline jumper
    Stan exists IU up 20-19
    Stan enters with 43 seconds left
    -Yogi makes 1 of 2 FT
    Halftime IU up 37-35

    He also had what CTC would call 2 deflections during that time. Some of you guys need to take off the blinders and get off this kids back. I know he hasn’t been perfect, but what game were you watching?

  • Smilinjayd

    I get your point but you can’t make those assumptions. If we’re not draining 3’s, maybe the lead is much smaller with no runs and Maryland is not demoralized. Could have started the foul parade. IU has trouble with inbound plays. Who knows? That was blistering shooting, and at critical times also. Time will unfold the lesson of CTC, this team and this season. I certainly enjoy nights like last night.

  • eville87

    Ken I wou lent sell you a one way ticket to a Purdue game.

  • Eugene Debs

    After the preseason incident with Davis getting hurt, I predicted 14 wins.

    Thankfully, I am a moron.

  • Eugene Debs

    I’m wondering how much of the “lack of heart and hustle” we saw in the MSU game was a result of the 3 shots not falling? Chicken, egg? Either way you make a sandwich.

  • Eugene Debs

    Agreed. He’s earned the spot.

  • eville87

    With Hartman and Holt (who has been a little off lately) but still has a huge upside. Then Hanner who is an athletic freak we have some options depending on the matchup. Teams have tried to match our small lineup and lost. I want to see how we respond against Wisconsin and Purdue. They will play big and pound the post. This team is better than I gave them credit for at the beginning of the year. Ncaa here we come go Iu!

  • thanks for the play by play. what part of that was positive production? TO, TO, bad shot, bad shot in 4 minutes? I’m not piling on the criticism, just reinforcing my point that you’re disputing. I’m not saying the kid doesn’t have potential or isn’t capable of great things. I’m talking about his play last night.

    At the end of a very close game with our team down 1, on our last possession, would you want Stan on the floor the way he’s played last night?

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    The B1G was far tougher that year than this, which is part of what explains the 11-7 conference record.

  • dwdkc

    Yes, you will need that win most likely for the 26-5 but the “banner” I promised is still in play

  • dwdkc

    Although they hit a bunch of 3s late in the game, when they were gradually pulling away in the 2nd half it wasn’t with the 3 ball; they were mostly attacking the lane as I think Maryland was jumping out on the shooters more. So I think they were adjusting and taking advantage of what Maryland couldn’t defend. I remembered noticing that and was really impressed at how good their decision making was at that time of the game.

  • Gosh, I’ve dreamed about that possibility. I mean would that be like the best moment ‘EVER’.. Especially if they were still undefeated, although I hope it happens to them b4 that.. But to have our ‘smaller’ guys take them out? Wow, I would think I’d dies and went to Heaven…lol.. Gosh you must like me a little bit at least…. A one way ticket to a PU game That’d have to be a fate worse than death…lol..

  • TomJameson

    Absolutely, winning on the road anywhere is tough, but especially in the B1G. There are 12 conference games remaining, and 6 are on the road. 3 of the next 4 games are on the road to Ohio, Purdue, and Wisc. OSU for one will be looking for some revenge in their house. But even though I’m pretty sure some losses will come our way, I’m pretty confident in this team and the consistency they are building. The magic number is 5 or 6 more wins to meet the lowest expectations of getting to the big dance. I for one am shooting for more than that!

  • TomJameson

    I agree with Ole Man. MD does have a very good defensive team, and mindset. There is just no way to defend a team that spreads the floor that much, hits the 3s almost at will, and drives to the bucket easily because of the huge lanes created from spreading the floor so much. In other word, our offense was on fire and even a great defensive effort didn’t work really well. Who knows, If MD didn’t have such a good defense, we could’ve won by 40! lol

  • TomJameson

    I have to agree with Tcuomo, Stan played as respectable as anybody, especially if you take his defensive presence into account. Guys, IU played nearly a perfect game against a quality opponent, and beat them handily. While critiquing is great and every persons right to do so, piling on a player like that is not a critique. I wouldn’t normally say any of this except I went back to read the posts, and it really is piling on Stan with no positive feedback. That’s just hard criticism, not a positive critique. Okay we get it, you don’t have to beat us all over the head with your “I don’t like Stan” club. LOL

  • TomJameson

    That’s a great point, and good to see in a team progression kind of way. The defense is getting better, the offense is starting to really jell (even more than it was), and things are coming together where the results are more consistent.

  • TomJameson

    Come on guys, in this context “sober” means “serious”. Give the guy a break. LOL

  • TomJameson

    Yeah, I think he subbed in 4 players that time. My first thought was how much heat CTC would get on the forum for doing that. LOL But like you said, we extended the lead and all was good with the world.

  • TomJameson

    3 of the next 4 are on the road against good teams. After that it gets “easier”. But, like Gregory Spera quoted “I’m a believer”. lol

  • TomJameson

    OMG, I would hate it if Trimble stayed 4 years. He would be one of those where it would seem like he’s there for 8! lol

  • TomJameson

    Well, I’m one of the optimists, albeit a middle-of-the-road optimist, and they are doing better than I thought they would at this point. The thing to remember is that IU really is better than they were at the beginning of the season. Their defense and rebounding really was weak, they did struggle (as a team) with consistency, emotion, and focus. But because of a combination of coaching and players hard work, all those weak points are being addressed. Defense and rebounding, being the biggest weaknesses, have been improving game to game IMO. Right now they are playing exceptionally well overall, and I think they can get better.

  • TomJameson

    We hit 5 more 3s than MD total. That means they still hit 10, which is still a lot of 3 pointers!

  • TomJameson

    Until the MD win, IU wasn’t really hitting a lot of 3 pointers. They were winning in spite of their low 3 point production. I really don’t think we are a live or die by the 3 type of team. When they are hitting their 3s like against MD then it’s icing on the cake. When they are not hitting them, well, there’s still a lot of cake left! LOL

  • TomJameson

    Too much woulda, coulda, shoulda in all these type speculations. The many different “what ifs” are only limited by someones imagination. I’m happy that IU won in such a decisive way. I’m realistic enough to know that isn’t always going to happen like that, but it did against MD. IU has been winning without great 3 point shooting, and as Mark said above, a lot of it comes down to heart!

  • TomJameson

    Sorry Eugene, I really did laugh out loud when reading this. If you’re a moron for that prediction, (sure you are not) you’re in a lot of good company. LOL

  • ForeverIU

    LOL, you’re gonna bankrupt us with this “banner” idea.

  • IUchrome

    I do agree with that. I think a 30% shooting night or worse is more in line with what I’m talking about regardless of who is shooting it.
    Either way, I’m blown away with the ability of this team to start offense with 4 or so guys. That is something I overlooked as the season started and makes them tough to defend. Defense is improving, especially some of the fundamental things that make a difference. Their rebounding is probably the biggest shock to me now. Its impressive they gang rebound so well and don’t give up layups on the other end.

  • INUnivHoosier

    The assumption highway is two directions, though. If IU’s game changes, so does Maryland’s. We were the better team in this match. That’s not an assumption.

  • Outoftheloop

    This was a signature win for the program in the post-Cody-Victor era! A 19 point trouncing of the #8-13 ranked team and tied for the B1G lead at 5-1 at the 1/3 rd point of the conference season when picked 7-8-9-10. The Coach was under some real pressure after a very poor 17-15 season and zero post season. We were terrible from 3-point land with only Yogi and Noah able to hit them. The Coach brought in James, Robert, Max, and Nick. Someone coached the heck out of Collin and Troy to get their games to another level. The team is playing great team basketball with their own unique plan. This is the signature win for the “Crean Indiana Way”!

  • Blair McKee

    Agree. The next signature win for IU Basketball will be a BT title or a Final Four appearance. A National title would be signature as well. Perhaps all in the same year. Yogi’s senior year?