Five takeways from Indiana’s win at Iowa

  • 03/02/2016 1:35 am in

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Indiana claimed the Big Ten title outright on Tuesday night in a thrilling 81-78 win over Iowa at Carver Hawkeye Arena. It was the fourth straight win for the Hoosiers, moving them to 24-6 overall and 14-3 in league play.

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

· Ferrell delivers big shot in the clutch: Leading 77-75 with just under 40 seconds to play, Indiana needed it best player to make a play in order to emerge victorious.

And that’s exactly what happened when Yogi Ferrell took two dribbles left, stepped back and buried a 3-pointer in the face of Iowa’s Mike Gesell. It was the the biggest shot for Ferrell to-date in an Indiana uniform and it was a big reason why the Hoosiers were able to win the league outright on the road.

“It was winding down in the shot clock, I felt like Gesell’s hands were down,” Ferrell said afterward. “And I felt like I had the open 3 and I shot it.

“I missed a couple of close ones throughout the game, so I knew I had to make one for us.”

· A total team win: As brilliant as Ferrell was in delivering 20 points and five assists in 37 minutes, Indiana’s offense came from a variety of places on Tuesday night.

Four players finished in double figures including Troy Williams, who scored 15 and continues his string of strong play following IU’s loss at Michigan State. Thomas Bryant contributed a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Nick Zeisloft again filled in nicely for Robert Johnson with 11 points, including 3-of-4 on 3s.

In total, eight different IU players scored and five different Hoosiers each hit a pair of 3-pointers as the rotation of players on the floor was frequent due to foul trouble.

“They do a good job moving the ball,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “And they’re a hard team to defend because they have drivers and shooters and they share the ball.”

· IU wins points off turnovers, second chance points battle: Two key team stats went the way of Indiana in the win.

IU scored 18 points off of nine Iowa turnovers, which is a huge number. And the Hoosiers made the most of the 11 offensive rebounds they grabbed to finish with 14 second chance points.

For comparison’s sake, Iowa scored just seven points off of Indiana’s 13 turnovers and just seven second chance points off of 18 offensive rebounds.

· Defense limits Uthoff and Jok: McCaffery said postgame that his team simply didn’t make shots, but Indiana’s defense had plenty to do with that.

Jarrod Uthoff finished with 18 points, but was just 5-of-17 from the field. Peter Jok didn’t get anywhere close to his 18.4 per game average in league games as Ferrell limited him to 3-of-11 shooting for eight points.

The overall points per possession number for Iowa (1.10) was an improvement from the first contest when the Hawkeyes torched the Hoosiers for 1.21 points per trip in Assembly Hall. But a healthy amount of the offensive production was aided by trips to the free throw line as Iowa drew 25 fouls and scored 18 points from the line.

· This team’s togetherness was on full display in the aftermath of the win: Indiana hasn’t done much talking about where it stands in the league or nationally this season as it has remained focused on improvement.

Given where this team was in early December after an embarrassing loss to Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, it finally had a chance to celebrate what it has accomplished since late December.

There were hugs, high fives and plenty of smiles in the immediate aftermath that spilled all the way back to the locker room area and inside of it. And who can blame these Hoosiers for enjoying the moment?

The national media will write that Indiana won the Big Ten with an easy schedule, but the reality is that you can only beat the teams put in front of you. At 14-3 with six road wins in league play, Indiana is the outright regular season champion in the Big Ten, a feat that no one would have thought possible just a few months ago.

(Photo credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • HoosierDom

    I don’t see how you can argue Yogi deserves it over Valentine. I haven’t seen enough of Held to have a real opinion, but one of those two is clearly player of the year nationally. I think you could certainly argue that Yogi is 3rd behind those guys, but they are the clear 1-2.

  • StudentHoosier

    Wow, don’t even know where to start. The tears were definitely flowing during Crean’s postgame speech, and maybe even as I type this. It is a damn great day to be a Hoosier. Everybody in the country better watch out for us. There simply is something special about this Hoosier team.

    You judge coaching by how a team improves over the course of the season. By that standard, CTC has to be COTY, at the very least of the B1G. We were 5-3 and everyone wrote us off. We were done. Crean was gone at season’s end. We lost our leading scorer. What did Crean do? Oh nothing except finish 20-3 (already counted the Maryland game as a W – Yogi losing on his senior night? You kidding me?), dramatically improve our defense, offensive rebounding, and carefulness with the ball. Hopefully this win, and this clinching of an outright title will finally shut everyone up. Crean is a damn good coach. I don’t care if we lose in the sweet 16, I will ride with Crean from here on out.

    The fifth takeaway is my favorite takeaway of alltime – the togetherness of this team is at an alltime high. We play as ONE. They all love each other. Four freshmen who all contribute. Juniors TW and CH who make everything run smoothly (well at least for Collin – LOL!). Max, aka Mr. 3x Big Ten Champ just looks as polished as they come. Nick is 6’4 but hell, I would bet on him in a ring against anyone. The kid is a warrior. And hell, I wouldn’t mind Burton being one of my assistant managers in a desk job. And of course, YOGI. This guy is unreal. Starting to run out of words for him.

    There is something special about this team. Sometimes you just can’t stop fate. Go Hoosiers.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I dumped on him a couple times because he was doing some “dumpable” things. He stopped. Credit to Troy for growing as a player.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    You will remember this team and season for the rest of your life. All alumni during my time 1979-83 will always remember the 1981 National Championship team. I still remember to this day how I felt and running to Showalter Fountain. I was over one mile away and my feet never moved so fast. Take care StudentHoosier. Have fun with all of this.

  • sarge

    Great post! Almost every team with an elite point guard leading them does well in March. Yogi is unreal and I think everyone in the building Sunday will shed a tear when he leaves the floor for the last time. It is almost hard to imagine him not playing for Indiana forever. Maybe the Pacers will pick him up? We can only hope.

  • marcusgresham

    I haven’t watched it yet. I’m still in recovery from the whirlwind of last week’s North Harrison appearance in the girls state finals. I was in the same condition as you the entire week.

  • marcusgresham

    I would think tearing up because you live in Syracuse could probably be understood, as well. lol

  • marcusgresham

    True. As bad as we thought losses to UNLV and Wake Forest were, neither of them was Texas-Pan American.

  • THRyan

    My thinking is she must have an affinity for horses.

  • marcusgresham

    No kidding. My wife talks about how goofy he is every time he’s on the screen. Then they popped her face up there and I said who she was. My wife said, “that’s not right.”

  • marcusgresham

    But you can also play with a chronic dislocation; you just have to wear something to try to stop it like Brian Evans used to do. I think he’s going to be back in if that’s what it was.

  • marcusgresham

    If you remember, Hayes is 1 for 2 against IU. He really did almost nothing in the first game.

  • CAK76

    I completely agree! Can I still call him Remy?

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    OMG, I had totally forgotten about that, thanks for reminding me, and, curses for reminding me…lol

  • BL

    Not confident a shoulder harness will work given how much work he does on the boards. Quite a bit different than a scorer playing on the perimeter like Evans. Anyway, will depend on the severity and damage done to date. Naturally, hope your prediction comes true.

  • BL

    Could be really good news. Damn, if you see him again, ask him what happened and how he’s doing. Tell him you were really worried. He’ll eat it up. Our only chance at getting legit injury info.

  • mark

    Just for the record: I recall when, a couple years ago with IU over the scholly limit, people on this site speculated many times that Hartman would (or should) be pushed off the team, since in their mind he was not good enough anyway. I recall when Zeisloft was given a scholarship, many wondered out loud why Crean would give up a scholly on a guy who was not at all a standout at a mid-major school. I think no one expected OG to do much this year, being ranked something like the 238th best HS player last year. I recall a couple months ago when many people were calling for Crean to be fired immediately.
    Don’t think we’ll see comments like that for a few months, at least.
    But the team still needs to make a deep run in the tourney to silence all the Crean haters. In my book they’ve already exceeded any reasonable expectation of a team that lost 4 key players on the road to the B10 reg season championship, but here’s to hoping this “little team that could” still has more accomplishments to garner and more doubters to silence.

  • Ole Man

    Hope you’re right about the tank not being empty. Worry about Mary because it will be so emotional–and sometimes that’s not a good thing.
    Also, quite natural to have a letdown and come out flat, even with the best of intentions.
    Other than that, I began praising Crean last week 🙂

  • Ole Man

    Thank you for saying that, Ken.
    You’re one of his few critics being a “man”. The rest are hiding behind “nonsense.”

  • bleeding crimson

    There has been much talk about the officiating during the B!G season but not as much as the Iowa game. I would like to address some of the main issues:
    1st and foremost we all have our opinions on what the affect is from the ref’s….some think nothing matters and others think it dictates the end result. I would like to put it into perspective:
    1. It does sets a tone for the entire game esp. from the beginning.
    2. It’s not just the fouls called but just as important the fouls not being called.
    3. The B!G has to have the most controversial Ref’s in the entire NCAA.
    4. The Good is that it will make us a stronger team to get through the ill calls made as we have done for most of the season.
    5. In return we probably won’t see these types of calls during the NCAA T.
    6. It also affects the team as a whole to be more conservative throughout the remaining portion of the game once the fouls rack up.
    7. It also sits players on the bench that could have contributed more during their time in the game.
    8. The most important aspect is, if the ref’s are not calling the game correctly then it can put players in harms way, due to the fact we could have a match up problem, or playing out of desperation, etc. Which in return players may get injured because of such. As we seen during the Temple game before Syr. during the Dance and last night on J Morgan. Many of these situations that arise from the calls made or not being made makes the coach and team do things out of the norm. This is my biggest complaint.
    In conclusion the Zebra’s do control the game and maybe the outcome but to put players in harms way is uncalled for. So at some point they need to be held to some standard or accountability, now I don’t how that would ever happen but should be looked by the NCAA.
    I like how Zach identified the Zebra’s as the Devils in stripes maybe we should call them the Donkeys in stripes because Zebra’s actually gives them to much credit.

  • bleeding crimson

    I totally agree and just to add, I would say I still think this team has not reached it’s ceiling. They continue to grow and gel. Plus it seems like it just got started.

  • SCHoosier

    I’m a Reds fan also..I know what it is to cray a lot):

  • SCHoosier

    Sorry I’m already full from eating said crow by proclaiming the Hawks winners by five. Pretty sweet dinner actually.

  • Ole Man

    Yep; it was your posts which turned the tide! LOL!
    There were a lot of personal attacks: he’s playin’ for the NBA and other garbage.
    Lots of “short term memory” in play regarding him by some other posters.

  • eville87

    Ok so I have to give ctc credit schedule or not. After the Penn State game I was thinking here we go again. He pulled them together and got them to buy in. I pray we get past the first weekend this year. Match ups will be key in our bracket. We can either live or die by the 3. Good troy needs to show up for 4 straight weeks.

  • Bill Graham

    I agree. And I’m guilty as well. There are certain programs and players that I respect. Iowa and Uthoff for example…but I’m not above calling out Coach Cal and his employees. Programs and players that are great representatives of the game deserve respect…however, civility is difficult with others…

  • Bill Graham

    Haha! easy sarge… Respect the wat-shot.

  • Bill Graham

    TW is like that girl you dated in high school. One minute she’s the greatest thing on Earth and just when you get your hopes up she turns into your worst nightmare….Bad troy is still around…I just hope good Troy keeps showing up instead.

  • eville87

    Guilty you just never know with him. We need 4 good weeks of good troy.

  • Bill Graham

    Ya I agree! How dare he score 20 points and hit a step back three to give us our eventual game winning lead!!! psh…and people think he’s good.

  • Ole Man

    From your keyboard to God’s ears!

  • IUowns

    Bold prediction: Izzo is going down at Rutgers tonight. Same thing happens to what happend Wiscy last year. Rutgers have Corey Sanders back and I feel they can pull of a huge upset…

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Yeah, Hartman… OMG, I remember a bunch of us were thinking of him as the “spare” player, and I was wondering if that was accurate myself. I won’t judge other posters because there was nothing malicious about the thought, but at the same time I can’t help but kick myself for even wondering if it might be true, that he should leave because he was supposedly replaceable by better talent.

    Thank God he’s still around. And thank God that the sentiment was wrong. Not ill intentioned, certainly, but still turned out wrong. And I think anyone would agree that it’s better it was wrong.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    My point was nothing more than 1. Wow, those could’ve made a difference in the final score, just like Yogi’s misses could’ve salted it away, and 2. The Iowa players must be kicking themselves for missing shots they’d usually salt away. Any competitive athlete would do so over mistakes.

    Nothing negative was meant at all. Like I said, taking advantage of the opportunities opponents give you is the sign of a great team doing exactly what it’s supposed to do.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Yeah, it does go both ways. That’s just the nature of games nowadays: There are some misses that just flabbergast you. And even though any person thinking rationally would know making them would change the game enough to where it’s impossible to just say “those shots were the difference”, since the opponent could’ve also done something different, some of us fans still choose to seek significance in things we consider out of the ordinary. Like missed “easy” shots. And because of that, we – myself included – can’t help but wonder if a given anomaly was truly significant in the end, despite our rational sides knowing it can’t be analyzed that way. Make those shots, what else would’ve changed, right?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I just wanted to add from my previous reply. Stay in school as long as possible because the women aren’t hotter in the real world compared to on campus at IU.

  • Chappy Dan

    Troy deserved the criticism he got and he deserves kudos now for turning it around. Stop trying to make it personal. It’s extremely obnoxious of you to hijack this thread with your own personal “must protect Troy” agenda. Can’t wait to see how you insult me in reply.

  • Remember making my own run to Showalter as a freshman in ’87. Got there like 5 minutes after The Shot. Definitely times you never forget.

  • By the way, I meant to mention: kudos to the Iowa crowd for being respectful when JM went down and giving him a hand when he walked off the court. That was classy, and I’d hope (and am certain) that Assemblly Hall would respond the same way.

  • Well said.

  • My second-place play of the game was TB’s rebounding Yogi’s missed free throw. TB getting fouled and hitting a free throw made it a six point lead and forced Iowa to go for threes. Things might have been different if a two would have tied the game. And it was a pure hustle play.

  • Hayes was given most of his points against us as Wiscy. Hated his attitude afterwards. “Nobody could guard me,” he says. Sure, when coming within two feet of you got a whistle, you’re hard to defend. That won’t happen again–we play them a third time, he doesn’t score 10 points. Okay, rant over.

  • I think the poor FT shooting was due to their being so surprised when a call went against Iowa. Perhaps it was simply shock.

  • Right, it’s all in the flow of the game.

  • Williams had 11 points at one point in the game. I remember thinking he could be that one unknown guy who comes in and kills us.

  • marcusgresham

    ‘fraid we’re going to have a few years of that.

  • Yeah, I know.. I was kind of worried when Yogi missed those two free throws. He’s usually ‘money in the bank on free throws, whether he’s having a good night from the field or not.. and there were other opportunities. Guess we can just chalk it up as areas for improvement.. I just want so badly for us to really ‘take it to’ Maryland and win big on Sunday, then have a great B1G Tournament. If we do that, I’ll not worry so much about our performance in the NCAA. Hope we finish as strong as we all want.

  • Well one thing they can say is IU never had to play the Number 1 team.. Oh.. that’s right we are the number 1 team.. I guess you can’t play yourself.. except for practice.. I mean practice we’re talking about practice…. practice..

  • MikeinNC

    That 3 pointer by Yogi was like a dagger to the heart from a stone cold assassin. Just awesome to watch.

  • Ole Man

    People, including you, made it personal about Troy. He was being vilified for every sin the IU team committed.
    If you feel the thread has been “hijacked”, that is on you.
    “Obnoxious” is just one more example of how you get personal in your posts, but I ignore it simply by considering the source.
    As to insulting you in my reply. I have no need for that. You do it well enough on your on.