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1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana bounced back with a win, albeit a sloppy one, over St. John’s in Maui, Mike writes.
Mistakes and misspellings in the box scores made for a frustrated Bob Knight and turned out to be the ticket for an annual trip to Maui as statkeepers for a Bloomington trio, Mike writes.
The IU football team is hungry for more than a big Thanksgiving meal this week, Andy writes.
Nate Sudfeld is a finalist for the Wuerrfel Trophy, while Jason Spriggs failed to make the final cut for the Outland Trophy, we reported.
A career-high 29 points from Tyra Buss helped pace IU women’s basketball to a road win at IPFW, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
St. John’s showed signs of progress in the loss to Indiana, the New York Daily News reported.
Five takeaways from Indiana’s win on Tuesday, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.
In case you missed it, a compilation of some of Bill Walton’s ramblings on the IU broadcast against St. John’s, via Alex McCarthy at Inside Indiana.
There’s belief, there’s perspective and there’s what passes for Indiana basketball, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
Five factors in Indiana overcoming a slow start to win at Maryland last Saturday, Billy at puntjohnpunt.com writes.
IU’s Jason Spriggs says not beating Purdue and going to a bowl would make his Hoosier career feel like a failure, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
The IU women’s basketball team escaped with a victory at IPFW despite too many turnovers and too many offensive rebounds allowed, Taylor Lehman of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
In keeping with our Hawaiian theme, here’s Don Ho with “Tiny Bubbles.”
THE MODERATOR: We welcome Coach Crean, Yogi Ferrell and Thomas Bryant to the media room. Coach, an opening statement?
COACH CREAN: I thought for the fact that we played less than 24 hours completely differently today was a great sign of the aptitude of our team, the attitude of our team, and the desire of our team. I think that’s how it played out.
We didn’t play great. It wasn’t always pretty. They made baskets. But it’s not going to be when you’re playing against other competitive teams when you’re in this environment. But we played with great purpose. We went to a game plan that really was where we needed to end the game yesterday, and we didn’t end it that way, but we came at it and established it right away.
I thought Yogi and Rob did a fantastic job of getting the teams centered early and Thomas did a great job of getting the team anchored. And then Collin and Nick were all over the court. That’s exactly what it has to be. Thomas came out for a very young freshman, and after a tough day, one where he certainly could have played a lot better, we all could have played a lot better. We all could have done everything better. We came out and did a much, much better job of that today.
Offensively, defensively there are still things we’ve got to get better at. We’re the product right now on that front line of three very inexperienced freshmen and a senior that’s transferred in, and our deck is not stacked when it comes to dealing with some of these other teams in low post defense and isolation abilities and things like that. But we made enough adjustments and these guys did a very good job with their teammates of playing with great resolve today.
LAHAINA, Hawaii — It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.
Despite 16 turnovers and general sloppiness, Indiana returned from a problematic tournament-opening loss to beat St. John’s 83-73 on Tuesday in its second game at the Maui Invitational.
The Hoosiers never trailed Tuesday and led by as many as 17 points late in the first half. But a maddening level of inconsistency and a lack of ball security allowed the Johnnies to hang around.
After trailing 42-31 at halftime, a strong St. John’s start out of the break got the Johnnies within four points. But that’s as close as Chris Mullins’ team would get, connecting on two field goals over their next eight attempts from the field after cutting it to a two-possession game. Indiana failed to provide itself a comfortable margin of victory, but created just enough separation to outlast St. John’s and secure a matchup with the winner between UNLV and Chaminade on Wednesday at noon.
Yogi Ferrell led all scorers with 22 points.
Indiana did not make the trip to Hawaii with any intention of playing St. John’s, a team that lost an exhibition at home to a Division II school earlier this month.
Maui was supposed to be Indiana’s stage to announce itself as a national contender. Instead, the Hoosiers are paying for the sin of losing Monday’s opener against Wake Forest. As it was made clear throughout Tuesday’s contest, Indiana may not see a single NCAA Tournament team during its stay on the island — another sobering reminder of the consequences to losing to the Demon Deacons.
Troy Williams and James Blackmon Jr. were relegated to the bench Tuesday for their poor play against Wake Forest. Blackmon was Indiana’s first sub, coming off the bench at the 14:17 mark of the first half. Williams followed two minutes later and, on his first trip down the floor, hit a 3-pointer that gave the Hoosiers a 19-8 advantage midway through the period.
Blackmon finished with 12 points and Williams added seven.
Indiana got back to feeding the post against St. John’s, and freshman center Thomas Bryant bounced back from a rough game with 15 of his eventual 19 points in the first half.
But Indiana’s hope for a big response was somewhat muted but its turnovers and the 25 points St. Johns scored off of them.
This story will be updated.
The official release from IU:
Indiana senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld was named Offensive Player of the Week and redshirt sophomore kicker Griffin Oakes was recognized as co-Special Teams Player of the Week, the Big Ten announced Monday. The honor is the first for Sudfeld and is the second straight for Oakes and the third overall in his career. This is the first time two Hoosiers have collected offensive and special teams conference accolades in the same week.
Four IU standouts (5 times) have notched league awards in 2015. Junior running back Jordan Howard was named co-Offensive Player of the Week following the Wake Forest game, true freshman safety Jonathan Crawford was named co-Freshman of the Week following the Western Kentucky game, and Oakes snared his first of 2015 following the Michigan game.
Sudfeld matched career marks with four passing touchdowns (4th time) and five total scores at Maryland. He went 23-of-35 (65.7) for 385 yards, the second-highest total of his career, and carded a career-best 195.8 passer rating.
The Modesto, Calif., native leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game (283.4; 20th nationally), passing yards (2,834; 24th), total offense per game (286.2; 23rd), total offense (2,862; 27th), passing efficiency (149.1; 33rd) and yards per attempt (8.5; T-21st), is second in yards per completion (14.1; 15th), is third in touchdowns (20; T-28th), is tied for fourth in fewest interceptions (5) and is sixth in completion percentage (59.9).
Sudfeld is first in passing touchdowns (54), 350-yard games (4) and four-touchdown games (4), tied for first in 400-yard games (1), 300-yard games (9) and 200-yard games (18), second in completion percentage (60.6) and three-touchdown games (8), third in passing yardage (7,140), completions (547) and 250-yard games (11), fourth in total offense (7,239) and fifth in attempts (903) on IU’s career lists in 35 games (24 starts).
His five 300-yard games in 2015 are second, his 2,834 passing yards are fourth, his 20 touchdowns are fifth, and his 2,862 total yards are sixth on the program’s single-season list.
For the second time in as many weeks, Oakes matched an IU single-game record with four field goals (8th time), from 21, 19, 48 and 36 yards, hit all five of his extra points, finished with 17 points and converted his fifth onside kick attempt in six career tries. His kickoffs helped limit one of the nation’s top return specialists, Will Likely, to just 65 yards on five returns, a 13.0 average. Oakes had three touchbacks and averaged 63.4 yards.
The Greenwood, Ind., product is first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (90.9, T-5th nationally), field goals (20, T-7th), and among B1G kickers (13th) and tied for first among all players (T-22nd) with 9.3 points per game. Oakes has 45 touchbacks on 73 kickoffs. He leads the conference in touchbacks (8th nationally) and touchback percentage (61.6, 15th), and he is 2nd in kickoff average (63.3, 21st).
Oakes is 20-of-22 (90.9) on field goals and 42-of-45 (93.3) on extra points in 2015. He is second in field goals, tied for fourth in PATs and fifth in points (102) on IU’s single season lists. In his career, Oakes is tied for seventh on the program’s career field goals chart, hitting 33-of-40 (82.5), and tied for eighth on the extra points ledger, connecting on 65-of-68 (95.6).
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THE MODERATOR: We now welcome Max Bielfeldt and Robert Johnson to the interview room.
Q. I guess for either of you, but Max, maybe for you, you guys are up nine there. You kind of had them back on their heels and then I guess what happened after that?
MAX BIELFELDT: Yeah, we got a little bit of a run there. Just didn’t execute. That was the point we tried to emphasize all year. Unfortunately, it came up again where we get those runs going in that eight-minute span, and we have to beat a team that pushes that out.
It’s tough to say exactly what happened, but I think just being able to come together and run our offense to perfection at that point is really what we need to do.
Q. Robert, I know defense has a lot of components to it. But they were able to drive on you, got inside a lot, 50-something points in paint. What was the issue on the perimeter defense and not being able to stop the drives?
ROBERT JOHNSON: I think it came from, first off, a lack of communication, that was a big part of it. And second thing, I’d just say a mindset. For myself and everybody else we’ve got to continue to build a defensive mindset that we’re going to go out there and stop you.
Q. Max, with 3.2 seconds, Collin had the ball out of bounds. What was the plan there and what went wrong with that play?
MAX BIELFELDT: The plan was to throw it to me and find someone cutting. They threw it up and had a lot of hands in there for that long pass, and it just didn’t quite work out as we wanted it to.
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Indiana will be adding a guard from overseas midseason, according to The Press News out of New Zealand.
Laken Wairau, a 5-foot-9 guard out of New Zealand, will reportedly join the team at the end of December.
“It’s pretty surreal,” the 18-year-old from Christchurch High School told The Press. “Coming from a small country like New Zealand and moving to the US is a pretty big deal, but I’m nothing but excited about it and I’ve just got to embrace the opportunity.”
The Hoosiers have been in some need of backcourt depth. Junior college point guard Victoria Kemokai left the team in October, and the Hoosiers currently have 10 active players on their roster.
Here is a link to the original article.
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