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By the numbers
3 Hoosiers who are shooting better than 50 percent from 3-point range while appearing in all six games this season. Nick Zeisloft leads the way at 60.7 percent (17-of-28), followed by Max Bielfeldt (5-of-9) and Robert Johnson (9-of-18).
6 Place Indiana finished at the Maui Invitational seven years after finishing seventh. The Hoosiers’ lone Maui championship came in 2002, with a 70-63 win over Virginia in the title game as Bracey Wright won MVP honors.
7 Less rebounds per game for the Hoosiers during their three games in Maui than during the first three games of the season at Assembly Hall. IU was outrebounded by an average of 36.6 to 34.3 in the past three games.

Turnover prone
Indiana’s turnover woes, which came to the forefront while going 1-2 in three games at the Maui Invitational, are just as bad statistically as they appeared to be during the games.

Thursday’s statistics had the Hoosiers ranked 337th in Division I at 17.5 turnovers per game. There are only 346 official Division I teams. Five more teams are in the process of transitioning to Division I status, but all of them commit less turnovers than the Hoosiers, meaning their inclusion would have IU ranked 342nd out of 351 teams.

Indiana is forcing 15.5 turnovers per game, so the news is slightly better in turnover margin where the Hoosiers are tied for 259th with, among other teams, Purdue.

And the ranking bumps up to 172nd in assist to turnover ratio, which shows the Hoosiers are sharing the ball with each other as well as with the opposing team.

Yogi tracker
Senior guard Yogi Ferrell continues to climb the all-time charts at Indiana. Ferrell passed Walt Bellamy (1,441) and D.J. White (1,447) to move into 17th on the IU all-time scoring list while in Maui. Ferrell now has 1,471 points and next up in 16th is Bracey Wright at 1,498.

With nine assists against UNLV on Wednesday, Ferrell moved past the duo of Damon Bailey and Jamal Meeks into fourth alone on the all-time assists list. He is now just 20 shy of Tom Coverdale in third.

Ferrell is averaging a career-best seven assists through the first six games, well ahead of his 4.9 assist per game average last year.

Recruit watch

De’Ron Davis, 6-9, F, Aurora, Col., 2016: Opens the season on Tuesday.
Grant Gelon, 6-5, G, Crown Point, 2016: Scored 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting in a 71-64 loss to Lafayette Jeff in the season opener Wednesday.
Curtis Jones, 6-4, G, Highland Springs, Va. (Huntington Prep), 2016: Named MVP at The Grind Session in Houston with 33 points, five assists and three rebounds in an 84-69 win over Victory Prep last Friday. Added 21 points and 10 assists in 79-68 win over Planet Athlete last Saturday.
Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga., 2017: Posted 15 points and three assists in season-opening 65-55 loss to Heritage at the Courtcred Run & Shoot Classic.

Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016:
Had 18 points last week in an 80-33 win over Columbus East and scored four points in a 92-47 win over Fort Wayne Bishop Leurs last Saturday.
Ria Gulley, 5-9, G, San Antonio, Texas, 2016: Her Clark High School team is already 14-0 and ranked No. 14 in Class 6A, but no stats available.
Bre Wickware, 6-1, F, Denton, Texas, 2016: Scored 16 points in Guyer’s 65-50 loss to Irving MacArthur on Tuesday, nine points in 44-39 win over Coppell last Friday and 13 points in 68-51 win over Dallas Lincoln in last week’s opener.
Bailey Broadnax, 6-0, F, Crowley, Texas (Hill Junior College), 2016: Delivered 12 points and nine rebounds in a 64-50 win over Howard last Saturday. Is averaging 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds through the season’s first nine games.
Alexis Johnson, 6-1, F, Houston, Texas, 2017: No stats available.
Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2017: Posted 12 points and six rebounds in Archer’s season-opening 61-46 win over Mountainview.
Bree Boles, 6-3, F, Lapel, 2018: Set the pace with 37 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in a 78-66 win over Cambridge City last Friday, then had 26 points and six rebounds in a 67-41 win over Alexandria-Monroe Wednesday.


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Greg Frey nominated for Broyles Award

Indiana offensive line coach Greg Frey, who has orchestrated units recognized in the Big Ten and nationally for their excellence, is a nominee for the 2015 Broyles Award presented annually to the nation’s top assistant football coach.

Frey works for a man who has earned the honor, established in 1976 to honor legendary Arkansas coach Frank Broyles. Kevin Wilson, IU’s head coach, is a two-time finalist for the Broyles and won it in 2008.

IU’s offensive line play has literally paved the way for the Big Ten’s top offense this season, and has fueled a robust Hoosier attack through much of Frey’s five seasons in Bloomington.

Frey, formally an assistant for Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia and Michigan before arriving with Wilson at Indiana, has helped the current Hoosier club rank first in the conference in total offense (475.5; 24th nationally), passing offense (280.1; 27th), scoring offense (34.5; 34th) and sacks allowed (13, tied for 18th nationally.)

Indiana enior left tackle Jason Spriggs , one of six semifinalists for the 2015 Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top offensive or defensive linemen, and redshirt junior right guard Dan Feeney was an midseason All-America selection. The duo has allowed only two sacks in 400 called pass attempts. Feeney owns a team-best 80 knockdowns in 881 snaps and Spriggs has 61 knockdowns in 886 snaps. Spriggs has already accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

The IU press release about Frey’s Broyles nomination is below the fold:



IU postgame transcript from UNLV #iubb

LAHAINA, Hawaii — UNLV – 72 INDIANA – 69

THE MODERATOR: We now welcome Indiana to the media room, Coach Crean, James Blackmon, Jr., and Nick Zeisloft. Start with an opening statement from coach.

COACH CREAN: It was a hard-fought game. We knew it would be. I’m sure a Vegas-Indiana game brought back a lot of memories for a lot of people. It was really in the scheme of history, it was an honor to play the Runnin’ Rebels. It really was.

I’ve got great respect for their coach, tremendous respect for him. Don’t know him great, but I was following him as an assistant with what he was doing at BYU with Dave Rose before he became the head coach at Vegas. I would say that there are — I’m not alone. I like to be in the fan club, but I’m not a single member when it comes to the coaching fraternity. People have a tremendous level of respect for Dave and what he’s doing.

That game shows a lot of ways what they’re capable of, because they were right there on Monday night. And then they got the second half going, and they really moved the ball. And they’re getting better. When you look at some of their percentages from even some of the guys that have transferred in, that year off has made them a lot better.

We knew we were going to be in a battle, and what we’ve got to learn in this young season is we had it happen here and we had it happen in the wake game, and we did a pretty decent job with it yesterday, but momentum is always up for grabs, all right? That means when you get it, you’ve got to hold it. When you don’t have it, you’ve got to find something to get it back. We had a couple moments today where we did get it back, but we also some moments where the game was up for grabs and we didn’t do a great job.

We got ourselves in a hole at the beginning with our turnovers, and you’re not going to beat any type of team, let alone one as talented as UNLV, when you’re giving them 22 points. It’s unacceptable with the guys that have the ball in their hands for us to be giving the ball that way, and we’ve got to get that fixed. We really do, or we’ve got to fix the lineup.

We’re a growing team right now in a lot of ways. The most important thing that we could grow into is understanding where our responsibilities lie as individuals and improvement, and as a team for how we can be collectively better. (more…)


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IU’s disappointing Maui trip ends with 72-69 loss to UNLV #iubb

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Serenity eluded Indiana over its three-game run in Hawaii, a trip that saw the Hoosiers fail to find their footing.

After a 72-69 loss to UNLV in its Maui Invitational finale on Wednesday, Indiana returns to the mainland facing serious questions about its defensive capacity and general ball security after a troubling trip west.

In the middle of arguably the toughest two-week non-conference run in Tom Crean’s eight-year tenure as IU coach, the Hoosiers are — more than anything — stuck. Indiana returns Monday at home against Alcorn State before traveling to Duke on Wednesday night for a primetime showdown with the defending national champions in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Hoosiers committed 21 turnovers and never led, dropping the second of three games to one of the tournament field’s bottom-tier teams. IU shot 11-for-20 from beyond the arc, but only 10-for-19 at the free throw line.

Nick Zeisloft scored a team-high 17 points for Indiana, while James Blackmon Jr. added 13 points and seven rebounds.

A day after being removed from the lineup due to poor play in the tournament opener, Blackmon and Troy Williams each started for Indiana.

Williams, especially, was part of another sloppy start for the Hoosiers, who committed three turnovers — two by Williams — in the first four minutes and trailed 13-7 at the first media timeout. That deficit only swelled as the Hoosiers committed eight turnovers in the first eight minutes. It was easily the most troubling of IU’s three-day run on the island, a start that was only further torpedoed by Indiana’s struggles at the free throw line, where the Hoosiers hit only five of their first 12 shots at the line.

After UNLV’s lead extended to as many as 15 points, the Hoosiers responded with a 12-0 run to get within 27-24 with five minutes left in the half. The Rebels led 41-34 at halftime before Indiana forced its way back and tied the game on a 3-pointer by Blackmon five minutes into the second half.

After tying the game, IU failed to score over the next five minutes — a span that saw three IU turnovers. A 3-pointer from Max Bielfeldt and a layup from Williams got IU within 55-53, but turnovers, missed shots under the basket and an absent defensive approach from the Hoosiers allowed UNLV to a 7-0 run and a 62-53 lead with six minutes remaining in regulation. Two minutes later, that Rebels advantage expanded to 13 points.

Indiana charged back in the final minutes, inching as close as three points with seven seconds left. Following an inbounds play with three seconds on the clock, Nick Zeisloft’s potential game-tying 3 was blocked and IU hung their heads and walked off the court in defeat.


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