A loss at Wisconsin and a narrow win over Minnesota led Indiana to fall in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches poll.
The Hoosiers dropped three spots Monday to No. 22 in the AP poll, while falling four spots to No. 21 in the USA Today rankings. Though it slid in the poll, Indiana remains tied with Iowa for first place in the Big Ten standings.
The Hoosiers and No. 5 Hawkeyes are among a handful of conference teams included in this week’s AP top 25, joining No. 4 Maryland, No. 10 Michigan State and No. 18 Purdue.
IU has a pair of games scheduled this week, beginning with Tuesday’s 9 p.m. tip at Michigan. Indiana closes the week at Penn State on Saturday at 8 p.m.
You can find both polls listed after the jump: (more…)
Yogi Ferrell once again finds himself in select company.
On Monday, the Indiana senior was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation’s top point guard. Ferrell is one of 10 finalists for the honor, which will narrow in on five further finalists in March.
Ferrell leads IU in scoring (17.8 points per game) and assists (5.7), while helping the Hoosiers to an 8-1 Big Ten record and a share of first place in the conference standings. During league play, Ferrell is fourth in scoring (17.5 ppg) and tied for fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (47.1). Last month, Ferrell set a new program record for career assists and has 563 entering Tuesday’s game at Michigan. Last week, Ferrell received his first career nod as the Big Ten’s Player of the Week.
Ferrell is one of two Big Ten players selected as finalists, joining Maryland’s Melo Trimble. BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth, Iowa State’s Monte Morris, Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis, Notre Dame’s Demetrius Jackson, Oakland’s Khalil Felder, Oregon State’s Gary Payton Jr., Providence’s Kris Dunn and SMU’s Nic Moore complete the list.
The winner will be announced during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show on Friday, April 8.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
With the exception of a hiccup against Wisconsin, Indiana has been trimming its turnovers, Mike writes.
IU went cold from beyond the arc vs. Minnesota, and the Hoosiers will have to pick up their 3-point efficiency on the road this week, I wrote.
From Sunday’s paper, Indiana was too casual against the Gophers, but made the most of it when Minnesota did likewise, I wrote.
Also Sunday, Thomas Bryant helped IU perform its biggest escape act of the Big Ten season, Mike wrote.
2. IT’S INDIANA
The state of IU athletics with AD Fred Glass, who says the key is not to overreact either way, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
Are the Hoosiers tough enough for a tough finish to the season, DiPrimio asks.
The Hoosiers get an ‘A’ on the Big Ten’s midseason report card, Tom Dienhart of BTN.com writes.
IU strength and conditioning coach Lyonel Anderson took a more tame approach on the sidelines Saturday, Brody Miller of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
Minnesota had the fight but not the finish against Indiana, Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes.
After losing a defensive end commitment over the weekend, Indiana added one from Allen Stallings, Bob Narang of the Chicago Tribune writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
In honor of the final days of football recruiting, here’s “White Socks, Flip Flops” by Super Furry Animals.
Another Georgia defensive lineman has decided against coming to Indiana.
2016 defensive end Chris Henderson tweeted Sunday that he has decommitted from IU’s upcoming recruiting class, leaving the Hoosiers with one more hole to fill up front.
Henderson, a three-star prospect from Hampton, Ga., originally committed to IU in August.
“I (would) like to thank the whole Indiana coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at their program,” Henderson wrote. “However I have notified the coaches that I will be de-commiting!! I won’t be doing any interviews on this matter!!”
Henderson is the third defensive lineman from the state of Georgia to decommit from IU during the 2016 recruiting cycle. Allen Cater, a three-star defensive end from Kennesaw, Ga., decommitted in December and has since narrowed in on North Carolina and Arkansas. D.J. Wonnum, a three-star defensive end from Stone Mountain, Ga., originally committed to IU on Jan. 20 before flipping for South Carolina last Sunday.
Indiana has already swung and missed on other priority targets on the defensive line during recent weeks, losing Hamilton Southeastern pass rusher Collin Miller to Nebraska, losing Center Grove defensive tackle Jovan Swann to Stanford and losing Chicago defensive tackle Amir Watts to Pittsburgh. IU also lost starting defensive tackle Darius Latham in December, when he announced he planned to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.
Coach Kevin Wilson said earlier this month that the team experimented with Cincinnati transfer Ja’Merez Bowen, moving him from the offensive line to the defensive line during bowl preparation. The Hoosiers will also return defensive tackles Nate Hoff and Ralph Green, and Wilson said he expects underclassmen Jacob Robinson and Robert McCray to continue their development as pass rushers the Hoosiers can rely on next season.
“We recruited well enough that we’ll expect Robert McCray to keep maturing, Jacob Robinson to keep maturing,” Wilson said earlier this month. “Joe Belden is back there, you got (Mike) Barwick, (Derrian) Meminger, Patrick Dougherty, Brandon Wilson, Nile Sykes, Greg Gooch.
“Brandon Wilson is 265. Does he keep growing to 280-85? Brandon Knight playing tight end at 285 was not a bad thing. If Brandon Wilson can play outside linebacker at 265-270 and be productive, that’s better than a 230-40 pound guy. But his body might grow. If you keep recruiting big guys and length guys and put them in a great workout program with great nutritional support, and you teach kids about sleep and get them to rest, those bodies keep growing.”
The Hoosiers have only four defensive players in their 2016 class. National Signing Day is Wednesday.
Here’s the release from IU on the Indiana women’s basketball team from Saturday:
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Indiana fell on the road to No. 5/5 Maryland inside the Xfinity Center on Saturday afternoon, 86-63. A big third quarter from the Terrapins separated them from the Hoosiers as Maryland won its seventh straight.
Amanda Cahill led the Hoosiers with 14 points and eight rebounds as Tyra Buss added 13 points. IU struggle to find any offense as Indiana shot just 34.8 percent from field.
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