MONTREAL — I’m thinking ahead on this one, just to give you all an adequate heads up. I’ll be en route to Bloomington on Thursday, so we’re pushing the live chat back to Friday at 11 a.m.
It’s the last time, I promise. That is, until something else comes up.
But I know you’re an understanding group.
Here’s the link to send in questions. I’m sure we’ll have plenty of basketball to talk about.
MONTREAL — Let me first say that I have no idea how or if this will work.
But I’m going to pass it along anyway.
For those who wish to catch a glimpse of the 2014-15 edition of Indiana basketball, you may be able to do so by heading to this link:
It should be the one listed at the top. The game is set for a 7 p.m. tip.
MONTREAL — There are only two more games remaining on Indiana’s six-day Canadian trip, and it appears the toughest challenges are past the Hoosiers.
Obviously, back-to-back games against Ottawa and Carleton, two Canada Interuniversity Sport rivals who played for last year’s national title, provided the best barometer of where the Hoosiers stand against legitimate opponents.
Tuesday’s game is against McGill University in downtown Montreal. The Redmen are void of much size in their lineup, but won their conference last year with a 22-11 overall record.
The size difference of the Canadian teams is at least one thing IU coach Tom Crean wants his players to remember. Seldom will these teams outmuscle anyone under the basket. Rather, they’ve shown to be adept at both finding the proper positioning and using quickness to get to rebounds before they fall out of grasp.
It’s a major takeaway Crean wants IU to bring back to Bloomington.
“Of all the things we’ve seen in three games, the best thing our players can learn from another team over here right now — because they’re smaller at times — is how quick they chase down balls,” Crean said. “We’re going to have to have a team rebounding team. We had some of the best rebounders around the last couple years at Indiana, with Cody Zeller, and Christian Watford was very good, Noah Vonleh was as good of a defensive rebounder as there was a year ago.
“We miss that, so it’s gotta come from everybody. If we’re gonna play small, we’ve gotta be quick, fast, physical and tough. Those are things we can learn. I’d look at that and say we’ll be able to carry that lesson with us for awhile when we get back home.”
In three games, Indiana has outrebounded its Canadian opposition 112-98. Much of that margin comes from Friday’s blowout win over Laval, when the Hoosiers picked up 53 boards to Laval’s 36. Both IU and Ottawa were tabbed for 25 rebounds on Sunday and Carleton won the battle on the glass last night, 37-34.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana showed an aptitude for learning by bouncing back from Sunday’s loss with a win over defending Canadian national champion Carleton on Monday, Mike wrote.
Assistant coach Tim Buckley’s suggestion to start Devin Davis paid off for the Hoosiers on Monday, Mike wrote.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Indiana fans and media were well-represented against Carleton on Monday, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen wrote.
Video highlights of the Hoosiers’ exhibition win, via Inside the Hall.
Teri Moren’s sudden departure from Indiana State to take the women’s basketball job at Indiana highlights the player-coach inequity in NCAA sports, Todd Golden of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star wrote.
IU comes in at No. 11 in the preseason Big Ten power rankings, via ESPN.com.
2014 power forward Ray Kasongo is looking for a home after being denied admission to Oregon, and Indiana is a potential destination, Scott Manning at BTpowerhouse.com writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Just like the Hoosiers, Alanis Morissette says “You Learn.”
Nick Zeisloft and Yogi Ferrell
OTTAWA — Although the gym at Carleton University is a fraction of the size of what Indiana will see on the road this winter, they hang their banners with pride from the metal rafters that are quite used to supporting the memories champions.
Ten of the last 12 Canada Interuniversity Sport champions have called Carleton home and, for a young Indiana team that’s looking to use this foreign trip as a chance to grow, Monday’s game against the Ravens represented its best chance to impress on a national stage north of the border.
And, a day after the Hoosiers wilted late in a loss to Ottawa University, they came together for their best performance yet.
Indiana fixed some of the defensive miscues that cost it on Sunday, scored big early and held on late in a 95-85 win over the defending CIS champions.
Yogi Ferrell led five Hoosiers in double figures with 12 points, while James Blackmon added 19 and Nick Zeisloft finished with 14. Indiana never trailed in a game that served as both a statement of resolve and a testament to lessons learned.
“We left some things on the table (Sunday),” IU coach Tom Crean said. “We left some opportunities on the table when it was time to win the game and I think the response that our guys made of learning form one day to the next at this time of the year is truly invaluable. The win is the culmination of coming in with a really, really good mindset today.
Indiana opened the game on a 27-11 run and never trailed. The starting lineup featured a small tweak, with Devin Davis joining Ferrell, Blackmon, Zeisloft and Troy Williams in the starting five.
A day after looking a little off against Ottawa, Ferrell keyed the offense from the onset. He hit tough shots, found opponents in tight spaces and provided the steady hand that helped feed the Hoosiers an impressive win in a hostile environment.
“This was a very player-driven game,” Ferrell said. “Down the stretch, everybody in the huddle was talking, saying we didn’t want to lose this game. We didn’t want to be sad going back to the hotel. Playing a team like that is definitely going to help us in the long run when we get to the Big Ten.”
More to come.