Photos: Indiana vs. Purdue

Purdue 72, Indiana 61

Once again, the Hoosiers were not mentally strong enough during the second half. Once again, the opposing team went to the free-throw line too many times. Once again, the Hoosiers lost.

This one hurts more, if only because it was Purdue in Assembly Hall. As the Boilermakers left the court, sophomore D.J. Byrd pointed up at a small scoreboard that read: Purdue 72, Indiana 61.

JaJuan Johnson scored 20 points and E’Twaun Moore scored 17. Both did what they had to do and what was expected of them, two seniors that are contenders for All-American honors.

But it was the role players that also hurt Indiana: D.J. Byrd scored 11 points, and Terone Johnson had 9. But each made 3 3-pointers, often wide open, taking advantage of a lackluster Indiana defensive effort.

Indiana never led but did get the game close during the second half. Much like the game in Mackey Arena, the Hoosiers could not get over the hump.

Christian Watford had 18 points to lead the Hoosiers, but had two critical turnovers as he dribbled the ball out-of-bounds on consecutive possessions. Jordan Hulls, who was 1-of-6 in the first half, ended up 5-of-12 for 15 points.

The Hoosiers have now lost five in a row and at 12-16 with three regular-season games remaining are guaranteed a sub-.500 regular season for the third season in a row.

Discuss: Indiana vs. Purdue

Hoosier Morning

Indiana guard Verdell Jones swipes the arm of Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore during the team’s first game. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


Recruiting: Yogi Ferrell and Park Tudor down Collin Hartman, Cathedral

It’s games like this one, Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling says, that he sees the maturity in point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, an Indiana commitment for 2012.

Ferrell struggled to make shots in Tuesday night’s game against Cathedral, hitting on just three of 12 attempts. However, the ones he hit were crucial and he finished with 11 points and nine assists to help Class 2A Park Tudor knock off Collin Hartman and Class 4A Cathedral, one of the top rated teams in the state.

“That’s the thing with Yogi as he’s matured as a player, he’s not concerned about statistics,” Schilling said. “We all talked, I said, ‘Yogi had 11 points tonight, nine assists, but what’s Yogi all about?’ They said, ‘Winning.’ He doesn’t care about stats, he doesn’t care about anything. When he penetrated, they really did a great job of sagging and helping on him. Boom, he passed the ball. That’s the sign of the maturity.” (more…)

Tom Crean, Jeremiah Rivers say the Hoosiers are ready for Purdue

The increasingly-infamous 7:30 a.m. practice Sunday was necessary, guard Jeremiah Rivers said.

“We just got better, really,” Rivers said. “It happens. It’s part of the journey, part of college basketball. It’s what we needed. It’s a wakeup call after just a lackluster game we gave on Saturday. It was embarrassing.”

The focus of that practice was competition, Rivers said. That’s not surprising, given what we know about coach Tom Crean’s overall coaching philosophy and his reaction to Saturday’s loss to Northwestern.

“I wouldn’t say it was different stuff (than a normal practice), but it was definitely more competitive-oriented,” Rivers said. “It was competitive fighting throughout the entire practice. It was relentless and it was fun. I had a blast.”

The Hoosiers, Crean said, have responded and are now ready to come out with the necessary level of effort against Purdue at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Hoosier Morning

Jordan Hulls reacts to turning the ball over, with Tom Crean beside him. Chris Howell | Herald-Times



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