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November 22, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Indiana puts on dunk show at UW’s expense

ndiana's Troy Williams drives to the basket against Washington's Perris Blackwell during the first half of Friday's 2K Sports Classic game at Madison Square Garden. Williams scored a team-high 22 points in the Hoosiers' 102-84 victory. / Jim O'Connor/USA TODAY Sports

ndiana’s Troy Williams drives to the basket against Washington’s Perris Blackwell during the first half of Friday’s 2K Sports Classic game at Madison Square Garden. Williams scored a team-high 22 points in the Hoosiers’ 102-84 victory. / Jim O’Connor/USA TODAY Sports

This one was over quick.

Indiana’s Will Sheehey dropped in a layup. Kevin ‘Yogi’ Ferrell drained a three-pointer. Troy Williams and Jeremy Hollowell added two more layups and before the 10,064 at Madison Square Garden settled into their seats, Washington was down 0-9 and the rout was on.

The Huskies trailed 19-16 with 12:53 left and that was as close as they would get before falling behind by as many as 22 points in a 102-84 defeat in the 2K Sports Classic.

There’s so many troubling aspects of this game for the Huskies, but coach Lorenzo Romar has got to worry about his team’s inability to bounce back and make this a game. After Indiana’s fast start, the Hoosiers essentially cruised to a comfortable 18-point win.

Indiana freshman forwards Troy Williams (22 points and eight rebounds) and Noah Vonleh (18 points and nine rebounds) were bigger, stronger and more athletic than anyone the Huskies put in front of them. Williams, Vonleh and Sheehey (16 points) sailed over and around the Huskies for an impressive aerial array of putback dunks, two-hand jams and tomahawk slams.

Washington never led, never mounted any real threat, never gained momentum for a long stretch and never got closer than three-points after IU’s opening run.

Of course, the Huskies (2-2) have other problems. For starters, they can’t rebound.

They’ve been outrebounded in three of their four games. Tonight, they were dominated 50-29 on the glass. Indiana had 20 offensive rebounds, which explains why IU led 27-16 in second-chance points.

Washington has trouble rebounding because the Huskies are short-handed on the front line and just plain short.

Perhaps out of necessity, Romar has used a four-guard lineup for extended minutes. The small-ball tactic worked last Sunday against Eastern Washington. However, against a talented squad like Indiana the Huskies were helpless to prevent what became a dunk show for the Hoosiers.

Washington’s other problem: It can’t shoot straight.

Four games into the season, the Huskies have to admit they’re a dreadful three-point shooting team. They’re shooting 25.8 behind the arc. Tonight they were 5 of 17 (29.4 percent) from downtown, which was the best they’ve shot in any game this season. Of course it doesn’t help if C.J. Wilcox, arguably one of the best three-point shooters in the Pac-12, goes 2 of 10 on treys.

The offense is a mess right now. Is Washington running the high post offense or a motion offense? It’s hard to tell. You can’t pin all of this on Romar. He’s missing two significant players in Jernard Jarreau and Desmond Simmons. 

Another contributing factor is Washington – like every other college team – is adjusting to the new defensive rules, which has placed a premium on dribble drive penetration. You’re not seeing a lot of ball movement in college basketball. Washington has played two games with fewer than 10 assists. Not surprising they lost both contests.

It’s impossible for the Huskies to fix all of their problems before Friday’s 2 p.m. consolation game against Boston College. They won’t have a lot of time to prep for the Golden Eagles (1-4), which lost 72-70 to Connecticut in Thursday’s other semifinal.

The best thing the Huskies can do is flush Thursday’s game out of their system as quickly as possible and come back the next day and play as hard as they can for as long as they can. Winning consolation games has virtually nothing to do with talent and preparation. The team that shows effort and desire will leave New York with a 1-1 split

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November 21, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Video: Perris Blackwell and C.J. Wilcox after UW’s 102-84 loss to Indiana

[do action="brightcove-video" videoid="2857920033001"/] In the video (above), Washington forward Perris Blackwell talked about Indiana’s size disparity following Washington’s 102-84 defeat. Blackwell said: “I don’t think it was necessarily hard. It’s just that we got in a lot of foul trouble, so we had a lack of bigs. So it was just tough trying to pick up with…

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November 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Video: Indiana coach Tom Crean and players after 102-84 win over Washington

[do action="brightcove-video" videoid="2858010047001"/] After their 102-84 win over Washington, Indiana coach Tom Crean said the Hoosiers took control in early minutes and never let up. Here’s the video (above). “We got off to as great a start as we could have for a team that is in this environment,” he Crean said. “Our guys continued to take…

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November 21, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Guess the UW Score: Indiana

Frank Sinatra got it right in the classic ‘New York, New York’ when he sang: “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.”

There’s just something about this place. Gotham City makes you hustle no matter what walk of life you’re in. It puts you on edge. There’s no place like it.

And there’s no better venue to watch a basketball game than renovated Madison Square Garden.

No way around it, big night for Washington in the Big Apple against Big Ten powerhouse Indiana.

Before we get to tonight’s game, let’s take care of last Sunday’s contest. The Huskies pulled out a 92-80 win over Eastern Washington.

The Guess the UW Score contest winner was subwayalum, who predicted UW would prevail 93-77.

Good job. Contact me via email (pallen@seattletimes.com) or Twitter to claim your prize.

And for the GTUWS newcomers, here’s how the game works. You make your predictions in the comments section on this thread. The closest to the final score wins a hot dog and soft drink at a Washington home men’s basketball game on me.

Alright then, take it away Ol’ Blue Eyes …

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE:

UC Santa Barbara (2-1) at Colorado (4-1), 5 p.m. …………….. Pac-12 Networks

Washington (2-1) vs. Indiana (4-0) in New York, 6 p.m. ………. ESPN2

Washington State (2-0) at No. 13 Gonzaga (3-0), 6 p.m. ……… ROOT

Grand Canyon (1-2) at Utah (2-0), 6:30 p.m. ……………………. No TV

Texas Southern (2-3) at Stanford (3-1), 7 p.m. ………………….. Pac-12 Networks

West Alabama (1-1) at USC (3-1), 7 p.m. ………………………… Pac-12 Los Angeles

Picks: Colorado, Gonzaga, Utah, Stanford and USC

Season tally: 26-6

AND THE UW-INDIANA WINNER IS ….

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November 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Scouting report: Indiana

Scouting report: Indiana
Game info: 6 p.m. Thursday at Madison Square Garden (19,812 capacity).

TV: ESPN2 (John Saunders and Fran Fraschilla).
Radio: 950-AM KJR (Mike Gastineau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 4-0.
2012-13 record: 29-7 overall, 14-4 (first in Big Ten).

Stats/schedule: Click here.

Game notes: Indiana.

Coach: Tom Crean is in his sixth year at Indiana with an 88-82 record with the Hoosiers. The 47-year-old coach is 278-178 in 15 years as a college head coach, including a 190-96 record during a nine-year stint at Marquette. His teams have made seven NCAA tournament appearances, five with Marquette and two with Indiana. After guiding the Golden Eagles to the NCAA tourney second round in 2008 he took replaced Kelvin Sampson and over at Indiana. Last year, Indiana announced it had given Crean a 10-year contract extension. His annual salary is reportedly $3.16 million. A graduate of Central Michigan, he’s married to Joani Harbaugh who is the sister to San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Baltimore Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh.

Prediction: The Hoosiers were picked to finish sixth in the 12-team Big Ten in a preseason poll of 24 writers who cover the conference.

Series: Indiana is 2-1 all-time against Washington.

Last meeting: The Hoosiers won 71-57 in the Far West Classic in Portland on Dec. 27, 1978.

Previous game: Sophomore guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 24 points and freshman forward Noah Vonleh had his fourth straight double-double (18 points and 15 rebounds) Sunday to help Indiana pull away from Stony Brook 90-74. Indiana opened the second half on a 12-6 run, extending a six-point halftime lead to 53-41 with 15:23 to play and sealed the win with a late 12-4 spurt. (Highlights above.)

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November 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Indiana coach Tom Crean on Washington: ‘Their speed is the best we have watched’

Here’s video (above) of Indiana coach Tom Crean talking about Washington and Thursday’s game against the Huskies in the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden. Here’s a partial transcript. (What stands out about Washington?) “Their speed, their transition game is the best we have watched on film and the best we will see in a long…

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November 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Ten minutes with Indiana coach Tom Crean

Indiana coach Tom Crean has led Hoosiers to a 4-0 start. (Photo credit: Richard Mackson - US Presswire)

Indiana coach Tom Crean has led Hoosiers to a 4-0 start. (Photo credit: Richard Mackson – US Presswire)

Indiana coach Tom Crean answered a few questions on a teleconference call with media about the 2K Sports Classic and the Hoosiers, who face Washington on Thursday at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

(Opening statement) “First of all as always with anything Rick Giles and the Gazelle Group are doing it is an honor to be in it. Judging from the time, the first time I was ever involved with Rick back at Marquette all the way to going into last year, we always come in with a lot of anticipation. We come in with, there’s an enthusiasm level that is high because we know we’re in a first-class event and we’re going to be playing excellent teams and it’s going to be in a big-time venue.

“Our team is excited for it. We’ve played four games at home. We’ve had some big wins. We had a nail-biter that came down to a missed shot at the buzzer last Tuesday night in the first round of this tournament. To us, our guys are really, really excited to play. We’re getting better. Literally we can see it week by week and it’s showing up game by game. This is going to be a whole different deal for us now. Not only because like some of the others we’re going on the road for the first time. But we’re going on the road with so many guys that have never been anywhere in college basketball other than Assembly Hall because we’re so young. We’re bringing in 11 freshmen and sophomores and again, we got to hope that excitement level and that energy level does not override the fact that we have to come in with great intelligence, great discipline and try to build our identity from the very beginning inside of the games.”

(What have you seen in Noah Vonleh and why has he been able to make an impact so quickly?) “We see it everyday because he’s starting to get better. He has a great humility and humbleness because he knows he’s got to get a lot better. He wants to learn. He’s been well coached coming into this. His mother is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met and it carries right over into the way Noah is. I don’t think any of us are surprised. We know that he’s got high capabilities. He’s got an excellent motor. Again there’s a lot of room for improvement with him. I think his numbers are impressive, but I think his improvement rate is even more impressive. I think he’s getting more comfortable everyday and a lot of that comes because he works so hard and he’s learning how to prepare for the games just as much as he works to get ready for practice.”

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