Indiana is in Canada this month, playing five games around the country. On Sunday, the Hoosiers dropped a 109-101 contest to Gee-Gees from the University of Ottawa to go 1-1 on its exhibition tour.
The Hoosiers bounced back to earn their second win of the trip on Monday night, with a 95-85 victory over Carleton, which has won four-straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) titles and 10 of the last 12.
Here’s a portion of the game recap from Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star:
“I thought our guys responded from (watching) film,” [Tom] Crean said after Monday’s win. “We left some opportunities on the table when it was time to win the game (against Ottawa), and I think the response our guys made, of learning from one day to the next, this time of year, is truly invaluable.”
Defensive mistakes weren’t repeated. Offensive possessions were treated with more care. When Carleton was forced to foul late, IU shot 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. The Hoosiers had missed five free throws during the same critical stretch Sunday.
Indiana continued to score the ball with five players in double figures, led by Yogi Ferrell’s 21 points and James Blackmon Jr.’s 19. The Hoosiers shot 61 percent from the floor and connected on 9-of-16 from beyond the arc. More importantly, the defense improved after giving up 109 points the previous evening, as it held the Ravens to 8-of-28 shooting from three.
As mentioned above, Carleton is the class of Canadian basketball, but has shown it can take on the best in the NCAA. Last summer, the Ravens held a 15-point second half lead over Syracuse before losing in overtime and knocked off Wisconsin, a team which would go on to reach the Final Four. While Carleton was playing without its best player, Philip Scrubb, the Ravens are likely more seasoned than the Hoosiers at this point, as Osterman noted there are no practice restrictions for Canadian teams during the summer.
Indiana wraps up its tour with its last two games in Quebec.
GAME OF THE NIGHT: Syracuse vs. No. 18 UConn, 3:30 p.m.
For the first time since the Orange departed the Big East, the two former rivals will square off. Today’s battle will take place at the Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Orange knocked off Charlotte yesterday and the Huskies dispatched Michigan. To get ready for this battle, I’d suggest ready through the conversation @NoEscalators had with himself last night.
THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 25 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m.
The other semifinal in the Battle 4 Atlantis could end up being just as good, as the Aggies — who might be the second best team in the SEC — square off with a Gonzaga team that has one of the best front lines in the country. This will be a good test to figure out just how good both of these teams are.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR
1. No. 20 Wichita State vs. USC, 2:00 p.m.: The Shockers will be without Fred VanVleet for this event. It will also be a chance for us to gauge just how good this 4-0 USC team is.
2. No. 23 Xavier vs. Alabama, 12:00 p.m: The Musketeers should have no problems dispatching Alabama.
3. No. 8 Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.: The Wildcats are, once again, as good as any team in the country. Josh Hart might be the nation’s most underrated star.
4. No. 14 Cal vs. San Diego State, 12:00 a.m.: Tyrone Wallace and company have been awesome this season. They get their first real test of the season tonight.
5. Providence vs. Evansville, 7:00 p.m.: Evansville is one of the nation’s best mid-majors, good enough to give the likes of Wichita State and Northern Iowa a fight in the Missouri Valley. And Providence? They got a kid named Kris Dunn. Heard of him?
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 3 Michigan State vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m.
- No. 11 Arizona vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 p.m.
- No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 6:30 p.m.
No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.
Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.
But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.
It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:
After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”: