Hoosiers Offense Ranks Among National and Big Ten Leaders Over Last Three Years
May 28, 2014
Bloomington, Indiana - The Indiana University men's basketball program has posted many of the best numbers nationally and in the Big Ten offensively over the last three seasons. The numbers during that time would show that many who have worn Cream and Crimson have shown significant season to season improvement and have been able to put up some impressive numbers along the way, both individually and as a team.
During the 104 game stretch (73-31), IU leads all Big Ten teams in scoring (76.2), field goal percentage (47.5), free throw percentage (74.6), free throws made (1,903) and free throws attempted (2,551). The numbers also show that IU is the best three-point shooting team not only in the Big Ten, but nationally among major conference school's making 39.4% of its long distance tries. To show that IU's success from long distance carries over, the Hoosier's 39.9% success rate in 54 games against conference opposition also is a national best since the 2011-12 season.
"Floor spacing and moving the basketball have been critical to our success," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "When we have been successful, we have played with confidence, consistency and limited the number of mistakes we make. We also feed off our defense to allow us to be an effective team in transition."
What the numbers have shown
"You want to shoot in rhythm an you want to make the next pass," noted Crean about IU's proficiency past the arc. "If a team wants top give you the drive to the basket or allows you to pound the ball inside and get fouled, you take advantage it."
When you look at a team's efficiency, IU has scored 1,903 points from the foul line and 1,986 points from three-point range over the last three years.
The Cook Hall Factor
Hulls came into IU and shot 40.6 from the field as a freshman and 40.2 from long range that first year. By his junior year, he was shooting 50.4 from the field and 49.3 from three-point range and finished second in three-point field goals made all-time at IU with 254.
As a freshman, Christian Watford hit just 31.9 of his three-point shots, yet as a senior he was one of the top shooters in the Big Ten hitting 48.4 from long distance and eventually made 164 three-pointers.
Derek Elston improved from a 17.6 mark from long range as a sophomore to 55.2 as a junior before injuries hampered him the rest of his career.
In his only season with the Hoosiers, Vonleh made just one of eight three-pointers in non conference play and missed all of his free throws in two pre season games. He made 15 of 25 triples (60.0) in Big Ten play and was one of the team's top free throw shooters making 71.6 from the line.
During his first year with the Hoosiers, Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell averaged 7.6 points and shot 30.3 from beyond the arc. Last year, he led the league in three-pointers made per game, averaged 17.3 points and shot 40.0 from long distance.
Will Sheehey raised his scoring average from 4.8 as a freshman to 11.4 as a senior. He started his career as a 30.4 shooter from downtown and finished his career at 34.3.
Oladipo's transformation and work ethic turned him from a potential second round pick to the second pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. As a sophomore, he shot 47.1 from the field and 20.8 from three-point range. Following a summer dedicated to improving his shot, Oladipo shot 59.9 from the floor and 44.1 from beyond the arc.
Getting To The Line
A Look Ahead
Junior Hanner Mosquera Perea improved his shooting from 38.5 as a frosh to 57.5 as a sophomore and from the line from 41.2 to 72.3. Sophomore Devin Davis showed flashes of excellence shooting 52.9 from the field and 66.7 from the line as a freshman. Sophomores Collin Hartman and Peter Jurkin are battling back from injuries.
The 2014 recruiting class has been dubbed as the best outside shooting class in the country by some recruiting pundits. Guard James Blackmon, Jr., averaged 33.4 points and 46.0 from beyond the arc and made 4.5 three-pointers per game. He also won the three-point shooting contest at the McDonald's All-American game. Guard Robert Johnson averaged 24.5 points per game and was the Richmond (Va.) Area Player of the Year making more than 2.5 three-pointers per game.
Small forward Max Hoetzel from Wilbraham & Monson Academy is a native Californian who can stretch the floor and made 20 three-pointers in one minute to win the Derby Classic three-point shooting contest. Tim Priller averaged 17 points per game and shot 51.0 from three-point range for Richland High School in Texas. Arizona native Jeremiah April will provide a scoring presence down low.
What Does Balance Do
In addition, each of those players can go back and look at a key moment where their play was responsible for a significant IU win. Watford won an ESPY for his game winning three-pointer against Kentucky in 2011-12, Jones III late basket at home against Michigan in 2012 proved essential in the win, Hulls hit a three-pointer at NC State in the final minutes to start a game-winning run, Zeller scored the final six points as IU rallied to beat Michigan on the road to win the Big Ten title, Sheehey hit a game winning jumper against VCU to send IU to the Sweet Sixteen in 2012, and Oladipo nailed an open three to seal a victory over Temple in the NCAA third round. Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell and Stanford Robinson both were critical down the stretch in defeating previously unbeaten Wisconsin this past season.
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