The Indiana Hoosiers had two options entering today’s game in Assembly Hall against the Michigan Wolverines: win and keep the NCAA Tournament hopes alive, or lose and head to a likely berth in the NIT.
Sophomore point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell single-handedly put this Indiana team on his back and led them to another upset victory over a top 10 ranked team at home.
Ferrell, had a game-high 27 points on a terrific day from the field.
The Indianapolis native was in a deep slump over the past several games as he couldn’t find the rim. He was 5-for-11 last game at Nebraska, 4-for-7 against Illinois, 4-for-13 against Michigan State and 2-for-14 against Northwestern. That’s a dismal 33 percent from the field over the last four games, including 8-for-20 from behind the arc.
That slump ended this afternoon in front of a raucous home crowd as he led Indiana to a 63-52 statement victory over the Wolverines, who were previously undefeated in conference play.
Ferrell, was 8-for-10 from the field, including hitting seven of his eight three-point attempts. All seven of those were huge buckets as he was in the zone. He was clutch and showed poise to make big buckets on the offensive end.
What is going to be overshadowed in this game was his stellar defense on Michigan’s Nik Stauskas. Ferrell, was assigned to defend the taller guard and tried to do something no one else has done this year, and that’s stop the sharpshooter.
Ferrell did just that.
Stauskas, only scored six points in 35 minutes of play.
I don’t know what’s more impressive, him only scoring six points or him only taking six shots. Ferrell, held him to one made bucket all game as he was 1-for-6 from the field. Ferrell, got in his head as he was too athletic and fast for Stauskas to contend.
So between Ferrell’s offensive star power and tight defense today, he led this Hoosiers team to a win.