DAYTON – Kevin Yogi Ferrell made the opening minutes of his first NCAA tournament game memorable.
The Indiana freshman scored the first nine points of the No. 1 seed Hoosiers’ 83-62 victory over No. 16 seed James Madison in the second-round game Friday in University of Dayton Arena.
I know I’m a freshman, but I’m just trying to get out there and make plays, Ferrell said.
I know I’m small. They always say the little guy can’t go out there and do anything. I’m just out there proving them wrong a little bit. To go out there and score the first 12 or so (points) made me feel good.
The 6-foot guard finished with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting after going 6 for 6 in the first half, and he had eight rebounds and six assists against the Dukes (21-15).
He’s just a very mature young man that’s got an extremely short memory, IU coach Tom Crean said. He just plays, and he moves on, and he moves right on from it. I didn’t even realize that he had six assists, one turnover inside of that time, and we got him some good rest too.
So the eight rebounds were big because we need more guard rebounds, and when he rebounds the ball, we’re much better because that break starts so fast. So that’s a very, very positive thing, but he had great confidence shooting the ball.
Indiana (28-6) will play No. 9 seed Temple (24-9) in the third round of the East Regional on Sunday.
The Owls advanced with a 76-72 win over No. 8 seed North Carolina State (24-11) in Friday’s earlier second-round game.
The winner of Sunday’s game will advance to the Sweet 16 in Washington, D.C., next week.
We know (Temple) is a great team, and they have great players, Indiana guard Victor Oladipo said. And they are well coached.
Ferrell began his NCAA tournament introduction by scoring on three straight layups. He added a three-pointer with 16:42 to play in the first half.
Ferrell then added an assist on a Cody Zeller dunk and hit a three-pointer.
He followed that with a layup before assisting on another Zeller dunk to give the Hoosiers an 18-5 lead with 14 minutes to play in the first half.
IU took a 43-22 lead into halftime and the lead never dropped below 19 points in the second half.
It makes us a tough team to guard, because we have so many different guys that can score, Zeller said.
Once Yogi got going, it opened up everything else.
Will Sheehey scored 15 for the Hoosiers, and Zeller and Oladipo each added 11 points.
Jordan Hulls scored 10, and Christian Watford had nine points
Oladipo had one steal to give him 75 for the season to break Isiah Thomas’ school record of 74 set in 1980-81.
We played pretty well today, Oladipo said.
There are some little things that we got to get corrected. We are going to look at the film and apply them to the next game, because we got a big game Sunday.
James Madison was held to 26-for-62 shooting and attempted only four free throws, making two.
Andre Nation scored 24 for the Dukes, and Charles Cooke added 18.
The Hoosiers outscored the Dukes 36-20 in the paint and finished with a 38-28 rebounding edge.
I feel like we clearly lost to a better team today, James Madison coach Matt Brady said.
Watching them on tape and trying to prepare your team for Indiana is one thing, and then being on the court with them and having our team play against those guys with the speed and power with which they run play and the quickness with which they pass the ball was really impressive.
Hats off to Indiana.