FORT WAYNE – Indiana coach Tom Crean looked forward to getting back to practice in the wake of Saturday’s 88-86 overtime loss to Butler.
I’m excited about the rebounding drills we are going to do, Crean said after the Crossroads Classic contest at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, even though I’m not sure there are many people who are going to share my excitement about that because right now that’s an area that we really need to shore up for ourselves.
The Hoosiers were outrebounded for the first time this season on the way to suffering their first loss of the year. IU (9-1) will fall from the top spot of the AP men’s basketball top 25 rankings when the poll is released today.
The Bulldogs held a 40-38 rebounding edge.
We have to figure it out, IU sophomore forward Cody Zeller said of the rebounding disadvantage.
Freshman guard Kevin Yogi Ferrell led the Hoosiers with eight rebounds. Zeller had five and sophomore guard Remy Abell had four. Senior forward Christian Watford, junior forward Will Sheehey and junior guard Victor Oladipo each had three rebounds.
Roosevelt Jones led Butler (8-2) with 12 rebounds, including nine defensive rebounds, before fouling out.
When that ball went up to the rim, he found ways to get it on both ends of the floor, Butler coach Brad Stevens said.
Indiana entered the game plus-13.8 in rebound margin. The Hoosiers had a double-digit rebounding advantage in seven of their first nine games.
But Saturday, Butler had 19 offensive rebounds and 27 second-chance points.
It was a little bit of everything, Crean said. I think we’re going to be disappointed in some of our contact on the block outs. Some balls bounced wrong. We just have to go up with two hands and get them. That’s not an excuse in that we didn’t rebound well enough.
In the first half we didn’t offensive rebound nearly well enough. I know we ended up with 18 offensive rebounds. That number should have been way higher (Saturday). Our offensive-rebounding attempts were not where they need to be. That’s why I use rebounding as a general term, but it is a lot broader than that, a lot more detail than that.
Note: Hanner Mosquera-Perea, one of two IU freshmen suspended the first nine games by the NCAA, played three minutes off the bench Saturday. He scored two points and had one rebound.