The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Sports

March 22, 2013

Yogi’s smarter than the average freshman

DAYTON, Ohio — James Madison couldn’t possibly prepare for everybody. The 16-seed Dukes knew they’d give up a good amount of size against top-seeded Indiana on Friday afternoon so they figured they’d help off of Indiana’s least likely offensive star.

“We were gonna leave Yogi when the ball went in the paint,” James Madison coach Matt Brady said of Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell.

On paper, that may have seemed like a decent plan for the undersized Dukes. Ferrell entered Friday’s NCAA Tournament second-round game averaging just over eight points per game.

But, in practice, Brady’s idea was a disaster. Ferrell scored Indiana’s first nine points in an 83-62 win over James Madison at the University of Dayton Arena, and things were pretty easy for the Hoosiers from there.

Ferrell got to the basket for three consecutive layups to start the game, then knocked in two 3-pointers against a relaxed zone. He scored 14 of the Hoosiers’ first 18 points, and assisted on the team’s other two baskets. The freshman point guard looked like a tournament veteran.

“We were undaunted by his 3s, it was the speed at which he put the ball down,” Brady said. “He just blew by our guys. He gets so low to the ground. When you get low like that, you’re hard to stay in front of.”

Once Ferrell broke down the James Madison defense early and trashed Brady’s game plan, he got his teammates involved. Ferrell scored only two more points to finish with 16, but he added eight rebounds and six assists.

“He’s always on the attack,” said Indiana forward Will Sheehey. “He makes everyone so much better when he drives in the lane and kicks, gives everyone else open shots. I know I always benefit off Yogi’s drives.”

Added Victor Oladipo: “The stars were out, the lights were on, and he came to perform. He did a great job for us.”

Sheehey said that when Ferrell arrived on campus last summer, he was “Hollywood” and thought rather highly of himself. It didn’t take long for the older players to put him in his place.

“He grew out of that quick because we brought him down to Earth,” Oladipo said. “Reality set in when we started doing conditioning and he wasn’t in front of the pack.”

Ever since then, Ferrell has stayed pretty quiet and worked. His freshman numbers won’t jump off the page at you, but Ferrell has quarterbacked this team from the very beginning of the season until now.

Only three teams in the last 20 years have won a national championship with a freshman point guard (Arizona 1997, Syracuse 2003, Kentucky 2012). The Hoosiers are hoping they become the fourth.

“He’s a star,” Brady said of Ferrell. “I helped recruit and coach Jameer Nelson for four years. He’s got some of Jameer’s qualities. He’s got that same burst of speed. Jameer’s probably a little better long-range shooter, but he seems to have the leadership skills that Jameer had. He seems to have control of that team. It’s fun to watch.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - HB0729 - Andrew Luck - JC 4.JPG Colts Quick Hits: Tuesday, July 29

    Notes,news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University on Monday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Colt Anderson - JC 2 Anderson hopes to make name with Colts

    Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was the first person Colt Anderson saw upon reporting to Anderson University last Wednesday. And he couldn't resist making the obvious connection. "Colt Anderson's a Colt ... in Anderson," Manusky said as a way of greeting the new Indianapolis Colts safety to training camp.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0729 - Chris Rainey - DK Colts release RB Rainey

    Just two days after earning praise for his playmaking ability from head coach Chuck Pagano, running back Chris Rainey was waived by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday morning. The news was broken in a press release around 8:30 a.m. and later confirmed by Pagano during an afternoon session with the media.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Andrew Luck - JC 1 Luck still learning

    Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University. During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Lions star plays in national tourneys Liberty Christian senior Chris Nunn, a three-year starting guard for the Lions and Indiana Class Basketball Junior All-Star, took his talents on the road this summer,competing in back-to-back tournaments with his AAU travel team, Team Progeny.

    July 28, 2014

  • SPT - HB0729 - Colts practice - JC 046a.jpg Colts Camp Update: ESPN's in town

    The first week of practice at Anderson University wrapped up Monday morning with the Indianapolis Colts working out from 9 a.m. to noon.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0728 - Colts Camp - Castonzo 2 - 278 Castonzo comfortable with Colts' changing O-line

    For all the changes along the offensive line the past three seasons, Anthony Castonzo has been the lone constant. He joined a veteran group anchored by center Jeff Saturday in 2011, was part of a remodeled unit in 2012 and became a mainstay at left tackle for all 16 games last year.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0728 - Colts Camp - Allen 1 - 290 Colts' offense adapting to new arsenal

    Third-year tight end Dwayne Allen suffered a season-opening hip injury in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, then watched as left guard Donald Thomas, running backs Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw and wide receiver Reggie Wayne also exited the lineup over the next six weeks. It left offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton scrambling to come up with new ways to attack defenses with an ever-changing cast of characters.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0728 - Gordon art Fifth Brickyard for Gordon Indiana racing fans roared their approval of the kid they watched growing up in open wheel cars as Jeff Gordon scored his record fifth Brickyard 400 victory Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dorer scores JEGS win at Anderson Florida driver Steve Dorer has had career moments at Anderson Speedway, and at other times ones he would just like to forget. Dorer recorded the biggest win of his career when he passed Chase Elliott on the final lap in the 2011 Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300. The next year he flipped in Turn 1 during the CRA Super Series event. He scored another highlight Saturday night by winning for the first time with the CRA/JEGS All-Stars Tour event in the Edgewater Woods 100.|ANDERSON — Florida driver Steve Dorer has had career moments at Anderson Speedway, and at other times ones he would just like to forget. Dorer recorded the biggest win of his career when he passed Chase Elliott on the final lap in the 2011 Stoops Fre

    July 27, 2014

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin

Latest Racing News