Troy Williams Carries the Hoosiers to Win vs Butler

The Hoosiers beat the Bulldogs 82-73 in Indiana college basketball battle in Indianapolis on Saturday. The Butler Bulldogs entered the game ranked #23 in the country, but Indiana looked like the better team from the jump.

Hoosier sophomore Troy Williams was the standout going for a career high, 22 points and 11 rebounds. Williams was my pick for Big Ten break out player of the year, but he wasn’t available due to some early trouble.(failing a drug test) Williams looked great today even dishing out 3 dimes.

“Today seemed like a day where you had to get to the basket and run in transition,” Williams explained. “And if I did that, it would be hard to stop me. That’s exactly what I tried to do.”

Yogi Ferrell, IU’s stellar point guard, added 20 points all in the 2nd half, and he also became the 48th 1000-point scorer in Indiana history.

“That was an extremely hard-fought victory,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “We knew it would be a great challenge, and we have a lot of respect for Butler. They are a ranked team, and they deserve that ranking. And I’m not sure I can find a lot of weaknesses in their game and in their team.”

Heading into Saturday’s game, Crean stressed the importance of being competitive on the boards against the Bulldogs. Butler, who recorded 28 offensive boards against North Carolina just weeks earlier, also had an offensive rebounding percentage ranked in the top 75 in the nation.

“We got a little carless with the 10-point lead,” Crean said. “Our transition defense wasn’t as good, a couple fouls that didn’t need to happen and we shot a little quick without getting it through the paint. In the second half we didn’t have any of that.”

“Today seemed like a day where you had to get to the basket and run it in transition,” Williams said. “And if I did that it would be hard to stop me. That’s exactly what I tried to do.”

 

 

Written by Catfish Hughes

Catfish Hughes

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