With each game this season we'll put the spotlight on an Indiana player that we believe is someone to keep an eye on for that particular game.
Ever since the pairings for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge were released in early May, Indiana fans have been looking forward to seeing the Hoosiers face the Orange in a rematch of IU's Sweet Sixteen exit in Washington D.C. a year ago. No player, however, has been looking forward to the matchup any more than Yogi Ferrell though. A year ago, Ferrell was held scoreless in just two games the entire season. Ironically, they were IU's final two games of the year – against Temple and Syracuse. Against the Orange, Ferrell was clearly frustrated by the 2-3 zone and couldn't get a shot. He only attempted two shots the entire game. He only had four games all year where he attempted two shots or less. He played 23 minutes, didn't score and had one assist and four turnovers. There's no question the game left a bad taste in his mouth.
Now comes the Tuesday night matchup between Indiana and Syracuse and Ferrell comes into the game as Indiana's leading scorer with an 18.1 average. He's shooting 41 percent from the field, 39 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the foul line. Look for Ferrell to be more active right from the start. One statistic for Ferrell stands out through the first seven games. Yogi has attempted 96 shots, an average of nearly 14 shots per game. Last year, Ferrell didn't attempt his 96th shot until a few games into the Big Ten season against Wisconsin. It was IU's 17th game of the year. The sophomore point guard is clearly much more confident this year in his game and Indiana will follow the lead of its on-court leader.
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