Notebook: Williams gaining confidence

Notes on Troy Williams, Jeremy Hollowell, and Indiana's defense on Travis Bader.

Troy Williams is very much a player that goes as his confidence goes. He's young, so when the ball isn't going in the hoop, his confidence dips.

When it is going in, though, watch out.

Williams made his first three shot attempts in Tuesday night's 81-54 win over Oakland, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and three rebounds in 22 minutes.

Williams was just 7-of-24 from the field in his previous four games, but Tuesday night was a different story. He was flying down the floor, mostly under control, and made some finishes that were reminiscent of Victor Oladipo.

"We have high expectations for him," Indiana coach Tom Crean said afterward. "It was nice to see Troy get that breakout offensive game like that. He was struggling with confidence the other night."

Hollowell doing the little things

I'll be the first to admit, I haven't always been the biggest fan of Jeremy Hollowell's game. But he really impressed me on Tuesday night.

He crashed the offensive boards hard almost every time, he took only the shots that were open, and he found his teammates for easy opportunities.

Hollowell finished with only six points on 3-of-10 shooting, but he had 10 rebounds -- three offensive -- and four assists in 25 minutes. The rebound and assist totals were both career highs.

"He's putting bits and pieces in there of what he's capable of, and I'd be shocked if it doesn't come together here fairly soon for him," Crean said. "The competition level is going to continue to rise, too. And that's why his level has got to continue to rise."

Indiana shuts down Bader

Oakland's Travis Bader entered Tuesday night's game having made at least one 3-pointer in 62 straight games. He's the nation's leading 3-point shooter, just 60 makes shy of J.J. Redick's NCAA record for 3s in a career.

Bader's stat line against the Hoosiers: 11 points, 2-of-15 shooting, 0-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Streak snapped.

The Hoosiers ran a number of different defenders at Bader and switched most screens. Hollowell started the game on him, Yogi Ferrell took a turn, and Will Sheehey covered him for most of the night.

Bader had a number of very good looks -- I counted five or six -- but he didn't knock them down.

"Bader gets guarded like that every night," said Oakland coach Greg Kampe. "He missed a lot of open shots. They didn't do anything to him that he hasn't seen."

View from the other side

I'm not sure there's been a visiting coach that has had more interesting things to say after a game than Oakland's Kampe did on Tuesday night.

It was clear from listening to Kampe's press conference that he didn't have a whole lot of respect for the Hoosiers or think they were a very good team. He was content to let them shoot from the perimeter because of their percentages.

In Kampe's opening statement, he made this comment about Evan Gordon, who scored a game-high 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting.

"I don't even know who the guy is that made the 20,000 points or whatever he scored. I couldn't tell you who he was."

Oakland has already played Gonzaga, UCLA, California and North Carolina. Kampe was asked how Indiana stacks up with some of those teams.

"Coming in, on film, I wouldn't have said they were in the upper-echelant," Kampe said. "But the way they were tonight, that's as good as a team's played against us." Top Stories