In the first half, he was playing out of control and turning the ball over. The sophomore guard had four miscues in the first 12 minutes, 39 seconds.
But in the second half, Ferrell was a completely different player, leading the Hoosiers to a 79-66 win over Nicholls State.
Ferrell didn't turn the ball over again after his early struggles, and he dished out seven assists in the second half alone. Ferrell finished with a team-high 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting and eight assists in 27 minutes.
"When he gets in the lane and makes plays for everybody else, it's pretty easy to play," said senior forward Will Sheehey.
Ferrell opened the second half with five straight points, and then an alley-oop to Sheehey on the Hoosiers' third possession of the half. Later, he just toyed with the Nicholls State defense, bouncing into the lane and then kicking the ball out to a wide open Sheehey for 3.
"He lulled us to sleep a little bit," said Nicholls State coach J.P. Piper. "I love the way he manages the game. He's a heck of a player."
It may be a simplistic way of looking at things, but Indiana (9-3) will only go as far as Ferrell takes it this season. When he's playing under control, making plays for others, and picking spots for himself, the Hoosiers are a hard team to spot. When he plays out of control and forces the issue too much, Indiana really, really struggles.
Ferrell's second-half performance on Friday night was as good as I remember him playing in his two-year career. With only one game between the Hoosiers and Big Ten season, that's a good sign.