Ferrell comes up big in crunch time

Yogi Ferrell missed his first seven 3-point shots but the one he hit in the final three minutes was huge in Indiana's 75-72 upset win over No. 3 Wisconsin Tuesday night.

Yogi Ferrell missed his first seven 3-pointers Tuesday night against Wisconsin.

But that didn't seem to bother him when he rose up for his eighth attempt in a 65-all tie with under 3 minutes play.

And the shot rattled home to put IU up 68-65. Ferrell would go on to score seven of IU's final 10 points as Indiana knocked off previously unbeaten and No. 3 ranked Wisconsin, 75-72 before a capacity crowd of 17,472 at Assembly Hall.

Ferrell was asked if he hesitated at all on that eighth 3-point attempt, given the fact he had missed his previous seven. He said he did not.

"I felt like I was open and pulled it,'' Ferrell said. "I felt like most of my three's kind of felt good, they just weren't going in.

"So if I had to make one three, I was glad it was that one.''

On a night when IU's sophomore guard missed a career-high 14 shots, he still managed to score 25 points and lead his team to victory. He consistently took the ball to the basket and challenged Wisconsin's defenders.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said Ferrell reminds him a lot of one of his former players, Jordan Taylor.

"Yogi does the things that Taylor did,'' Ryan said, "and if you're playing a player who can do those things you have to find a way to stop it. Today Yogi was able to get things done.''

IU coach Tom Crean said Ferrell is a "big-game player.''

"I know that he was unguardable getting to the basket,'' Crean said. "He's getting better. I thought he had some carryover on some of the stuff that we wanted to do in this game. Because what we try to keep getting these guys to understand is we're a concept team, but we're also very game plan specific.''

The game plan Tuesday was clearly to get the ball driving toward the basket. Ferrell did it. So did Stanford Robinson and Will Sheehey. IU had 52 points in the paint and of those 26 field goals, Noah Vonleh only had two of them.

Indiana just pushed the ball at a frenetic pace and tried to score as much as possible in transition.

"We just wanted to transition and try to score in the first or six seconds,'' Ferrell said. "Me, Stan, Will, Evan (Gordon), guys like that bringing the ball up. We just wanted to keep attacking the rim. We noticed they weren't really helping off.

"We just wanted to go to the rim.''

The 25-point game for Ferrell was his sixth this season with 20 points or more and his fourth with 25 or more. His high game was 30 against Illinois on New Year's Eve. IU is 5-1 this season when Ferrell scores 20 points or more.

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