Beilein: IU will go as Ferrell goes

Yogi Ferrell did it all for the Hoosiers in Sunday's 63-52 upset win of No. 10 Michigan. Read more about his career performance on a big stage.

It was clear from early on in Sunday's game against Michigan: Yogi Ferrell refused to let his team lose.

Still frustrated from a disappointing loss at Nebraska on Thursday, Ferrell put the Hoosiers on his back and carried them to their biggest win of the season, a 63-52 upset of No. 10 Michigan at Assembly Hall.

Ferrell did it all. He made all the big shots -- he had 27 points on 8-of-10 shooting and 7-of-8 from beyond the arc.

He was as vocal as he's been as a leader, demanding more out of his teammates on every possession. And he did a terrific job defensively on Michigan's leading scorer, Nik Stauskas, all afternoon.

It's hard for me to imagine there's been a better overall individual performance in college basketball this season.

"Yogi's playing at an extremely high level," said Indiana coach Tom Crean. "The approach he takes to it, the leadership he's displaying over the last couple weeks, the improvement is some of the best I've been around.

"I wouldn't call him a guard, I wouldn't call him a point guard. I'd call him a lead guard because when you're capable of doing the things that he can do on both ends of the court and you're leading your team, you're a lead guard."

On multiple occasions in the first half, Indiana's offense broke down, and Ferrell was forced to make a play at the end of the shot clock. And he did. Ferrell knocked down several contested, deep 3s with the shot clock running down to keep the Hoosiers ahead.

Ferrell's seven 3-pointers were a career-high, eclipsing his previous high of five. He's 11-of-15 from beyond the arc in his last two games and has now made 60 3s this season.

"We had no answers for Yogi," said Michigan coach John Beilein. "He wasn't passing it. It was get the ball in Yogi's hands and then they're either going to rebound it or play off of residual action. I don't think anybody will beat them if Yogi goes 7-for-8. I don't care who comes in here.

"Four or five of them, 15 points right there, you couldn't do anything on that. When he goes to a slow to quick move and just shoots it in from NBA range, pretty good shot."

As impressive as his offensive performance was, though, Ferrell's effort against Stauskas on the other end was even more important. Ferrell held Stauskas, who was averaging better than 16 points per game, to just six points on six shots. He denied him the ball, and refused to let him get off a clean look if he did catch it.

"Basically I was just trying to limit his touches," Ferrell said. "I didn't want him to get the ball and get me with drives."

Added Beilein: "Yogi did a great job of not letting him get the ball. We tried to work hard to get the ball, but they switched screens any time he got a ball screen."

Ferrell's offensive performances have been up and down with Indiana's season. He scored 25 points in an upset win of then-No. 3 Wisconsin, and then had nine points on 2-of-14 shooting in a home loss to Northwestern.

"They're gonna go as Yogi goes for right now," Beilein said. "Northwestern says, 'Shoot that ball from 22. Go ahead, just shoot it. You're not gonna make it.' And the same shots he missed against Northwestern, he made today." Top Stories