5 Things: Indiana 70, Nebraska 65

Indiana earned a big road win at Nebraska on Wednesday. Here are five things I'm thinking about after the game.

It wasn't always pretty, but Indiana pulled out a huge 70-65 win at Nebraska to open the Big Ten season on Wednesday evening. Here are five things I'm thinking about immediately after the game.

1. HOOSIERS SHOW RESILIENCY: Indiana (11-3, 1-0 Big Ten) watched a 16-point lead slip away and trailed by four early in the second half. But Nick Zeisloft buried a 3-pointer, Indiana started to get stops on the defensive end, and the Hoosiers settled down. Last year, they may have folded, especially in a tough road environment like Nebraska. It was, after all, the first true road game for the young Hoosiers.

But Indiana responded in the best way possible and pulled out a much-needed win on the road. That will benefit them down the road, without a doubt. Plus, the Hoosiers have to go to Michigan State now, and you know the Spartans don't want to lose two straight games at home. So getting one in Lincoln was huge.

2. FERRELL LED WITHOUT SCORING: Yogi Ferrell scored only five points on Wednesday, but he was as responsible for leading the Hoosiers back as anybody. Against Butler, Ferrell took over the game with his scoring. Against Nebraska, he did it with his presence. Ferrell calmed the Hoosiers on both ends of the floor and helped them regain control.

Ferrell had eight assists and only one turnover in the game, and he threw some pretty passes to Hanner Mosquera-Perea during a key stretch in the second half. It's clear that Ferrell's leadership is continuing to develop, and he's learning that he can impact the game without scoring. That's an important lesson for him.

3. MOSQUERA-PEREA WAS HUGE: Emmitt Holt stole the show for the Hoosiers in the first half when Mosquera-Perea was forced to the bench with two fouls. Holt had six points, two rebounds and a blocked shot during a segment that helped the Hoosiers build a double-digit lead. But Mosquera-Perea took over the game during a stretch in the second half.

Mosquera-Perea recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and he did most of his damage when it mattered most. Mosquera-Perea completely changed the game with his effort. If he plays like that even some of the time, the Hoosiers are a lock for the NCAA Tournament.

I think the best way to use Mosquera-Perea moving forward may involve less of him posting up and more of him setting high ball screens and then sprinting to the rim off the roll for lobs. Mosquera-Perea is incredibly athletic, and the defense will have to honor his runs to the rim. It's extremely difficult to defend, especially considering how many shooters Indiana puts on the floor.

Call me crazy, but Mosquera-Perea looked like the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan at times in that second half. There's no doubt he's improving, he just hasn't played well consistently.

4. IU WINS REBOUNDING BATTLE AGAIN: Indiana outrebounded Nebraska 44-31, meaning the Hoosiers have won the battle on the boards four straight times since losing to Louisville. As the season goes on, Indiana is getting better and better on the glass, even though the Hoosiers are often outsized. Ferrell had five, Troy Williams had six, James Blackmon had eight and Mosquera-Perea had 10.

5. MILES GOES NUTS: I wrote a separate story about it, but I thought it was worth mentioning again. Nebraska coach Tim Miles went nuts in the second half and went after Indiana coach Tom Crean. He yelled at him and tried lunging forward while Crean just stared and said nothing. I can't say I've ever seen anything like it before, but I thought Crean handled himself quite well during it. Miles looked like a little boy.


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