4 storylines for IU’s game vs. Northwestern #iubb

1. Troy Williams is coming off a quietly-outstanding game
While all eyes were focused on Yogi Ferrell and his record-breaking performance on Tuesday, Troy Williams posted one of his finest performances of the season. The junior scored 21 points and had five assists against the Illini. Most encouraging was the fact that he didn’t turn the ball over once. The issue for Williams has been consistency, so Indiana will look for a similarly-efficient output against the Wildcats. He is eighth in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.6 per game) and field goal percentage (56.9), while ranking second with 1.4 steals per game.

2. Homecoming for Bryant McIntosh
McIntosh, a Greensburg native, is the latest player set to return to his home state to face the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall. The sophomore point guard leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh in the nation with 7.1 assists per game. McIntosh and Illinois’ Malcolm Hill are the only Big Ten players with multiple 30-point games this season, and he ranks fifth in the conference in free throw percentage (.831) and ninth in scoring (15.7 points per game).

3. Will Alex Olah shake off the rust?
Olah has burned the Hoosiers in the past. He posted a double-double in Northwestern’s 72-65 win over IU last February at Welsh-Ryan Arena. But the 7-foot senior forward is still on the mend from a left foot injury that cost him six games in the last month. Olah has come off the bench in the past two games but could be primed for a larger workload today. “He’s a bonafide Big Ten forward that’s had a lot of high-scoring games in this league,” IU coach Tom Crean said.

4. IU’s continued excellence at Assembly Hall
The Hoosiers are 11-0 at home this season, including three wins against Big Ten opponents. Northwestern has found recent success in Bloomington, however, winning three of its last five games at Assembly Hall, including a 54-47 win in the team’s last visit in January 2014. The Wildcats won each of their first four road games this season before dropping Tuesday’s overtime heartbreaker at Maryland.