Indiana 87, North Dakota State 61: Hoosiers roll again.

Andy Lyons

Indiana improved to 2-0 with a comfortable win over the Bison.

Thankfully, this is the last "flying blind" game wrap of the 2012-13 season. All remaining games will be on television. So, for those of you who watched, by all means chime in. Here's how the numbers look:

  • IU's offensive efficiency was only slightly off last game's, 1.25 compared to 1.28, but the defensive efficiency went from .71 to .88. That's still good enough to be the #10 team in the nation in Pomeroy's adjusted defensive efficiency ranking, which accounts for schedule strength. Still, the 8-20 three point shooting and the anecdotal reports of plenty of wide open looks makes clear that perimeter defense continues to be a weakness.
  • IU made strides in the turnover column, dropping their offensive TO percentage to 14.4 while forcing 23 percent, again, on defense. Consider then that IU boarded 37 percent of OR opportunities compared to 20 percent for NDSU and IU obviously had a huge advantage in number of possessions.
  • Cody Zeller continues to be a man among boys, scoring 22 points on 12 shots, but his 6-10 free throw shooting is a tiny concern.
  • Remy Abell scored 14 points on 5 field goal attempts. He was 3-3 from three point range. Abell is perfect from the field on the season, although he has missed one free throw. He also had 5 rebounds. Let's face it. Many of us were puzzled when Tom Crean signed Abell in spring 2012. But it is beginning to look like this is another coup of the Sheeladipo variety.
  • Jeremy Hollowell continues to impress. He scored 14 points in 19 minutes and was 5-6 from the line.
  • Yogi Ferrell wasn't as impressive as he was in the opener. Ferrell was in the red in A/TO (3 A, 4 TO) and was only 1-5 from the field.
  • Victor Oladipo bounced back from a rough opener. He scored only 7 points but had 8 boards, 5 assists, and 4 streals (but 3 turnovers).
  • Maurice Creek didn't score in 15 minutes.
  • Jordan Hulls was the fourth double figure scorer, finishing with 11 points and 3-6 from deep.

So, there it is. The Hoosiers' dense early season schedule continues with a Thursday night game against Sam Houston State. I welcome any thoughts from those who saw the game, in particular.

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