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Indiana 95, UNC Wilmington 71.

For the second time in three games, the Hoosiers started slowly and found themselves facing an early deficit at home, but rebounded to win comfortably and score well into the 90s for the third time in three games. Here's the box. Some thoughts:
  • Pace: This was a fast game: about 79 possessions. IU now ranks 27th in the nation with 76.9 possessions per game. Last season, IU ranked #268 at 64 possessions per game. IU plays four reasonably good teams in the next nine days, and it will be interesting to see whether this holds up.
  • Eric Gordon was exemplary again, with 30 points on 12 shots from the field. He managed 12-13 from the line and 8-12 from the field, including 2-5 from three point range.
  • The only deficiency IU has demonstrated to date is on offensive rebounding. Certainly, given IU's shooting success this season, one would expect the raw numbers to be down. But by the percentages, IU is rebounding only 25 percent of its misses, which ranks 268 in Division I.
  • Armon Bassett continues to be outstanding. 19 points on 5 shots, 4-4 from 3 point range.

Nice start, but we will know more about this team soon, beginning tomorrow.