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Indiana 88, Florida Gulf Coast 60:Hoosiers pull away from Eagles in season opener.

Sorry for the late recap, but it's been a busy sports weekend for the Hoosiers.  Here is the box score.  IU was never seriously threatened, but didn't turn the game into a true blowout until the final ten minutes.

It's difficult to draw many conclusions after a game against one of the worst teams in Division I.  The Hoosiers did some of the same things that have plagued the last two unsuccessful teams.  The Hoosiers turned the ball over on 31 percent of their possessions.  Still, IU crashed the offensive boards, rebounding 52 percent of their misses, and hit 50 percent from behind the arc and certainly showed better ball movement than in prior years.  That was my "eyeball" impression, and is supported by the numbers: IU recorded assists on 22 of 30 made field goals.   Wright State will be a significant step-up in competition, and it is difficult to know how meaningful the results will have been.

Individual performances:

  • Christian Watford scored a career-high 24 points on 8-12 from the field and 7-9 from the line.  He also had 4 assists.
  • Jordan Hulls scored 18, all on 6-9 three point shooting.
  • Tom Pritchard scored only 2 points, but had 8 rebounds, including 5 on the offensive end.
  • Maurice Creek scored 13 in his official return to action.
  • Verdell Jones III was rusty in his first game action of the season (he missed both exhibition games): 3-10 from the field, 7 points, 5 turnovers.
  • Derek Elston was his efficient self: 18 minutes 7 points, 3-5 shooting.
  • Freshman Victor Oladipo scored 5 points in his debut.  Will Sheehey scored 3 points in his debut on a nice three point play.

Well, that's the opener.  We'll know more about the Hoosiers this time tomorrow.