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Indiana 71, Mississippi Valley State 54: Hoosiers survive rough start offensively.

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It wasn't pretty, particularly in the first half, when IU made only 33 percent of its shots, but strong defense and better offensive performance in the second half allowed the Hoosiers to pull away from the Delta Devils.  The bad news for IU is that turnovers remain an issue.  The good news is that the 22 percent of IU possessions that ended in turnovers is an improvement over the 32 percent that the Hoosiers turned it over in their first two games.  The Hoosiers continue to rebound well at both ends of the court, particularly the offensive end, where IU's 38 percent against MVSU is nearly on par with IU's top 50 season average of 40.7.  This team isn't a thing of beauty, but is beginning to develop an identity on defense and on the boards.  IU's field goal defense has been very good thus far, and tonight they held MVSU to 34 percent shooting.  Some of this is based on the quality of competition, but it beats the altnernative.   

Individuals:

  • Christian Watford was IU's only double-figure scorer with 18 points, on 5-13 and 8-8 from the line.  Watford can be frustrating, but he is very good from the line.
  • Verdell Jones III followed his career-high 27 points with a 5 point, 2-10, 7 TO performance.
  • Jordan Hulls scored 7 points and had 5 assists, 1 turnover, and 2 steals.
  • The freshmen both played well.  Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo each scored 9 points.
  • Bobby Capobianco played well in limited action.  He scored 6 points on 2-3 from the field and had 3 rebounds in 13 minutes, but also had three fouls. 
  • Maurice Creek continued to struggle with his shooting touch, finishing with 7 points and 1-5 from behind the arc.

Well, this game was a struggle, but again, tonight's performance suggests that this year's team will not fold when last year's might have.  IU plays next on Sunday against Evansville.