IU put together a comfortable but not overwhelming performance in its final non-conference game of the regular season. For those who were hoping for a cathartic beatdown, it didn't quite happen, but it also was a game that IU had in hand for most of the day. IU took its first double digit lead of the game with 12 minutes to go, and the Eagles never got closer than 10 points for the rest of the day. Because of work obligations and my cheapness, I haven't seen the game, other than a few highlights. My random thoughts:
- This may have been IU's best rebounding performance of the season: IU corralled 53 percent of its own missed shots and allowed NCCU only 13 percent of its OR opportunities (3 total).
- This was a big step back on turnovers: 25.2 percent, our third worst of the season.
- Christian Watford continues to struggle from the field. He has now gone 0-fer in three of the last five games. It's a shame, because he really has picked up other aspects of his game. Hulls isn't scoring much, either.
- The underclassmen are increasingly carrying the load for this squad: Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, and Will Sheehey stood out on the boards and as scorers.