Despite some early second-half struggles, it's a Hoosier win. A rapid-fire, late-Friday-night edition of WHAT DID WE LEARN?
1. The city ain't gonna burn: It might only be a three-alarm fire in Bloomington. The loss to Eastern Washington was certainly inexcusable and will hurt the tournament resume come March, but Friday night Indiana punched right back when they could have easily let things ravel out of control for a young ballclub. It's a step in the right direction to chalking up the loss to a Big Sky team as an abberation, rather than a trend for this team. A win over a lowly-team like UNCG ain't gonna matter much in March, but it might have helped get the Hoosiers' minds right before Pitt comes to town next week.
2. The rebounding was much improved. After giving up 15 offensive board to Venky Jois and the Eagles, things improved for the Hoosiers in this one. Without size, Indiana will be required to rebound from all positions as happened in this one, James Blackmon picked up double-digit rebounds tonight.
3. UNC-Greensboro is not a very good basketball team. The loss drops on the Spartans to 1-5 on the year, with losses to UNC-Wilmington, Eastern Michigan, Longwood, and Youngstown State. WOOOOOF. It's a significant drop-off from Eastern Washington, likely a tournament team that's now 5-1 on the year, with the only loss coming to, you guessed it -- SMU.
Full recap coming tomorrow. It's Friday night. Stop reading this and go drink beer.