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Indiana 102, Austin Peay 76: Three takeaways from the Hoosiers' lights-out second half

The Hoosiers pay homage to last year, score a lot of points and play bad defense en route to a 102-76 win over a bad team.

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Indiana sprints past Austin Peay 102-76 behind second half shooting to the tune of 81%. Yes, you read that right. Let's go to the bulleted list:

  • This defense remains a work in progress. While Indiana wouldn't have to do a great deal to improve on last season's defense that ranked 214th in efficiency, it doesn't make you feel too good inside to see a team as bad as Austin Peay hit half of their three-point attempts and shoot 48% overall (54% eFG). Indiana did hold the Governors to under a point per possession (barely), but this team had just scored .58 points per possession against Vanderbilt in their last game. Far too many runners sprinted into the lane uncontested, and Thomas Bryant was a half-step behind on cleanup. No reason to be overly concerned about Bryant's defense given the fact he's a freshman.
  • This offense, however ... holy smokes if this offense can take care of the ball consistently there won't be a team on this planet that will stop them from scoring. Despite turning the ball over 20 times tonight, they surpassed 100 points with ease and shot a stunning 80% eFG. The #THREESWISHMAFIA made their first appearance of many this season, as the Hoosiers canned 16 of their 27 deep attempts, lead by Yogi Ferrell (4-5), James Blackmon Jr. (4-6), and Nick Zeisloft (5-7). It should be mentioned that Zeisloft did this despite sending his finger in the wrong direction midway through the first half. Dude had that thing snapped back into place, taped, and continued to bomb away from deep.
  • Derek Elston looks like a dang accountant now. This is one of the greatest transformations from college player to adult person I have ever seen.
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