GAME INFO / HOW TO WATCH:
Who? #3/5 Indiana Hoosiers (3-1, #19 KenPom) vs. Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (0-7, #348 KenPom)
When? Sunday, November 27th, 4 PM ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Where? Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
Vegas? Get help.
Pomeroy? Hoosiers by 31, 99.8% chance of victory
Mississippi Valley State is one of the very worst teams in the country. You can't watch this game on TV and, honestly, that's probably for the best. Let the Hoosiers see some shots go in, get some situational work in, and be ready for North Carolina coming to town at midweek. If this game is close after ten minutes or at any point in the second half you'd be putting your remote through the TV anyway.
Here's what Jacob Rude has to say about the game:
STUFF TO WATCH FOR
- Execute an offense: There's a difference between running an offense and executing an offense. Last week, especially late, the Hoosiers were running an offense but weren't executing. They resorted to dump downs to Thomas Bryant or asking James Blackmon Jr. to take his defender 1-on-1, neither of which has good success rates. Last season, albeit under a four-year point guard, the Hoosiers were great at executing their offense to a point where anyone could get an open shot anywhere on the court. While I don't expect something as smooth as last season's offense, there's a middle ground between that and what we saw last week.
- Hang on to the ball: We touched on this and we'll likely continue to touch on this, but the Hoosiers' embarrassingly bad turnover numbers have to fix, and quickly. With a UNC team that excels on the defensive end just around the corner, the Hoosiers can not be coughing up the ball. It's not rocket science. Take care of the ball and don't hand away possessions.
- How will IU respond: A lot of what this team will be going forward can be determined in how they come out and take on the Delta Devils. If this team comes out angry and focused, it's a great sign. If they come out lethargic and sloppy, it's not a great sign. The sign of a great team is learning from your mistakes and being determined not to make them again. The Hoosiers made lots of mistakes last Tuesday. Are they going to continue to make those mistakes?