After being under-seeded on Sunday and hearing pundits talk about the upset potential of Chattanooga throughout the week, Indiana came out on Thursday with a hot-shooting beatdown of the Mocs, putting 53 points on the board in the second half and shooting 64.9% from the field.
Yogi Ferrell finished with his first career double-double (HOW!?!) with 20 points and 10 assists, five Hoosiers scored in double figures and the world said hello to OG Anunoby.
Here's our takeaways:
1. What a big-time response after a tough loss against Michigan
There were some questions about IU coming into the tourney given how poor they looked in the Big Ten Tournament against the Wolverines. In reality, their response shouldn't have been in question given how they've performed after losses this year.
They beat Iowa after losing to Penn State, thumped Nebraska and Purdue in the same week as their loss to Michigan State, and now gave one of their best performances of the year offensively on Thursday after losing to Michigan.
IU's last regular season loss was to Michigan State and they won five straight games after. If they repeat that stretch, they'll find themselves in the National Title game.
2. OG Anunoby is a problem
There were a lot of positive individual performances on the night, but Anunoby stole the spotlight with a career high 14 points, including a pair of huge dunks and a pair of three-pointers.
This came after a career high 13 points against Michigan and it's clear that the freshman forward is playing his best ball of the season. With a game against a loaded Kentucky team likely coming, Anunoby could have one hell of a coming-out party on Saturday night.
3. There's something truly special about this team right now
This team has felt different since their win against Notre Dame. This is a team that had it's struggles, but are resilient. If you consider the Michigan game an anomaly, and there's no reason to think it shouldn't be, then this team is truly playing on a level we haven't seen an IU team play in quite some time.
While the game was close for much of the first half, Indiana shifted into another gear late in the first half and ran Chattanooga out of the gym both offensively and defensively. This is a team playing at a high level and can play multiple different styles of games. Tonight we saw a more up-tempo approach while we've also seen this team slow it down and grind out wins.
We can complain about the Kentucky match-up looming in the Round of 32, but regardless who this team is playing, it's going to take a special effort from a talented team to knock off IU with how they're playing right now.