This article has been updated to reflect that rather than going 1/12 on 3-point attempts, IU went 2/13. That's the good stuff.
1. Ugly, Awful, Hideous Basketball
This game was an absolute slog. The Huskies shot 41 percent from the field (21/51), the Hoosiers shot 37 percent (21/57). The Huskies shot 29 percent from 3-point range (6/21), the Hoosiers shot fifteen percent (2/13). That basically tells you what you need to know.
2. Rob Phinisee
The point guard returned for IU in this game after missing basically the entire season to this point with various injuries. His stat line wasn’t great as he put up six points, two assists and four rebounds, but he served as a steady hand in the rotation and made plays when the Hoosiers needed him to. One of those plays was a big offensive rebound late in the game that gave the Hoosiers the edge by forcing UCONN to foul.
If he can stay healthy and on the floor expect him to slowly find his bearings and improve. He should be an important piece as the season goes on.
3. Defense I Guess
IU’s defense was the force behind this win because the offense obviously wasn’t. As previously mentioned the Hoosiers held the Huskies to a poor shooting night, but what was more impressive was that they forced 22 turnovers, including one of the final UCONN possession of the game to seal the win.
Nebrasketball at home. After a “big” win on the road. What could possibly go wrong?