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Sunday Stats: Indiana’s opponents hitting D-I average in 3-point shots

Going over this week’s statistical quirk.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 16 Kansas at Indiana Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Is it Sunday? No.

Do I want to start a new series with an alliteration anyway? Yes.

This is Sunday Stats, taking one interesting stat from the season as a whole or a recent game. No fanbase generates more subscription dollars from KenPom than Indiana, so we’re trying this out to see how you like it.

Today? Indiana men’s basketball’s 3-point defense.

It could be a product of the defense itself, bad shooters or ill-advised shots in general. One way or another, Indiana’s opponents are hitting exactly the D-I average of their shots from deep, or 33.1%, as of Tuesday.

Every one of the Hoosiers’ previous five opponents have hit over the average on the season. Their performances against Indiana are as follows:

  • North Alabama: 28.1% on 32 attempts - 33.3% on the season
  • Morehead State: 29.4% on 34 attempts - 33.3% on the season
  • Kansas: 33.3% on 18 attempts - 40.1% on the season
  • Auburn: 48.3% on 29 attempts - 32.3% on the season
  • Michigan: 23.5% on 17 attempts - 38.4% on the ceiling

The one that sticks out, obviously is Auburn. Bruce Pearl said postgame that the Tigers couldn’t have possibly played any better than they did, so do with that information what you will.

Indiana limited two middle of the road shooting teams to a bad percentage, allowed a middle of the road team to shoot the lights out and limited two teams that hit a decent to high percentage of shots from deep.

The Hoosiers’ opponents shoot more 3-pointers than usual, 42.3% of all field goal attempts by Indiana’s foes have been from the perimeter.

With 3-point defense becoming an early issue given Indiana’s size and lack of ability to keep up from deep itself, it’s worth noting that an issue like that can be patched mid-season. It’s one worth keeping an eye on.