Minutes later: Bethune-Cookman – inside the hall

Minutes later: Bethune-Cookman – inside the hall

Think a 101-49 win Against Wildcats:

Indiana dominated Tuesday night against Morehead State, but the performance left some lingering questions. Is free-throw shooting going to be a problem again? Is Indiana going to be a low volume 3-point shooting team? Will there be slow starts and lazy lulls?

It’s an early game in a long season, but tonight’s performance against Bethune-Cookman answered that question. It was a total of 40-minute effort from the Hoosiers. They defended with intensity, repeatedly frustrating the Wildcats with ball pressure. The offense was buzzing and unselfish and multiple players blended in.

Because of the 2-3 zone the Wildcats tossed at Indiana for stretches of the first half, the Hoosiers took what the defense gave them, which meant more 3-point shots than they took against Morehead State where they let it in because of a big height. facilities. After taking just 11 3-pointers all game Tuesday night, Indiana shot 8-of-16 in the first half alone this evening, with contributions from several Hoosiers.

Miller Copp, locked in to start this season, went 3 of 4. Trey Galloway, better form and all, went 2-for-2 Jordan Geronimo and Malik Reneau scored their only attempts. Tamar Bates (1 of 3) added Indiana’s other make in the first half. The Hoosiers went cold in the final 20 minutes of action, going 2 of 8 from deep. But add it all up and they still finished the contest 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) from 3-point range. You’ll take it 10 times out of 10.

Indiana was also perfect from the free-throw line tonight, going 21-of-22 (95.5 percent).

“Nobody wants to go up and miss a free throw,” Dr. Mike Woodson after the competition. “It’s a mental thing, man. Someone gives you a free throw, you have to take advantage of it. Tonight, our focus and concentration level was high, and we got to the line and we made them.”

Trace Jackson-Davis scored 21 points (9-of-10) in 21 minutes. It was an absolute clinic in efficiency. His scores were quick and effortless as the IU star made easy work of the competition. Jalen Hood-Schifino had an off-night shooting (2-of-8), but had a strong game as a distributor, leading the way with eight assists. The Hoosiers had 27 of their 35 assists tonight. Their 1.42 points per possession was the highest of the Mike Woodson era. Indiana’s bench and second unit continue to impress. Jordan Geronimo (11 points) and Trey Galloway (10) scored in double figures.

On defense, Indiana constantly pressured the ball on the perimeter, leaving the Wildcats helpless for several possessions. The Hoosiers fought through screens and had 10 steals while holding Bethune-Cookman to just .69 points per possession. The Wildcats didn’t get to the line until 6:36 to go in the game.

A win like tonight shows the promise the Hoosiers have this season. They are deep. They are versatile. They are talented. They are dynamic. They play together and hard on both ends. And with their first real test of the season coming up in Xavier next week, we’ll soon see if they can make it in the bright lights.

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