Thoughts on an 87-68 win in opposition to the Trojans:
So far this season, Indiana has simply swept apart the weaker groups on its schedule, having enjoyable alongside the manner. But that wasn’t the case tonight.
Little Rock caught round into the second half, as the Hoosiers held only a seven-level lead with 9:04 to go. Against Miami (OH) when the Redhawks have been conserving tempo in the first half, Trayce Jackson-Davis took command and made positive the Hoosiers received a snug lead and by no means appeared again. But he sat tonight for precautionary causes, possible persevering with to relaxation his again after tweaking it on Sunday. Malik Reneau crammed in nicely to begin the contest. But he sat icing his again for a bit in the first half after touchdown on it early in the sport. Reneau was additionally in foul bother in the second half, taking part in simply 4 minutes.
So with neither of Indiana’s high two utilization price gamers accessible down the stretch, it turned to its remaining veterans. Xavier Johnson ran the offense nicely and located his teammates, as eight of his 10 assists got here after the break. Seven of his 9 factors additionally got here in the second half. Race Thompson, who’s been overshadowed in the frontcourt by the emergence of Reneau, was large down the stretch as nicely. Thompson scored 16 of his sport-excessive 20 factors throughout the remaining 20 minutes of motion. And after lacking his first two 3-level makes an attempt in the first half, Miller Kopp went 3-of-4 after the break. Indiana additionally received into the bonus early in the second half and the Hoosiers capitalized at the line by hitting 11-of-14.
Indiana’s protection lacked its ordinary effort and a focus to element however clamped down late, permitting the Trojans simply 11 factors over the remaining 9:07 of the contest. It was sufficient, regardless of the Hoosiers missing power for many of this one, to nonetheless draw back and win by 19 factors.
The .910 factors per possession the Hoosiers allowed tonight have been the most outdoors of Xavier (1.106), as they held the Redhawks (.790), Morehead State (.739) and Bethune Cookman (.687) to much less. Indiana despatched the Trojans to the line 24 instances they usually transformed on 17 of these makes an attempt (70.8 p.c). Little Rock additionally did nicely in second-probability alternatives, outscoring the Hoosiers 21-12. And the place Indiana has often dominated in factors off turnovers in opposition to these lesser foes, every workforce had 14 factors in that division tonight.
Jordan Geronimo continues to be a block machine. After swatting 5 pictures in opposition to Miami (OH) on Sunday, he blocked one other 5 in opposition to Little Rock. Geronimo additionally scored 11 factors on 5-of-6 capturing, which included a 3-pointer in the second half. Jalen Hood-Schifino had 5 turnovers however performed nicely in any other case, chipping in 13 factors on 6-of-13 capturing. He additionally added seven rebounds and three assists.
This will not be a sport Indiana will look again on fondly. While it took till the remaining minutes of the contest to seize some actual respiratory room, not less than that respiratory room was achieved and the Hoosiers weren’t sweating it out down the stretch.
On to the subsequent one.
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