The Recap – Grand Canyon vs Indiana0

Introduction

The Indiana Hoosiers hosted the Grand Canyon Antelopes Saturday evening. The Hoosiers were coming off a tough defeat against Louisville, only their second of the season, and were looking to bounce back at Assembly Hall. Grand Canyon is favored to win the Western Athletic Conference this year, especially with the help of their number one recruit Dewayne Russell, who made his debut against the Hoosiers.

Recap

1st half

The Hoosiers played the game like many others this year, from behind the arc.  They shot 20 three-pointers in the 1st half, only netting 7. Their overall shooting in the 1st half was almost dismal, going 15-40 from the floor. That is 50% of shots coming from behind the arc, and very dangerous game planning from Tom Crean. The Hoosiers did however dominate the glass, outrebounding Grand Canyon 29-18 and gathering 11 offensive rebounds. This led to the extra six chances the Hoosiers had over the Antelopes (40-34), which resulted in an 11-point lead, 42-31.

Four Hoosiers recorded 6 points in the 1st half (junior Yogi Ferrell, sophomore Troy Williams, junior transfer Nick Zeisloft and sophomore Collin Hartman), but freshman James Blackmon Jr. led with 7.  Zeisloft and Blackmon had 6 rebounds apiece as well. The Antelope’s Dewayne Russell’s 14 points in the 1st half led all scoring however.

2nd Half

The Hoosiers had some questions to answer about their 1st half play, and boy did they answer them. Tom Crean’s boys opened up the 1st half with a 10-4 run and didn’t look back. That problem with their field goal percentage? As my Italian-American-Growin’-Up-In-Jersey Aunt says… “Forget about it!” They shot over 50% in the 2nd half and scored over 50 points. They cut back on the three balls and had 15 of their 18 2nd half field goals come from inside the arc. Tom Crean even stepped on the court to break up a fight toward the end of the game. Final score, 94-66 Indiana Hoosiers.

Blackmon finished the game with 18 points, just shy of his 19 points-per-game average, which leads all freshman across the country. Zeisloft and junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea each had 7 rebounds and Troy Williams had 8. Mosquera-Perea was dominant in the post as he picked up 8 points and made 3/5 free throws. Williams driving ability was on display, finishing 5 times at the rim and drawing three fouls (4/6 free throws).

Thoughts

Not much to see here people, move along, move along. The Hoosiers had a shaky 1st half despite leading by 11, but they killed any doubts with their dominant 2nd half display. Mosquera-Perea continues to dominate when he is the biggest man on the floor. He rarely takes a poor shot and has been able to lead the B1G Conference in field goal percentage so far this season. Crean has them team running pretty smoothly and they seem to handle their business when they are expected too. Another win at home for the Hoosiers, which brings their record to 8-2. Indiana’s next game is in Indianapolis at a neutral site against the #15 ranked in-state rival Butler Bulldogs.

The Recap – Savannah State at IU0

Introduction

Indiana’s early-season home stretch ended with a game against Savannah State on this past Saturday night. The Hoosiers enter the game having scored over 80 points in four straight games and six of their first seven. They are ranked 6th in the nation in points per game and first in the B1G. The Hoosiers have been dominating from the three-point line as well, shooting 43% and making 9.3 three-point field goals per game. Savannah State came into the game as one of the worst teams in the nation when it comes to turnovers.

Recap

The Hoosiers got off to a slow start but ramped things up quickly. The two teams exchanged points until Indiana lead 12-9. IU went on to end the half on a 31-8 run, finishing the half leading 43-17. The Hoosiers must have been eating at Burger King lately because they were having it their way. They shot 50% from the field and 6-14 from three-point land. They also outrebounded the Tigers 23-13. Junior Yogi Ferrell led the scoring with 11 points, followed by freshman James Blackmon Jr. with 8. Indiana’s bench contributed thirteen points, continuing with the theme of consistency this year.

The Hoosiers handled the second half fairly easily. They opened up the half on a 23-10 run before they started to play their bench. They played 14 players throughout the game, the most they have played all season. The bench wound up with 22 points in the second half. The Hoosiers shot 57% for the night and scored a whopping 52 points in the second half, exceeding their season average for points per game (87.4) by putting up 95. Blackmon and Ferrell ended the night with 18 before they were given their seats on the bench. Savannah State came into the night knowing they were in for a tough game and were able to gain some experience for their players and some money for their school. Final score, 95-49.

Thoughts

That makes it two games in a row IU handled their business without any major hiccups, no injuries, and no blown leads. The Hoosiers could be undefeated on the season if it weren’t for the late collapse against Eastern Washington. This sets up the Hoosiers for their big game against Louisville on Tuesday night, providing them with their first true test of the season. If you would’ve asked me if the Hoosiers had any chance of beating Louisville away from Assembly Hall at the beginning of the season I would’ve gave them no chance, but they’ve changed my mind with their recent performances. I’ll be glued to my couch, eyes fixed on the mounted 60” in my apartment Tuesday night as my teacher calls out my name for roll (Sorry professor!).