The Minute After: Alcorn State


Thoughts on a 112-70 win over Alcorn State:

The James Blackmon Jr. offensive assault impressed. The Troy Williams highlight alley-oop did, too. But as the Hoosiers entered half time tonight, all those lingering doubts remained.

Despite scoring 1.51 points per possession and sporting an effective field goal percentage of 88.5, the turnovers and defense continued to plague this talented squad. An entry pass to Thomas Bryant resulted in a turnover. Trying to go for the home runs instead of the singles to close out the half — a Williams alley-oop pass to Yogi Ferrell comes to mind — resulted in a few more. The Hoosiers entered the locker room turning it over on 22.8 percent of their possessions. It was just a touch better than their season average of 23.9 percent, which ranked 338th in the country coming into the contest.

Indiana’s defense also left much to be desired. It failed to to control the boards, as Alcorn State rebounded 52.2 percent of its misses for 12 second-chance points. The Braves scored off weak Indiana transition defense and the uncontested drives off the perimeter to the rim happened, too. At half, Indiana allowed .97 points per possession to a weak offensive team averaging .91 points on the season.

But the Hoosiers cleaned things up in the second half and cruised to an expected 42-point victory.


Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Alcorn State

Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 112-70 win over Alcorn State on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Alcorn State


Check out 40 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 112-70 win over Alcorn State at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. See more images and purchase prints from J. Scott Photography.


Video: IU players react to win over Alcorn State

James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams met with the media following Indiana’s 112-70 win over Alcorn State on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Video: Montez Robinson reacts to loss at Indiana

Montez Robinson met with the media following Alcorn State’s 112-70 loss to Indiana on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

At the Buzzer: Indiana 112, Alcorn State 70


A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 102-70 win over Alcorn State:

How it happened: Indiana controlled Alcorn State, one of the worst teams in Division I, throughout the evening. The Hoosiers weren’t very good defensively through the first 20 minutes (.97 points per possession allowed), but were slightly better to begin the second half. All in all, this game turned out as expected: Indiana pounded a team with little talent.


What to Expect: Alcorn State


Following a disappointing 1-2 performance in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, Indiana returns to Assembly Hall tonight to host Alcorn State. The Braves are 0-5 and are ranked No. 348 in KenPom out of 351 Division I teams.

The game will be broadcast on BTN at 7 p.m. ET with Jeff Levering and Joe Crispin on the call.

Indiana will take the floor tonight in Assembly Hall at a crossroads. The Hoosiers lost the fifth place game in Maui, but Monday’s loss to Wake Forest came at a heavier price. By falling to the Demon Deacons, IU lost several opportunities to build a non-conference resume.


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