Hoosiers turn up the D for 13th straight win

  • 01/23/2008 11:08 pm in

defense.jpgIf there was a knock on Indiana in their past 12 games, it was a lack of consistency on defense.

Sure, there were some flashes of defensive brilliance, but all in all, the Hoosiers had yet to put it all together for 40 minutes.

Fast forward to Wednesday night.

Indiana (17-1, 6-0 Big Ten) held Iowa to 34 percent shooting, forced 20 turnovers and cruised to a 65-43 victory in front of a sellout crowd at Assembly Hall. The win was the 29th consecutive for IU on Branch McCracken Court.

“Our kids are getting better. Our defense was better tonight,” Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson said. “If you keep working at things and have good kids, you usually improve.”

D.J. White led Indiana with 19 points and Eric Gordon added 17 points, four steals and three blocked shots. Jamarcus Ellis turned in another solid all-around effort with 12 points, a team-high eight rebounds and four assists.

Unlike the first meeting between the two teams on January 2, the outcome was never in doubt. Indiana led 36-27 at halftime and led 46-35 with 13:29 remaining before reeling off nine straight points to put the game away.

Tony Freeman paced Iowa (9-11, 2-4) with 14 points and Justin Johnson, who scored 29 points in the first meeting between the two teams, scored just six points on 1 of 6 shooting.

The 43 points for the Hawkeyes tied a season-low. The other occurrence, however, was a 43-36 upset of then No. 6 Michigan State at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Indiana will return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. in a non-conference battle with Connecticut. That game will be televised on CBS.

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  • Chuck

    I believe tonights game was the best IU has played this season. The defense was fairly consistent and IU was actually moving without the ball and setting some screens on offense. I was very pleased with this. It was much more difficult to guard IU when numerous players were driving the ball and dishing. One thing I am hoping to see more of is Brandon Mcgee. I do not understand why Sampson is reluctant to play him even when IU is up by 20. He did show some skills going to the basket in the final minute of the game. I just don't want to see him transfer at the end of the season because I do think we will need him next year.

  • peaychris

    the hawkeyes only scored 43 points tonight, but 43 points were actally enough to beat state like 2 weeks ago?? wow

    it looks like 2 really tough tests in a row for the hoosiers. if they can somehow win these games they will garner a lot of national attention and put to rest the “soft schedule” talk. hopefully

  • Andrew

    Where is there a current and regularly updated list of the longest home winning streaks in D1 bball? The ESPN recap said we have the 4th longest streak, who are the other teams and what's the count at?

  • eman

    I think Memphis is at the top with a streak of 40+

  • Jerry

    Amen to CHuck re: McGee.

  • notre dame has a longer streak too…i think 32?

  • McGee's reported to have horrible work ethic. You usually don't reward that with PT.

  • eman

    I think Memphis is at the top with a streak of 40+

  • Jerry

    Amen to CHuck re: McGee.

  • notre dame has a longer streak too…i think 32?

  • McGee's reported to have horrible work ethic. You usually don't reward that with PT.