Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 73-49 win over Bellarmine:
How it happened: Indiana’s offense was average compared to what we’ve seen the Hoosiers produce in recent seasons, but it was still a comfortable win over one of the best programs in Division II. Why? Defense. Indiana used its length to contest shots and get into the passing lanes throughout the evening. The Hoosiers forced Bellarmine into 20 turnovers and limited the Knights to .72 points per possession. Indiana’s effort defensively allowed it to overcome a below average shooting night, particularly from behind the arc. Indiana hit just six of its 29 3-point attempts, but still won comfortably.
Standout performance: OG Anunoby. Based on his play throughout the first two exhibition games, Anunoby’s name will be appearing frequently in this space. At one point in the second half, he had more points than Bellarmine’s entire team. The sophomore from Jefferson City finished with a game-high 25 points (on 10-of-11 shooting), including several impressive dunks, in 26 minutes. Anunoby also had six rebounds, two steals, two assists, a block and just one turnover.
Statistic that stands out: After turning it over on 23.5 percent of its possessions in Tuesday’s exhibition win over Hope College, Indiana was much better taking care of the ball in its final preseason tuneup. The Hoosiers turned it over just 13 times for a final turnover percentage of 18.8. For a reference point, Indiana turned it over on 19.6 percent of its possessions last season.
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