At the Buzzer: Indiana 97, Austin Peay 62

  • 12/22/2016 8:53 pm in

Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 97-62 win over Austin Peay:

How it happened: For a half, it appeared Indiana was on its way to a record setting 3-point shooting performance. The Hoosiers knocked down 11 shots from distance in the first 20 minutes on their way to 1.44 points per possession. Indiana couldn’t keep up that pace in the second half, but it didn’t matter against an overmatched Ohio Valley Conference opponent. The win was Indiana’s 10th of the season and 26th straight at home, the fourth longest current streak in the nation. Overall, it was a strong offensive performance for Indiana as the Hoosiers scored 1.36 points per possession and had an effective field goal percentage of 75.9.

Standout performance: Josh Newkirk had a double-double (11 points, 11 assists) and struck a nice balance between scorer and distributor. Newkirk is a critical piece to Indiana’s success, but is still getting acclimated to his role in an offense that needs him to score when open but also get others involved. His performance on Thursday was a step in the right direction.

Statistic that stands out: Indiana turned in its best 3-point shooting performance of the season by hitting 15-of-26 for 57.7 percent. After struggling against Butler in the Crossroads Classic from distance, Indiana has rebounded nicely over its last two games with strong shooting performances.

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  • GaHoosier

    Another cupcake…another win!

    Nice to see Johnson and JBJ knocking down the three-ball.

    Really good to see JN get double-digit assists. He needs to continue to drive with his head up, looking to find the open shooter or driver.

  • Speed

    Did not get to see the game tonight but noted that Bryant took 3 shots and Anuoby 4. It would appear that the inside game was non-existent. With an All-American candidate in Bryant and a potential high NBA draft pick in O.G. it might be prudent to work the ball inside rather than living and dying by the 3 pointer.

  • What’s this I hear about JM getting injured?

  • SCHoosier

    Problem is the cupcakes give you whatever you want..easier to take a wide open 3pter that it is to move the ball and your butt with passes..cutting etc. Coach has to dictate that. Hoosiers can handle the threes against this type of competition..in the conference..especially on the road..we’ll see.

  • ForeverIU

    It really is ridiculous.

  • I was going to say: sometimes you take what the opponent is giving. It would be silly to pass up open threes. Now, I couldn’t watch the game, so I have no idea if that’s what happened. However, with JN getting 11 assists, it sounds like the ball was getting into good places.

  • ForeverIU

    Knocking down the 3 ball against the #347 defense in the nation? What a waste!

  • ForeverIU

    Crean said he hurt his ankle and could not have come back in even if the score was close.

  • pcantidote

    We can’t seem to stay healthy. Bummer. I’m sure we’ll get a clear timeline tomorrow 😉

  • GaHoosier

    I don’t disagree, but during a game like this you have to find something to be proud of!!!

  • Wonderful. So, another waiting period to find out how serious an injury is. Which, of course, nobody will know–including the coaching staff–because such things sometimes just can’t be known.

  • ForeverIU

    Okay, I’ll try! LOL.

  • ForeverIU

    Merry Christmas!

  • David Macer

    Austin Peay came out I need a zone. We took advantage of it.

  • Ole Man

    LOL! Yeah, CTC will hold a press conference just to announce it.

  • Ole Man

    16 TOs against their D? And they were in a zone a lot of the time?
    Not good!

  • Ole Man

    43 of 56 IU shots were by the guards.
    I think its a little out of balance, even against the zone.

  • Well, we’re playing the #1 defense in the country in about a week. So we’ll have a good idea of where we stand then.

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