Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Mississippi Valley State

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Indiana opened the 2014-2015 regular season on Saturday night with a 116-65 blowout of Mississippi Valley State at Assembly Hall.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win:

· Mosquera-Perea continues to progress: The competition level still isn’t up to par, but Hanner Mosquera-Perea continues to show signs that he made significant offseason progress. On Friday, Mosquera-Perea played 21 minutes and finished with nine points, a career-high 12 rebounds and just one foul.

Mosquera-Perea shouldn’t have much of a problem asserting himself against the lesser opponents on IU’s non-conference schedule, but whether he continues to produce against teams like SMU and Pittsburgh will be a bigger indicator of just how far he’s come.

“There’s times that he looks better than others, but there’s really not been times that he has not been up to par,” Tom Crean said. “He’s definitely improving. And I think you can see it in his foot work. He’s had a very good off season. He just — but truly, day by day with him, because that’s what it’s been. And that’s what it will continue to be.”

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Notebook: Indiana sets season-opener scoring record

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As Indiana’s score kept rising on Friday night in its season-opener against Mississippi Valley State, the accolades became more and more impressive.

Most points ever scored under head coach Tom Crean. Most points scored in a game since 1993. Most points ever scored by the Hoosiers in their first game of the season.

By the end of the game on Friday, the Hoosiers emerged with a 116-65 victory over the Delta Devils. They finished with a 75.4 effective field goal percentage, as well, their highest since a win over Mount St. Mary’s during the 2012-2013 season.

“We improved in the game,” Crean said. “We had our largest lead with just two minutes to go, and I thought for the most part, our guys didn’t play the score. They played to improve.

“Guys came in even at that five minute mark and tried to do the right things. We’re excited about that. Something for us to build on.”

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Video: IU players react to win over Mississippi Valley State

Five Indiana players — Ryan Burton, Nick Zeisloft, James Blackmon Jr., Tim Priller and Max Hoetzel — met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 116-65 win over Mississippi Valley State on Friday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch both press conferences below:

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Video: Tom Crean reacts to win over Mississippi Valley State

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 116-65 win over Mississippi Valley State on Friday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

The Minute After: Mississippi Valley State

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Thoughts on a 116-65 win over the Delta Devils:

I. Indiana showed splendor. The spacing, the ball movement, the shots which all seemed like they were going to fall. The numbers are absurd: 116 points, the most-ever in the Tom Crean era. Eleven made 3-pointers, more than the Hoosiers made in any game a season ago. Five players in double figures (James Blackmon Jr.: 25, Max Hoetzel: 19, Nick Zeisloft: 16, Robert Johnson: 15, Yogi Ferrell: 15). A mark of 1.44 points per possession. An effective field goal percentage of 75.4. An offensive rebounding percentage of 54.5 and a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 62.7. They made 27-of-37 from the line.

It’s nice and it’s fun, but it came against the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils. This was a David vs. Goliath matchup with Goliath swallowing the opponent whole.

Indiana showed slop, too. In this up-and-down affair, the Hoosiers turned it over on 30 percent of their possessions heading into halftime. They were much cleaner in the second half with just six turnovers, but a 23.5 turnover percentage by game’s end is reminiscent of last season and isn’t going to be as easily negated when the Hoosiers’ shots aren’t falling like tonight against better competition.

II. Three games straight of a consistent Hanner Mosquera-Perea. Yet again, he stayed out of foul trouble with just one in 21 minutes. He snagged a career-high 12 boards and just missed a double-double with nine points. (A 3-of-7 mark from the line saw him miss double-digit scoring.) Yes, he was again loose with the ball and a little wild at times, but he knocked down another jumper from the right corner and even had a bucket in the post that started with his back to basket.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Mississippi Valley State

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Check out 25 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 116-65 win over Mississippi Valley State at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.

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Video: Andre Payne recaps Mississippi Valley State loss to Indiana

Following Indiana’s 116-65 win over Mississippi Valley State on Friday night, Delta Devils coach Andre Payne spoke to the media and recapped his team’s 51-point loss in his debut as the team’s coach.

Watch his full press conference here:

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