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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Lamar

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It wasn’t the decisive win that was expected, but Indiana moved to 4-0 with a 85-72 win over Lamar on Saturday night in Assembly Hall.

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

· IU’s defense struggles: Lamar came into Assembly Hall averaging .88 points per possession through its first three games. When the final buzzer sounded on the IU victory, the Cardinals had carved the Hoosiers up to the tune of 1.09 points per trip.

Most concerning from the performance was how easily Lamar was able to score inside. The Cardinals amassed 48 points in the paint and shot 65 percent on their 2s. A majority of the easy looks were the result of poor perimeter defense as Lamar found driving lanes with ease and either took them directly to the rim or dished off when help arrived.

“The bottom line is that we’ve got to do a better job of containing penetration, understanding scouting report defense and not stepping up on penetration when it comes,” Tom Crean said. “I thought we didn’t do a very good job of perimeter defense at all when it came to ball pressure in the first half and it came to dribble penetration in the second half, and then we got careless with our step-ups which gave them too many easy baskets.”

· Another efficient performance for James Blackmon Jr.: Another game, another strong effort from IU’s McDonald’s All-American freshman guard. Blackmon Jr. hit six of his 10 field goal attempts, knocked down all four of his free throws and finished with 21 points. He also grabbed six rebounds, a team-high.

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Video: IU players react to win over SMU

James Blackmon Jr. (26 points, seven rebounds), Troy Williams (11 points, four rebounds, two steals) and Yogi Ferrell (13 points, seven assists and five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 74-68 win over No. 22 SMU on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.

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Video: IU players react to win over Texas Southern

Yogi Ferrell (20 points, seven assists, four rebounds), Robert Johnson (21 points, six assists, five rebounds) and James Blackmon Jr. (19 points, five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 83-64 win over Texas Southern on Monday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch the full press conference below:

Quotes are available after the jump.

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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.

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Hoosiers ‘ready to play’ as season opener awaits

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It has been 246 days since Indiana last played an in-season basketball game. 246 days mixed with plenty off-court drama and new, on-court looks. The wait ends tonight.

With a roster that was overhauled over the offseason — nine of the Hoosiers’ 15 players this season are new to the squad — the team will take Branch McCracken Court tonight at 7 p.m. for their season opener against Mississippi Valley State.

“I’ve been so excited to play here,” freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. said on Thursday. “So I don’t think it came too quick. I’ve been ready to play these games, so I’m just glad it’s here.”

In the more than eight months since Indiana played a regular season game at Assembly Hall, plenty has changed. Several players transferred. Newcomers arrived. Others faced legal troubles and suspensions. New opportunities arose.

After two exhibitions against Northwood (Mich.) and Indianapolis, the Hoosiers will have their first chance to make a result count since last March 13, a 64-54 season-ending loss to Illinois in the Big Ten tournament.

Now, the 2014-2015 Hoosiers can make a statement of their own.

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Video: Blackmon Jr., Johnson preview season opener

Indiana freshmen James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson met with the media on Thursday afternoon at Assembly Hall to preview Friday’s season opener against Mississippi Valley State.

Watch the full press conference below:

Quotes are available after the jump.

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