Indiana dropped its opener in the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Monday with an 82-78 loss to Wake Forest at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Demon Deacons:
· Indiana’s ball pressure and defense has a long way to go: Through three games, Indiana’s defense looked improved.
On Monday, the Hoosiers took a step back when they allowed Wake Forest to drive uncontested into the lane repeatedly and score easily at the basket. Danny Manning’s team kept going to what was working for a majority of the game: Get into the lane and finish at the rim.
Before the stands in Assembly Hall were even full, Indiana had pulled out to a double-digit lead over Creighton. And the Hoosiers never looked back.
IU improved to 3-0 on the season with its 86-65 win, its final game before the Maui Invitational begins Monday.
Freshman center Thomas Bryant who had 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and four blocks, led the way for the Hoosiers. Sophomore James Blackmon Jr. led the team in scoring with 19 points, and Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams and Nick Zeisloft all also reached double-figures.
A few quick thoughts on Indiana’s 88-49 season opening win over Eastern Illinois:
How it happened: The Hoosiers were only challenged for about the first five minutes as a 9-7 lead at the 15:11 mark ballooned to a 30-point cushion late in the first half. Indiana was able to cruise from that point forward with little resistance. The lead was primarily built on strong offensive rebounding (14 second chance points in the first half) and the fact that EIU simply couldn’t stay in front of IU without committing fouls. The new freedom of movement rules were called closely and IU went to the foul line 25 times.