It was over before the game really got going. After starting the contest off with a 10-0 run, Indiana never trailed in its 85-60 blowout of Ohio State Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall. IU is now 14-3 overall and tied for first place in the Big Ten at 4-0.
Good Troy Williams showed up, leading the Hoosiers in scoring with 23 points. Just as important, he had just one turnover.
“Troy played phenomenal,” Yogi Ferrell said. “I like his decision making. He didn’t over penetrate. I felt like he picked and chose his spots.”
The turnovers were down all around, as IU had 12 total (17 TO%).
Indiana won its eighth straight game Tuesday night – a narrow 59-58 victory over Wisconsin at Assembly Hall – with the undefeated 1976 national championship team in attendance.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Badgers:
· Wisconsin set the pace, but Indiana’s defense won out: Wisconsin was successful in its goal to play a halfcourt game with Indiana. Greg Gard knew he didn’t want to get into a track meet, so the Badgers were deliberate and forced Indiana to run offense late into possessions. Turnovers were a regular occurrence. As a result, IU scored just .95 points per possession, their second lowest output of the season (UNLV at .94 is the lowest so far).
Indiana completed the non-conference portion of its schedule on Dec. 22 with a 10-3 record. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the first month and a half of the season:
· The offense is still elite: Say what you want about Indiana’s disappointing trip to Maui or the blowout loss at Duke, but the Hoosiers have one of the best offensive units in all of college basketball.
The numbers are impressive nearly across the board: IU ranks fifth in adjusted offensive efficiency, second in effective field goal percentage and seventh in offensive rebounding percentage. The offense alone should win IU its fair share of conference games.
The non-conference portion of IU’s schedule is complete and the Hoosiers are 10-3 heading into Wednesday’s Big Ten opener in Piscataway.
Here’s a player-by-player look at how each Hoosier performed in the non-conference portion of IU’s schedule:
Yogi Ferrell – 16.1 ppg, 5.9 apg, 4.7 rpg, 55.9 effective field goal percentage in 32.5 minutes per game
Quietly, Ferrell has played very well offensively through IU’s first 13 games. His turnover percentage is up, but his other pertinent numbers are up, including his assist rate and effective field goal percentage. The senior has figured out how to strike a balance between scorer and distributor as he currently ranks ninth among Big Ten players in scoring and fourth in assists.