Indiana got Anthony Davis into foul trouble and hit six straight 3-pointers in the second half in their win over Kentucky on Saturday. Both were key factors in the victory.
A look at both in the lastest edition of Film Session.
By dumping it into Cody Zeller twice in one minute during the first half, the Hoosiers went right after Davis. He picked up two quick fouls and went to the bench at the 8:03 mark. (Such a transpiring of events makes you wonder why the Hoosiers weren’t giving it to Zeller down low in the closing minutes of the ball game when Davis had four fouls and was guarding him, but I digress.) Davis didn’t play the rest of the first half. Indiana went on a 13-2 run with him out to go up 30-22, but Kentucky was able to score seven quick points in the final 1:55 of the half to close the gap and trail by only one at half, 30-29.
In the second half, Victor Oladipo got his shot blocked by Doron Lamb, but stuck with the play and picked up the third foul on Davis at the 17:35 mark. Davis sat until the 15:50 mark. Indiana went on a 10-0 run with the shot-blocker on the bench to go up 45-35.
Davis’ final foul of the contest was an ill-advised one, hacking Verdell Jones on a 3-point attempt with 12 minutes to go. The Hoosiers were able to maintain a seven-point lead for the duration of his time on the sideline. He entered with 6:28 to go and remained on the floor for the duration of the game.
INDIANA’S SECOND HALF 3-POINTERS
It was a varied attack for the Hoosiers after the intermission. The first two came in transition, one of Indiana’s deadliest scoring situations so far this season. Jordan Hulls pushed the pace off a Terrence Jones turnover to begin the barrage; the second came with Hulls pushing the pace off a rebound.
The third, fourth and fifth came in the flow of the offense. Hulls got free when Jones didn’t hedge a screen; both Christian Watford and Will Sheehey had a bit of space from their defender, fired and connected.
The sixth and final three came via a second-chance opportunity. Zeller rebounded a Watford miss, immediately turned and found Hulls behind the line for the team’s sixth straight three, which put the Hoosiers up 66-57.
(The Davis foul on Jones came during Indiana’s sixth-straight stretch in the second half and he knocked down all three free throws. So one could technically argue that was a seventh straight. And going back to the first half, the Hoosiers also hit their last two 3-pointers, so that would make nine straight by such logic.)
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