Quick thoughts on a 68-67 win over Louisville:
How it happened: Things looked bleak early on for Indiana. The Cardinals opened up an eight-point lead in the first half and went into halftime leading by five based on a strong offensive performance. Louisville wasn’t turning it over and as a result, it was generating good looks in its halfcourt offense. The Hoosiers, however, regrouped at intermission and came out far better defensively in the second half. For a while, it looked as if Indiana may not quite get over the hump as it had four possessions with a chance to take the lead and failed to capitalize on any of them. But Rob Phinisee hit a 3-pointer to give the Hoosiers a 49-47 lead. From there, it was a back and forth battle. But another Phinisee 3-pointer gave Indiana the lead for good with 1:25 to play and it secured the team’s eighth win of the season.
Standout performers: Three Hoosiers finished in double figures as Romeo Langford set the pace with 21 points and Juwan Morgan added 15 points and five rebounds. Phinisee also deserves a mention for his clutch 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes.
Statistic that stands out: Indiana finished with a stellar turnover percentage of 15 and the Hoosiers held Louisville, which had one of the highest free throw rates (FTA/FGA) in the country coming in, to just 13 attempts from the line.
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Filed to: Louisville Cardinals