Despite getting off to yet another slow start, one that saw the Hoosiers trailing 19-14 after nearly six minutes of action, Indiana rallied to an easy 86-53 victory over the Central Arkansas Bears, lead by the strong play of Junior Guard Devonte Green. The opening minutes of the game gave the impression the Hoosiers would be in for a close one that they would be forced to grind out, and five turnovers in the opening six minutes weren’t helping matters for Indiana. Finally, when the first TV timeout came nearly seven minutes into the opening half, Archie Miller was able to settle his team down which lead to a 19-0 run that would give Indiana a double-digit lead, a lead that they would keep for the rest of the game.
There are still a few noticeable problems plaguing this team most noticeably three-point defense. Indiana allowed Central Arkansas to shoot over 39% from 3 (9-23) and were routinely losing shooters on the defensive end. This isn’t a massive problem in the vacuum of this game alone especially when Indiana still held Central Arkansas to 20-of-64 shooting overall, but it’s an issue that has plagued Indiana over its last three games and one that Archie himself admitted is an issue that’s causing some concern.
Turnovers are another key issue that has been hampering Indiana throughout the season, and while it looked like this would be another game where turnovers would be a big story with five early turnovers, the Hoosiers were able to go the final 14:13 of the first half without recording a single turnover. Specifically, the play of Devonte Green was one of the biggest factors in Indiana taking care of the ball and getting under control. With promising freshmen guard Rob Phinisee, one of the steadier players on the team, going down with a concussion early in the game, Devonte Green was able to step up and organize the Indiana offense to the tune of 19 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and perhaps most importantly, only two turnovers in 29 minutes of action. Green was able to settle the team down after a disappointing start and made his case for more minutes and may be counted on more going forward depending on the severity of Phinisee’s concussion.
Indiana will return to action on Saturday when they host the Jacksonville Dolphins. Indiana will look to secure its 11th win of the season and conclude a promising non-conference schedule before they jump into Big Ten action in the new year.