The Indiana Hoosiers will look to build upon their strong play of late as the Central Arkansas Bears travel to Bloomington for a mid-week match-up. Following Rob Phinisee’s buzzer beating shot in Indianapolis on Saturday to top Butler, the Hoosiers will try to take care of business against a couple mid-major programs before taking an extended break for the holidays.
The Bears (4-6) will come to Bloomington after a rocky start to their season, as they look for a signature road win to try to turn things around. The Bears will be led by Sophomore guard DeAndre Jones, who leads his team in both scoring and assists, while also shooting nearly 46% from three-point range on the season. Jones will be joined by big men Hayden Koval, who stands at 7’0 tall, as well as 6’7 forward Eddy Kayouloud who both specialize in shooting the three, forming a dangerous trio of shooters. As a team, the Bears are very capable perimeter shooters, as they are shooting nearly 36% for the year, with nearly every player on the team being a threat to shoot and roughly 40% of their total points on the season coming from behind the arc.
The issue for the Bears may come on the defensive side of the floor as they come into this game ranked 251st in college basketball in field-goal percentage defense. To make matters worse for the Bears, the Hoosiers will come into this game ranked 5th in the country in field-goal percentage on offense. Stopping the talented duo of Juwan Morgan and Romeo Langford will be a tough task for the Bears, and an efficient Indiana offense should pose serious problems for a subpar defense.
After closer than expected games against mid-major opponents in UC-Davis and UT Arlington, the Hoosiers will look to put Central Arkansas away early to avoid any unnecessary drama. Also look for the threesome of Clifton Moore, Damezi Anderson, and Jake Forrester to log some minutes over the next couple games. Coach Archie Miller talked about how impressed he has been with all three players on his weekly radio show and will look to find minutes for all of them.