Friday, November 20, 2015

Hoosiers have no trouble with Creighton, win 86-65

The Hoosiers played perhaps their most complete game of the season on Thursday night as they completely dominated the visiting Creighton Bluejays to improve to 3-0. Indiana was in control from start to finish. After taking a 21-10 lead with 12:22 left in the first half, the gap between teams never reached single-digits again. The lead at the break was 51-32 and the game already felt out of reach at that point.

James Blackmon Jr. was once again the Hoosiers' leading scorer, dropping 19 points on 7-13 shooting. The sophomore had a great all-around game, hitting from all over the court while adding 7 rebounds and 4 assists to the stat sheet. Senior Yogi Ferrell led the team in both rebounds (9) and assists (6). Troy Williams brought the house down with more dunks, scoring 13 points while shooting 6-13 from the field.
Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams, Indiana Hoosiers, James Blackmon Jr, Thomas Bryant, Tom Crean
Box score: Indiana v Creighton 11/19/15

Thomas Bryant, who hit a 3-pointer in the first half, was fantastic. He did take/miss 3 more (probably ill-advised) three-pointers, but he made all of his 2-point FG's and finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. The freshman big man is the real deal... he's such a delight to watch, as he plays with a ton of emotion but is (so far) able to channel it all into positive energy. He really gets the crowd at Assembly Hall going and I think his teammates feed off of it, as well. The way Indiana has incorporated Bryant's game into their offense so quickly is incredibly encouraging looking forward.

Watching from home, it was clear that this was the best game the Hoosiers have played so far this year. Creighton may not have Dougie McBuckets anymore, but they are certainly no cupcake opponent. Cruising to a dominating victory over a solid opponent is exactly the send-off the Hoosiers need as they head off to Maui. This is a crucial 7-day period for Indiana, as they may very well face #17 Vanderbilt and #4 Kansas on Tuesday and Wednesday after meeting Wake Forest Monday. It's safe to say that Test #1 was passed with flying colors.

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