With every basketball game that Indiana plays this season we will take a look at three things to watch that could be important for that game.
Here are the three keys for Samford:
1. SHOW UP FROM 3-POINT RANGE
No one expected this Indiana team to come anywhere near what last year's squad was able to accomplish from beyond the 3-point arc. Losing guys like Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford made that abundantly clear. But no one expected the Hoosiers to struggle quite as much as they have in the first two games either. In the first game, Indiana didn't take many 3-pointers and hit 1-of-8 overall. In the first half Tuesday against LIU Brooklyn, the Blackbirds basically dared IU to shoot from out there and the result was a 1-of-16 effort from beyond the 3-point line. That's 2-of-24 in the first 60 minutes of basketball this season. In the second half, IU hit 6-of-10 and now sits at 8-of-34 from 3, 23.5 percent. Not only does Indiana need to do a better job shooting the 3-pointer tonight but it just needs to shoot the ball better overall. IU is shooting 41.5 percent from the field in the first two games.
2. TAKE CARE OF THE BALL
In the first game, Indiana had 19 turnovers which matched last year's season high in that category. Tuesday, IU had 14 which is a step in the right direction but still needs to be better. One interesting note is that it's not one person that is turning the ball over more than anyone else. IU has shared the wealth in the turnover department. Will Sheehey had six, Jeremy Hollowell and Troy Williams each have five and Noah Vonleh and Yogi Ferrell each have four. Four turnovers by the point guard at this point in two games is actually decent. But the front line players need to do a better job in that area.
3. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW RULES
In the first game, Indiana took 55 free throw attempts and made 45. This was because IU was taking it to the basket and drawing fouls within the new way the game is being called. IU needs to be the aggressor in that area again tonight and get to the foul 40 plus times. If that happens, Indiana has the potential to get 30 or more free points at the line.
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