Three Keys: Stony Brook

Stony Brook brings a 3-0 basketball team to Assembly Hall today to face the Hoosiers. Indiana is also 3-0. Here are three keys for IU to be the team to emerge at 4-0 today.

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 Stony Brook:

1. STRIVE FOR CONSISTENCY

Indiana has shown flashes of good things across the board in the first three games but the key for a young team is to continue taking steps forward. Indiana has shown that it will be strong on the boards , block a lot of shots (IU is averaging 8.3 blocks per game and has had double digits in two of the three games) and is a team that can capitalize on its athleticism. But the Hoosiers have yet to shoot consistently from the perimeter, they still commit too many unforced errors and are still a long ways from putting together a set rotation.

2. USE HOME COURT ADVANTAGE

The bottom line here is that a school like Stony Brook is not used to playing games before big crowds like the Seawolves could see today at Assembly Hall. In Stony Brook's first three games of the season, all at home, it played before a TOTAL attendance of just over 4,000. The highest attended game was the season opener against Marist when the attendance was 1,630. If there are 13,000 plus at Assembly Hall that ultimately be a big advantage for IU.

3. DEFEND THE THREE

Anthony Jackson has connected on nine 3-pointers in the first three games and is shooting 9-of-21 (42 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team, Stony Brook is 19-of-46. Beyond Jackson though, only one other player has made more than three on the year to date. That's reserve Scott King who is 5-for-7. The Hoosiers simply need to have awareness from beyond the arc. IU has limited its first three opponents to shooting 26.8 percent from 3-point range.

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