Game Analysis: IU 77, Evansville 46

Indiana dominated the Purple Aces on both ends of the floor Tuesday night at Assembly Hall. Here's some analysis from Justin Albers.

Instead of a traditional game story, we'll do more of a game analysis at AllHoosiers.com. Here's the latest, following, Indiana's easy 77-46 win over Evansville on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.

WHAT LOOKED GOOD: Most things did. The Hoosiers jumped out to a 12-0 lead and were never really threatened by an Evansville team that came into the game averaging better than 90 points per contest. Evansville started just 2-of-17 from the field, so the Indiana defense deserves a great deal of credit for that. The Indiana defense was good all night, holding Evansville to 29 percent shooting from the field and 19 percent from beyond the arc.

On the offensive end, Indiana (6-1) attacked the basket at will and didn't settle for 3-pointers, except for one stretch during the second half. Indiana attempted only 16 3s for the game, and outrebounded Evansville 58-30. Indiana rebounded nearly 50 percent of its misses, as well.

Tom Crean's rotations were a little interesting on Tuesday night, but they worked. Crean inserted senior walk-on Jeff Howard into the starting lineup in place of Jeremy Hollowell, and used a second unit of Hollowell, Devin Davis, Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Evan Gordon and Stanford Robinson.

If Crean was trying to send a message to Hollowell, it seemed to work. The sophomore forward scored a career-high 18 points off the bench on 4-of-8 shooting and 8-of-9 at the line. He played only 17 minutes.

WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE: Indiana turned the ball over seven times in the first half and 15 times in the game. That's still way too many. It's a young team, yes, but there are a few possessions in every game that leave you scratching your head.

Indiana's young players also need to continue to learn how to play as it relates to fouls. Noah Vonleh picked up a really stupid second foul late in the first half and sat to start the second half as a result. Vonleh, of course, fouled out against Connecticut last Friday night.

The third one is one we have discussed after almost every game so far this season: Shooting. The Hoosiers shot just 27 percent from beyond the arc, 44 percent from the field overall, and missed 10 free throws. Consistency has been an issue for the Hoosiers from the foul line all season.

MOMENTUM CHANGER: There really wasn't one. The Hoosiers jumped on top from the get-go on a Troy Williams 3-point play and never looked back. Indiana never trailed.

MORE ON HOWARD: When I saw Jeff Howard's name light up on the live stats page we use before the game, I was shocked. I assumed it was some sort of mistake. Howard has never started in his four-year career and doesn't even come into the game in the first half all that often.

But Howard did indeed start, and he played relatively big minutes. Will he continue to get playing time as the season moves forward? Hard to say. I wouldn't think so, but you never know.

Howard played a career-high 15 minutes, finishing with two points, three rebounds and an assist.

At one point in the second half on Tuesday night, Howard's name was trending nationally on Twitter. That's something.

UP NEXT: The Hoosiers have a week off before playing at Syracuse next Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Terry Hutchens will be live from the Carrier Dome for that one.


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