Oakland coach didn't see Gordon coming

Evan Gordon has scored 41 points in the last two games and hit 17-of-21 shots from the field. His 26 Tuesday night helped lift Indiana to an 81-54 victory over Oakland.

Oakland head coach Greg Kampe had a couple of interesting things to say Tuesday night after his team was defeated 81-54 at Assembly Hall.

First he said he really didn't know who Evan Gordon was coming into the game. He also said that prior the game he wouldn't have considered IU to be an upper echelon team but his opinion on that front has changed, too.

The Gordon revelation, however, was perhaps the most surprising comment of the night.

It's not like the younger brother of Eric Gordon has exactly come out of nowhere. He did play at Arizona State last year where he had games of 29 and 28 points. He was also Indiana's leading scorer in its most recent game, an 89-68 victory over North Florida Saturday night.

Against North Florida, Gordon made his first seven shots. Certainly, you would think Kampe would have seen that on film.

And yet when Gordon erupted Tuesday night for an Indiana career-best of 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting and hit his first eight shots of the game from the field, Kampe sounded surprised.

"I didn't even know who (Gordon) was and he comes in and scores 20,000 points,'' Kampe said. "I couldn't tell you who he was tonight. We knew Yogi Ferrell could make shots but we really didn't think they had many other players who could make outside shots. We tried to play off the ball and get into the gaps to give ourselves a good rebounding chance and that gave them a better chance to make some shots, which they did.

"It's Indiana and this is Assembly Hall. If they hit shots like that in this building they are going to beat a lot of teams. We just have to move on to the next game against Michigan State.''

Gordon has been red hot the last two games in particular. He has made 17 of his 21 shots from the field and scored 41 points in those two games. In the first eight games of the season, Gordon scored a total of 45 points.

So what has been the difference?

"We've just been moving the ball as a team,'' Gordon said. "I've stayed aggressive. Yogi stayed on me to make sure I stayed confident in my shot and our coaches stayed on me and I've bbeen doing extra work. It's all coming out.''

Gordon was 4-of-5 from 3-point range Tuesday night. In the last two games he is 5-for-7 from 3-point range. In the first eight games he was 1-for-9 from distance.

Gordon said ball movement is a big reason why he has had so many good looks.

"I think if you watch the game you can see that the team is moving the ball a little bit more,'' Gordon said. "I've gotten open. I've stayed a little more aggressive than I usually have been but it's really just the ball movement.''

IU coach Tom Crean said with Gordon it all starts on the defensive end.

"He's had big assignments defensively,'' Crean said. "The challenge to the upperclassmen coming out of Syracuse was huge. We let an opportunity slip by leadership wise. I think guys like he and Will (Sheehey) have taken that to heart to a degree to try to do more but Evan is in the gym more, too.

"I've said this before but when Evan came, one of our big points to him was that we thought there was a lot more that he could get better at and that he could improve in a lot of areas. He's doing that and I think he's starting to see that.''

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