By the Numbers: Indiana (Feb. 16)

We looked at what Indiana did and didn't do well earlier in the season. Here's an updated look.

Earlier this season, we took a closer look at some of Indiana's advanced stats, paying particular attention to what the Hoosiers did and didn't do well. Now that we're 12 games into the Big Ten season, here's an updated look, with some analysis.

What Indiana does well

1. GET OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS: This hasn't changed throughout the season. The Hoosiers remain one of the nation's top offensive rebounding teams, though they did drop three spots after Saturday's 82-64 loss at Purdue. Indiana rebounds 39 percent of its misses, good for the 11th-best rate in the nation, and the best in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers will see the nation's 15th-best team in this category (Iowa) on Tuesday night.

2. PLAY DEFENSE: Obviously, this category went out the window a little bit at the end of the Penn State game and the entire Purdue game. But the Hoosiers give up only 95.2 points per 100 possessions, ranking 24th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten. They also allow an effective field goal percentage of 45.6, the 44th-lowest in the country. Indiana will need to continue to play strong defense going forward if they want to salvage the season.

3. MAKE FREE THROWS: Indiana shoots 73.2 percent from the line, the 59th-best percentage nationally. The Hoosiers also get 26.3 percent of their points from the charity stripe, ranking 27th.

What IU doesn't do well

1. PROTECT THE BALL: This has been a problem all year long, and it continues to plague the Hoosiers. They turn the ball over on 22.3 percent of their possessions, ranking 336th out of 351 teams. Think about that: Indiana gives the ball away on more than one out of every five possessions. That simply has to get better.

2. SCORE EFFICIENTLY: The Hoosiers score only 103.6 points per 100 possessions (1.036 points per possession), ranking 192nd nationally. They own an effective field goal percentage of 49.5, ranking 176th, and shoot just 34.4 percent from beyond the arc (162nd) and 48.7 percent on twos (170th).


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