Indiana lost to the University of Ottawa on Sunday, 109-101 in Montreal. Here are a few things we learned from IU's first true test of the trip.
1. DEFENSE A WORK IN PROGRESS: Indiana gave up 18 3-pointers against Ottawa, including several down the stretch that kept the Hoosiers from pulling in front in a close game. Vikas Gill and Mike L'Afracain combined to make 13 3s on 16 attempts. That is something that obviously must improve, and it will considering how young Indiana's team is.
Ottawa is a good team, make no mistake about it. It was in the Canadian title game last year against Carleton, a team Indiana will see at 6 p.m. Monday night.
2. WILLIAMS HAS BEEN DOMINANT: Troy Williams had a solid freshman year for the Hoosiers last season, but he looks poised to be a much better player in his sophomore campaign. After scoring 21 points in 21 minutes on Friday night against Laval, Williams came back with 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting in 33 minutes against Ottawa.
Williams has always had the athleticism, and that has helped him in Montreal thus far. But he's also stronger, and he has improved his jump shot. Williams, 6-foot-7. was Indiana's biggest starter for the second straight game, but he also spent time guarding Ottawa's elite guards. He's versatile, and Indiana fans should be excited about what Williams can accomplish this season.
3. ROBINSON SHOOTS RIGHT-HANDED: This is probably the most surprising thing to come out of Sunday's loss. Sophomore guard Stanford Robinson shot his perimeter jump shots right-handed, something he never did a year ago. Robinson made a 3-pointer with his right hand, and also made a floater in the lane right-handed. Tom Crean said after the game that it is something Robinson has been working on during the off-season, calling it "more natural" for Robinson to shoot with his right hand.
Robinson finished with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting for IU.
4. BLACKMON JR. SHINES: Freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. had another solid outing on Sunday, finishing with 20 points and a team-high five rebounds on 8-of-14 shooting in 31 minutes. Blackmon made 2-of-5 shots from beyond the arc.
The other freshmen weren't as impressive, but Robert Johnson also did many good things. Johnson had eight points and a team-high six assists.
Overall, it was a very positive thing for Indiana to get its first true test against a good team, and the Hoosiers should benefit from it during the season. Monday night's game, though, will be even tougher. Carleton beat Wisconsin by double figures last year and took Syracuse to overtime.