With every game that Indiana basketball plays this season, AllHoosiers.com has a ‘What Did We Learn’ feature coming out of that game.
Here is what we learned following Friday night’s 87-79 victory over UNCG at Assembly Hall.
1. IU needs better recognition on 3-point defense: IU basketball fans witnessed something never seen before Friday night at Assembly Hall. An opposing team came in and made 14 3-point field goals against the Hoosiers in Assembly Hall. The old record was 13 by Ohio State in 2011 and Northwestern in 2010. And not only did UNCG make 14, it did so in 23 attempts. That’s a cool 61 percent from 3-point range. Nicholas Paulos made 6-of-8 from beyond the arc and Clay Byrd made 6-of-11. IU coach Tom Crean said some of it is his players not following the scouting report and some in them not communicating well enough on the floor. But the Hoosiers simply need to get out on shooters and quit playing a defense that appears to be saying, ‘Let’s see if you can make it from there.’’
2. Emmitt Holt can help spell Hanner Mosquera-Perea: Emmitt Holt did some good things in 12 minutes off the bench Friday day night. He had five rebounds, including four on the offensive end. He had two turnovers but he also had two blocked shots. But he gave the impression that if Perea is in foul trouble Holt could be a viable option. And at this point in the season that’s an important find. One of the most frustrating things with Perea not being completely ready to take on his role with this team is the knowledge that with Devin Davis injured there really aren’t that many options with this team. A guy like Jeremiah April has the size but he’s clearly not ready to play yet. Tim Priller may be a scholarship player but no one is looking at him as someone who can contribute right away. Collin Hartman may be asked to do some things that you weren’t really expecting him to do. And a guy like Holt showed a few things Friday night that gave you the feeling that with some development time he could help you.
3. With youth often times comes frustration: We’ve all be there with wanting someone younger than us, maybe a sibling or a friend, or in some cases with a parent and their child, wanting them to grow up before they’re ready to do so. In some cases that’s the way it is with this IU basketball team. You want the Hoosiers to figure it out quickly. You want them to stop making the same mistakes over and over again. You want them to defend better. Or stop dribbling right into the heart of traffic. Or make the easy play and get the sure points rather than go for the play that will get them on SportsCenter. You expect that they’ll figure it out eventually but often times it’s not quick enough for your individual liking. This team remains a work in progress. This thing is going to take time. And patience will likely be the most difficult thing for Indiana fans to exhibit.
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