He said he couldn’t believe just how proficient IU has been behind the 3-point line in its first six Big Ten home games this season.
He said the Hoosiers were shooting it at a 47.3 percent clip in conference home games.
And he’s right. Indiana has made 61-of-129 3-pointers in six Big Ten conference home games this season. IU is 6-0 in those games.
If you look at it and just focus on the last five conference home games, the numbers are even better. In the last five, IU is 57-of-111, 51.4 percent.
The point that Painter was making was that you can never lose recognition of where Indiana’s shooters are at any given time. And the reality is there are often four guys on the floor that can hit from beyond the arc when they’re shooting in rhythm.Here is a closer look at how Indiana is shooting the ball from beyond the arc in Big Ten home games.
Jan. 10 (Ohio State) 4-of-18.
Jan. 13 (Penn State) 9-of-21.
Jan. 22 (Maryland) 15-of-22.
Jan. 31 (Rutgers) 8-of-19.
Feb. 8 (Michigan) 7-of-17.
Feb. 15 (Minnesota) 18-of-32.
Obviously, Indiana’s ability to knock down the 3-point shot will be a major point in Thursday’s rematch with the Boilermakers.
If the 3-point shot is falling, Indiana is having to rely less on challenging Purdue’s bigs by driving the ball. This was a significant issue in Purdue’s 83-67 win over IU on Jan. 28 in Mackey Arena.
What the 3-point shot also does is it makes IU’s homecourt advantage simply that much more pronounced. When the 3-pointers are falling it’s a Hoosier Love Fest at Assembly Hall.
And IU’s players feed off of that energy and good things usually happen. That’s why IU is 15-1 at Assembly Hall this season and 6-0 in Big Ten play.
Conversely, when the 3-point shot is not dropping this Indiana team struggles that much more.
In the first game against Purdue, that was the case. IU was 4-of-19 from 3-point range. The Hoosiers were 1-of-9 in the first half and 3-of-10 in the second.
And the result was predictable: an easy Purdue victory.
How Indiana is able to fare from beyond the 3-point line in the rematch will go a long way toward determining if the Hoosiers are able to remain unbeaten at home in conference play.