Thoughts on a 104-59 win over the Cougars:
A sloppy, slow start by the Hoosiers eventually gave way to a blowout 45-point win, another easy win for Indiana to wrap up its two-game exhibition season.
What we saw of Indiana freshmen against Marian continued tonight. Jalen Hood-Schifino did just about everything on his way 15 points, five assists, one block, one steal and just one turnover in 22 minutes of action. The Montverde graduate was successful on all three of his 3-point attempts and added some glare in transition for good measure.
With Trayce Jackson-Davis back in the starting lineup after sitting out against Marian, Reneau moved into a bench role. But he still made the most of his time on the pitch. The freshman scored 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting and added eight boards and four assists in just 20 minutes of action. Reneau also had his own highlight reel set, A step back it showed that he is more than just a post player. Mercy.
Jackson-Davis had no problem using his size against St Francis’ smaller frontcourt and nearly scored a point per minute in this one (19 points, 21 mins). The IU big man hit 7 of 8 from the line and added nine rebounds and two blocks in his time on the court.
Tamar Bates also made her exhibition debut tonight. He didn’t try to do too much, often benefiting from Indiana’s ability to transition out for easy looks. Bates hit several left-handed buckets to the rim (5 of 10) en route to 10 points in 20 minutes of action. For the game, the Hoosiers outscored the Cougars 28-4 in quick break points. They also beat Saint Francis 21-6 in points on turnovers.
Jordan Geronimo (5 of 5) joined Hood-Schifino, Reneau, Jackson-Davis and Bates in double figures with 10 of his own thanks to a number of dunks. Geronimo also got eight boards in 17 minutes of action.
Miller Kopp knocked down both of his 3-point attempts tonight, helping Indiana go 36.8 percent from deep, despite offside games by Xavier Johnson (0 of 4) and CJ Gunn (1 of 5) beyond the arc. Johnson (three turnovers) continues to play a bit erratically early on. Trey Galloway’s 3-point form appears to be improving and he confidently fired two triples tonight, netting one from the left wing.
The Hoosiers were just 11 of 18 from the line tonight, with this charity stripe group’s struggles over the past few seasons lingering for a bit.
But put simply: Indiana has outplayed its two exhibition opponents this season. The Hoosiers passed their first test with ease.
But with the toughest tests to come, Mike Woodson had this to offer after the game when asked how his team has been doing this season: “Only time will tell.”
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