My thoughts

D.J. White shoots over Hasheem Thabeet.

Aside from a 3-point barrage to open the game, the Huskies are completely outplaying Indiana through the first 20 minutes.

I’m going to go ahead and guess Kelvin Sampson isn’t the happiest person in the world right now. There’s a lot of things his Hoosiers are doing poorly.

  • They can’t make a lay-up
  • They’re not running their offense well, there’s too much one-on-one. The bad shots they’re forcing is leading to easy shots for UConn, and the Huskies have taken advantage
  • Eric Gordon is trying too hard– he needs to let the offense come to him. Maybe it’s due to the national stage, but if he keeps forcing bad shots and turning the ball over, IU will not win this game

Do I think Indiana will lose? No. I think Sampson will get his team fired up and they’ll come out ready to go. This team just doesn’t lose at home and I would be shocked if they fell to a mediocre Connecticut squad. It won’t be easy. They need to come out with more energy and run the offense rather than isolation plays.

We’ll learn a lot about this team in the second half. Should be a good one.