Indiana 72, North Carolina Central 56

Sophomore forward Christian Watford overcame an 0-for-7 first-half shooting performance to finish with 17 points, and Indiana overcame a generally uneven outing to win comfortably over North Carolina, 72-56 in front of 11,183 at Assembly Hall on Tuesday night.

The victory puts the Hoosiers at 5-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season when they opened the season 8-0.

It was the fourth straight game that Indiana held an opponent under 60 points. They have not allowed more than 60 in a game this season. North Carolina Central shot 47.8 percent from the field, including 54.5 percent in the second half, which was a season-high for an Indiana opponent, but the Hoosiers caused 22 turnovers and won the rebounding battle 35-30.

Sophomore guard Jordan Hulls scored 15 points, knocking down three 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Derek Elston had nine points and six rebounds in 21 minutes after missing the last game with a minor knee injury. No one elsehad more than seven points, but 10 different Hoosiers scored and Indiana’s bench outscored North Carolina Central’s 30-4.

The Eagles were down just 27-24 with 3:11 remaining in the first half, but IU finished on a 7-0 run that included a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by freshman guard Victor Oladipo. They cut the deficit back to 40-37 early in the second half, but IU went on an 11-0 run to make it 51-37 and later a 14-2 run to make it 70-50.

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AUDIO: Christian Watford

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8 comments

  1. great effort. these young men appear to be having fun and it’s fun to watch. Elston and Hulls looked great tonight.

  2. Nice victory for IU tonight. It would be great for Guy-Marc Michel to get some playing time before the B10 season. Has anyone heard an update yet on when IU should expect an NCAA ruling on Guy’s eligibility?

  3. Free Guy….

    If Guy played 5 games in France and the NCAA typically suspends players the number of games played with professional clubs overseas, then they better make a decision. Otherwise, they are depriving him of games…..

  4. Didn’t get to see the game. Can anyone who did comment on the nature of the turnovers? We’re obviously being careless with the ball, but I’m not really sure if I should be worried about this or not. From just reading the box scores, the turnovers are very concerning.

  5. In my opinion IU’s turnovers are caused by carelessness, or decision making,what an eye opener! It comes from trying to make things happen when there is nothing there. In the day, Knight would have yank those guys out immediately & had a teaching moment. B4 all you Knight haters chime in, Izzo, Matta, Bo Ryan would have done the exact same thing. CTC is maybe letting the guys get confidence, but this type of carelessness won’t do in the Big10.

  6. I make no claims to be a great coach but, personally, I rarely pulled a kid immediately after making an error. Do you think the player doesn’t realize he just made a mistake? There’s no sense humiliating him in front of a crowd for it. That shakes their confidence. I always waited a play or two before pulling a player in that situation.
    Of course, that might be why I never coached in the big time.

  7. I’m also concerned with the turnovers. It seems that if we just cut the turnovers in half, all of these first 5 games would have been big blowouts. But it’s nice to 5-0.

    Let’s go Yogi!!!!!

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