Indiana 102, South Carolina State 60

Indiana improved to 9-0 at Assembly Hall during the 2010-11 season on Sunday, defeating South Carolina State 102-60 in front of an announced crowd of 12,795.

Much like Friday’s rout of SIU-Edwardsville, Sunday was a case of a team with far too little talent going up against an Indiana team that is constantly improving.

Christian Watford led the way with 22 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Matt Roth made 4 3s and had a season-high 14, while Verdell Jones had 13 (in his return from an injured ankle) and Derek Elston had 10 to round out the double-digit scorers.

The Hoosiers (9-2) started the game slow, making only 7 of its first 21 shots, but were 28-of-42 the rest of the way. Indiana led 43-35 at halftime but got to 100 with a Bobby Capobianco free throw with 1:39 remaining.

This was the second game of the IBN Las Vegas Classic. Indiana plays Northern Iowa on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

After the game, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke highly of his team’s assist-to-turnover ratio (24:8) and also its focus on the defensive end (the Hoosiers had 10 steals and saw the Bulldogs shoot 4-of-22 from 3-point range).

4 comments

  1. I’m concerned about Rivers as well. He has really contributed to this year’s team success and without him in Vegas, we will struggle. We still cannot put together a 40 minute game. We just can’t continue to have stretches where we don’t score or play defense. Against B10 teams, performances like our first half performance of letting the team get a lead and then us trying to fight back like we did tonight, will not be successful. Yes we looked good overall and VJIII actually played like a team player tonight and I liked our ball movement.

  2. I think Crean has run out of cup-cakes. I would have liked to see IU play one or two more talented teams in the pre-Big Ten part of the season. I think that’s more valuable in preparing a team and helping them improve than beating cream puffs by 20 to 40 at home.

    I hope Crean has kept them humble, otherwise he risks having their confidence and focus disolve when they start playing talented teams, like they did at Kentucky. The trip to Vegas should be very interesting.

  3. Good for these young Hoosiers. Turnovers: only eight! I’m patiently enjoying the way this team is growing and developing!

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