Indiana is still undefeated (9-0) and are still the top ranked team in the nation.
Over the weekend, the Hoosiers rolled past Central Connecticut State 100-69. While it was another solid win, they did lose Austin Etherington for the season to a fractured patella.
Etherington hasn't logged all that many minutes, and probably wouldn't have through much of the Big Ten season, but his injury clearly rattled the rest of the team. The sophomore forward has shown potential but is buried on the depth chart.
Indiana still sits atop the Pomeroy Ratings. They have the top ranked offense and are seventh on defense. The knock on this team before the season started was that they didn't have a very good defense. It's clear that this won't be an issue as they have held opponents to 35.7 percent shooting average per game.
Obviously, the offense has been rolling all season. They lead the nation in points per game at 89 and have the fourth best field goal percentage. Don't expect IU to falter anytime soon.
There were a few thing to take away from the game against Central Connecticut State last Saturday.
- Victor Oladipo will put you on a poster, in a bad way. The junior had some seriously impressive dunks over the weekend. This isn't anything new, but he was a one man highlight reel all night. He also might be the best defender in the nation. He finished the night with five steals and three blocks (three! and he's only 6-5). Coach Tom Crean said that he had 20 deflections that night, that is he knocked the ball off it's intended course 20 times. His offense continues to improve and it looks like we are seeing another future NBA player in the making.
- Cody Zeller can rebound. He had 19 boards, a career-high. He continues to demand a double team down low yet still manages to score. His fundamentals are beyond impressive and his ability to get position on other players is unparalleled. Crean believes that he is only just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential, and that is scary. It's unfortunate that he won't be in an IU uniform when his full potential is unleashed (i.e. he will go pro after this season).
- IU has more depth than your team. Four players scored off the bench for IU and in total they accounted for 27 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists. The bench has yet to include Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin. Perea is a threat to do it all, score, rebound, defend, while Jurkin is more likely to be a solid defender and rebounder.
This coming weekend, IU will face Butler (7-2) in Indianapolis. Both teams have faced North Carolina and come away victorious. It is an interesting matchup that will probably be determined by which Butler team decides to show up. They have been inconsistent at times and were only able to defeat UNC due to an insanely fast start.
We'll have a more in-depth look at this game later in the week.
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