The Hoosiers struggled, but prevailed against the Northwestern Wildcats on Sunday’s Big Ten match up.
The Wildcats trailed by 16 in the second half, but made a comeback to scare the Hoosiers. Although they could have easily pulled an upset, Indiana won 67-59.
Cody Zeller led the team with 21, hitting 9 of 10 free throws, and rebounding with 13. No surprise there. Jordan Hulls added 15 to the Hoosier’s win but with an unexpected 4/7 in free throws. And it’s nice to see Christian Watford making a come back, this being his 8th straight double-digit point game with 14.
But again, it’s the bench that needs to step it up in order for Indiana to be more comfortable in the second half. Will Sheehey has not been helpful as the supposedly sixth man of the game. Although his 6 points against Northwestern helped, he still isn’t playing up to his potential, which can hurt the Hoosiers as the season gets tougher.
Indiana (16-2, 4-1) paid attention to their field goals, thank goodness, with a season low of nine three pointers attempted. And our rebounding improved tremendously, having 36 compared to Northwestern’s 24.
Did we win? Yes. But how much longer can we play like this? The fact is that people think that we are better what we actually are. Everyone is setting their expectations too high and constantly being disappointed. Especially with this freshman class.
Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, Peter Jurkin, and Hanner Perea were supposed to take the Hoosiers to the top. But so far, those high school stats we were in awe over haven’t translated to the college court. Against Northwestern, Hollowell and Perea played a total of 13 minutes with no points and two rebounds.
I might seem a debby downer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m more than happy with winning, but if we want to get far into the bracket, we need to play better than this and we most definitely have the talent to do it. Maybe today’s drop from #2 to #7 in the polls will convince you otherwise.
Penn State heads to Assembly Hall on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7pm to take on the Hoosiers.