#3. Tamar Bates & Miller Kopp need to knock down open shots for the Hoosiers to be successful
It was almost like the Jayhawks were daring both Tamar Bates and Miller Kopp to hit wide-open shots from deep, and they failed. Coming into the game against No. 8 Kansas, Bates was a 41.2 percent shooter from beyond the arc and Kopp was a 48.9 percent shooter from deep.
If I were a betting man, I’d take wide-open three-point shots from those two guys based on statistics alone every day of the week. Bill Self gambled and got away with it because those guys couldn’t live up to their percentages and struggled. Bates and Kopp shot just 4-for-15 from the field and 3-for-11 from three-point range in Saturday’s game.
With the continued double-teaming and trapping that defenses will deploy against the Hoosiers’ big men, guys like Bates, Kopp, and others need to make teams pay for leaving them open in order for Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson to make plays out of the post