Indiana rips Florida Atlantic
Hoosiers show Owls why they’re nation’s best offensive team.
Indiana already had the nation’s top scoring team.
With a short break and some extra practice, the Hoosiers are getting even better.
Cody Zeller finished with 24 points and six rebounds, Christian Watford added 17 points and No. 6 Indiana continued its dominant offense in Friday’s 88-52 rout over Florida Atlantic in Bloomington, Ind.
“I think we’re playing better defense, we’re playing better in transition, I think our defense is the reason we do so well on offense,” Victor Oladipo said. “We have a lot of weapons, we have the big fellow inside and different players scoring. But when we play defense and we score off turnovers, we play at a high level, we score easy baskets.”
Whatever the explanation, the Hoosiers (11-1) have been efficient since Saturday’s loss to Butler.
They are a combined 64 of 106 from the field (60.4 percent) in the past two games, have limited those overmatched opponents to 36 of 110 (32.8 percent shooting) and won the games by a combined total of 75 points. On Friday, they made 26 of 27 free-throws.
Those numbers would be even more lopsided if coach Tom Crean hadn’t pulled his primary players late in the game — 75, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 45: Kannon Burrage scored 21 and Michael Hale III had 20 points to lead the Roadrunners (4-6) past the Islanders (1-8). Will Nelson had 13 points and seven rebounds for Corpus Christi. Women’s Top 25 No. 7 Kentucky 66, UC Santa Barbara 38: A’dia Mathies scored 19 points and Kentucky extended its winning streak to nine games. The Wildcats (101) went 2-0 on their Pacific Coast road trip that began with an 80-62 win over Pepperdine. The Gauchos (4-7) committed 28 turnovers.
No. 13 Purdue 78, IUPUI 53: Courtney Moses scored 18 points, Drey Mingo added 13 and the host Boilermakers (111) used a big second-half run to beat the Jaguars (67) and extend their best start in a decade. Purdue, which has won six straight, is off to its best start since 2002-03.
No. 14 Louisville 106, Wagner 32: Megan Deines scored 19 points as eight of Louisville’s nine players scored in double figures. The Cardinals (112) surpassed 100 points for the first time this season. The game marked their second-largest margin of victory behind a 109-29 win over Coastal Carolina on Dec. 18, 1996.
No. 21 South Carolina 65, South Carolina State 45: Tiffany Mitchell had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Aleighsa Welch also finished with a double-double and the host Gamecocks (11-1) beat the Bulldogs (8-3).
Texas A&M’s Kelsey Bone (3) threads her way around Notre Dame’s Markisha Wright during Friday’s game. Bone led the No. 22 Aggies with a game-high 28 points, but the No. 5 Irish prevailed 83-74.