In­di­ana rips Florida At­lantic

Hoosiers show Owls why they’re na­tion’s best of­fen­sive team.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

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.

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