The Big Ten Conference is known for its grind out match-ups and low scoring affairs and that has been a continued theme for the entire league.
However, there are a select number of teams this season that are looking to speed things up and Indiana is one of them. The nation’s highest scoring team forced Michigan State into an up-tempo style of play on Sunday afternoon, one that ultimately helped key victory despite the Spartans’ ability to stay within striking distance until the final buzzer sounded.
At 83.7 points per game, it is clear that Hoosiers’ head coach Tom Crean wants his team to get out and run. Having shot makers and individual weapons that can score the basketball at any time is crucial to their success, even when they are limited overall offensively. However, it has been obvious that when Indiana gets things going on the offensive end, they are more than difficult to defeat.
Victor Oladipo, who continues to play as one of the more underrated stars in the country, led the way on Sunday, scoring 21 points in the victory. Michigan State freshman Gary Harris also scored 21 in the contest, but the offensive output for the Hoosiers was just too much in the 75-70 victory.
You’re going to see defensive match-ups through conference play, just look at how things played out between Wisconsin and Minnesota on Saturday, but from Indiana’s perspective, a high-powered, fast-paced game is exactly what they are looking for. Throw in the fact that All-American candidate Cody Zeller was held to only nine points in the win, it’s obvious that the Hoosiers’ offense attack is just simply that good.
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