Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sport
December 31, 2012
Indiana can score. This we know.
The No. 5 Hoosiers rank first in the nation, racking up 87.9 points per game and rank seventh hitting 51 percent of their shots.
The players, grizzled through their down years, are handling the pressure well (save that loss to Butler) and know they have a target on their uniforms. Seven-footer Cody Zeller(save that loss to Butler) could be more dominant defensively but he probably is immune to sophomore slumps, averaging 16.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
Key player: Versatile Victor Oladipo averages 13.6 points per game and shoots 67.3 percent from the field while being a strong defender.
Key stat: Indiana ranks fifth in the nation by hitting 41.4 percent of 3-pointers.
Big Ten opener: Won at Iowa 69-65. Up next: at Penn State on Jan. 7.