Indiana passed its first big test of the season with flying colors, dominating Marquette from the outset and never letting off the gas. The Hoosiers move to 3-0 on the season and will now face their first big road test when they travel to Arkansas on Sunday.
1. Freshmen shine with a limited roster. With Zach McRoberts and Devonte Green out with injuries, that meant bigger minutes for younger guys like Romeo Langford, Rob Phinisee and Damezi Anderson. All three played well, and Langford and Phinisee were particularly impressive.
2. The defense got things rolling. Indiana had four steals in the first five minutes and harassed Marquette star guard Markus Howard the entire game. Archie Miller said before the game that he wanted to turn Howard into a passer, and with a wave of defenders flying at him, he had little choice. Howard finished with 18, but it was inefficient and came with 4 turnovers. Give the home crowd an assist on the effort here too, as the Hoosier faithful were loud and impactful from the outset.
3. Shoot the rock. Indiana shot 45% from three point range and 74% from the foul line. The Hoosiers will be tough to beat if they shoot at that rate, especially from long range. Evan Fitzner led the way there, going 4-4 behind the line.
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