Indiana defeated Minnesota by a final score of 72-67 on Wednesday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
The three keys, highlights and final stats from the game are below. The Hoosiers (19-11, 9-10) will close out the regular season on Saturday when they host Wisconsin for senior day.
See also: Miller | Phinisee | Brunk post-game
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Hoosiers dominate offensively in the paint. Indiana scored 52 of their 72 points in the paint on Wednesday night. The three forward starting lineup combined for 40 points, and Indiana’s guards cut to the basket off screens and scored in transition too. For the game IU was 61 percent from two point-range against the second best team in the league defending the two.
2. Starting five all in double figures. Trayce Jackson-Davis led the way for IU with 18 points, and four other Hoosiers (Joey Brunk, Al Durham, Rob Phinisee and Justin Smith) joined him in double figures. That group represents Indiana’s starting five, and collectively they went 26-of-44 (59 percent) from the field. It has been an unpopular starting five at times, but on this night they delivered.
3. Oturu with 24 points but… Minnesota big man Daniel Oturu had a high scoring night with 24 points, but it took 27 shots to get there, and he only attempted 5 free throws. It was a team effort defending the All-Big Ten center, with Brunk and Jackson-Davis leading the charge.
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