Indiana lost to Rutgers on Wednesday night at Piscataway, N.J. by a final score of 59-50.
Below are the three keys, final stats and highlights from the game. The Hoosiers (13-4, 3-3) will stay on the road as they travel to Lincoln to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Indiana’s offensive struggles continue. IU had its worst game of the season from the field, shooting just 31.7 percent overall including a 2-of-19 effort (10.5 percent) from three-point range. The Hoosiers had very little motion to their offense and for the most part were left passing the ball around the perimeter against a stout Rutgers defense that was making post entries difficult. IU had just 6 assists for the game against 16 turnovers.
2. No freebies in this one. Indiana came into the game averaging a best-in-the-nation 27 free throw attempts per contest. Despite Rutgers physicality, the Hoosiers only got 12 free throw attempts for the game. With the Hoosiers relying on the charity stripe for offense this season, the struggle to score points was all the more difficult in this one.
3. No help from the bench. Devonte Green came off the bench against Ohio State and helped propel IU to a win. On Wednesday, Green was held scoreless and IU produced just two bench points despite the Hoosiers going with an 11 player rotation. Collectively the group off the bench shot 1-of-14 from the field.
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