With former Indiana Hoosiers guard Victor Oladipo cheering at courtside, senior guard Devonte Green picked the right time to wax hot. Green scored a career-best 30 points to lead the Hoosiers to an 80-64 win over the 17th-ranked Florida State Seminoles in the Big 10-ACC Challenge on December 3. It was the Hoosiers’ eighth straight win.
Green converted on 10 of 15 shots from the field. He also drained five of seven three-point attempts. He carried the load for the Cream and Crimson all game long.
The Seminoles got off to a good start. They had an 11-4 lead after Dominik Olejniczak made a jumper. However, Indiana countered with a 12-0 run to take a 16-11 lead. Green made three triples in a span a minute and 35 seconds to give the Hoosiers a 34-22 lead with 4:39 left in the first half. He scored 14 points in the first 20 minutes of play.
Thanks to a balanced scoring attack, Florida State crept closer in the second half. Senior guard Trent Forrest scored on a jumper with 8:20 left to play to trim the deficit to 59-56. Unfortunately, that was the closest the Seminoles could get.
The Hoosiers went on a 14-2 run to put the game out of reach. The crowd at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall erupted when sophomore forward Damezi Anderson made a three-pointer from left quarter-court with 3:34 remaining. That put Indiana up, 72-58. It was Anderson’s only points of the game.
For his part, Green continued his assault in the second half. He scored 16 points during that span to keep the Seminoles at bay.
Freshman power forward sensation Trayce Jackson-Davis (the biological son of former Indiana Pacers forward Dale Davis) scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Indiana. Junior forward Justin Smith added 14 points and five rebounds.
Forrest led the Seminoles with 13 points. Devin Vassell and M.J. Walker both had 10 points for Florida State. It was just the Seminoles’ second loss in nine games.
Poor First Half Shooting Costly as Hoosiers Fall at Wisconsin
A poor first-half performance did the Indiana Hoosiers in as they lost for the first time in the 2019 NCAA season. The Wisconsin Badgers relied on Kobe King’s career night for a resounding 84-64 victory in Big Ten Conference play at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin on December 7.
King, a sophomore guard, erupted for 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting. He scored seven points in the first five-and-a-half minutes of play to give the Badgers a 17-4 lead. He would add 10 more as the first half wound down. His jumper at the 2:04 mark made it 42-25 in favor of Wisconsin.
The Badgers’ hot shooting was the main reason behind its commanding 47-27 lead at the break – Wisconsin shot a gaudy 62.5 percent from the field (including six of 13 three-point attempts).
Coach Archie Miller’s crew tried to make amends in the first half. While IU shot 55 percent and attempted 19 free throws in the second half, it couldn’t whittle the deficit. In fact, the lead grew to 61-31 after Badgers freshman forward Tyler Wahl made two free throws with 14:36 left in the game.
The Hoosiers managed to trim the deficit to 19 points after junior guard Al Durham – who led IU with 17 points – made a three with 5:21 left to play. Unfortunately, that was the closest Indiana could get the rest of the way.
Badgers junior forward Nate Reuvers complemented King nicely with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting (including 2-of-3 sniping from three-point territory). Junior forward Justin Smith was the only other Hoosiers to score in double digits with 10 points.
With the win, Wisconsin improved to 5-4. On the other hand, Indiana fell to 8-1 on the young season.
Indiana Seeks to Bounce Back as Hoosiers Odds Trend up Against Connecticut in the Jimmy V Classic
The Indiana Hoosiers seek to bounce back from a tough loss at Wisconsin when they take on the Connecticut Huskies (6-2) at the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 10.
Co-scoring leaders Trayce Jackson-Davis and Devonte Green, who scored nine and 10 points against the Badgers, respectively, aim to regain their swagger against the Huskies. Jackson-Davis and Green are averaging 14.8 points for IU. Jackson-Davis had an off day on the boards against the Badgers. He is averaging 8.7 rebounds this season. He only had three boards against Wisconsin.
Senior guard Christian Vital leads the Huskies with 14.8 points per game. Four other Connecticut players – Josh Carlton (12.4 ppg), James Bouknight (11.4 ppg), Tyler Polley (10.5 ppg), and Alterique Gilbert (10.1 ppg) – average in double figures.
Hoosiers odds, Hoosiers over/under, and Hoosiers moneyline should favor IU because of its slightly better record. Indiana is also 15th in the nation in scoring at 83.2 points per game. UConn is 90th at 76.9 points per game. Look for the Hoosiers to rely on their high-octane offense to give UConn fits on Tuesday.