If there was a consistent (even worrying) problem that came out of Saturday’s exhibition game at Indiana, it was USI’s inability, for the most part, to get back on defense during a fast break. Most of IU’s scoring runs featured fast-break layups or shots on the run. And it started early, when the Hoosiers scored their first eight points off an 8-0 run that featured a steal and a subsequent dunk and another steal and a subsequent layup. In the end, IU outscored USI 23-2 in fast-break points — by far the most eye-popping stat for the winners. You can bet that future GLVC opponents are already taking note.
On the bright side, USI’s halfcourt defense looked pretty good. Despite Indiana’s size and quickness advantage, the Eagles still managed to clog up the passing and driving lanes for the most part. They sometimes overcompensated on their help-side defense, leaving IU point guard Yogi Farrell wide open for 3-pointers too often. But that can be fixed. Besides, USI is unlikely to see any D-II team with a D-I team’s talent. The Eagles just have to figure out how to get back on defense faster.