Iowa falls to Hoosiers 95-73
WASHINGTON (AP) — Too many times this season, Indiana took good shots that ended up hitting nothing but rim.
All that changed against Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament.
James Blackmon Jr. and the Hoosiers fired away effectively from long range, and Indiana used a huge second half to notch a 95-73 victory Thursday night.
The 10th-seeded Hoosiers will next face second-seeded Wisconsin in the quarterfinals Friday night. Indiana was 3-10 in the Big Ten Tournament over the previous 10 years.
The Hoosiers shot a blistering 60 percent from the floor and went 12 for 20 from behind the arc — including 6 for 8 after halftime.
“We’re making shots that we have at times missed this year,” coach Tom Crean said. “But it was never a question that we were not a good shooting team. It’s a matter of making sure that the ball is moving.”
Oh, the ball was moving all right. Around the perimeter and then to the bottom of the net.
Indiana (18-14) used the 3-pointer to turn a close game into a rout. It was 48-all before Blackmon, Devonte Green and Josh Newkirk combined to connect five times from behind the arc during a 30-11 blitz.
“A lot of different people were making 3s,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “You got to give them credit.”