Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Hoosier basketball.

Friday, December 22

A Good Start To Christmas Break

Yes, Indiana guard Earl Calloway had a big-time game against IUPUI with 21 points. But it was one of his two turnovers in the 86-57 victory that had coach Kelvin Sampson joking.

“One of those turnovers was the worst pass I’ve ever seen,” Sampson said. “You talk about wide right. It was a curve ball that didn’t break.”

Meanwhile, nothing came easy for the Jaguars, which wasn’t a surprise considering the Hoosiers’ season-long defensive ferocity. IUPUI’s only hope was that IU continued its season-long poor shooting. Instead, the Hoosiers duplicated their 58-percent second half effort against Western Michigan with a 58-percent first half performance against IUPUI. The result was a 48-28 halftime lead.

IU (8-3) finished with a season-best 51.8 percent shooting.

If you want a Christmas break worry, consider forward D.J. White managed just eight points on 3 of 10 shooting, which is not want you’d expect from your best player in 27 minutes of a lopsided game.

That’s just nitpicking. White had eight rebounds, three blocks and a career-high five assists while taking what the defense gave him.

Anyway, the Hoosiers have a week to address it before their next game (Dec. 30 against Ball State), and if some of that time will be spent on a holiday break, they’ll still figure it out.


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