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.

Wednesday, December 13

IU Works On Offense

As you can imagine following Indiana's abysmal shooting performance from the Kentucky game, the Hoosiers have worked hard on offense in general, shooting in particular. They can't win many games shooting just 30 percent from the field. UK's defense certainly was a factor, but IU still missed far too many open shots.

That's why the early part of this week was spent emphasizing more consistency in this area. That is, when players weren't studying for finals.

"Coach (Kelvin Sampson) wants us focusing on grades now," guard Joey Shaw said.

IU had Sunday off, then spent Monday in individual sessions. Practice resumed Tuesday with specific preparations for Sunday's game against Southern Illinois expected to start Thursday.

"We worked on a lot of shooting, a lot of shooting drills, a lot of dribbling drills and coming off screens," Shaw said.

If the Hoosiers can get their offense down, they should win out the rest of the month considering how strong and consistent their defense and rebounding have been. But as anyone who has seen them knows, that's a big offensive "if."


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