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.

Saturday, December 9

Kentucky Edges Indiana

So who stole Lance Stemler's three-point shot? How can Stemler, Armon Bassett, A.J. Ratliff and Earl Calloway combine for 0-for-14 behind the arc and Indiana still almost pulled out a victory at Kentucky?

The easy answer is rebounding and defense. The Hoosiers out-rebounded the Wildcats 42-39 and grabbed 22 offensive boards, a big reason why they had 23 more shots. IU also forced 17 turnovers and harrassed Kentucky shooters all day.

But a season-low 30.6 percent shooting, including a miserable 4-for-25 from the three-point line, was too much to overcome.

The result was a 59-54 loss that represented another missed opportunity. IU's three losses have come by a total of 13 points. Someday the Hoosiers might get to the point where they can win the close games. For now, we'll see if they can learn from them.


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