No. 22 Indiana takes on No. 18 UConn tonight in the final of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. The game will take place at Madison Square Garden on ESPN 2 at 7 pm ET.
The Indiana Hoosiers (5-0) will look to continue shooting the ball well after last night’s 102-84 win against the Washington Huskies (2-2). The offensive production was fueled by 20 offensive rebounds, and a 50-29 total rebounding advantage over Washington. Freshman forward Troy Williams scored 22 points with 8 rebounds, and will be a top priority for the UConn defense.
The UConn Huskies (5-0) won a close game last night, beating Boston College 72-70. BC did not play like a 1-4 team. They shot 24-25 from the free throw line, and outrebounded UConn 33-32. Those numbers usually entail a win, but UConn made 25-29 free throws, and had three turnovers to BC’s ten. It was a true fight between the two teams, and Ryan Boatright made two free throws with nine seconds left that proved to be the decisive points in the game.
Tonight, the Hoosiers and Huskies both have areas to improve in order to better position themselves for a win. The Hoosiers had too many turnovers (13), and gave up too many offensive rebounds (15) to Washington. Both statistics hurt their ability to defend, and led to giving up 84 points. UConn should look to improve their rebounding, especially because the Hoosiers are third in the country in rebounding per game. Also, the Huskies will need to improve their shooting from beyond the arc, 3-14 is unacceptable.
There is no need to be a stat geek once play begins at the Garden tonight. Both teams have impressive talent, and the stage is set in New York for a great college basketball finale.
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