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Full Ride Network Film Session: Indiana basketball vs Army



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Full Ride Network Film Session: Indiana basketball vs Army (Photo Credit: ANT Wright)

Indiana basketball wrapped up their second game of the season and even though it was one of the rougher games to watch under the Mike Woodson era, the Hoosiers found a way to squeak out a 72-64 victory over Army this past Sunday.

In the first half of the game, Indiana basketball trialed for 14:37 against an Army team that entered the matchup rated 339th (out of 363) in the KenPom ratings. In four total games when have seen Indiana play in, they have came out extremely flat to start off the game and lack energy among other reoccurring issues.

“I’m going to be honest,” Indiana basketball starting point guard and captain Xavier Johnson said postgame. “In practice we have our young guys, including myself. I’m not young, but including me, Galloway, and just the whole team. We’re not going as hard. I think our preparation led to that, and that’s what I believe.”

Watch: Mike Woodson reacts to Indiana basketball’s close win against Army

The reoccurring issues of the defensive breakdowns and lack of half-court offense proves to be a major concern once again. Indiana basketball allowed Army to get 38 attempts off from behind the arc with them making 13 of them which kept the Black Nights in the game until the final stretch. The Indiana half court offense continues to be a major question as the Hoosiers have hardly gotten any production from guys other than Xavier Johnson, Kel’el Ware, and Malik Reneau.

Even though there is a goal of what this offense should be, there are still problems with execution.

“Well, more ball movement, more pick and rolls,” Mike Woodson said of what the offense should look like. “I mean, we played well I think enough to where we got enough in the paint. We got 36 points in the paint. That’s pretty good for us. We haven’t shot the three ball very well, and we’re not getting very many fast break points, which we had in our first couple of exhibition games. We were out running, and that’s where we’ve got to get to, but when you are taking the ball out of the net and happen to walk it down and not getting stops because I thought there were times we just didn’t switch correctly, didn’t switch up, and they were shooting three-point shots right in our face, and they made them.

Indiana was led by Kel’el Ware who had a career-high 20 points which included 16 points on 7-of-7 from the floor in the second half. Xavier Johnson added 19 points. Malik Reneau was the final double-digit scorer with 14 points. He also added seven rebounds and five assists.

Hoosiers get back on the floor this Thursday vs Wright State before they face defending-National Champion UConn at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

See below the full film session and breakdown of the Indiana basketball vs Army game from Full Ride Network owner ANT Wright.

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Kyler Staley is a Basketball Recruiting Analyst for Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Kyler has been in the basketball recruiting industry since 2019 and is a credentialed media member. He has covered Indiana since 2021 while continuing to also work for Prep Hoops Indiana. He has previously worked for Rivals.