Sweet Sixteen Preview: Indiana vs. Kentucky
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In possibly the most anticipated match up of the entire Sweet Sixteen, Indiana squares off against Kentucky for a second time this season. The last meeting resulted in an Indiana victory thanks to a last second buzzer beater from Christian Watford.
Many are saying that the athleticism of Kentucky is too much to bear for the Hoosiers, but the Wildcats are not a great half-court team and Indiana has already proven they can slow the Wildcats down.
It’s truly hard to find a lot of weaknesses with Kentucky, but the two main weaknesses that stand out are their inability to shoot well from the outside and run a stellar half-court offense. Aside from that they hold the advantage in size, athleticism, defense and the transition game. They will be out for blood in this one, make no mistake about it. No team can forget when another school’s fans storm the court after an upset. This alone can be the death of IU or their saving grace.
Indiana is one of the best shooting teams in the country and they know they can beat Kentucky. For the year, Indiana is shooting 49.1 percent from the field, which is fifth in the nation, 43.7 from the 3-point line, second in the country, and 76.3 from the foul line, 11th. The thing that most people forget is the fact that Indiana out-rebounded the much bigger Cats 28-26 and got 12 offensive boards.
The Hoosiers turned the ball over 22 times in the win over VCU exposing their two main inefficiencies; they are mistake prone and slow. Kentucky will bring similar pressure and expose the Hoosiers lack of athletic ability. Indiana averages 13.6 errors per game and allows 6.8 steals. If, and only if, Indiana handles UK’s pressure, they have a chance to beat the Wildcats again.