For the Indiana basketball team, one of the big questions heading into Evansville Wednesday night was if they could win a game on the road.
The question was answered emphatically, as the Hoosiers coasted to victory over the Purple Aces 94-73.
A fast start propelled the Hoosiers to an early double-digit lead, and Indiana never looked back.
Early on, Indiana let it be known that they were going to work the ball inside.Â Whether it was Cody Zeller, Christian Watford, or even Verdell Jones, the Hoosiers were effective working the ball inside.
Zeller, who had at least three inches on every opponent guarding him, finished the game with fourteen points on six of seven shooting, while also grabbing nine rebounds and tallying two blocks.
Christian Watford, who had Indiana fans concerned with his play last weekend, looked like he was finally coming back to form.Â He looked more comfortable on the floor finding his role, and closed out the game with fifteen points and eight rebounds.
One concern for Indianaâ€™s defense was the dynamic guard, Colt Ryan, who scored twenty-three points in a surprising victory against Butler over the weekend.Â The Hoosiers have struggled stopping scoring guards, but they were able to hold Ryan to seventeen points.
Indiana also looked good once again, shooting 55.9 percent from the floor.Â Â To somewhat of a surprise, Verdell Jones was able to lead the way behind the arc shooting 5-8, and 4-4 behind the arc.Â It was Jonesâ€™ first time tallying four 3â€™s since his freshman campaign.Â He finished the game with 17 points.
Jordan Hulls was not far behind, as he shot 5-7 from the floor and 2-3 from behind the arc to finish with 14 points and 2 assists.
One of the surprising players from last weekend, Victor Oladipo, had somewhat of a quiet night, finishing with eight points on 3-8 shooting, but he was also able to pull down eight boards, and dish out four assists.
Another surprise this season for Indiana, Derek Elston and his ability to finish at the rim, contributed once again, scoring nine points on 4-6 shooting.
Rounding out the scoring for Indiana, Sheehey had a quiet 10 points, while Abell scored four, and Roth chipped in three.
Overall, Indiana had their third straight impressive performance of the season.Â They were able to jump on the Purple Aces out of the gate, and never took their foot off the gas.
You can catch the Hoosiers in action Saturday at Assembly Hall when they face off against Savannah State.