Wild opening night in Indiana
The college basketball season got underway on Friday evening with the vast majority of ranked teams cruising to comfortable victories against overmatched opponents.
While that was going on the attention of the college basketball world quickly turned to the Assembly Hall in Bloomington where the Indiana Hoosiers were being taken apart by the Indiana State Sycamores.
New Indiana head coach Archie Miller had a nightmare of a debut, as Indiana State, the alma mater of Larry Bird, was lethal from long range on their way to a 90-69 rout.
The Sycamores would ultimately end up hitting 65.4% from beyond the arc, dropping 17-of-26 on the Hoosiers, but for most of the evening the shot percentage on their three-pointers was well over 75%.
No team can live with that kind of firepower and Indiana certainly could not as the Hoosiers found themselves down by 21 at the half. It got worse, if that could be possible, in the second half and only the Sycamores failing to score in the final five minutes of the contest kept this from being an even bigger disaster.
Miller must regroup quickly for Sunday's game against the Bison of Howard with the Seton Hall Pirates, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, looming for next week.
With non-conference games scheduled against the Duke Blue Devils, Louisville Cardinals and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, things could get very ugly in Bloomington after the fans and the administration ran off the previous head coach Tom Crean.
The Blue Devils are 4.50 to win the NCAAB title with Michigan State 3001.00 and the Arizona Wildcats priced at 3001.00.
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