The Indiana Hoosiers pulled off another home upset Thursday night. IU knocked off No. 20 Iowa, 93-86.
The Hoosiers were led by Will Sheehey who scored a career high 30 points. Sheehey did it off 13-for-20 shooting and also managed to pull in four rebounds, three assists, and a steal. This was the sort of play that fans have wanted to see from Sheehey all season long.
The Hoosiers improve to 16-12 overall and 6-9 in the Big Ten.
Sheehey wasn’t the only one to get it done last night. Stanford Robinson came off the bench to give the Hoosiers a career high 17 points. He was 5-for-6 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free throw line. Robinson has been showing promise lately and it culminated in Thursday’s game.
The entire bench was actually more effective than the rest of the starting lineup (minus Sheehey). The bench accounted for 42 points while the other four starters had just 21.
The Hoosiers trailed by three at halftime, after giving up 52 in the first period. The defense came around in the second half, holding a prolific Iowa offense to 34 points.
The Hawkeyes continue to free fall in the Big Ten rankings after losing their third straight game.
Evan Gordon was another hero off the bench, especially late in the game. Gordon had 12 points and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line, including a few in the final minute of play.
Offensively, the Hoosiers finally got to play at a pace that they are comfortable with. Both teams were moving the up and down the court at a brisk pace, leading to the 101 combined first half points.
This is the third time the Hoosiers have upset a Big Ten foe this season. IU knocked off then-No. 3 Wisconsin in mid-January and then-No. 10 Michigan to kick off February. Why the Hoosiers have also lost to teams like Penn State and Northwestern at home remains a mystery.
IU will be back in action on Sunday when they host No. 22 Ohio State. Advanced metrics gave the Hoosiers their best shot of a win this week against the Buckeyes.