Despite playing against one of the best offenses in the nation in the Marquette Golden Eagles, Indiana coach Archie Miller led the Indiana Hoosiers to a 23-point upset over the #24 team in the nation. With a combination of turnovers, drawing fouls, and freshman Romeo Langford, the Hoosiers were connecting on all levels.
Langford, the freshman from his home state, led the team in points with 22 by shooting 8-15 (53%) from the field and knocking down 5 of his 7 free throws (71%). He also tacked on 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Also, the 6’6″ guard blocked two shots and came away with three steals.
As a team, the Hoosiers outmatched Marquette in every category but one. That lone category is offensive rebounds, as the Golden Eagles recorded ten and the Hoosiers put up five. It was no match for the total rebounds totals with Indiana posting 35 and Marquette grabbing 29 boards.
Marquette G/F Sam Hauser was the Golden Eagles top performer. Hauser scored 18 points, grabbed 4 boards, and dished out only 1 assist.
Indiana improves to 3-0 and forces Marquette to record their first loss, as they drop to 2-1. The Hoosiers will travel to Arkansas on Sunday to take on the 1-1 Razorbacks. I would expect Indiana to come home with a win on Sunday.
One takeaway we observed from this game is that Romeo Langford is the real deal. He can score from anywhere on the field, and once again gashed the defense for easy looks under the basket. He is also fantastic at using his body to draw fouls and does a great job of finishing and-ones. Langford looks as advertised as the former Mr. Basketball finds his temporary home in Bloomington.
IU looks to continue their perfect start to the season against Arkansas on Sunday.