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Hoosiers look to springboard off NIU in non-conference clash

The Hoosiers look to build off of a sneaky 68-62 victory over Eastern Michigan this Friday night at 7 p.m. against the Huskies of Northern Illinois. 

NIU and first-year head coach Rashon Burno are coming off a surprising 71-64 road win at Washington last Tuesday. The Hoosiers must take the Huskies seriously and a key in doing this will be defending the deep ball. 

Senior guard Trendon Hankerson tallied six 3s in a ridiculous stat line of 28 points and seven rebounds. As a team the Huskies shot 52.2 percent from beyond the arc on 23 attempts. 

A weak spot is surely NIU’s size and rebounding. Despite the victory the Huskies were out-rebounded 51-37. The Hoosiers will need to play fast and out-rebound the Huskies, who play scrappy on defense. 

It’s also notable that NIU turned the ball over 20 times. Yes, 20. Transition points will be huge for Indiana as the Hoosiers look to improve on a rough shooting outing against Eastern Michigan. 

Indiana was in control the whole way through — well, until the last five minutes — but struggled putting the ball in the bottom of the net. 

The matchup should be a springboard for the Hoosiers and the rest of the season, but it’s important not to overlook Northern Illinois like Washington did.

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