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Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean gives direction to Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. Hawaiian holiday specials (1) during first half action between the Indiana Hoosiers and the North Carolina Tar Heels at Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday, Nov. Hawaii trips all inclusive 30, 2016. Vacation to hawaii for two (Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar) Buy Photo Story Highlights

BLOOMINGTON — Indiana’s second-half surge might have put some shine on an otherwise ugly Saturday, but reality is the Hoosiers scored 50 points in a single half, against a Top 25 opponent, and never even tied the score. That means a tough week in Stock Watch: Stock up

• JAMES BLACKMON JR.: We haven’t acknowledged enough Blackmon’s impact this season. Hawaii tourism He’s still solid from behind the 3-point line, rebounding the ball at a higher rate than he ever has before, and even after a serious knee injury, his offensive numbers largely resemble what they have throughout his career. Best hawaii vacation packages He’s IU’s leading scorer and, more and more, the player it turns to when things aren’t going right. Hawaii vacation packages cheap Blackmon had 10 points during the Hoosiers’ ugly first half and 16 in the second, his post-intermission surge cuing IU’s ultimately doomed comeback. Hawaii hotel package deals He’s not quite the dominant force Yogi Ferrell could be for Indiana at times last season, but he’s better on defense, just as dangerous on offense and as important as any player the Hoosiers have.

• FREE-THROW SHOOTING: Among the more under-examined advanced statistics in basketball is free-throw rate. Honeymoon hawaii It’s calculated by dividing free throws attempted by field goals attempted, and it’s meant to at least be a basic estimation of how effective a team is at getting to the free-throw line, as a reflection of how many shots it takes.

Indiana’s free-throw rate last season was pretty average: 33.9 percent, 250th nationally. Trip to hawaii for 4 This season, that number through 10 games stands at 42.6 percent, which is a top-50 number. Oahu hawaii vacation packages It’s happening because players such as Thomas Bryant, Robert Johnson and Juwan Morgan are all drawing more fouls per 40 minutes than they did a season ago. Hawaii package deal Free throws are helping Indiana’s offense deal with a dip in 3-point accuracy.

• OPPORTUNITIES: But — there are a lot of “buts” this week — those turnovers are still a problem if opponents capitalize on them, and a bigger one if Indiana does not take advantage of the opportunities it creates.


Hawaii trips Butler finished plus-7 in turnovers and plus-9 on points off turnovers, but Indiana, despite pulling in eight more offensive boards than the Bulldogs, finished even on second-chance points, with both teams scoring nine. Hawaii trips for cheap IU will turn the ball over more than most opponents. Best deals hawaii packages It will get more second chances than most opponents. Hawaii all inclusives vacation packages It cannot miss the opportunities it creates via its strengths, especially when opponents don’t.

• UNFRIENDLY INDY: IU is now 4-10 in Indianapolis over Crean’s eight-plus seasons in Bloomington. Hawaii holiday deals Those numbers are skewed by his first three seasons, which included a loss to Gonzaga at Lucas Oil Stadium and three first-round Big Ten tournament exits. Great deals to hawaii But it’s still a startling number, and a curious one for a program that obviously draws a lot of support from the state capital. Hawaii cruise vacations The Hoosiers are scheduled to play once more in Indy this season, Dec. Hotel and flight deals to hawaii 31 in Louisville, and could yet land there for the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. Vacation rentals hawaii They will hope for improved fortunes.

>> Health has been a persistent pest for Indiana this nonconference season, with OG Anunoby and James Blackmon Jr. Cost of hawaii vacation both missing time, and Juwan Morgan now apparently banged up. Hawaii honeymoon packages IU coach Tom Crean didn’t specify what nearly held Morgan out of Saturday’s game, saying only that the sophomore missed late-week practices and wasn’t cleared until Saturday morning. Vacations to hawaii cheap IU (8-2) has two more straightforward home games left before league play, Delaware State on Monday and Austin Peay on Thursday, then six days off, then a stretch of five games in two weeks, including Louisville, Wisconsin and a trip to Maryland. Affordable vacation packages to hawaii Now is the time to get healthy.

>> James Blackmon Jr. Hawaii things to do looks likely to be the next IU player to 1,000 career points, a mark he figures to hit by mid-January at his current pace (17.9 ppg this season).

>> Delaware State (3-9) has played at home three times in its first 12 games, and the Hornets’ trip to Bloomington is part of a six-game road swing that will see them travel from southern New York through Indiana and Iowa, and eventually all the way to Hawaii.