Three keys: North Florida

Three keys: North Florida

North Florida played a great early season game in a close loss to Florida, but in the last three games has lost to Ohio State by 35 and Alabama by 28. Here are some keys for the Hoosiers to treat the Ospreys just like the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide did.

With every basketball game that Indiana plays this season we will take a look at three things to watch that could be important for that game.

Here are the three keys for North Florida

1. KEEP WALLACE IN CHECK

North Florida's Travis Wallace is a 6-6 senior forward who has been the Ospreys' most consistent player for the past two seasons. In seven of 10 games this season, he has reached double figures with a high game of 20. He is shooting 58.1 percent from the field. But against solid defense from Alabama earlier in the week, Wallace was limited to four points on 2-of-6 shooting. Another way to get to Wallace is to force him to beat you from the foul line. He is a 47 percent free throw shoot (16-of-34).

2. LIMIT TURNOVERS

Handling the ball continues to be an issue for the Hoosiers who are averaging 16 turnovers per game. Most experts agree that one area that has to improve for iU heading into Big Ten play is the ability to handle the ball better. IU has struggled in that area for eight games. With five non-conference games to play that's an area that needs to improve immediately. Some of it is players trying to do to much, but a lot of times they are careless, unforced errors, too. It's just an area that needed t o improve yesterday.

3. FLEX YOUR MUSCLES

It is games like this one where the Hoosiers are expected to treat North Florida like it doesn't belong on the Assembly Hall floor with IU. This is a team that in its season opener gave Florida everything it could handle before dropping an eight-point decision to the Gators. But this is also a team that three games ago lost to Ohio State 99-64 and earlier this week dropped a 76-48 decision to Alabama. Indiana needs to use a game and an opponent like this one to begin regaining its mojo and momentum.

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