Indiana went cold to end 2016.
The Hoosiers shot a dismal 32.2 percent from the floor and had 14 turnovers Saturday in a 77-62 loss to No. 6 Louisville in Indianapolis. It was the second loss of the week for No. 16 Indiana (10-4), which surprisingly lost its Big Ten opener at home to Nebraska. The bad week could see the Hoosiers tumble out of the top 25 in the AP poll.
OG Anunoby had 14 points for the Hoosiers, but he was the only Indiana player to hit more than three field goals. He also had the game’s best dunk.
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— CBS Sports CBB (@CBSSportsCBB) December 31, 2016
James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson and Thomas Bryant entered the game averaging a combined 44.5 points per game. The trio scored a combined 27 in the loss to the Cardinals.
Donovan Mitchell scored a game-best 25 points for Louisville, going 8-for-15 from the floor. As a team, the Cardinals shot 52.9 percent from the floor and were not hurt by Indiana’s 39-28 rebounding advantage.
Tom Crean’s team will be back in Big Ten play next week, hosting No. 14 Wisconsin on Tuesday.