Indiana's bench accounted for 46 points in Thursday's 86-57 exhibition victory against Indiana Wesleyan.
"I think that is big. You're not deep if you're not consistent. Then all it is is bodies. Our guys are trying to get consistent," IU coach Tom Crean said. "We're trying to go from having a mindset which they have really established. They come in and they have a great work ethic. They have really good energy."
Maurice Creek scored 12 points off the bench. Will Sheehey (11 points) and Remy Abell (seven points, three assists) provided a spark.
"There are a lot of quality players on this team. When they are moving the ball, and when they are playing that way and defense is dictating it and when you score 48 points in the paint and 23 points off turnovers, those are all really positive things," Crean said. "Those things don't happen if you can't go to your bench and create some fatigue for the game for the opponent."
Sharing the wealth
Indiana Wesleyan coach Greg Tonagel was impressed with Indiana's unselfish approach on offense.
"They were as impressive on the court as they were on film. I mean this is the best offense in the country. They have the best player in the country. The thing that impresses me most is how they share the basketball, they have that many stars, and yet all they want to do is pass the basketball," he said. "That's pretty impressive."
The Hoosiers fell behind 13-4.
Sheehey said IU will focus on getting off to better starts.
"The last 30 minutes, we really stepped it up. The first 10, we didn't really get off to a great start. That's part of playing. That's part of getting used to each other," he said. "We're going to pick it up in practice and make sure our starts are different than what happened tonight."