BLOOMINGTON – It's not every day a team wins by more than 50 points.
Christian Watford scored 23 points for No. 1 Indiana in a 99-45 victory against Sam Houston State on Thursday.
The 54-point victory is the fourth-largest in school history. It's the second-largest margin of victory for IU in the Tom Crean era (Indiana defeated Howard by 57 points on Dec. 19, 2011). Indiana's largest win came against Notre Dame, 94-29, on Dec. 18, 1971.
"I was impressed with everything; they're really good," Sam Houston State coach Jason Hooten said.
"… We were 28th in the country last year in defense. I'm an old-school guy and was taught that defense is first, and we just gave a team 57 percent from the field and allowed 99 points. It wasn't very good, but at halftime they had 52 points and 25 of those were in transition. I though tonight, transition-wise, they were really good."
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Indiana has won each of its first three games by at least 25 points for the first time since the 1979-80 season.
Sharing the ball
Indiana had 24 assists on 30 field goals.
"That makes a lot better team when we are playing very unselfish," said senior guard Jordan Hulls, who had five assists. "We are an unselfish basketball team so if the ball is going in the hole, that's what we want, getting layups."
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell led the Hoosiers with seven assists.
Indiana honored the 1953 championship team at halftime.
This year's basketball team took pictures with members from the 1953 team in attendance after the game.
"It never gets old having greatness in the building," IU coach Tom Crean said. "Any time you have a championship level team, it just brings a little bit something extra to the table."