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Eyeing IU


For starters

Indiana looks to bounce back from Tuesday’s loss to Wisconsin with a road game against Northwestern.

The Hoosiers have lost the last three meetings in Evanston (and six of the last eight).

“It’s a little bit of a different environment,” IU senior guard Jordan Hulls said. “It’s a smaller gym, but it gets pretty rowdy in there. You just have to have the same mindset that you have when you play in every other gym and play together, communicate and make sure we’re doing all the things we can do to win.”

The task against the Wildcats will be defending their version of the Princeton offense. Reggie Hearn, a Snider graduate, leads Northwestern in scoring (14.1 points per game).

“I think anytime you play a Northwestern team, you understand their system, what their system brings to the game,” IU associate head coach Steve McClain said. “This is a team that continues to get better. They’ve had to go through the injury phase and new guys getting into the system. There’s no question, they showed at Illinois the other night that this group looks like they’re getting more and more comfortable in the system and running the system to what it gives them to each individual. They are a team that’s coming off a big win at Illinois. You look at their wins on the road – at Illinois, at Baylor – they’ve been to some tough places and came away with wins, so going to their place, we know it’s a game where you’ve got to go in and be sharp defensively.”