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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, January 29, 2017 4:44 pm

Halftime thoughts: Northwestern 35, Indiana 23

Chris Goff | The Journal Gazette

EVANSTON, Ill. — Some quick hits from Welsh-Ryan Arena at intermission:

1. Bryant's best: It would be difficult to expect Indiana center Thomas Bryant to play any better, as he has 11 points and seven rebounds and has made his presence felt in the paint both offensively and defensively. He played 18 minutes in the first half and only picked up one foul. The Hoosiers need Bryant to sustain his dominance of Dererk Pardon in the second half in order to make a comeback.

2. Turnovers: Indiana committed 10 turnovers in 31 first-half possessions, including a turnover on seven straight trips during one particularly troubling stretch. Bad passing has been the biggest culprit. Curtis Jones threw a blind pass to Bryant rolling to the basket and wasn't even close to the target.

3. McIntosh in control: Bryant McIntosh, who has 11 points and five assists, led the Wildcats' recovery from a 10-1 deficit. As well as the Hoosiers started the game, their offense went into the tank. They're shooting 32 percent and clearly miss the services of James Blackmon Jr. On that front, before the game, Blackmon's father told the newspaper in Marion that his son would be ready to return in "the next couple of games."