ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Welcome back to Asheville with two E's for the final day of the relocated Maui Invitational. Indiana has had an easy win (Providence) and and easy loss (Texas) so far, so it only makes sense the we get a close game today, right?
Indiana and Stanford are the first of four games today, with the evenly matched pair tangling at 1:30 p.m. ET. Here's my story from earlier on how to watch it on TV with Jason Benetti and Bill Walton on the call. CLICK HERE
Keep refreshing for the latest news and opinions, and I'll try to answer your questions as we go along too.
Here we go:
3:38 — And that’s a wrap! Indiana beats Stanford 79-63. Very impressive win. Leave here with two wins over top-40 teams. Full game story, with quotes from coaches and players, COMING SOON. I'll add the link.
3:33 — For those of you who are constantly whining about Indiana’s free-throw shooting, they are 20-for-25 today, good for 80%. That’s excellent.
3:25 — A huge three-pointer there from Trey Galloway as the shot clock was winding down. Biggest lead of the game at 71-55.
3:21 — Indiana really handled those four minutes very well. They were really solid on the defensive end and they still lead by 14 points at the final media time out. Indiana 66-52, with 3:57 to go. Phinisee and Galloway both back in, four fouls each. Finish!
3:12 — Consecutive baskets there by Trayce Jackson-Davis. He’s got 31 points now. Now Indiana leads by 13. It’s their biggest lead of the game. And two Khristian Lander free throws make it a 15-point lead.
3:07 — It’s the 8-minute media timeout. No flags. Indiana leads 55-45. It’s going to be interesting to see how Archie juggles the minutes for Rob Phinisee and Trey Galloway down the stretch here. Both of them have four fouls.
3:04 — A great inbound pass from Lander to Trayce Jackson Davis for a dunk. That was big. A Franklin free throw and the Hoosiers are back up by 10.
3:00 — Trey Galloway just picked up his fourth fall too. Long way to go with two guys with four fouls. Anthony Leal in.
2:53 — Rob Phinisee comes back in, and immediately hits a huge three-pointer from the corner. Indiana needed some points there. It puts them up to 46 now, which passes Tuesday’s total of 44. He hits another three, but then gets called for his fourth foul on the other end. Horrible call too. Stanford’s Daejon Davis slipped and Rob never touched him. There’s 11:55 to go, and Indiana leads 49-41.
2:49 — Indiana’s 10-point lead has quickly disappeared. Stanford is scored six Street and now it’s Indiana 43, Stanford 39.
2:41 — This is an interesting part of the game right now. Rob Phinisee just picked up his third foul, and Khristian Lander has come in. He has struggled out of the gate so far and really needs to step up right now. First possession was a charge on Lander, but then he scored the next trip down. First media timeout of the second half. Indiana leads 42-33.
2:33 — This is a very important second half from Indiana. It would sure be nice to leave Asheville with two wins instead of one. Stanford is a good team and I’m sure the Hoosiers will get their best shot. Indiana needs to hold them off.
2:23 — In the three categories that really matter for this team, it all looks good so far. Indiana is 8-for-10 from the free-throw line, and they’re winning the rebounding battle and have only five turnover so far. It’s all good in my book.
2:21 — it’s halftime here in Asheville, and Indiana leads Stanford by five (31-26) at the break. Trayce Jackson-Davis having a great first half. He leads Hoosiers with 14 points.
2:15 — Jim in Gallatin, Tennessee wants to know why Anthony Leal won’t shoot the ball. I have absolutely no idea.
2:12 — Jerome Hunter just missed Indiana’s first free-throw of the day on the front end of a one and one. IU started out the game 6-for-7 from the line, which is an encouraging sign. It’s been an issue so far this season as well
2:07 — Indiana still leads 29-24. Still only one three-pointer made so far today, and that was Race Thompson. Indiana 1-for-7 from a long range. They have been horrible in that category since the start of the season.
2:02 — Trey Galloway picked up a second foul and Anthony Leal comes back into the game. He was wide open several times, but refused to shoot. He needs to start being more aggressive looking for a shot. Indiana really needs his scoring ability. Freshman nerves I’m sure.
1:57 — A quiet couple of minutes there. We reach the third media timeout. It’s Indiana 24-19 with 7:59 to go. I really like the energy they’re playing with today. He seem to have shaken off that lost in Texas pretty well. That should make the Fanbase happy
1:52 — Indiana only scored 19 points in the first half yesterday against Texas. They’ve got 22 already with 10:10 to go in the first half. Second media timeout right now and it’s Indiana 22, Stanford 19.
1:49 — Joni asked me on Twitter how Archie’s demeanor was today. He seems very engaged so far, of course he has to be happy with a 20-12 lead. Also, Anthony Leal is in the game. Indiana lineup is very small right now.
1:48 — I told you last night not to worry too much about trace Jackson Davis. He really does a nice job of shaking off bad games. He has certainly come ready to play today. He has 10 points already in the first seven minutes.
1:42 — This is the first media timeout, and with 15:12 left in the first half, Indiana is off to a very impressive 15-8 start over Stanford. Indiana clearly winning the battle of the big guys inside. They are responding well after an awful looking loss yesterday to Texas. In the end I didn’t get to 15 points on Tuesday until there was only two minutes and 45 seconds left in the first half. I like this much better.
1:39 — indiana’s big guys are much more involved early today. Race Thompson and Trayce Jackson-Davis both been aggressive and getting points at the rim.
1:30 — Trey Galloway is getting his first start in an Indiana uniform today. The freshman from Culver, Indiana is starting in place of Al Durham, who’s out with an ankle injury. Many more starts to come I’m sure.
1:20 p.m. — First question of the day. "I know there are no fans allowed, but do the parents at least get to watch?" Nope. No fans period. They're trying to keep this bubble as safe as possble and they've pulled it off. Eight games down, four to go today and no positive tests.
1:15 p.m. — Indiana has never lost to Stanford. The Hoosiers are 4-0 all-time, but they haven't played since Nov. 20, 1988. The Hoosiers will play a team from the Pac-12 for the first time since taking on UCLA on March 17, 2007 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
1 p.m. ET — There are a few injury concerns for Indiana today. Senior center Joey Brunk has yet to play this season because of a back injury and Tuesday in the Texas game, senior guard Al Durham rolled an ankle. Archie Miller said he was doubtful last night, but Durham is out on the floor warming up and is dressed. Be curious to see if he actually plays though.