The Indiana University Hoosiers defeated the James Madison University Dukes 83-63 on Friday. The game was IU’s first in the NCAA tournament, after they earned a bye in the first round because of their No. 1 ranking.
IU came out strong Friday afternoon, dominating the floor from the beginning of the game. After the Hoosiers won the tip-off, IU freshman Yogi Ferrell began what would turn into a nine point scoring spree within the first four minutes of the game. Ferrell led the Hoosiers in scoring for the remainder of the game, scoring 16 points for IU.
Sophomore Will Sheehey also scored 15 points. Junior Victor Oladipo and sophomore Cody Zeller both scored 11 points.
However, it was James Madison’s Andre Nation who scored the most points in Friday’s match-up with 24 points for the Dukes. Trailing him was teammate, Charles Cooke, who scored 18.
On defense, the Hoosiers held a tight man-to-man defense and received only eight fouls compared to JMU’s 21.
After a long season with many rises and falls, Hoosier fans says they will continue to cheer on their team throughout the tournament. IU junior Lynne Hardy says the team has brought the IU community closer throughout the season.
“It’s just really exciting to see everyone coming together to support the team,” she says.
IU Senior Blake Kelpin says even with an easy first win, he says he understands the upcoming road for the Hoosiers will be difficult.
“I think the first two games are easier for IU, but it’s pretty even after that,” he says. “We don’t have it easier than anyone else in the tournament.”
Advancing in the NCAA tournament, the Hoosiers take on Temple University on Sunday.