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In Mike Woodson’s debut as Indiana head coach, the Hoosiers came away with a nervy six-point victory. How did Coach Woodson deploy his roster, and what things did he do differently than his predecessor? Let’s dive in.

Notes:

  1. In Mike Woodson’s first game as head coach, he heavily relied on his starting lineup in order to knock off Eastern Michigan. That group played 13 of the 40 minutes in the win, and 5:35 more than the next most-used lineup.
  2. That group jumped out to a 10-0 lead and outscored EMU 23-16 in those 13 minutes.
  3. One departure from the Archie Miller was that Woodson made no substitution after the first media timeout. The starters played a 5:44 shift to start the game, and a 6:05 stretch to start the second half.
  4. Indiana’s worst lineup of the night was the 2nd-most used unit of Phinisee, Bates, Galloway, Geronimo, and TJD. Woodson could very well avoid using this combination the rest of the year, especially as Michael Durr figures into the rotation.
  5. Rob Phinisee was the only player to show up in IU’s three most efficient lineups.
  6. It was interesting to see Phinisee share the court with Xavier Johnson at various points tonight. IU went +2 in the 10:34 with those two playing together.
  7. Race Thompson led IU at +18 tonight, and foul trouble limited him to 24:01 of playing time. IU’s offense was at its best with him on the court, scoring 50 points in his 24 minutes, or 2.08 points per minute (PPM). Without Thompson, IU’s offense scored 18 points in 15:59, or 1.13 PPM.
  8. IU’s defense was at its best with Miller Kopp on the court, allowing 22 points in his 18:04, or 1.22 PPM. IU allowed 40 points in the 21:56 he was on the bench, or 1.82 PPM.

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