No. 1 Indiana faces Central Connecticut State and its talented guard Kyle Vinales today at Assembly Hall.
Vinales, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, leads the nation in scoring. He is averaging 25.9 points per game. He scored 27 points in the team's last game, an 87-84 victory at New Hampshire. He also leads the team with 26 assists and 10 steals.
The Blue Devils are 4-3 and have won four out of five.
"I think he can score in a variety of ways - he can beat you off the dribble, he can go right or left, he can shoot the pull-up, he has a step-back to his game, he does a terrific job getting angles whether it's off the dribble or coming off the pick and roll - and when he gets an angle he's very difficult to stop. You have to keep him outside the elbows and you have to keep your chest in front," Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley said Friday. "We can't give him any open looks."
The Hoosiers (8-0) are playing their first game since defeating Coppin State 87-51 on Dec. 1.
"It gives us more time to practice and get prepared for our next opponent," guard Maurice Creek said. "We had to work on some things and we got them done and I think we are well prepared for this game."