Over IU's last five games, the three-point shot has been largely a mirage. Around solid shooting days at Michigan and against Ohio State, the Hoosiers could not throw the ball in the ocean against Iowa, Illinois or Wisconsin.
As a whole, IU shot 31.6 percent from beyond the arc in those five games, a steep decline from the team's 41.1 percent average for the season.
No. 8 NC State, No. 4 Syracuse, No. 5 UNLV, and No. 11 Bucknell are all in Indiana's region, and all four are also in the national top 60 in three-point field goal defense. Syracuse and NC State sit in the top 20.
The usually reliable Jordan Hulls shot 1-of-10 in the Big Ten tournament, and as his shot goes, so go the Hoosiers as a whole. Yogi Ferrell needs to resist the impulse to jack up every open look that he gets, especially after missing all five deep attempts in an otherwise decent game against Illinois.
This will be Watford's primary role on the offensive end, finding openings for his shots. A 50 percent shooter from long range in conference play, Watford made at least one bomb in every Big Ten game except the March 2 win over Iowa.