Only seven teams in America shot 40 percent or better from three-point range. Only three of those (Indiana, Duke and Creighton) made the NCAA tournament, emphasizing that it can be dangerous to live and die outside the arc.
Indiana took less than 18 threes per game, ranking in the middle of the pack nationally. Those looks that they got were good ones, and the Hoosiers made them count.
IU was the only team to place three players among America's top 65 three-point shooters by percentage, according to TeamRankings.com. Hulls, Victor Oladipo and Christian Watford all sank better than 44 percent from deep.
Unfortunately, the shots stopped falling when the regular season ended, and a large part of the malaise lay in the performance of senior Jordan Hulls (pictured shooting against James Madison). Over the Hoosiers' five Big Ten and NCAA tournament games, Hulls shot an unsightly 4-of-23 from long range (17.4 percent).
As a team, IU made only 27-of-85 in those five games for a success rate of 31.8 percent. Leave out Hulls' miseries and the rest of the team made about 37 percent, respectable but still not at the normal standard.
Whether it was losing their legs over the course of the grueling Big Ten season or defensive mismatches that took Hulls out of the game, both player and team saw their fortunes turn sour once tournament season began.
If the looks weren't there inside, IU had more confidence than most in kicking the ball back out for a long jumper. By season's end, though, something was amiss, and that issue certainly contributed to the Hoosiers' downfall against Syracuse.
After all, 3-of-15 from the arc is no way to spread out the 2-3 zone.
Regular Season: A+