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The Hoosiers have been abysmal from beyond the arc.
Last season, the Hoosiers were phenomenal from long range. Making more than 40 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc, Indiana was the fourth-best three-point shooting team in America.
This year—not so much.
IU is fitting in with the winter temperatures as it is shooting a frigid 31.1 percent from the three-point line. Indiana's inability to make outside shots is changing how opposing teams defend the Hoosiers.
Notre Dame took a page out of Syracuse's playbook and defended with a zone, specifically a 2-3. After the Hoosiers shot 4-of-14 from three against the Orange's vaunted 2-3 zone, the Irish frequently used a similar strategy and achieved a similar result (7-of-20).
Noah Vonleh is no longer off the radar. Teams across the country know how good he is on the block. So, a zone defense is the perfect way to take him out of the Hoosiers' equation.
Zone defenses aren't common in the Big Ten, but the conference's coaches are good enough to realize the recipe to beating IU.
Pack it in. Don't let Vonleh get position down low. Make the Hoosiers take long jump shots, and even if a player is wide open, don't stress and let him shoot.
If Indiana wants to have any success against its Big Ten rivals, it must start knocking down more outside shots. Making attempts from long range would force the opposition to think twice about playing a zone and give Vonleh the ability to work in the post.