The beauty of Indiana’s basketball play can be like the strokes of a Picasso at times, lining the canvas with precision and grace.
Just not Monday night.
The Hoosiers’ 87-61 victory against North Dakota State more resembled a splatter painting with bodies flying everywhere and more reliance on brawn than finesse.
That was OK, though, with this group of Hoosiers, who are proving early they can be a tough bunch when the opponent wants to get down and dirty.
Early in the second half, it was apparent that the Bison were going to do their best to stomp Indiana center Cody Zeller, who fried Bison burgers in the first half with 14 points to establish a 42-29 lead at intermission.