Something unusual is going on in Indiana. Bob Knight is happy with the way his team is playing.
"We played about as well going through the first half as I think we're capable of playing," Knight said Tuesday night after the 14th-ranked Hoosiers beat Notre Dame 81-72.Calbert Cheaney scored 20 points, Greg Graham 16 and Chris Reynolds 14 for Indiana (4-0).
"They're just three quality freshmen who don't make mistakes," Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps said.
The Fighting Irish (1-2) made many mistakes. Notre Dame made 16 first-half turnovers and five more in the second. Jamere Jackson scored eight points and Joe Fredrick six. Both are seniors and Phelps expects them to lead.
"We've got to get Jamere and Joe into the game," he said. "They're not playing the way they should be."
But the Hoosiers are. Cheaney, who has started each game, hit eight of 10 shots, Graham sank seven of 16 and Reynolds made four of seven.
"These kids have a whole year to improve, understand and learn how to play," Knight said. "This is a team that has a long way to go."
Notre Dame closed to 70-63 on a pair of free throws by Fredrick with 1:50 to play but got no closer. Indiana's biggest lead of the second half was 52-39 after Greg Graham's jumper with 16:40 to play.