Race Thompson leads Hoosiers past Little Rock

BLOOMINGTON — IU basketball has been far from perfect this season, even if the record says otherwise. Wednesday’s 87-68 win over Little Rock played out in a manner that has become common for the Hoosiers: allow their opponent to find success early in the game before winning with timed shooting, improved defense and sheer talent . Here are three reasons why No. 11 IU (5-0) led the Trojans.

Malik Reneau got the start with Trayce Jackson-Davis

Trayce Jackson-Davis was ruled out before the game as a precaution. He played the first four games of the season with a wrap around his right wrist/hand. Trey Galloway (precautions/knee) and Anthony Leal (ankle) also did not play. In place of Jackson-Davis, freshman Malik Reneau got his first college start. For the second game in a row, guard CJ Gunn got minutes without garbage time as Galloway was inactive, and Logan Duncomb slipped off the bench to Reneau’s post spot in the first half.