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Guess who gets to actually watch the game tonight?????
mkillian247 on twitter..... I say a lot of stuff you wont care about.
Seconds from tipoff here. The usual five are starting tonight for IU: Hulls, Ferrell, Oladipo, Watford and Zeller.
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That guy? Or ?
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Landon Turner is here tonight.
Interested in seeing how the Hoosiers respond tonight. Weirdly timed game, with a such high-stakes win on Tuesday and UNC in two days. IU has had the break to relax and get out of its rhythm. Ball State shouldn't be a problem. Can the Hoosiers treat this game that way?
is working the game tonight!
Tom Crean into it early, fired up and really getting into his team. Demanding they "play with some energy."
Get the feeling he might sense something off tonight.
Majok Majok, Ball State's leading scorer, gets the scoring started by backing down Zeller before spinning and scoring. We'll see if Zeller has been able to get a little smoother after returning to good health (I assume).
Zeller again quiet early. Feels like he's letting himself get taken too far from the basket when he makes post moves.
Indiana struggling early offensively — stop me if you've heard this before — at the under-16 timeout. 15:48 left in the half, score tied at four. Zeller not handling double teams well, Hulls not coming open early. But the defense has been good, and Ball State is fouling.
Not a clean game thus far. Each team has two turnovers, and the Hoosiers and Cardinals are shooting a combined 4-for-13 from the field.
Foul calls in this game are weird. Refs picking up ticky-tacky stuff, but letting obvious contact around the rim go unpunished.
Zeller starting to exert his authority down low. He's been able to back defenders down the past couple possessions, sometimes scoring, and sometimes helping to lead to a score. He looks much better early than he did in Brooklyn.
Zeller not in the NBA yet, but apparently his face-up moves are. Just drew a block and got the basket on continuation. Hoosiers will win this one when they wake up offensively. 12-8 IU at the Under-12 timeout. Not sure if they actually gave Zeller the basket or not. Waiting to see.
Will Sheehey again showing his ability to take over a game off the bench. He easily sunk two jumpers on back-to-back possessions, and then drove to draw a foul on the next one. Five points in less than a minute, and IU leads 17-8.
Sheehey making things happen from the bench. Hits two jumpers in a row then gets fouled going for a layup in transition. Five points in a quick stretch. 17-8 IU.
Under-8 timeout finds IU widening the gap slowly. Against these teams, IU can afford to take time finding its offensive legs, because the defense and rebounding are more than enough, and that's what we've seen so far tonight. 21-13 Hoosiers, 7:56 left in the first half.
IU shooting 9-for-20, Ball State just 4-for-17 with seven turnovers at the under-8 timeout. IU leads 21-13.
Two quick baskets from Indiana out of the under-8 push Hoosiers' lead to a game-best 26-13. Darius Latham and David Kenney now sitting courtside, by the way.
Zeller picks up two quick fouls. He'll probably sit the rest of the half. Old Maurice Creek just blew to the basket for a finger roll layup. Excellent move.
Jordan Hulls continues his excellent play with a really good sequence of assists and a pull-up jumper. Indiana totally in control now, up 36-17 and Billy Taylor wants another timeout.
+1 for "Old" Mo Creek reference
Don't think we've ever seen Jordan Hulls play this well for such an extended period. He's picked this game up by its ears and taken control of it. Has four points, two assists, two rebounds in 10 minutes thus far, and his jump shot is firing cleanly.
Indiana up 38-18 with 3:46 left at the under-4 timeout.
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