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Sorry this is coming a little bit late. Jeremy Hollowell is not dressed tonight. We have not been told why. He's in a track suit on the bench, and he didn't warm up. Starting five remains the same: Hulls, Watford, Oladipo, Ferrell, Zeller.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
I can hear Bittersweet Symphony in the background of the ESPN2 broadcast...that can only mean that the game is only a few minutes away from tipoff.
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FAU scores first on a 10-footer, after forcing a turnover on its first possession.
Indiana looks really sloppy in its first three possessions. Really sloppy.
Hulls, who was frustrated after three turnovers against Mount St. Mary's, made another poor pass on that previous possession. It wasn't stolen, but knocked away. Poor passing isn't something we've seen from him much at all this season.
Indiana's first two points come off of a really strong take to the glass by Christian Watford. IU allows a layup on a second-chance shot right after.
Seeing little snippets of the high school Yogi Ferrell shooting the ball since Butler. Nice pull-up after a deep crossover there.
And there's a Zeller jumper. Indiana not getting the requisite stops, but not starting as slowly on offense as it has recently.
Watford scores the first two points of the game with a strong move inside. Perhaps this indicates another strong performance from him offensively, but remember, Watford started the Butler game with a good inside move and basket. Time will tell which Watford we'll see tonight.
One of those he-can-do-that moments from Zeller, who grabs a steal at the free-throw line, goes all the way down the right side with it, carrying a defender and scores, draws the foul.
Indiana takes its first lead of the game into the Under-16 timeout, up 8-6 with 15:54 left in the half.
We've seen Zeller run the floor remarkably well without the ball, but we just saw him dribble past a pair of Owl defenders and finish past one more of them while outnumbered three-to-one. He draws the foul and will shoot a free throw after the media timeout. IU leads 8-6.
I'm going to say about a 10% chance Crean says what is actually going on with Hollowell
Crean letting the starters run a little longer than usual tonight, but here come reinforcements. Abell, Sheehey and Perea check in for Ferrell, Zeller and Oladipo.
Frantic moment there, as six or seven guys wound up sprawling on the floor for a loose ball. Wound up an FAU travel going to the rim. Ferrell in for Hulls, Indiana cracking down defensively.
And Hanner Perea dunks. There is much joy to meet this in Assembly Hall. Nice screen-and-lob from Watford.
That good, huh?
One area where Zeller has really improved is on ball-double defense, when a team tries to switch him onto a point guard or ball handler and he rides them away from the screen and out toward midcourt. Was OK at it last year but drew his share of fouls trying. He's been much improved so far this season. Interested to see if he can carry that over.
20-8 Indiana with 11:22 left in the half at the Under-12 timeout.
I was thinking the same thing. A very Lloyd-Christmas reaction..."so you're saying there's a chance?"
We're starting to see Perea figure out how he fits in with this IU team on the floor right now. He's making smart cuts and getting in good rebounding position. Had Hulls not missed him on a pass, Perea might have six points.
Nice take from Zeller. Much more assertiveness from him tonight. Elston onto the floor for Perea.
Florida Atlantic quite simply can't track Indiana down the floor. The Hoosiers are outefforting them. If that is a word.
Watford with another strong move and bucket, then drives and kicks to Hulls. He's starting to play big in the past couple games. Granted, it's not against stellar competition. It's 31-13 in IU's favor now.
It is now Zach, because that's what's happening. Hoosiers aren't messing around tonight. No glimmers of hope for FAU.
Ed Magoni // Publisher of Inside Indiana Magazine // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EMagoni
Really like what I am seeing from Perea. Hope he can be solid on the boards throughout the year. Loved the putback
Hey look, it's the Under-8 timeout, with 5:35 left. IU up 38-17 after Victor Oladipo beats everyone to a loose offensive rebound, puts it back for a layup and foul. IU has committed four turnovers and forced eight, is shooting nearly 70 percent from the floor. Hoosiers are locked in. No chance for the Owls this evening.
Good at providing energy where it's needy. Useful court movement. Fundamental skills still quite raw.
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