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Tipoff between IU and Iowa is less than 15 minutes away, and we're here and ready to talk about tonight's game. Join us as we discuss the Hoosiers' matchup with the Hawkeyes.
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Starters have been announced and as usual, IU is going with Hulls, Ferrell, Oladipo, Watford and Zeller.
Big hand for Calbert Cheaney, who's being honored tonight on the 20th anniversary of his setting the Big Ten's all-time scoring record. Big hand for him.
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Indiana wins the tip. We're off.
Indiana's already missed three shots at the rim. Adam Woodbury does not miss his look in close, 2-0 Iowa, and Watford's lost a contact. Shocking.
Gotta make bunnies
Takes Indiana 1:43 to score, on an Oladipo putback.
After Hulls threw an errant pass to Oladipo that Iowa stole, Oladipo chased down the Iowa player and stole it back. Then, after Sheehey missed a three and an Iowa player appeared to come down with it, Oladipo clawed it out of his hand and put it back up himself. Looks like he's trying to will IU to starting off better than against Minnesota.
Zeller has now missed three shots within five feet and 1-of-2 free throws.
Adam Woodbury now has two fouls.
Zeller gets his first field goal on a fastbreak dunk, and Indiana is up 7-4 at the under-16 timeout. Hoosiers aren't shooting well from the field, but Iowa can't find anything easy offensively, and thus Indiana leads.
15:04 left in the half, IU by three.
You guys catch any of the Miami Duke game? Honestly really impressed with both teams. Didn't expect to say that.
Zeller's missed a few seemingly easy shots on offense, but watching him on defense is exhausting. Two Iowa possessions before the current media timeout, he went 30 feet away from the basket to trap an Iowa player, then raced back to the corner and poked the ball away from another player.
IU's been doing a lot of that early on, forcing six turnovers in the first five minutes. Iowa has only managed four shots while IU has taken nine. If/when IU's shots start falling, expect the lead to be more than 7-4.
Indiana up 8-4 in the rebounding column, for those paying attention to that particular stat tonight.
Indiana will spend the last 12:42 of this half in the bonus. Iowa so sloppy right now.
Indiana up 11-6 at the under-12 timeout despite shooting just 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from the filed thus far. Hoosiers are winning most of the toughness, hustle battles, for those who like less measurable observations.
At the under-12, IU leads 11-6. Iowa's hardly able to get shots off on offense, and IU is having a hard time making theirs go down. Teams are shooting a combined 28.5 percent from the floor (6-for-21), and nobody has more than four points. Iowa has committed eight turnovers and seven fouls.
Indiana forces its first shot-clock violation of the night.
At his press conference yesterday, Crean spoke a little about the Minnesota loss, saying that when IU was in an early 8-2 hole, it wasn't as much about the score as it was about the style of play and strength of the start.
Tonight, though IU only leads by five, perhaps it's the same kind of situation. It's not as much about the score, but more about the fact that IU is absolutely stifling any kind of offense Iowa runs tonight. We just saw Iowa seemingly forget about the shot clock because IU wouldn't allow any room to do anything on offense. Despite the shooting and just a five-point cushion, we're seeing a much stronger start from IU tonight.
So is Iowa already falling apart? The Hawkeyes have scored six points in 10:50.
Great set of hustle plays by Cody.
A wee bit of makeup calling lands Sheehey in foul trouble, as he's now got two whistles against him. Hoosiers shooting 5-of-19, still leading by nine. This game is going much the way the one in Iowa City did. First team to its shooting boots wins.
17-8 Indiana at 7:11 left in the half.
That's something we seem to consistently see from IU...after a turnover, players stay tuned in and often try to force another turnover to get the ball back. Zeller looked angry after that last turnover, and it resulted in what has to be the play of the night so far.
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For as poorly as Iowa has played, the Hawkeyes are only down seven late in the first half. Hoosiers sluggish in taking control of this game.
Once again, Indiana finds itself outplaying an inferior opponent but not gaining control of the game. If the Hoosiers were hitting their layups, they'd be up 15 right now. As it is, the lead is six with Melsahn Basabe going to the free-throw line to shoot an and-1.
20-14 IU, 3:37 left.
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