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Rodney Williams just picked up his third personal foul trying to block Oladipo at the rim. Might have been able to do it last year, but not anymore. Williams the only player in foul trouble.
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Watford misses two free throws, which isn't something you see that often. Like I said, Indiana is flat right now. Sheehey about to check in.
Now Hulls picks up a really questionable offensive foul, and he's got three. Abell in for him.
As Sheehey enters, I'm just realizing that he hasn't scored yet and has only taken one shot. I wouldn't have predicted that IU would play perhaps its most dominant half of the season without any scoring from Sheehey.
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Lead down to 15 as Minnesota starts to get some breaks. To be fair, it had to even out, after the first half Indiana enjoyed. Hoosiers getting sloppy though. The sharpness has slackened.
Indiana really needs a spark to put this one away in the next 3-4 minutes.
Stop-start beginning to this second half, but the message remains the same. Indiana needs that offensive rhythm back, which means it needs to start scoring in transition. Hoosiers have scored just four points since the break, after scoring 52 in the first 20 minutes. Indiana's lead down to 56-43 with 15:41 left in the game.
Minnesota press bothering Indiana this half.
On back-to-back plays, Oladipo commits a costly foul and Ferrell throws the ball away. IU really out of sorts at the moment.
But then Ferrell makes a three and Oladipo gets a steal.
Minnesota starting to get really rough with Indiana. Hoosiers needed to be prepared for this.
In this vein, Indiana just 4-of-8 in the second half from the free-throw line, after shooting 3-of-4 from there in the first frame.
Minnesota already has eight fouls as we hit the under-12 timeout, 11:52 left. Hoosiers stopped the bleeding at about 15 points, and the lead currently stands at 16. Basically, if Indiana keeps forcing its way to the free-throw line, averages say it will win. 64-48 Indiana at the moment.
IU leads 64-48 at the second media timeout. Minnesota is winning the half 19-12, though. IU's shooting 3-for-8 from the floor, and has committed four turnovers while assisting on one basket.
Fairly sure that last out-of-bounds went off of Mbakwe. Could be wrong.
Wonder if this is going to be Oladipo's coming-out party as a player of the year candidate.
Hulls has four fouls. Indiana's not been all that good at breaking Minnesota's press when he's not been on the floor. Hoosiers in a precarious position.
Sheehey is just off tonight. Usually when he shoots, there's not much doubt that they'll go in. Today, the ball just doesn't look good coming out of his hand at all on his three attempts.
Indiana's lead now down to 12. This was going to happen at some level, but Indiana has spent the second half looking like it just wants to hold on.
That said, lead is back to 14, and Perea pulls in a missed free throw and gets fouled himself.
Minnesota won't go away. Credit the Gophers — they're hitting tough shots and grinding out tough offensive possessions. There's 4:19 left. Lead is 12, hasn't ever been cut lower. Can Minny find one more way back into the game?
Man, this game got a lot more interesting fast. Teams trading scores right now, with IU still clinging to a nine-point lead.
Absolute madness here, as Oladipo fouls out while fouling Hollins on a three-pointer. That's his third of those today.
Assembly Hall getting loud. For a while, it seemed that the crowd was pleading more than cheering. Anyway, it's down to a three-point game as Hulls goes to the foul line with 18 seconds left.
Hulls misses three free throws in a row, gets his own rebound, then makes two to extend the IU lead to 86-81. After a Minnesota miss, Watford gets the rebound and makes both to ice it.
IU wins 88-81. That game was weird.
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