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Indiana now getting those turnovers. Largely unforced, but that's kind of dark Minnesota's MO this season.
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Minnesota's making mistakes and starting to miss shots, but offensive rebounds and solid defense from big men are saving the Gophers on offense.
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USE THE BALLFAKE CODY
See that, he listened. And got fouled.
Zeller's been struggling tonight, and it's been because he's trying to slither around defenders instead of going right at them. Won't work on the road against these athletes.
Last possession was better. He caught the ball deep, ball faked Mbakwe and drew the foul on the follow.
Indiana up 25-24 with Zeller shooting twice after the under-8 timeout.
It's like this dude reads my mind sometimes. So, it's pretty weird.
Ferrell passes up an open three, drives and finds himself with an off-balance shot instead of someone to pass to. Probably not his plan, and he's been a little off on offense thus far. One assist and two points, both from the line.
What a pass from Yogi Ferrell on that break.
Minnesota wanted to force Oladipo to go left. He goes left and draws a foul from Mbakwe and then makes two free throws to extend IU's lead to 31-27.
Mbakwe sits with two fouls. Big stretch coming. Dakich agrees with me.
Love how Elston is playing
Dakich saying that the last few minutes of the first half set up the entire game. If I remember correctly, Crean said a couple weeks ago that momentum is formed more in the first few minutes of the second half than at the end of the first half. Just an interesting difference in the way two coaches see the flow of the game.
Immediately Indiana takes a quick shot, gives up a transition dunk and turns the ball over. Hoosiers by two at the under-4 timeout.
Need to capitalize these last couple minutes with Mbakwe out.
Indiana is not forcing turnovers like it needs to against a team that's really bad at not turning the ball over.
Zeller adds his second foul, with 54.7 seconds left.
Jordan completely bailing this team out. Missed opportunity the last 3 minutes.
Minnesota ostensibly gets the last shot of the half, and Austin Hollins misses a three. Indiana has not played all that well this half, particularly offensively. Zeller and Watford have no made field goals, but Indiana leads by four.
Hoosiers rode the early wave of emotion, but they're still soft defensively inside, against Trevor Mbakwe and others. Jordan Hulls has 14 points already. Minnesota has 18 points in the paint. Indiana has a four-point lead.
34-30 in the Twin Cities, Hoosiers on top.
IU doing what it has done all season: when one aspect of its game is lagging a bit (Zeller/Watford/Ferrell cold from the field, struggling on the interior), other aspects of its game take on a little more importance and keep IU in the game.
In this case, Jordan Hulls has shot well (he has four three-pointers and 14 points) and IU has made seven of eight free throws to not only stay in the game, but have a lead at halftime. When Zeller and Watford begin to hit their stride and Ferrell gets some of those shots to fall, IU will be able to pull away, in all likelihood.
Indiana getting outrebounded by 11, and the Hoosiers have allowed eight offensive boards. Neither of those statistics can afford to stand. Hoosiers should also be good enough to force more than five turnovers.
You know anything about the Crean Mbakwe relationship? Crean want him to come to IU with him?
Oladipo playing really well again tonight. Says a lot about his development that you don't notice it the same way anymore.
He recruited him to Marquette, and I believe Crean stayed with him behind the scenes through the JUCO experience.
Ferrell has consistently been able to get to the basket this game, and we just saw a shot fall for the first time today. If he can keep getting to the rim AND finish successfully, that's six or eight more points for IU this half.
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