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And Dakich is right. Mbakwe is in Zeller's head.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
It feels like we are losing, but somehow extend the lead? Just getting slaughtered on the boards
Mbakwe has played really well tonight, but he needed to be better in that moment. Really poor third foul, and totally avoidable. Meanwhile, Minnesota continues to shoot threes that won't go down.
With the flow of the game and the intensity of the crowd, it's felt like Minnesota has led most of the game to me, too. The feel is starting to change, especially as Minnesota misses more shots and commits more fouls/turnovers.
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Well ... Minnesota does dumb stuff.
That was their chance to extend the lead and they blew it.
The good news from games like this is that Cody really is not NBA-ready. The physical guys (and there are a few in the NBA) take him out of his game.
Hoosiers have let Minnesota set the tone of this game with its rebounding. That's why it's still close, and that's why, even in losing, the Gophers feel in control of the game. Hoosiers can take it back with turnovers, which they still are not creating at the level they need to.
46-44 Indiana, 11:32 left in the game.
Remember though, Zeller isn't a center in the NBA. He's a power forward. Different match-ups.
Elston giving Indiana good minutes off the bench tonight. Remy Abell, not so much.
OK, for the first time this season, I'll question the zone. Mbakwe headed back in, as Zeller gains a little bit of determination.
Is it just me or does Coach Creans substitution rotation drive everyone crazy?? I like Crean as a recruiter/person/practice coach but top notch in game coach he is not!!! We play way too many people !! We have 8 players averaging 10 mins.. Jordy was hot in the first half then sits for 8 mins?? Zeller sits way too much ?? 8 mins in the game and our two best players are on the bench?? It's constant every game!!! Right when we make a run and up 8 points there's a time out and Crean changes the lineup ?? Big Ten Coaches must love him!! I think I'm more frustrated watching games this year than it was watching us get crushed 4 years ago... I just don't get it!!
So demoralizing. Watford did a good job there, but still couldn't come up with it. That kills.
ESPN's box score numbers are often poor, so I'm not sure where things stand, but Minnesota is just bossing Indiana straight off the glass and out of this game. It's flatly simple — Minnesota is dictating everything right now.
55-52 home tean, 7:22 left.
In Big Ten play, Minnesota outrebounds opponents by an average of 6.6 rebounds per game. That leads the Big Ten, but IU is second with a 5.3 rpg margin. Minnesota is outrebounding IU by 19 tonight, 39-20.
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Indiana into the bonus for the rest of the night. That's one way IU can get the game back.
Indiana and Minnesota exchange press-breaking, trap-breaking three-point plays. IU still trails Minnesota 61-59.
Indiana is just gonna have to win this one on a bad night. Hoosiers aren't sharp at all, and they look second best. Can they make talent count for enough to sneak by? Right now, the answer is no.
64-59 at the under-4 timeout, Ferrell will shoot two free throws.
Need to get jordy open. Only way you pull it off in this game, I believe
That's your ball game.
Zeller and Watford are still in Bloomington based on what I am watching. They've gotten pushed around on the boards all night and have been awful offensively.
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Watford's trying to make me look bad, but I think it's going to be too little too late.
Well Christian Watford is at least going to make sure IU fights its way down, makes back-to-back threes.
Thinking the same thing.
If IU loses this one, it will probably have to run the table or jeopardize it's No. 1 seed, unless Duke or Florida stumble. Should IU lose at Michigan, then the Wolverines will probably get the No. 1. This was a huge game.
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