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A late-arriving crowd is slowly trickling in and we're just about ready for tipoff here at Assembly Hall for IU-Nebraska. Feel free to post any questions, comments or observations about tonight's game as we're chatting live!
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IU starters are the same as always: Ferrell, Hulls, Oladipo, Watford and Zeller.
Seeing the book of mormon tonight. Hoping that will be more exciting than this game
DUM DUM DUM DUM DUM.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
Alex have you ever seen Book of Mormon?
Though sometimes I look like a cast member, no. I have not seen it.
Made a joke about the opening tip even being a mismatch ... but Nebraska is up 6-4 early. Oops.
Nebraska trying out a 2-3 zone.
IU is always better when IU is scoring, and IU isn't scoring at the under-16 timeout. My snide comment aside, Hoosiers have just four points and have had trouble really muscling their way to good looks inside. Meanwhile, Nebraska is shooting awfully well early.
8-4 Huskers, 15:53 left.
Zeller takes Brandon Ubel off the dribble and couldn't get the bucket to go (looked like he traveled, too) a couple possessions ago. That's kind of a strange thing to see, as IU thrives off ball movement. Zeller driving from 15-18 feet from the basket isn't usually a play IU wants to run.
Indiana looks about as sharp as a spoon right now. Defense is porous and offense is choppy. I don't think it will last, but then I didn't last season either.
Ed Magoni // Publisher of Inside Indiana Magazine // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EMagoni
This is obviously not a good start from Indiana, although Ubel and Almeida, Nebraska's two primary post threats, have two fouls apiece.
Hollowell's been playing well lately, but just had a pretty rough/unlucky possession. He wasn't looking for a pass and let it skirt through his legs. Then, after Sheehey saved it and the ball got back to Hollowell, he dribbled it off a defender's foot.
In fact, Nebraska is now at six team fouls, and Shavon Shields, another starter, has two.
Ah, the luxury of being immensely talented: IU's shooting just 2-for-9 and looking subpar all over the court...and trails by just one point.
Under-12 timeout finds IU rushing, perhaps because it can't run. Hoosiers aren't getting enough good halfcourt looks to break Nebraska's defensive plan up, and the Huskers are holding onto the ball at the other end.
12-9 Nebraska, 10:53 left.
IU now into its 2-3 zone.
When Abell shot that airball, he cocked his arm, ready to shoot, and then looked like he bought it back just a little bit more at the last second, as if he wasn't confident that he could get the ball there. I'm sure that wasn't his thought process, but his arm definitely didn't look in control during that shot.
At the risk of being entirely too unscientific, IU just sharpened up and started outworking Nebraska offensively. Then found its confidence.
Now Hoosiers need to sustain.
So an Oladipo steal leads to a driving Hulls layup. There ya go I guess.
I have nothing to add to the events of the last two minutes. Hoosiers are awake and alert. 21-14 IU, 6:25 left in the half.
Now shots stop falling and Indiana is quiet again.
Quick and small Jordan Tyrance tried to sneak past 6-foot-9 Watford, but Watford stuck with him the whole way a couple possessions ago. That ability of Watford's to guard basically every position is something IU will miss when he graduates. They'll still have Oladipo/Sheehey, but still.
Again, not much to add as we head to the under-4 timeout. Hoosiers need to do a better job of cutting Talley off at the drive. He's a lot like Oladipo in the sense that he's much better with the ball once he's gotten a head of steam built up. Hoosiers by three, with less than four left:
21-18, 3:23 remaining.
They aren't even playing that sloppy. Just nothing falling.
Probably not Oladipo.
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