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Hey everyone, we're just a little under 20 minutes away from tipoff here at Assembly Hall and getting ready to begin our discussion about tonight's game against North Dakota State. Feel free to post predictions, thoughts, questions or anything else you'd like.
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Same starters as usual for IU: Hulls, Ferrell, Watford, Oladipo and Zeller.
what's going on, guys? sorry i missed the game friday. was up in Madison. Fridge is now stocked with New Glarus, so i can enjoy some basketball.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
Glad to have you with us. It's a good, albeit cold, night for basketball here.
IU's already allowed two open shots on the perimeter. Neither have gone down, but still not a great sign early on.
Modest start, as we are more than three minutes into the game, and Christian Watford's hook shot claims the only points so far.
Yogi Ferrell changes that with a pair of made free throws. 4-0 IU, 16:52 left.
Cody Zeller knocks down a jump shot from about 14 feet. Good look, that.
First TV timeout finds Indiana up 6-0. Hoosiers playing good defense, but even NDSU's open looks not going down. The Bison are cold. 15:53 left in the half, by the by.
Vic looks really impressive on D to start the game. The rest has been solid, though NDSU has missed a lot of shots.
Will Sheehey enters and promptly commits a foul. Very similar to last game, when he got into foul trouble quickly and got frustrated.
IU now leads 6-5 with 14:46 left until half.
Another slow start from Indiana offensively. Just not a lot of crispness in ball movement, action gets stale after awhile. Hoosiers have to exorcise this from their nature.
Indiana starting slowly again. The Hoosiers can afford this vs. the schedule right now, but they need to get the bugs worked out before the better competition comes calling.
Ed Magoni // Publisher of Inside Indiana Magazine // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EMagoni
See, I know what I'm talking about. Sometimes. Sort of.
Sheehey looks good with the ball in his hands thus far. He lofted a nice pass in to Zeller earlier which resulted in Zeller getting fouled and making both shots. Then, he drove down the baseline and found Hulls in the corner for a three, which he hit — as we've come to expect.
After shooting poorly from the free-throw line last weekend, Zeller knocks down his first two tonight.
Actually, he went 1-of-2. I'm an idiot.
Hollowell enters and we see the Watford-Hollowell look down low again. Bison hit a shot on their first possession with Hollowell in, but Hulls promptly pulls up for three on the other end. IU leads, 18-11, with about 11 minutes left in the half after a breakdown defensively down low for IU leads to a Bison bucket.
Indiana up 18-11 at the under-12 timeout. Hulls heating up from outside, but the Hoosiers still not perhaps as crisp as they could be. Crowd about vomited when Zeller took a hard fall a couple of minutes ago, but he appears none the worse for wear.
10:20 left in the half.
Live tempo-based stats for the game here...
Is it just me, or does Jordy 'struggle' to hit 3's after a pump fake. Seems to throw himself off his own rhythm
Under-8 TV timeout, and Indiana still leads by just eight. Hoosiers 7-of-17 from the floor and just 2-of-8 from behind the arc so far, both makes coming from Jordan Hulls. Feels like Indiana can't get the ball into the post effectively enough.
Hoosiers bring their starting five back of the TO, 7:50 left.
According to the stats they've handed out, all six of IU's points since the last TV timeout have been in the paint. They're getting better down low.
Very true. The NDSU has been respectable, but need to feed Zeller better. Yogi not as impressive to start the night.
Abell's shot looking excellent to start the year. If he can hit that consistently, will get a lot of playing time.
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