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It's senior night, and two of IU's seniors are in the starting lineup against Ohio State.
Jordan Hulls and Christian will be joined, as almost always, by Victor Oladipo, Yogi Ferrell and Cody Zeller to start the game.
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Really excited for tonight. Would love to see these seniors get the big ten title. They have earned it.
Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are being honored for both scoring 1,000 points in their IU careers. They're presented with special basketballs that provide the details from the games in which they scored their 1,000th points.
Watford and Hulls (the other active members of the 1,000-point club) come onto the court for a photo opp. Kind of interesting to see all four of them together tonight, as this might well be the final game at Assembly Hall for all of them. Not trying to be presumptuous, but it's a possibility.
Elston will not start. Not too surprising. Crean didn't do it last year either.
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In the immortal words of LeeRoy Jenkins...Let's do this.
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Easily the loudest pregame intro applause all season...especially for Hulls and Watford.
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Craft, Smith Jr., Thomas, Thompson and Williams for Ohio State.
At least I got chicken.
This place is really juiced tonight.
Yogi tries an alley oop that's poorly thrown. IU no scores in first two possessions.
Time to check up and take care of biz.
Zeller opens the scoring with a driving floater around Amir Williams.
IU looks a little anxious to make things happen. Already with three empty possessions.
IU already with a couple not-so-pretty passes. There was the aforementioned alley-oop attempt from Ferrell and then Oladipo threw it away looking for Zeller on a break.
Tie game after three minutes, 2-2.
Hoosiers going straight to Zeller on a lot of possessions.
Sam Thompson is in the mood tonight, and Indiana's going to have to adjust to him defensively. Already has five points. Hoosiers look a little bit too eager to make momentum, and they're down three at the under-16 media timeout.
Zeller has four, Deshaun Thomas just got his first two. Ohio State up 9-6 with 15:11 left.
IU being outrebounded in the early going 4-2, but that's more due to their missed shots. IU 2-of-5 vs. OSU 4-of-7.
Sheehey and Hollowell in for Watford and Oladipo at the first break.
Defensive intensity cranking up for Indiana at the under-12, as the Hoosiers are starting to outlast the Buckeyes' grinding possessions. A Hulls three is followed by a shot-clock violation/inexplicable Ohio State possession.
Indiana up 13-11 at 11:54 in the half.
Sheehey got away with a serious hack, but he has enough calls go against him on reputation.
Hollowell looking really solid.
Both Sheehey and Hollowell immediately are aggressive. Both of them score while also playing good defense. Sheehey blocked Evan Ravenel to the point that Ravenel ended up on the floor under the basket.
Oladipo second was a poor decision on his part. Not sure Zeller's first was a foul at all.
Ohio State's grinding possessions now might be getting into the legs of Indiana players, who don't seem to have quite the same spring in their step heading back down the floor. Still, Hoosiers are in a battle either way.
17-17, 7:56 left.
IU suffering through another tough night from the floor at 7-of-20. They're winning the battle of the boards 12-10.
Worth mentioning that this is when we've usually seen Indiana go on one or two of those mini-runs that put some distance in the game at halftime. Curious to see if it happens with the emotion in this building tonight.
IU's shooting 35 percent (7-for-20) from the floor while OSU is shooting 43 percent (7-for-16). IU's outrebounding OSU 12-10 and has eight points in the paint compared to four from Ohio State.
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