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Indiana working on its zone. The only thing not working is the rebounding, but the Hoosiers' aggression in transition more than making up for extra looks, and defense has been good on second chances.
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Indiana's transition offense and ball movement are trumping everything at the under-4 timeout. Hoosiers totally dominating Penn State on the run, and their passing is opening wide, wide seams in the Nits' defensive sets, whatever they are. IU in control at the moment.
IU's running away with this half, but Jermaine Marshall has also looked pretty good for Penn State. He's made a couple tough shots in traffic. But, alas, IU is just scoring too much and too quickly for Penn State to keep its head above water. IU's up 41-25 at the final media timeout of the half.
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Couldnt have asked for a much better first half.
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There seem to be an inordinate amount of charges tonight.
I see why Jay Bilas complains about charges in college hoops
Halftime: Indiana commanding this game. Only thing keeping Penn State in it is extra possessions from offensive rebounds. Hoosiers are knocking down open shots, creating turnovers and totally controlling pace. Hard to see a way back for Penn State.
We've seen IU start slowly numerous times this season, but this hasn't been another example. As the BTN announcers pointed out, everything was downhill for PSU after the Nittany Lions led 3-2 very early on.
IU went on a 13-0 run and didn't look back from that point. Watford has been all over the court on defense and offense and leads all scorers with 14 points. Hulls has rediscovered that shooting stroke that IU was missing against Iowa, and he has 10 points, including 2-for-3 on three-pointers.
IU's shooting 51 percent to Penn State's 34 percent, and the Hoosiers have just done everything faster and more efficiently than Penn State so far tonight.
Second half is underway, and BTN announcer just referred to IU's "smothering defense." That's a phrase we haven't heard much, but it's a big deal for IU to put on a dominant defensive performance on the road, even if there isn't much life in the Bryce Jordan Center tonight.
Not a pretty start to the second half. Ferrell takes the first shot of the half two and a half minutes in, and it clanks off the rim. A bunch of turnovers and fouls to start the half.
Apparently Victor Oladipo will be featured on The Journey on BTN. I'll be keeping my eye out for that.
IU saved the slow start for the second half.
Zeller said multiple times in the pregame press availability that Penn State would never roll over, even down 20. Down 19, Penn State is still playing as hard as ever with 13 minutes left.
Maybe it's just because this half has been evenly sloppy from both teams, but this seems closer than 17 points to me. But maybe that's just me.
This half a case study in the impact of a focused, energized Christian Watford. He's not IU's best player, but he can do the most at once.
Indiana kind of in cruise control here at the moment, as we enter the media timeout. Not running away with the game, but not letting Penn State into it at all either though.
Really, really nice fast break action between Zeller and Oladipo. A Zeller dunk extends the lead to 61-41 with 7:47 to go.
Indiana in control, up 19 at the under-4 timeout. Only question now is how much longer the starters last.
Watford exits as IU has a 21-point lead. He had 16 points tonight, which is the most he's ever scored against Penn State.
Just about a minute left, and IU leads 72-51.
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