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We are here as always, and apparently there's word circulating that Will Sheehey will start in place of Christian Watford. We'll have full team news soon. In the meantime, sit back, relax, flip on the Big Ten Network and hit refresh.
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Indeed, Sheehey starts, as do Ferrell, Hulls, Zeller and Oladipo.
Sam Houston's State's starting backcourt goes 5-10, 5-11, 6-4. So IU is taller than someone in that respect.
Tonight is the first game Christian Watford hasn't started since Feb. 12, 2011 against Michigan, and is only the second game he'll play in while coming off the bench.
That game in 2011 came after Watford missed three games with a broken hand.
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Thomas, SHSU's big man, already has one foul. Bodied Oladipo as he collected a rebound.
Cody Zeller just took his first three-pointer as a Hoosier. He missed, but the crowd still went crazy.
Not as crazy as when Sheehey scored tonight's first points with a big dunk. IU leads 2-0.
Actually, Thomas just picked up his first foul. Misunderstood who got that first one. My bad.
SHSU already flustered with IU's ball pressure, and a pair of Jordan Hulls threes in particular have them in a hole. Thomas, the Bearkats' big man, is already getting a little rough.
And at the under-16 timeout, Holyfield (not Thomas, no idea where I got that) does pick up that second foul on an illegal screen. Hoosiers up 12-2 early, 15:19 in the half. Difference in the hot start has been 3-point shooting. When that gets going, so does Indiana.
Watford and Abell first subs off the bench. So he's not hurt.
Hulls 2-for-2 early, as expected. Oladipo 1-for-2 from behind the arc. We'll see if Oladipo continues to shoot well from 3-point territory. He's always struggled from there, shooting .208 from there last year, but has been working on it.
IU already going small, as Hollowell checks in for Zeller.
Well, if this was a message to Watford to work harder, it's gotten across. He's attacking the rim with and without the ball and drawing fouls. Already has four points off the bench.
Interesting move with Watford. We have seen him not into games like earlier this week, but first time Crean has seemingly punished him for it. Hopefully he responds well.
I think he has already answered this question...
Make it seven, as Sam Houston State wants a timeout, down 23-6. Hoosiers on pace for ... lots of points. 11:46 left in the half.
Hollowell actually looks pretty good down low. He pulled up as a SHSU player drove, trying to get the charge, and when the player juked around him, Hollowell quickly stuck his hand out and altered the shot. He's learning quickly.
IU leads 23-8 with 11:30 left in the half.
Sam Houston State not dirty by any means, but they'll let you feel the foul. The basketball equivalent of not pulling out of a tackle. 23-8 Hoosiers at the under-12 timeout. Hoosiers entirely deserving of their advantage, working for open shots, knocking them down and playing fierce defense.
Sam Houston State already well into the bonus. Yeah, IU's going to shoot a lot of free throws tonight.
Per Alex Bozich of Inside The Hall, IU holding Sam Houston State to less than 0.6 points per possession. An absurdly low number.
Holyfield comes back in with two, immediately draws his third. Indiana up 30-10 at the under-8 timeout, and pretty much in complete control. Hoosiers getting points pretty much however they want at this point.
IU seems to be faking an exceptionally large amount of passes thus far. Maybe Kenny Johnson noticed that SHSU tended to fall for fakes a lot or maybe that's just something IU is trying to work into its game.
Hoosiers lead 30-10 at the under-8. IU shooting 9-for-16 from the floor and 4-from-8 from behind the arc.
That will help us with Pomeroy
Oh my. An Oladipo slam dunk just brought down the house and pulled another Sam Houston State timeout. Hoosiers sharp in using this as a tuneup for New York. 5:10 left in the half, IU up 36-13.
It's the little things.
And Oladipo returns Watford's slick pass with one to a cutting Hollowell, who misses the finger roll but draws the foul. Under-4 timeout and I think the newspaper folks are already filing their gamers. 38-14 Indiana, 3:59 left. It's hardly been that close.
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