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Indeed, we are here as always. Well, we are scattered about, me in Bloomington, Alex in Michigan, OldOaken in the money somewhere, surely.
The Hoosiers play Iowa in Iowa City today, Carver-Hawkeye Arena having been a veritable house of horrors for the Hoosiers in many a season. But Indiana is as good as Indiana has been in at least 10 years right now. Ken Pomeroy likes IU by nine, 78-69, with a nearly 80 percent chance of victory.
We're not expecting much roster change, beyond the return of Jeremy Hollowell (who we might see in a more natural guard/wing role today, with Hanner Perea and Derek Elston back in the rotation). Starters should be up soon, and tipoff is about half an hour from now. Stay tuned, y'all, and happy new year.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
Watching Minnesota-Michigan State. Two thoughts:
1) Minnesota is actually pretty good, and — dare I say — could be a sleeper Elite Eight/Final Four-type team.
2) Adreian Payne is a frustratingly talented player who makes dumb mistakes sometimes.
We've still got a few minutes left in this Michigan State-Minnesota game, which has been quite the Big Ten premiere. After that, though, we'll be ready to watch IU tip off...from whichever couch we're watching from.
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Starters (I'm about to shock your brain): Hulls, Oladipo, Ferrell, Watford, Zeller. So not really on the mind shock thing.
Story of Payne's life.
If Minnesota-Michigan State runs over (which it will) check ESPNNews or ESPN Classic for the IU game.
Coverage for IU-Iowa begins at 4:04 on ESPNews and ESPN3, according to the crawl on ESPN2.
Good lord. Dakich and Jim Barbar wearing bowties.
Zeller misses his first try near the rim. Still needs to improve finishing in close and through traffic. Then he gets way too hesitant and travels.
Watford hits a three to open the scoring. Frantic pace, as expected. Watford coming up big today would be clutch for the Hoosiers.
Wow. Thought Roy Devyn Marble traveled and double-dribbled there before getting fouled. That's a bailout.
Oladipo decides to take the ball himself in transition instead of dishing to Zeller. Zeller has started off with a couple misses, but Oladipo still should have looked his way. Either way, IU's up 5-2.
Iowa started the game with seven empty possessions, before a questionable Cody Zeller goal tend gives them a basket.
Also, it's funny that Dakich thinks a modern day parallel to Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin is John Mayer/Michael Buble.
Oladipo picks up his second foul with 14:35 to play in the first half. He exits with Ferrell, and Sheehey and Abell come in. IU's up 9-6.
Dakich on Sheehey: "He just comes in and does stuff." Actually, a pretty good description.
One of the best shooting teams in the country has had a lot of open looks…and is missing them. IU opens shooting 4-for-11.
If Indiana's going to go to the zone in conference play, it had better rebound.
Just got home.... way lower score than i was expecting
mkillian247 on twitter..... I say a lot of stuff you wont care about.
That would be due to neither team shooting well at all. They've had chances, but shots aren't falling on either basket.
Indiana seriously lacking composure right now. Have left way, way, way too many points at the rim to win on the road in the Big Ten.
Zeller dunks for his first points of the game (probably shouldn't be his first points), and IU now trails 16-15 with 8:30 left in the half.
Indiana settling down by taking advantage of some bad moves by Iowa. Decision making questionable for the Hawkeyes at the moment.
Problem for Zeller right now is that he still relies too heavily on teammates to bring him into the halfcourt offense.
Great job there by Zeller and Victor.
Wow what a move
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