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We'll be here all night, like usual. Again, Mo Creek out indefinitely with a foot injury, Derek Elston doubtful, Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin available, so far as we know.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
Elston moving around well in warm-ups, but he was on Saturday too. Etherington and Creek in sweats watching on for warm-ups.
Starters are the usual five: Hulls, Watford, Zeller, OIadipo, Ferrell. No surprises there.
Guess who gets to watch some of the game tonight
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And before tonight's game, those of us watching at home just watched the replay of last year's IU-Kentucky game.
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Mount Saint Mary's has a starting guard named Rashad Whack. He is now my favorite.
Indiana wins the tip. Zeller misses a layup but MSM loses it out of bounds.
And after trading turnovers, Zeller scores the game's first two points on a dunk.
Crean already yelling "We're not settling," referring to settling for jump shots. Ferrell brought that out of him.
We saw Ferrell shoot a little more than usual against Butler and he gets started with an early shot tonight, too. He was open, but just missed it. We still haven't seen Ferrell shoot too well from the field.
MSM not looking very well put-together on offense. They've taken some bad shots early and missed the only easy shot they had. 7-0 IU.
Haven't seen the Mountaineers' press yet. They have yet to make a shot.
Free throws bring it. Yogi breaks it for an easy Oladipo layup.
IU up 9-2 at the under-16 timeout. It does not feel nearly so close. Hoosiers having their way with Mount Saint Mary's on offense and defense, the Mountaineers' only points coming after a questionable foul call got them two free throws. That's the only time they've been able to press, and Yogi Ferrell broke it to give Victor Oladipo an easy layup immediately.
We're seeing why Oladipo leads the team in shooting percentage. He's taken two shots from right under the basket and made both. As Zach pointed out, they don't want to settle for jumpers, and that's exactly what Oladipo is doing.
Perea checks in for Zeller and promptly misses a layup.
Sheehey doing what he does best, coming in and immediately finding the rim, this way via a quick backdoor cut. Hulls finds him and the IU lead is up 11-7 with 13:25 to play.
Hulls commits his second foul, on a Whack 3-pointer (sorry, I just had to). Can't tell you without replay if that was a good call or not, but Hulls now has two, and Abell checks in. Also Indiana has lost its early crispness. 11-10 lead that was once 9-2.
Watford hits a three, and on the next possession, when Perea misses another shot, Watford fearlessly rushes the basket. Though he didn't get the ball, he deflected it toward Abell, who scored. Watford showing that fire that helped him rebound well earlier in the season that we didn't see much against Butler.
Crean is not happy with Ted Valentine, who is ... being Ted Valentine. Anyway, IU has four seconds to shoot at the under-12 timeout up 16-12. This game is as non-descript as a game can be.
I find this hard to believe
Critics gonna ... critique?
Well I will call that a lucky shot
Elston loudly applauded as he enters the game.
Indiana on a nice little mini-run that MSM wants to break up with a timeout, after Abell finds Sheehey for an easy dunk against some poor transition defense.
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