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I really need to make it down to Mackey
I'm gonna say this here, where no one will yell at me, because I am wimpy: Purdue fans are really whiny about foul calls. I mean all home fans are, but the first five minutes of this game have set an annoyingly worrisome tone.
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Oladipo on Terone Johnson, by the by.
Ken and I are basically sitting amongst them in the back row here. It's painful.
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That was not a charge. Byrd's second foul might not have been one either though. Abell and Sheehey check in.
You should know this by now!
Purdue is scoring with Indiana at the under-12 timeout, but at a decidedly IU-esque pace. Not sure the Boilers can shoot the ball this well all game, although some of their looks have been relatively clean, perhaps too much so for Indiana at the moment.
16-15 Hoosiers, 11:22 left in the half. Home team has just two turnovers.
Remy Abell makes a nice play on a Hulls miss. He grabs the offensive rebound, then drains a floater from just behind the backboard. Night and day from what we saw of him against Penn State last week, when he literally tripped a couple times.
If we keep them to mid range jumpers and 3pt attempts like the one Byrd made, will be a win. Really happy with the defense thus far
Also, Sheehey with a big dunk on a breakaway. Hollowell had made a nice move and basket the possession before Abell's make. For a team that scored six total bench points in a span of three games, that's a good sign.
There's Indiana's first run, from 16-15 to 27-17 in just more than two minutes. Hoosiers doing it with offensive rebounds, as Purdue isn't getting good positioning when chasing shots down that were taken in transition. Indiana getting stops at the other end, as Purdue's shooting is starting to find level.
27-17, Painter timeout, 9:11 left in the half.
Oladipo always supplies a couple moments per game where he makes you shake your head and say, "wow." We just saw one, where he slipped and still got in front of a Purdue player and stripped him.
Basically, this half is just going to come down to whether or not Indiana makes its open shots. Hoosiers have the capacity to bury Purdue before the break, but if they give the Boilers free points at the line and don't knock down open looks when they make them, then the game will remain close.
Still 27-17 at the under-8 timeout, 7:47 left in the half.
Purdue's Jacob Lawson swats a Remy Abell shot and then stands over Abell as he gets off the ground. Sportsmanship be damned, I like to see that out of a rivalry.
AJ Hammons has three fouls at the under-4 timeout, and IU is up 11. Purdue fans getting excited at the big plays Purdue is making, but the reality is the Boilers don't have the legs or the shot to keep with Indiana if the scoring stays at this pace. Too many unforced errors, too much foul trouble. Big 3:53 coming up for the Hoosiers, who again could really bury this game before the half with another strong run into the locker room.
IU shooting 4-of-13 from three, winning by 11. 36-25 Hoosiers with 3:53 left.
Tis defense has been nothing short of outstanding.
IU fans getting rowdy as the Hoosiers push to 16. Watford three makes it 41-25 IU and Matt Painter takes a timeout. As I said, feet on throats and whatnot.
Exactly what IU was looking for out of the final media timeout. Two straight defensive stops during which Purdue had to take a bad shot as the shot clock wound down. On IU's two offensive possessions in that same span, Abell was fouled (after a defensive rebound) and made both shots, and Watford hit a three. IU's up 16.
Zeller has to know better than that. Way too easy foul there.
Wacky final possession ends with a decent look for the Boilers, but a three goes begging, and Indiana leads 47-27 at the break. Hoosiers won that half in many, many ways, but mostly, they made Purdue play fast and they got to the free-throw line, this team's two primary keys to success. Some stats in a second, but it's 47-27 at the half.
IU leads 47-27 at halftime. Zeller has 13 (7-for-7 from the FT line) and Watford has 11 (3-for-4 from the line). As a team, IU is 16-for-17 from the free-throw line while Purdue is 2-for-4.
Zeller has eight rebounds and IU has outrebounded Purdue 24-16. Since the under-8, IU has outscored Purdue 20-10.
The once-raucous crowd here has become very solemn.
So IU almost doubled Purdue on points per possession in that half: 1.39 to 0.74. I mean, there are other stats (like the nine turnovers, or the 10 offensive rebounds allowed, or the nine defensive rebounds overall, or the fact that IU is up 20 shooting 33 percent from behind the 3-point line), but in the end, the PPP is all you need.
Zeller is out of his funk, with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Watford has 11, including three FTs.
Second half coming.
Ugly first two possessions offensively for Indiana.
Make it three, as the third ends with a Hulls blocked shot and shot-clock violation. Not the start the Hoosiers needed.
Hoosiers look ROUGH in the halfcourt early on.
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