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Good job by Hulls to stay in front of his man there
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Indiana already getting rim looks and drawing fouls on Syracuse.
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Four IU possessions, three trips to the foul line for IU, if I'm counting correctly. IU leads, 3-2.
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Make free throws!
Actually like what IU is doing offensively so far. Syracuse does such a good job getting in those passing lanes though
Mixed returns for Indiana at the under-16 timeout against the zone. Hoosiers sloppy with the ball though, and Cuse is taking advantage. Hoosiers have to play a disciplined game tonight. Zone will spread out their transition defense.
At the first media timeout, IU trails Syracuse 4-3.
IU has already shot six free throws, but has missed three of them. Technically, Oladipo has missed three (he's 1-for-4), while Watford made both of his attempts.
Gotta make open shots against the zone. If you don't, won't matter how well you play.
This isnt looking good
Timeout Indiana. Hoosiers haven't hit from the field, and Syracuse is, now leading 11-3.
IU not making a ton of smart plays on the offensive end. Ferrell tried to push the ball way too quickly and got his pocket picked. Then he passed the ball off to Sheehey instead of taking what looked to be a fairly open shot. Sheehey's miss caromed right back to where he was standing when he shot it. The problem was that he wasn't there; he was already moving back on defense.
One way or another, shots have started to fall for Syracuse and the Orange are on a 9-0 run and lead IU 11-3.
Yogi needs to learn this game isn't a sprint down the court
Coming out of the timeout, Sheehey and Abell are immediately and aggressively cutting to the basket. It leads to a Sheehey offensive board and eventually, to an Abell layup.
For better or worse, players need to start recognizing that a lowered shoulder is often a charge. Not right, but reality right now.
Syracuse making it incredibly hard to get the ball to Zeller. He has hardly touched the ball, and on that last possession, the other four Hoosiers on the court were clearly trying to get the ball to him. The problem was, he just wasn't open. That zone seems to be eating him alive. He has really only gotten the ball when he's 8-10 feet from the basket.
What the hell is going on here?
Can't say I am surprised by this. Thankfully Syracuse hasn't done much on their end either.
This has been a concern for awhile, Indiana's shooting, which slackened at the end of the regular season. Hoosiers need some open jumpers (which they're getting) to loosen up the zone around the rim (or vice-versa, whichever works), but if you're not hitting shots, the zone could disappear and it wouldn't matter.
11-5 Syracuse at the under-12 timeout. Indiana 1-of-6 from the field and, I believe, 1-of-4 from the free-throw line.
IU's shooting 17 percent from the floor (1-for-6). IU has only managed two shots inside the arc, and Zeller has hardly touched the ball. It just seems like the Hoosiers can't work the ball inside.
Syracuse has taken twice as many shots as IU, largely because IU has turned the ball over seven times.
Oladipo awfully sloppy with the ball early. Indiana in general as well.
Two more Oladipo turnovers since I wrote that. Well 1 1/2 sort of.
Beyond protecting the defensive glass, Indiana is doing almost nothing well right now. Oladipo and Ferrell are, in tandem, playing their worst games in a month. Maybe more.
What is with Yogi? Hasn't he played against a zone before?
How many of the turnovers are Yogi's?
A lot of the small things he does poorly — leaving the ground when he passes, overpowering passes, etc. — are further exposed by long arms in a smart zone.
Indiana is not doing well at all. Down 20-9 at the under-8 timeout. Rebounding the only thing keeping the Hoosiers in this game.
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