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Yogi should not see another minute of this game
Ferrell has — contrary to just about every game we've seen this season — looked like a freshman tonight. He's trying to play too fast, making passes when the teammates aren't there, and he looked visibly shaken when heading to the bench. Hulls did what he could to tell him to shake it off, but he looked rattled. In all, IU has an incredible 11 turnovers in 13 minutes of gameplay.
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There's nothing to say beyond the fact that Indiana looks completely rattled by the zone.
It's bad decision after bad decision. Unbelievable.
Now Syracuse is starting to warm up some of its big names from the field. This would certainly be the biggest deficit Indiana has overcome this season.
Hoosiers still down double digits and, I believe, 1-of-6 from the free-throw line.
3-8 watford hit 2
Indiana starting to a) involve Zeller more and b) hit free throws. Problem is the stops aren't coming at the other end. Deficit still 14 late in the first half.
Indiana gets a stop and a Watford corner three. Syracuse lead down to 11 and Boeheim calls a quick timeout. Get the feeling these last 90ish seconds will be crucial to the game.
Offense has been horrid, but defense is the only way they get back in this game
Good little run. Let's get it under 10 by the half.
Big shot from Watford to cut the deficit to 11. Even a better sign that Zeller was able to drive a little bit and kick it out to Watford. Zeller was able to beat the zone down the floor, get behind Syracuse defenders, and get a little room to breathe.
Fair counters with an and-1. Makes the free throw. Lead back to 14. Indiana just can't get both ends right at once.
Turnovers crippled Indiana early, and bad defense kept the Hoosiers from cutting the deficit in the latter stages of the half. IU down 12 at the break, 34-22. That's the lowest point total for the Hoosiers in a single half this season. About the only real positive for the Hoosiers was their protection of the defensive glass. Didn't force enough turnovers or bad shots to make up for their plethora of mistakes (and oh yes, it qualified as a plethora).
There are myriad ways in which Indiana can improve out of that half, but the most basic one is just stringing a few stops and scores together. Also, without better shooting — and probably 3-point shooting in particular — Indiana isn't going to be able to mount a serious comeback.
Hoosiers down 12 at halftime.
One good sign: after falling behind 29-11, IU has outscored 'Cuse 11-5.
I would agree with this wholeheartedly. In fact, I do.
Offensively, probably IU's most frustrating and least productive half of the season. Twelve IU turnovers turned into 14 Syracuse points, and the Orange lead IU, 34-22.
IU has taken just 19 shots compared to Syracuse's 30 shots. IU has shot 37 percent from the floor compared to Syracuse's 47 percent clip. Oladipo has seven points for IU while Zeller has six points and seven rebounds.
Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams leads all scorers with 12 points and has hit twice as many three-pointers (two) as IU has as a team.
Good signs for IU: the Hoosiers closed the half on an 11-5 run, and are outrebounding the Orange, 17-14. Also, remember that Syracuse did blow a big second-half lead (16 points) against Louisville in the Big East Championship. Just something to remember...
Indiana with 12 total first-half turnovers, which has allowed Cuse 11 more shots (30-19).
We can talk about 'Ville coming back from being down this much all we want, but the reality is IU cannot pressure them the way Louisville can. Zone will continue to step on the throat of IU slowly the 2nd half
Indiana forces Christmas' third foul at the first of the second half.
Indiana attacking quick out of the gate. Sheehey starts over Ferrell, which probably shouldn't be surprising.
I take back what I said 3 minutes ago.
Indiana is finally playing without fear of the zone, and it starts on a 5-0 run that forces a Jim Boeheim timeout. 34-27 Cuse.
Single digits!!! Great, energetic start to the half. Good decision to sit Yogi.
IU comes out with a 5-0 run, but more importantly, the aggression is there. The timid offense hasn't been there in these first three possessions for IU. Sheehey on the court to start might be a part of that.
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