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This Syracuse team relies a lot on the thought of its 2-3 zone, on paralysis by analysis, to steal a cliche, moreso than skill and smarts. Indiana has to keep attacking and exploiting that.
Now we find out if Syracuse has learned from Louisville.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
Zeller has to finish that. Indiana can't waste possessions, and that Triche dunk is precisely why.
TAKE YOGI OUT AGAIN. He is totally lost and playing like a freshman for the first time all season.
Indiana might be costing itself crucial momentum early in the second half with sloppiness. The reality is this has been a problem largely overlooked for the Hoosiers this season, because they've been able to mask it by forcing giveaways and outscoring opponents off said turnovers. But in the last two minutes, they had a brilliant opportunity to cut the lead down to 3-5 points, and it's still nine, with Syracuse about to get the ball.
36-27 Orange at the under-16 timeout.
Had 4 opportunities there. Must convert. Actually think we blew an opportunity to cut it to 5
Turnovers are going to cripple this team.
Indiana getting its opportunities but not coming back with them.
10 minutes of what would probably considered improvement from Indiana, and the deficit is cut by three points. Hoosiers need more.
IU needs more than just Will Sheehey scoring. Seems like IU has returned to that first-half mentality of timid offense, outside of Sheehey.
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This one's starting to get out of reach...IU trails 51-37 with 7:30 left.
Didn't take advantage of the turnovers early in the second half. Now paying for that,
Is it possible for a 7 footer to get blocked more than Cody? Will someone ever teach him to release the ball higher?
Tonight is going to become Exhibit A for Cody Zeller critics who say he's not ready for the NBA. He's finishing has been absolutely abismal inside. He's been the victim of a few well-timed blocks, but overall, he's just not going strong. Looks like Tom Crean is asking for more officiating protection than he's getting, but Indiana had to know this kind of game was coming.
It's not just this game. All season long I've believed he is not ready to be playing against big bodies every night.
Some might not want me to say it, but I think this is the end for this team.
It has been the end for some time
Indiana with its back pressed firmly against the wall with 3:20 left, down 10. Hoosiers are going to need help, and they're going to need to play like world beaters for the next 290 seconds.
Or the next 200 seconds.
Overall, it's been a great season. Disapppointing finish, but great season.
Indiana's season is going to end in the nation's capital. Hoosiers simply haven't been able to put anything together with consistency against the zone, though the defense hasn't been terribly poor. A tough way to watch this group go out.
From an unbiased perspective, but speaking as someone who's covered this whole project through five years, Indiana fans should remember this season this way.
Good season, yes. Last season was a great one. IU will not be a championship contender for another 3 years
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