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Indiana - Ohio State

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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:22 PM

Indiana - Ohio State 


Tough challenge today for the Hoosiers, on the road against a quality team.  Key match-ups are pretty clear:  Yogi vs. Craft and Oladipo vs. Thomas will be major--unless we use Watford on Thomas.  OSU should have no good answer for Cody, but Amir Williams is a bit of a wildcard and could be a factor if he brings energy on the defensive end. 

Last year, Lenzelle Smith lit us up from deep, need to keep a finger in his nose.  Thompson is uber athletic and Ross can fill it up from deep if left open.  Hulls will have his hands full.

Matta has been going at least 8-deep this year, so we likely won't be able to wear them out.  We'll need to hit some shots, get to the line, and take care of the ball.  The team with the fewest turnovers will have the edge, IMO.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 12:34 PM

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Hello IUB, Just wondering about your thoughts  on todays game? Winner? Score? I decided not to pick either because I usually lose, I am not watching todays game or listening, Got ceiling joists to hang so I can get ready to do some wireing, So you got it all on your shoulders to pull out a win, I am sure you can do it, Good Luck.

Hoosier Forever,
GO IU and beat down them Buckeyes
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:06 PM

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I'm not big on predictions, John.  Just say I can see us winning any game we play this year.  Nothing is easy in the B1G, and even tOSU should be able to fill their barn for a big one like this on a major network.  Being showcased on national TV could help us with the home cookin'.  It'll be a battle.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:15 PM

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Trading some punches early, 9-4 Hoosiers at the under 16:00. Refs are blowing the quick whistle, Amir Williams picked up two quick ones and will likely sit the rest of the half. Zeller and Oladipo have one each, need to watch the contact. We're up in the turnover category, 1 to 2. Good start for the Beloved.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:24 PM

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OSU picked up the defensive intensity and now have closed it to 11-10 at the under 12:00. We had some decent looks, however, but missed four threes in that segment (three by Hulls). Had a chance to put a hurt on them early, and now it's back to a game after we had an 11-4 lead.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:32 PM

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More misses from 3-point land by Hulls, Sheehey, and Abell, and we're 2-10 from deep. Worked the ball inside to Zeller for a score and Oladipo picked up some garbage, stopping the bleeding. 18-18 at the under 8:00.

Sam Thompson's missed dunk may come back to haunt the Buckeyes before this one is over, shaping up to be a barn burner and every point and every missed opportunity will be big.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 1:43 PM

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Only one attempt from 3-point land in that 4 minute segment, and Watford connected. Ravenel now sitting with two fouls, down to their third-string center McDonald. Two fouls on Yogi are our only trouble spot, as Coach is subbing Cody out to prevent him from picking up his second. Zebras are calling it close, very close.

Hollowell saw the floor, and Elston has gotten in a couple of times. We should be strong down the stretch. Hollowell did not impress, missing the front end of a 1-and-1, then got beat for a lay-up on the other end. Up 29-23 at the under 4:00, but Craft will be on the line when play resumes.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 2:03 PM

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Hoosiers rising to the challenge, up 41-33 at the half. Two fouls now on Williams, Craft, Ravenel, and Scott. Yogi with two for us, but we'll take that. Coach was very protective of Cody, subbing him in and out for offense-defense wherever possible to keep him from picking up his second.

Winning the turnover battle 4-6, but pretty good ball handling by both teams. We've improved to 50% from the field, focused on taking it to the hole in the last eight minutes. Zeller is more assertive offensively, smelling some blood in the water with OSU's bigs hampered with fouls.

A couple of spectacular plays by Victor punctuated our run. OSU missed a showboating alley-oop and were fortunate to retain possession when the ball went off Watford, but Vic finished his and a monster dunk to provide much of the margin at the break. Could have had at least four more if we hadn't tried to feed a cutter with a bounce pass in the paint.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 2:05 PM

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IUebermensch wrote: OSU picked up the defensive intensity and now have closed it to 11-10 at the under 12:00. We had some decent looks, however, but missed four threes in that segment (three by Hulls). Had a chance to put a hurt on them early, and now it's back to a game after we had an 11-4 lead.
Because, as usual, Crean started subbing when he didn't need to yet. OSU went on that run because all the starters but Hulls were on the bench. Why? Nobody was in foul trouble, nobody should have been tired yet, and we did have them on the ropes. Again,  I go crazy thinking about Crean's sub patterns. They make no rhyme or reason. And, as in this case, they often cause us to lose momentum. Just hope that it does pay off down the stretch, and that we finish this one off.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 2:22 PM

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Stretched the lead one size to 9 at the under 16:00, after a flurry by OSU had cut it to 4, now 48-39. Fouls are becoming a big part of the story, as Williams picked up his third in the first half-minute and Craft picked up his third shortly after. Yogi also has three, but we'll still take that trade.

No scoring from our bench yet, but the turnovers are now at 5-9 in our favor. Lenzelle Smith has been sub-par. Seem to remember him lighting us up for 30+ in this barn last year.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 2:31 PM

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Still building the lead, now at 13 at the under 12:00. Sheehey finally hit a three, and followed with a mid-range jumper that is really his forte. Cody picked up his second foul, but he is too smart to get in serious trouble. Would not be surprised to see Elston come for him after this break.

OSU has another gear on defense that they have only shown on a few IU possessions this game. If they find that consistently, they can get back into it, but we're working the ball well and they have to be careful of the whistles. 57-44 IU with 10:43 to go.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 2:36 PM

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For all the squawking the OSU crowd is doing about the fouls, they have shot 18 free throws to our 9 for the game. I know they can't be happy about being down 16 with 9:24 to go, but they're simply getting outplayed.

Come on, Hoosiers, close this one out!
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Posted: 2/10/2013 2:41 PM

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Well, OSU did find that next gear on defense after the timeout by Matta at 9:24. Craft has switched to Oladipo, we need to try and exploit that. We don't have to be in a hurry, but we can't let the shot clock expire without a shot either, Yogi.

62-50 IU at the under 8:00. Put the hammer down.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 2:51 PM

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Big three by Craft cut our lead to 11 just before the under 4:00. That may postpone the necessity to put us on the line for a possession or two. A score here would be big.

69-58 with 3:26 to go.

Whoa, was that foul on Craft guarding Yogi?  If so, it's his fourth.  Go at him.  Please.  Oh, and keep an eye (and a body) on Deshaun Thomas, too.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 2:59 PM

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Thought we had them put away, but four quick points by Aaron Craft are keeping things interesting. Need to get the "good hands and free-throw" team in there and salt this one away.

72-62 with 1:24 to go. Hit your throws and we go home happy.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 3:03 PM

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Pretty stunning the way Indiana handled OSU with such relative ease on the road.

If MSU beats Michigan at home on Tuesday night, we may be just about down to a two team race.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 3:11 PM

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Watford and Oladipo really love the big stage. Cody just plays his game, but you have to believe that the message about him being more aggressive with the ball was delivered in the past few days.

I think we were helped greatly by the fact that this was a CBS national game, and the refs were in the spotlight as much as the teams. I heard Aaron Craft say in an interview about his defensive prowess "I foul on every play". Today, that got noticed.

A 13-point win on the road in the B1G against a top 10 team is a statement win. We may just hold on to the #1 ranking, for what it's worth.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 3:30 PM

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JakeGrafton wrote: Pretty stunning the way Indiana handled OSU with such relative ease on the road.

If MSU beats Michigan at home on Tuesday night, we may be just about down to a two team race.
I think the two early fouls on Amir Williams were big.  Indiana gets ripped for soft interior defense, but we also don't get our bigs in foul trouble much, either.  Imagine the difference if Zeller had picked up two fouls early, and then a third in the first minute into the second half.

We also took better care of the ball.  Only 8 turnovers.  OSU will point to the final foul totals, but we didn't overtake their free throw attempts until late when they had to foul.

MSU has more size and depth in the post.  Unless they have health issues, the road to the B1G regular season championship will run through East Lansing.

Link to the ESPN stats here.  Heavy minutes for our big six: 

http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=3304 10194
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Posted: 2/10/2013 4:37 PM

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I agree 100%.  Assuming MSU holds serve on Tuesday night against UM, this is a two horse race.  Should be fun.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 4:57 PM

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Nice call of what turned out to be very positive win for the Hoosiers, Now that makes the loss at the whiners looks huge but I hope that we get another crack at them, Will just give our players more fodder to put on the fire. You called a great game IUB Thanks.

Hoosier Forever,

GO IU
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