First of all, apologies for the late recap. I have a bevy of excuses that none of you are interested in hearing.
The game at
It was expected that the Hoosiers might come out a little flat to begin the game, but no one expected it to extend past halftime. It did exactly that however. All the starters had to play significant minutes in a game that should have been over from the whistle. Why do you ask? Defense and rebounding that is why. The Hoosiers never really showed that high pressure grit that they have throughout most of the season. The guards let their men drive right by them, the bigs failed to rotate over to help on several occasions and it felt like everyone forgot to block out.
Ryan Corazza of Inside The Hall pointed out that
Tim Frazier abused the perimeter guards non-stop in this game. He was able to slash seemingly at will and cause so much disruption in the lane that
As for the positives in the game, the glaring one that needs to be covered in the three point shooting, it was absolutely insane. Dick Vitale was right when he said Hulls shooting a three is as automatic as a layup. In fact, after Hulls got a layup shoved back down his throat in this game, I’d venture to say his three point shot is more of a gimme than his layups. In the first half Hulls was 5-5 (not counting the last second heave that he missed) from downtown and it wasn’t of just the catch and shoot variety. Of his 5 first half threes, two were created off his own dribble, one was catch and shoot, one was in transition and the fifth was off a ball screen. He can hit anywhere, anytime and in any manner.
As hot as Hulls was in the first, Roth was in the second. He in turn hit 5-6 from downtown in his rotation into the lineup and was the big reason that Verdell Jones only played 18 minutes. Crean played the hot hands and it finished with a team record in percentage and one shy of the quantity record, 16-24 from three point land. Anyone that tells you
As a whole it was an ugly game but the results worked out. Anytime a team shoots as well as