IU rolled over its penultimate tomato can of the regular season, but most of the pregame, postgame, and in-game chatter related to the absence of Jeremy Hollowell from the game. Hollowell, who was dressed but didn't play on Wednesday, was in sweats on the bench last night. After the game, Tom Crean read a statement about Hollowell:
Jeremy is dealing with a personal and a private matter that is in no way related to academic behavior or disciplinary issues. He has our full support as we look for a quick resolution. Out of respect for he and his family, we will not discuss it any further.
Following the game on Twitter, BTown Banners tweeted that "a source" had indicated that there is some sort of issue involving the NCAA, and Jake Query of WNDE has reported that there is an issue involving "indirect contact" with an agent. I don't know exactly what that means, except that NCAA rules prohibits contact between athletes and agents via intermediaries as well as directly. The word from those in the know is that this isn't all that big of a deal. Based upon the way such things have turned out recently for IU...panic!
More on this as the story develops, but for now, back to the game. The Hoosiers dominated the first half, and led 55-25 on the strength of 61 percent shooting. Unfortunately, what looked like a certain burrito game was finished with a 7-21 shooting performance in the second half (although IU was 18-19 from the line. It was another strong rebounding performance for the Hoosiers, who rebounded 42 percent of OR opportunities compared to 29 percent for FAU. Individual performances of note:
- Hanner Mosquera-Perea still looks a bit tentative with the ball, but he had 10 rebounds (7/3) in 14 minutes of play.
- Cody Zeller scored 24 points on 6-9 from the field and 12-13 from the line (the latter is very nice to see).
- Victor Oladipo was himself, scoring 16 points on 6-8/3-3 and adding 8 rebounds.