What a great game this turned out to be. Georgetown showed against UCLA they were good but last night they proved they can play with anyone in the country. Everyone on the Hoyas can make plays. I came away very impressed by them as they gave the Hoosiers everything they could handle.
I was pretty happy with the way IU played but it still wasn’t enough to really separate themselves from the Hoyas. Both teams shot the three extremely well. I thought the difference in the game was Indiana’s ability to get to the free throw line and convert (IU shot 26-36; GTWN shot 9-10). The Hoosiers have largely out-shot their opponents in terms of free throws this year and it will continue to be a key reason this team will win so many games.
Although the Hoosiers did blow a seven point lead with a minute and some change left, you have to give credit to Georgetown, specifically Otto Porter, for making some ridiculously tough clutch shots to send it to overtime. I don’t think this game was a testament to say IU doesn’t deserve to be #1 but that Georgetown was vastly underrated in the polls.
After these last two games, it has been evident to me that Zeller needs to demand the ball more. I know that’s not the type of player he is but he is just too skilled and talented to not want the ball in his hands all the time. He has been going through some sickness for the past week or so, so maybe after some off time he can be back to 100% for the next game.
Jeremy Hollowell is still not ready for big time games. The last two games he has looked horrid. I still think he will be a crucial player this year but these games have showed he just wasn’t ready to handle that big of stage yet.
The last thing I can conclude about this game is, Jordan Hulls is a different player this year. He has shown the improvement to be able to take over games and not be rattled by a defender’s size or speed. I know it’s still early in the season but Jordy has won my confidence over for him to be on the floor as much as possible.
Team Grade: A-
On to the next one:
Looking Forward- The Hoosiers get a little bit of time off before coming back home to face in-state foe Ball State on Sunday. The Cardinals just got handled by Indiana State 64-48 yesterday. I don’t expect this to be much of a game.