The semifinal game of the Progressive Legends Classic in Brooklyn, New York presented IU’s toughest challenge of the young season. Georgia is a decent team this year but they started the year poorly and many, including myself, felt this game was going to be another blowout. However, the Bulldogs were the better team for about 30 minutes of the game but then fell apart during the last 10. It wasn’t a pretty win but the Hoosiers were able to move on despite playing poorly for the majority of the game.
I don’t believe it was really anything that Georgia did that caused Indiana to play so bad. The Hoosiers had their opportunities but just couldn’t capitalize. I think Georgia’s length and size was something they hadn’t played against but that wasn’t the reason for such a poor performance, especially in the first half. The good thing about this win is Georgia could ultimately be a decent team down the road so at the end of the season, a 13-point win on a neutral court could be a quality win for IU.
Jordan Hulls was the key last night. He did exactly what a senior leader should do. When the game was in jeopardy late in the second half, he took over. His shooting skills were on display for a number of NBA scouts at the Barclays Center last night and Crean expressed after the game he believes Jordy is an NBA guard. I think you are full of it, Coach. Bob Knight probably wished Hulls was his own son.
Cody Zeller was not the Cody Zeller us IU fans have come to expect every game. Sloppy turnovers, missing free throws and getting in foul trouble are three things Cody doesn’t do. He gave us a nice display of all three last night, in front of all those scouts too. He will have another chance tonight to redeem himself in case his stock took a hit last night. Luckily, guys like Victor Oladipo were there to pick him up.
This team can win a lot of those sloppy games just because of the overall team experience they have. Georgia was playing not to lose in that middle part of the second half and the Hoosiers stomped on them when they had the chance. I don’t expect another lackluster performance from the Hoosiers in tonight’s championship game.
Team Grade: B-
On to the next one:
Looking Forward- The Hoosiers are right back at it tonight, facing the Georgetown Hoyas in the championship of the Progressive Legends Classic. The Hoyas upset UCLA last night 78-70 to spoil Shabazz Muhammad’s famed debut. It should be a great match-up for two teams that haven’t played each other since 1979. I hope you get your nap in beforehand because tip-off is at 10:00 p.m. tonight.