Game two of the Progressive Legends Classic turned out to be one of total domination by the Hoosiers. IU came out with a different energy last night and were firing on all cylinders. Every stat you look at in this game, you just say wow.
The Hoosiers displayed another fantastic show of unselfishness, assisting on 24 of their 30 field goal attempts. I know it was just Sam Houston State, but this was by far the best performance of the very young season.
The night belonged to Jordan Hulls. Becoming a 1,000-point scorer is a huge accomplishment, especially for a Bloomington native. Not only was he cashing in triples with ease, but he had a couple nasty no-look dimes to Cody Zeller and Christian Watford.
Watford himself had an excellent game as well. Christian has been the definition of inconsistent throughout his whole college career. Watford’s starting spot got taken by Sheehey but you couldn’t have noticed by the way he played.
I did notice Crean elected to try the zone out on defense for extended periods of time in the second half last night. We have seen the zone in every game so I don’t think there is any question that the zone is a weapon IU can use against “real” competition down the road.
There really is not much to say after a game of great execution like we witnessed last night. It was a special night because of the honoring of the 1953 national championship team. We might have saw two championship teams on the floor yesterday.
Team Grade: A+
On to the next one:
Sam Houston State
Looking Forward- IU heads to New York to play the semifinal game of the Progressive Legends Classic against Georgia in the spiffy new Barclays Center. The Bulldogs are having a rough start to their season (1-2) with back-to-back losses to Youngstown State and Southern Mississippi. The biggest story of the game will be that Bob Knight is scheduled to call the game on ESPNU. This is what they call “Can’t Miss TV” if you are a Hoosiers fan.