Indiana Basketball: Report Card for Hoosiers at the 2012 Legends Classic
On Monday and Tuesday, the Hoosiers (5-0) won their two Progressive Legends Classic games against Georgia and Georgetown.
Although both were wins, each game was won differently.
On Monday against Georgia, IU wasn't shooting very well and got into early foul trouble. Despite these problems, the Hoosiers still came out on top, 66-53.
On Tuesday, Indiana played better offensively, but Georgetown played just as well with many points coming from Otto Porter and Markel Starks. During overtime, IU ultimately proved that they were the better team, winning 82-72.
The Hoosiers were not perfect this week, but at least this gave them experience in tough game situations that they can use for the rest of the year.
Here are my report card grades for the Hoosiers at the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic.
The Hoosiers had their highlights and their lowlights against Georgia and Georgetown in the Progressive Legends Classic.
IU averaged 74 points in these two games, with a season low of 66 points against Georgia because of poor shooting from the field in the first half.
But then IU showed why they are the top team with how they finished the game against Georgetown in overtime.
In the Hoyas game last night, all five of IU's starters scored double digits in the game. The Hoosiers were 10 for 17 (59 percent) from the three-point line.
Also, Indiana got to the free-throw line a lot and hit 26 of 36 (72 percent) free throws.
In the first game, IU looked stagnant in the first half and was having problems shooting from the field.
Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey played a total of 82 minutes (27 minutes per player) in the game and only scored a combined 12 points against Georgia.
Still, the Hoosiers got it done against UGA because of their depth, and players like Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo stepped up.
Like its offense, IU's defense was different in the Georgia and Georgetown games.
Against Georgia, the Hoosiers played mostly man-to-man defense, which is what they have been using all season long.
UGA finished the game shooting 34 percent from the field.
IU recorded 17 fouls and no blocks in the game.
The main positive that can be taken from that game is that they held Georgia to under 55 points.
Against Georgetown, the Hoosiers played more two-three zone defense because they were undersized in the game.
Four out of five of Georgetown's starters are 6'8'' or taller, which is something IU has not seen this year and might not see for the rest of the year.
Even with the IU zone defense looking good at times, Georgetown was still able to make shots.
Also, IU could have closed out the game a lot better. The Hoosiers allowed eight points in the final 1:06, which took the game to overtime.
Cody Zeller: B+
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Cody Zeller was coming off an illness last week and that might be why he struggled against Georgia in the first game.
Also, two early fouls in the first half made IU coach Tom Crean take him out of the game.
Zeller finished the game with six points and two steals.
He was also having trouble because Georgia's defense would double-team him almost every time he got the ball.
His Georgetown performance was much better.
Zeller finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and two beautiful assists to Will Sheehey.
Zeller was able to get inside, make moves and either score points in the paint or get fouled.
Nine of Zeller's 17 points came from the charity stripe.
Jordan Hulls: A
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Jordan Hulls looked like the best Hoosier many times during the two games at the Progressive Legends Classic.
He was able to shoot from the outside, drive into the lane and make easy buckets, as well as assist his teammates, and that's why he won tournament MVP.
In the Georgia game, IU shot five of 16 from the three-point line (31 percent), but Hulls was the main spotlight from outside, nailing four of his six three-pointers.
Some of his three's in the game were from NBA range on the Barclays Center court.
His Georgetown performance was also another very solid outing for him.
Hulls totaled 17 points (tied for the team high with Zeller), hit three of his six three-pointers and made some crucial buckets down the stretch and in overtime.
Christian Watford: B
Christian Watford looked alright over the two games at the Barclays Center, but could've played better.
He has a total of 24 points in the two games and collected 13 boards.
The main positive is that he shot four for seven from the three-point line, which has been the go-to shot of his career.
He made two back-to-back three-pointers against Georgetown in the middle of the first half, which was crucial for keeping the Hoosiers in the game.
Although he had 24 points through these two games, it looked like a quiet 24 points.
Victor Oladipo: B
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Victor Oladipo brought two things for the Hoosiers in these two games: energy and scoring.
First off, you saw the energy he brought on the court when IU's offense looked stagnant against Georgia. He dunked a few times when the Bulldogs gave him the lane. He finished the game with 15 points and eight rebounds (both were team highs in the game).
Next, he scored 12 points against Georgetown using his body to get inside and finish. Most of his buckets were inside, but he did make a three in the game. He also had one steal and one assist.
Expect to see Oladipo bringing energy on offense and defense and demonstrating his outstanding ability to dunk the ball.
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell: B+
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell is consistently not looking like a freshman because of his ability to facilitate the offense as the point guard.
In the first game, Ferrell only scored four points (one of four from the field) and recorded five assists. He could've played better, but the team as a whole could have played better as well.
Ferrell's Georgetown performance was a lot better than that of the night before. He was third on the team with 14 points (Zeller and Hulls each had 17 points) and had four assists. Yogi also had one steal, one rebound and no fouls in the game.
I have to point out that he was guarding Otto Porter when Porter took the ball to the hoop, scored the lay-in and tied up the game toward the end of regulation. It's tough when you are a 5'11'' guard going against a 6'8'' forward, but IU needed a stop there to end the game. Ferrell has already shown glimpses of a good defensive ability, but needs to get better against taller players because he is going to guard those types of players in Big Ten conference play.
Certain players on the bench did make good plays, but a lot of players also had weak performances.
Remy Abell: Abell was the best player off the bench. He had a total of 14 points and five rebounds in the two games. He was perfect from the field against Georgia (two for two from the field and four for four with free-throws). Also, Abell was perfect from three-point range (two for two) in the Georgetown game.
Will Sheehey: Sheehey looked good against Georgetown and bad against Georgia. He recorded six points against Georgetown and two points versus Georgia. Two out of three of his Georgetown buckets came off great passes from Zeller to lead to easy buckets.
Jeremy Hollowell: Hollowell was making freshman mistakes in these two games. He had seven turnovers and six fouls. Hollowell had three points and eight rebounds in the two games.
Maurice Creek: Creek only played nine minutes, but recorded zero points and three rebounds. It sure looks like Creek is still bothered by his past injuries, but we shall see if he can get back to where he used to be.
IU Coach Tom Crean: B
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IU coach Tom Crean did a very good job this weekend in the Georgetown game. He made the necessary subs when needed and used his bench to his advantage.
You can't blame Crean for how the team played against Georgia, but he needs to get more on them for how they were shooting.
Also, some of the referees calls were bad, but Crean needs to explain to his players that they were very close calls. The Hoosiers were very aggressive defensively in the game, which was good, but the refs called a total of 17 fouls in the game.
IU only used four players off the bench, which will expand once Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin come back off their nine-game suspensions. It will certainly help the team, since they looked undersized when Hulls and Ferrell were guarding some of the taller Georgetown players.
Overall, Crean's got to be happy with how the team responded to their poor first half performance against Georgia and how well the starters stepped up in overtime against Georgia.