Indiana Passes First True Test Proving to Be Too Much for Butler

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIINovember 27, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 19:  Cody Zeller#40 of the Indiana Hoosiers watches the game action during the game against the Savannah State Tigers at Assembly Hall on November 19, 2011 in Bloomington, Indiana. Indiana won 94-65.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Tom Crean has something special going on down there in Bloomington.

The Indiana Hoosiers tied their best start in the Tom Crean era at 6-0 with their 75-59 win over in-state rival Butler Bulldogs.

Many believed Butler would be Indiana's first true test this season, with the Hoosiers facing all mid-majors in their first five games. After all, Butler has come off of two-straight National Championship game appearances, and many thought this would be a stiff challenge for the Hoosiers.

In the first half, Butler's pressure was something the Hoosiers haven't seen much of yet this season. Butler held the Hoosiers to only 31 points at half, which was a season low.

The Hoosiers made great adjustments at the half and came out firing on all cylinders.

They scored 44 points in the second half and showed any doubters that this Hoosiers team can play with anyone.

Will Sheehey led the way for the Hoosiers in scoring a team high and career high 21 points on five for eight shooting. Sheehey was 3-for-4 from behind the arc and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe.

This was also the fifth time in six games Sheehey has scored in double figures. What's even more amazing: Sheehey has came off the bench in all six games.

The Hoosiers also got solid play from freshman Cody Zeller. Zeller had 16 points and a team high eight rebounds.

Those two were two of four Hoosiers to score in double figures.

Jordan Hulls contributed 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting, while sophomore Victor Oladipo scored 10 points on 2-for-5 shooting.

There was only three other Hoosiers to score during the game, with starters Christian Watford and Verdell Jones III scoring seven and two points respectively. Matt Roth scored five points off the bench.

Butler held Indiana to a season worst 40 percent shooting from the field, but the Hoosiers capitalized from behind the arc.

Indiana was 8-for-13 from three-point land—61 percent. They also shot 80 percent from the free-throw line in going 29-for-36.

The Hoosiers once again did a great job on the defensive end of the floor. They held the Bulldogs to 38 percent shooting on 21-for-55 from the field. They also forced 19 turnovers on this Butler team that usually plays very disciplined.

Sophomore Chrishawn Hopkins led Butler with 19 points, while fellow sophomore Khyle Marshall chipped in 16 off of the bench.

The Hoosiers have another test on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. They travel to Raleigh, North Carolina and take on the NC State Wolfpack (5-1).