Indiana Hoosiers: Will Christian Watford or Will Sheehey Start?

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 16, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 15: Christian Watford #2 of the Indiana Hoosiers goes for a rebound against Terrance Motley #24 of the Sam Houston State Bearkats during the game at Assembly Hall on November 15, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana. The Hoosiers won 99-45. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Indiana Hoosiers won in an absolute blowout against Sam Houston State, winning by a score of 99-45.  The Hoosiers could do no wrong, shooting over 56 percent from the field.  While Zeller had a relatively quiet night, other players stepped up big.

At the beginning of the game, many fans were surprised to see that Will Sheehey was in the starting lineup.  There was a lot of quiet murmuring around the crowd, realizing that Christian Watford would be coming off of the bench instead of Sheehey.

Watford had struggled the previous two games, shooting only 33 percent.  He was playing sloppily, and turned the ball over four times in the season opener.  Many were concerned that he had lost his touch.

It appeared that Watford got the message after not starting.  Watford had an incredible game, scoring 23 points in only 23 minutes.  He made five of his eight shots, including making all three of his shots behind the arc.  He also made all 10 of his free throws, which now puts him at 20-of-21 from the line for the season.

While Watford finally bounced back, Sheehey was good enough to belong in the starting lineup as well.  He went 6-of-11, and ended with 18 points in the game.  He was also able to grab five rebounds and two assists.  It was his best game of the year, and he looked eager to stay in the starting lineup.

The Hoosiers now have a difficult choice to make.  They will need to decide whether to continue starting Sheehey, or whether to bring back Watford.  

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Watford looks like he got the message, and stepped up big time.  However, Sheehey looked impressive as well, and made the most of his opportunity.

It is very likely that coach Tom Crean was just trying to send Watford a message, so he will most likely be back in the starting lineup in the game against the Georgia Bulldogs on Monday.  However, this has now become a difficult decision for the Hoosiers.

Indiana is very fortunate to have this as one of their bigger problems right now.  At the moment, Elston is the only player injured, and the Hoosiers are dominating their opponents.  If this continues to happen, it doesn't feel like it will matter who starts, as long as they are both playing well.


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