HD Video: Abell, Zeller discuss Indiana’s 105-103 win

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The first of the two annual All-Star games between Indiana and Kentucky came down to the final 15.7 seconds.

And in the game’s final play, it was Indianapolis Pike’s Marquis Teague, who is headed to Kentucky, isolated against Louisville Eastern’s Remy Abell, who will play at Indiana.

Give round one to Indiana.

Teague milked the clock all the way down under three seconds and as Abell backed off slightly in anticipation of the drive, the Kentucky-bound point guard elevated and knocked down a game-winner from just inside the 3-point line.

The shot lifted Indiana to a 105-103 victory in front of a sellout crowd at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

“Teague hit a big shot,” Abell said. “Big players make big shots. I gave him the jump shot most of the time the whole game, because he just wanted to drive, but he took another jump shot. I contested it the best I could.”

Indiana has won 22 of the last 25 games in the series.

With Mr. Basketball Cody Zeller saddled with foul trouble for most of the game, Indiana turned to Andrew Smeathers, Teague, Branden Dawson and Nic Moore for much of the night.

Smeathers, a Butler signee, finished with a game-high 21 points in 18 minutes.

His 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining gave Indiana a 103-100 lead, but Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey answered a 3-pointer of his own with 17 seconds left.

Indiana elected not to call a timeout and Teague delivered the game-winner in the final seconds.

“I just wanted to come down and make a play, whatever he gave me,” Teague said. “He gave me the pull-up, so I just shot it and knocked it down.”

Final numbers for Indiana signees:

– Zeller: 9 points (4-of-7 FG, 1-of-2 FT), 9 rebounds, one block, one turnover, four fouls in 20 minutes
– Abell: 12 points (2-of-10 FG, 7-of-8 FT), one rebounds, two steals, one assist, four turnovers in 28 minutes
– Austin Etherington:1 point (0-for-2 FG, 1-of-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, one turnover, three fouls in nine minutes

A complete box score is available here.

  • Luke72

    Abell could be an important add depending on how Mo progresses. Slashing to the basket has been missing from our line up with the exception of VJIII when he’s on. The lack of free throws last year hurt alot! The cure is more slashers!!

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    I would’ve taken some weird sense of satisfaction if Abell had blocked Teague’s shot and taken it to the other end for the win.

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    I would’ve taken some weird sense of satisfaction if Abell had blocked Teague’s shot and taken it to the other end for the win.

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering if I was the only one who was less than excited that Teague was the major contributor to this victory.  I’m also not impressed with a two-point victory; they should destroy this team.

  • Anonymous

    Cody only played 20 minutes though.  Anticipating a double digit victory next game assuming he stays out of foul trouble.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andyjellison Andy Jellison

    the “give round one to Indiana” comment kinda confused me.  I was thinking Remy did something for the win!  lol.  I agree with IUfan below when he said he would have taken satisfaction with Remy stopping Teague.  

  • GFDave

    Even with the fouls Zeller was productive. It’ll be great to see him get to Bloomington. 

  • GFDave

    Even with the fouls Zeller was productive. It’ll be great to see him get to Bloomington. 

  • Anonymous

    I think the ( want 2b ) stars of this game was the refs…all most 60 fouls called in an all-star game…no flow to this game at all…sad 2 watch

  • Anonymous

    I think the ( want 2b ) stars of this game was the refs…all most 60 fouls called in an all-star game…no flow to this game at all…sad 2 watch

  • Anonymous

    I think the ( want 2b ) stars of this game was the refs…all most 60 fouls called in an all-star game…no flow to this game at all…sad 2 watch

  • MillaRed

    Etherington’s production over the last few weeks is concerning.

  • Engomar51

    I was at the game and can tell you firsthand that Teague hurt the team more than he helped. To say he won the game is misleading at best considering the team played much better with any combo of Davis Whitehead or Moore.Very selfish and really bad attitude. Ky can have him.

  • Recker222000

     Etherington is not going to see the floor much imo. He would have to beat out like six other guards to see any minutes.

  • Recker222000

     Etherington is not going to see the floor much imo. He would have to beat out like six other guards to see any minutes.

  • stonaroni

    He was better a year ago.  I have been a big supporter of him, but from what I have seen and know from this season, he has been a disappointment.

    A year ago one could make a case that he would be in the 8 man rotation because of his shooting and size.  Now he will be lucky to play infront of Roth or Moore if at all.

    CTC needs to straighten him out and get him refocused.  He looked bad in the SR-JR All Star game, shot poorly at the Derby Festival and then drops a 1 point line last night.  I do not care if he played 9 minutes or not.  He had 3 fouls so it wasn’t all foul trouble, the coach was holding him out for a reason.  I am guessing continuous poor play.

    He could be a huge asset if he can get his stroke back and be aggressive on the floor.

  • stonaroni

    But, if that was VJIII with 12 points, 2-10 shooting and 4 TO’s the IU nation on this site would have gone nuts.

    He is going to bring the same type of game VJIII brings minus the deadly pull up J.  I think a lot of fans here do not appreciate VJIII enough.

    And before I get blasted 100 times for VJIII dribbling aimlessley at the top of the key…..VJIII runs the offense that CTC designs, calls and demands.

  • Kelin Blab

    Watched most of the game online and going tonight….

    + Remy stayed in front of Teague well and played solid d.
    + Remy can get to the basket that is for sure. Does alot with minimal bounce but a good burst. Nice size for a guard.
    + After teague scored that bucket you could see Remy was really pissed about and a teammate was trying to get him over it during the timeout. The kid cares.
    + Cody is a monster and a game changer
    + Austin was MIA. Hope he bounces back tonight.

  • Andrew

    Blah blah blah.  Yes I’m sure CTC’s vision of the offense is of Verdell with his head down, pounding the deck.  No reason to get into the “he can only play the players he has” argument for the bazillionth time.  It’s all about context: 12 points and 4 turnovers is a little different when you have the ability to harass the other team’s top guard into 7 turnovers and 20 shots to get 18 points, no?  I’m sure you’d admit VJ’s defense is a little, uh, suspect, would you not?  I like Verdell too, I agree with some of what you’re saying, but the undeniable fact is that IU fans would be a lot more tolerant of him if he wasn’t one of the worst defensive guards that anyone can remember.

  • Southport 65

    It is way too early to get down on any of the IU future players. All star games are no way to judge them. AE will be fine in an IU uniform. He, many times, in these all star games is playing out of position. He is taller than most of our wings and will prove a good shooter. At this point to say that D Moore or Roth are better is crazy. AE can guard big wings they can’t. Time will tell but I remember many saying that WS and VO would not be much help last year. This kid eats,breaths,and is IU thru and thru and if he just rides the bench he will be a huge help. He was very helpful in getting some of these kids to come to IU and I for one think he deserves some respect. He has not logged one minute in our uniforms and already some of you want to throw him under the bus. Shame on you!

  • mrhoosierboy

    I sure would like to have A. Smeathers…Smeathers is like a skinnier G Hayward….There was so much talent on the floor…We all know about IN team but KY has some talent… AnthonyHickey…Ryan Taylor…George Fant…Kameron Woods all played well and it look like KY played harder… B Dawson impressed me the most…He plays hard and rebounds real good..He stepped up with Cody in foul trouble…Weak fouls called on Cody BTW

  • mrhoosierboy

    I sure would like to have A. Smeathers…Smeathers is like a skinnier G Hayward….There was so much talent on the floor…We all know about IN team but KY has some talent… AnthonyHickey…Ryan Taylor…George Fant…Kameron Woods all played well and it look like KY played harder… B Dawson impressed me the most…He plays hard and rebounds real good..He stepped up with Cody in foul trouble…Weak fouls called on Cody BTW

  • InTheMtns

    I think you are right that All Star games aren’t the way to judge a player, especially one who is likely to be a role player in college. On one hand, you’d expect AE to be better in these games because he is surrounded by better talent, but then again, maybe he is type of player who needs more continuity than an temporary team of all stars provides. He has rebounded well and played decent defense; but it is a bit concerning that he has been 4-for-14 shooting, when shooting is supposed to be his strength. CTC has an eye for talent, though, so I think we can assume that AE has what it takes. He may need some time and some coaching and we might just have to be patient. I agree that it is way too early to get down on any of the future IU players. If we’re finding ourselves disappointed in their performances right now, maybe we should look at ourselves first for having put them on such a high pedestal in the first place.

  • InTheMtns

    I think you are right that All Star games aren’t the way to judge a player, especially one who is likely to be a role player in college. On one hand, you’d expect AE to be better in these games because he is surrounded by better talent, but then again, maybe he is type of player who needs more continuity than an temporary team of all stars provides. He has rebounded well and played decent defense; but it is a bit concerning that he has been 4-for-14 shooting, when shooting is supposed to be his strength. CTC has an eye for talent, though, so I think we can assume that AE has what it takes. He may need some time and some coaching and we might just have to be patient. I agree that it is way too early to get down on any of the future IU players. If we’re finding ourselves disappointed in their performances right now, maybe we should look at ourselves first for having put them on such a high pedestal in the first place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andyjellison Andy Jellison

    he will be lucky to play infront of Roth or Moore?  c’mon!  that is just insane. If he can’t get minutes from a walk on and a guy who had one great shooting game in nearly three years, why is he coming on at all?

    I doubt it’s nearly as bad as you are saying.  something to keep in mind…all those things you are talking about are exhibitions and/or all star games.  give him the summer and then judge him if you want to.

  • Anonymous

    I think Etherington’s best move right now is to work his butt off on improving on the defensive side of the ball.  He’ll generate offense while he is on the court because of his defense.

  • SeattleHoosier

    I’d add that you’d expect these high school kids to be “streaky”.  Consistency comes with time and AE still has the potential to pull it out.  IT’s WAY TOO EARLY to project his playing time and contribution imo.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    As someone who’s coached baseball and basketball for years at various levels . . . YOU HAVE TO HAVE ATHLETIC ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY RUN ANY SYSTEM!!!

    I’m kind of tired of hearing the “he just runs CTC’s system” excuse!  I watched a ton of Marquette games over the years (especially when Dominick James was there) and the system isn’t the problem.  James and other Marquette guards constantly broke down defenders and got to the basket and into the lane. 

    The problem with the system right now is we don’t have a single guard on the team that could consistently dribble around me!  I’ve questioned many other things (as is my nature) about CTC’s substitution patterns, terrible inbound play calling, and more) but I refuse to believe that a guy would have gotten past coaching 6th grade ball if his system was designed to have a PG beat the ball into the court until there was five seconds left on the shot clock then drive with his head down and force a shot or turn it over!

    I can promise you that it’s not designed like that and we just don’t have the horses to run it right now.  If you want to argue that CTC should have changed systems to fit his players until he got the players he needed then I’ll back that argument all day!  I’m not sold on the “we’re gonna run it so we know it” theory because those guys will be gone or benched when we do have the players to run it, but I KNOW that the reason the offense didn’t work the past couple seasons was because we didn’t have the right players to fit the system. 

    Stop blindly defending VJ3 before the season even starts.  I hope he is used in an appropriate role because Remy or someone else can run the system the right way but it is obvious that VJ doesn’t have the skills to play the point in college in pretty much any system!

    So, in summary, if you want to argue that VJ has been improperly used, or the system should have been ditched until we got the right players, then okay.  But if you want to argue the system is designed to look like VJ runs it, then keep the argument to yourself because you’re nuts!

    Still love ya though Stoni!  You’re a diehard IU fan and we can agree to disagree as long as that’s the case!

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    Agreed; his line in the recent box scores have left me puzzled.  I’m still hoping we can get 5-10 minutes a game from AE — some good D and a pair of 3s.

    The kid has a good attitude, so I hope he’ll turn things around once he gets to Btown.

  • Anonymous

    I repeat what I said earlier, though—next year is going to be ugly!  The juniors took a game from these guys, whereas the Kentucky juniors to throttled.

  • Anonymous

    I repeat what I said earlier, though—next year is going to be ugly!  The juniors took a game from these guys, whereas the Kentucky juniors to throttled.

  • Kari_tyler

    scored with teague on him all night shows he is a high caliber gaurd!

  • Kelin Blab

    Had the pleasure of going to the All Star game last night….my observations for what it is worth…

    Remy Abell
    + Remy impressed me with his willingness to ‘just go play’. He guarded Teague, D.Davis, and Nic Moore. He just plays without all the extras.
    + Remy can get to the basket and is able to take contact and finish
    + Offensively, Remy moves the ball, it doesn’t hang out in his hands long with either a pass or looking to make something happen off the dribble.  He can shoot the ball from the perimeter pretty good.
    + You will like Remy because he plays hard, seems very coachable, and plays on both ends of the floor. Similar to the 2010 frosh.

    Cody Zeller
    + Don’t let the smooth taste fool ya…. The kid has some grit and fire, and plays tough basketball. Would not shock me if he is the frosh of the year in the Big Ten.
    + During one stretch during the game Cody rebounding, lead a fast break, blocked a shot and was very involved in the momentum shift for the Indiana All Stars.

    Austin Etherington
    + My panic is done. I think Austin is a role player that picks his spots. He won’t wow, but  you want him on your team because he plays tough. Helluva block of a dunk last night and went strong to the basket.

    + He will have to adjust to playing with other talent and not being the go to guy, that seemed to be the biggest issue last night. He tends to take a back seat when he doesn’t have too.

  • IUeconAlum

    I’m glad Teague isn’t going to IU. He was a complete ball hog and he appeared to have an all me thug mentality. Even though he hit the last shot to win it, the Indiana kids would have probably done alot better had that guy not even played. 

  • mrhoosierboy

    Thug?? He just wants to win…you got to admit he plays hard…I sat close at the game at Bellermine…Whitehead…Dawson…Teague…Nic Moore…Ryan Taylor….A Hickey and Fant was talking talking trash…Too much trash for a regular game but its fine for a all star game…I been taking a lot of heat from LVille and UK fans about Austin E’s game…I just dont think he fits the All Star games style but should be fine at IU

  • Kelin Blab

    Teague is far far far from a thug. The kid is one of the mild mannered kids around. Yes he does play with an edge on the court but the ‘thug’ label doesn’t fit at all. He is the perfect player for Cal and will excel at KY….but IU could give them a run next year.

  • Chromeburn

    I can’t blame Teague for going to Kentucky. I would have loved to see him in an IU uniform. But with the success Calipari has had with PG’s and where they have been going in he draft. I don’t fault Teague at all, it was a good opportunity and if history repeats itself, he could go top 5 in the draft. I wish him luck, just not against IU. Shut that kid down Remy.

  • Anonymous

    I have been holding my tongue about Etherington. I think a lot of people are expecting too much. IMO Etherington is one of the glue guys that play sparse minutes the first couple years. He gets stronger. He gets better. He becomes a solid  contributor by the end of his 3rd and into his fourth year. He will be a good player. His attitude is right for the team, and his work ethic will get him to where he is not right now. Fortunately, we are starting to have a team that can adequately allow players to develop instead of desperately needing to just put a team on the floor.

    I hope this makes a little sense.

  • Anonymous

    I have been holding my tongue about Etherington. I think a lot of people are expecting too much. IMO Etherington is one of the glue guys that play sparse minutes the first couple years. He gets stronger. He gets better. He becomes a solid  contributor by the end of his 3rd and into his fourth year. He will be a good player. His attitude is right for the team, and his work ethic will get him to where he is not right now. Fortunately, we are starting to have a team that can adequately allow players to develop instead of desperately needing to just put a team on the floor.

    I hope this makes a little sense.

  • Anonymous

    I have been holding my tongue about Etherington. I think a lot of people are expecting too much. IMO Etherington is one of the glue guys that play sparse minutes the first couple years. He gets stronger. He gets better. He becomes a solid  contributor by the end of his 3rd and into his fourth year. He will be a good player. His attitude is right for the team, and his work ethic will get him to where he is not right now. Fortunately, we are starting to have a team that can adequately allow players to develop instead of desperately needing to just put a team on the floor.

    I hope this makes a little sense.

  • Anonymous

    I have been holding my tongue about Etherington. I think a lot of people are expecting too much. IMO Etherington is one of the glue guys that play sparse minutes the first couple years. He gets stronger. He gets better. He becomes a solid  contributor by the end of his 3rd and into his fourth year. He will be a good player. His attitude is right for the team, and his work ethic will get him to where he is not right now. Fortunately, we are starting to have a team that can adequately allow players to develop instead of desperately needing to just put a team on the floor.

    I hope this makes a little sense.

  • Anonymous

    I have been holding my tongue about Etherington. I think a lot of people are expecting too much. IMO Etherington is one of the glue guys that play sparse minutes the first couple years. He gets stronger. He gets better. He becomes a solid  contributor by the end of his 3rd and into his fourth year. He will be a good player. His attitude is right for the team, and his work ethic will get him to where he is not right now. Fortunately, we are starting to have a team that can adequately allow players to develop instead of desperately needing to just put a team on the floor.

    I hope this makes a little sense.

  • MillaRed

    From what I am seeing it has to make sense. The kid needs time and we’ll let him have it.

  • MillaRed

    From what I am seeing it has to make sense. The kid needs time and we’ll let him have it.

  • MillaRed

    From what I am seeing it has to make sense. The kid needs time and we’ll let him have it.

  • MillaRed

    From what I am seeing it has to make sense. The kid needs time and we’ll let him have it.

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