Howard notebook: Hulls automatic from 3 — even with his left hand

Indiana shot the ball so well in the first half Monday night against Howard, it seemed as if everything the Hoosiers threw up was going to go in.

The No. 17 Hoosiers (11-0) made nine 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes of their 107-50 win, capped by Jordan Hulls’ fourth of the half with 49 seconds left. The fact that Hulls connected on a three was not a surprise. The way in which he did it, however, was certainly unorthodox.

With the shot clock running down, Hulls dribbled hard to his left. When he was unable to get past his defender, the right-handed junior shot and made a left-handed 3-pointer while still on the move.

Will Sheehey called it “the best 3-pointer I’ve ever seen.”

“That’s pretty impressive,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean. “His teammates and the coaches see him do that a lot, especially when he comes out and warms up or when he’s just shooting after practice or before practice. But he’s very gifted with both hands. I don’t think he would have taken it that way if he didn’t feel like he could make it.”

Hulls finished with a game-high 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. He’s shooting 24-of-41 from three for 58.5 percent, the fourth highest mark in the country.

As a team, the Hoosiers hit 11 3-pointers on 20 attempts with seven players making at least one.

IN SPECIAL COMPANY

With the win, the Hoosiers have their best start since the 1975-76 season – the year Indiana went 36-0 and won the national title.

Crean didn’t want to compare his team to the ’76 national champions, but he acknowledged how special it is to even be mentioned in the same sentence with them.

“Our guys were on it. They were ready to play, excited to play and wanted to join some elite company,” Crean said. “There’s no way around that when there’s only a few teams in the illustrious history of this program that have started 11-0. They wanted to join that, and I’m proud of them.”

If the Hoosiers beat the University of Maryland Baltimore-County Thursday night, they would match the most wins by a team in the Crean era before they play a single Big Ten opponent.

SPREADING THE WEALTH

Since the Hoosiers had the game well in hand by halftime, Crean was able to go deep into his bench in the second half.

The Indiana bench combined to make 15-of-20 shots for 47 points, led by Will Sheehey with 12 points.

Freshman Remy Abell turned in his best performance of the year, finishing with nine points and five assists in 14 minutes. Abell saw a good amount of time at the point guard position in relief of Hulls, and he didn’t commit a turnover.

“Going back to the point feels natural to me,” Abell said. “It feels good.”

Even sparingly used senior Kory Barnett got into the scoring column with a late contested 3-pointer. Barnett, who had scored only two points all season, thought he may have been fouled, too.

“I was hoping for it,” he said. “I had a knack in high school of kicking the leg out and faking it a little bit. But I think he could have got me a little bit.”

Barnett plans to go into coaching after he graduates. Crean believes he’ll be successful.

“He’s done a fantastic job here,” Crean said. “He’s got a great future as a coach. There’s no question about that. … It was bedlam over there when he hit [the shot]. That was as excited as our bench was. That says everything you need to know about Kory Barnett.”

Added Barnett: “I’m lucky. I’ve experienced everything in four years. To have that advantage over everybody else is awesome.”

  • Johninmi

    Does any have a video of that left handed three?

  • Anonymous

    Any video of that Hulls shot?

  • Anonymous

    Any video of that Hulls shot?

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    What is the Howard player doing in that photo?  Weird.

  • nurgino

    Hulls was trying to draw a foul with the shot clock winding down and at a minimum draw iron so it wouldn’t be a shot clock violation.  The defender was simply trying to get out of the way so he wouldn’t get whistled – hence the hands behind him.  I agree with you though, it does look kinda weird from that angle.

  • Anonymous

    Probably trying not to foul

  • HoosierDadE

    Looks like he is trying to stop “the Movement”?

    Oh bathroom humor, fun at any age

  • obat

    Haha, nicely played, sir!

  • http://twitter.com/Brohan_Cruyff Thomas Wachtel

    Very nicely done.

  • http://twitter.com/Brohan_Cruyff Thomas Wachtel

    Very nicely done.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Yeah, I knew what he was trying to do (or not do) but it still looks super weird, right?

  • Anonymous

    Will Sheehey called it “the best 3-pointer I’ve ever seen.”
    You sure about that Will?  I thought Watford’s shot against pUKe was pretty good.

  • eph521

    Who knew that Vanilla Ice is a Southpaw!?

  • eph521

    Who knew that Vanilla Ice is a Southpaw!?

  • Anonymous

    Last night my gf and I made our first game at assembly hall. I was in awe the whole time I was there. Ive been a die hard ever since I was 8-9 yrs old. Last night I received a full understanding about how special it was to be a member of Hoosier nation. That shot by hulls wasn’t too shabby either

  • Mop Lady

    the big ten network website has it under “videos” “indiana” “howard game highlights”

  • JerryCT

    I doesn’t take a Purdue PHD to know the defender is about to crap his pants if the shot goes in ……………… I don’t think we need Paul Harvey to know the rest of the story

  • Devout Hoosier

    Ridiculous, utterly ridiculous.  Hulls shoots 100% from the stripe, so fouls on Hulls need to be referred to as charity fouls because they’re just giving points away.  He shoots 58% from any spot on the floor.  Now he shows us a left handed three pointer while trying to draw a foul for a four point play. 

    I’m an unworthy spectator to this 2009 Indiana Mr. Basketball.

  • Andrew

    32-0 Justin, not 36.

  • Andrew

    32-0 Justin, not 36.

  • Dfitz

    VJIII goosed him. So we need to credit him with 1 more assist.

  • Daveeh45

    That’s good Jerry cause Uncle Paul’s is deceased

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Purdue gave me this PhD simply because I had a 12th grade reading level. They have very low expectations.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Are you sure that’s not a turnover?

  • Derbus

    Hulls is STELLAR!   How about this list with Cliff Alexander  http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=313540096 . . . talk abiout an IU EPIC 6 year run for the HOOSIERS going to the FINAL 4 and also winning at least 3 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!

  • Derbus

    NO IU recruits listed in ESPN rankings for 2013      http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=313540096    . . . sigh.  Does it really matter when we are WINNING 3, yes count that THREE NCAA National Basketball Championships!!!  THE MOVEMENT is on!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think we may be giving Hulls too much credit for his basketball IQ.  Look at it this way—Jordy is 24-41 for the season on 3-pointers, which is 58.5%.  That’s a phenomenal statistic for just about anyone, and if you subtract the left-handed shot 23-40 end up being the same percentage.  However, I don’t think it looks very smart to continue shooting right-handed and missing 41.5% of your shots when you’re a 100% shooter on left-handed threes. Somebody needs to coach this kid up!

  • Anonymous

    Nausea, heartburn, indedgestion, upset stomach, diarrhea.  Ooh, Pepto Bismol.

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