Around the Hall: Jordan Hulls thriving in isolation

  • 03/22/2012 8:33 am in

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff:

+ Terry Hutchens of The Indianapolis Star takes a closer look at the “other guy,” Will Sheehey.

+ Indiana checks-in at No. 8 in Luke Winn’s Sweet 16 power rankings at SI.com. Also included: an interesting look at the fouling tendencies of Anthony Davis and Cody Zeller as well as the effectiveness of Jordan Hulls in isolation.

+ Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports visited seven Sweet 16 campuses in one day, including Bloomington. And lived to write about it.

+ Andy Glockner of SI.com ranks the 16 coaches remaining in the tournament by the amount of pressure each is facing.

+ Eamonn Brennan of ESPN.com lists the Sweet 16’s most indispensable players.

+ Rick Bozich of The Louisville Courier-Journal looks at 10 stats from the first meeting between Indiana and Kentucky.

+ Kyle Tucker of The Louisville Courier-Journal writes that the loss to Indiana was a turning point for Kentucky.

+ Ryan Kartje of The Herald-Times looks at 16 ways Indiana can beat Kentucky.

+ Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star isn’t buying into the revenge factor, but has UK by 8 on Friday.

+ Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star looks at Park Tudor’s quest to repeat as the Class 2A state champion.

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  • mmarsden

    I don’t think Crean’s ranking is too far off in the top coaches left, but it baffles me how Scott Drew and Thad Matta can be that high. 

  • millzy32

    I agree with you about Drew, what was Baylor before him besides a program that was known for a player shooting another.  Matta needs to get it done though because time is running out.  He’s had incredible recruits and some have even stayed and only one legitimate title run with Oden’s crew.

  • millzy32

    I agree with you about Drew, what was Baylor before him besides a program that was known for a player shooting another.  Matta needs to get it done though because time is running out.  He’s had incredible recruits and some have even stayed and only one legitimate title run with Oden’s crew.

  • millzy32

    Also, check out the Forde article.  Excitement level in Columbus for the OSU Buckeyes 5 out of a possible 10.  No one in Ohio cares about basketball.  It is probably the weakest basketball state out there.  I’ll be out somewhere in Cleveland, OH tomorrow night rooting on a real team THE INDIANA HOOSIERS. 

  • Steeled09

     I as well will be out in Cleveland rooting on the Hoosiers, hopefully it will be a great game

  • ryan

    It is not a list of the top coaches, it ranks the coaches on the amount of pressure they are facing.

  • plane1972

    Kravitz was light on material as usual. The people who say IU has no chance have no clue about college basketball (Kravitz, anyone?). Any top team from a power conference can beat a top team from another power conference. Heck, you don’t have to be from a power conference to do that. Just ask Ohio, Norfolk State, VCU, Butler, George Mason, etc. How many big games does IU have to win before people begin to believe in them? I like their chances even more with everyone in the world against them. Preaching to the choir, I know. My apologies.

  • fhgs@bhhh.com Fhgs

    Its a ranking of coaches with most pressure.

  • fhgs@bhhh.com Fhgs

    Its a ranking of coaches with most pressure.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    I’ll be in CLE as well, but probably on the couch.  I can;t stand watching bball in bars here, cuz no one cares.  I want to be free to scream, swear, and throw things in the privacy of my own home.  

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Jordan Hulls… I just love Jordan Hulls. I feel like Jordan Hulls is an embodiment of basketball in the state of Indiana. I’ll miss him a lot when he leaves, you don’t easily replace a guy like him.

  • HoosierPat

    They would never admit it, but pUKe is nervous about this game. They are also going to be excited and try to destroy Indiana. IU needs to jump out to a lead at the beginning and make them work from behind. That is obviously much easier said than done, but if we come out shooting well, we can do it. Despite all the revenge and luck crap, I like our chances for this game. Not saying we are going to win, but I think we have a good chance

  • Will The Thrill

    I don’t want anybody believing in IU (excluding coaches/players) until the win game #6 in the tourney.  Then bring it on!

  • Southern Hoosier

    I agree. If IU can jump out to a lead in the first half, the revenge factor takes a back seat to fear of losing the game, again.

  • HoosierHoops

    How do you get a job like Pat Forde? That had to be an awesome day.

  • As of now…we aren’t a ‘top’ team from our conference. We got 5th place.

  • IU_Alum96

    Except for that visit to Lexington.  🙂

  • Brian Kelton

    I think UK is going to try to come out hot and with a good chance to. I think we need to use their aggressiveness against them early to get some fouls. A couple good defense stops that lead to transition points and some early fouls to set a tone.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    I was at a business meeting this morning in Kentucky and most were talking about the game tomorrow night and how UK would demolish IU.  When I told them I would be pulling for the Hoosiers it is like the sharks were smelling blood in the water.

    According to these guys, Uk wil “destroy” IU and the only reason we won this season against UK is because we played it at Assembly Hall.  Someone then pointed out that IU had only won 1 game on the road all season.  I asked where they got their information and quickly pointed out that they beat NC St on the road as well as Purdue, both tournamnet teams.  I also pointed out that the beat #1 UK, #2 OSU, and #5 MSU.  At that point I thought I heard crickets.  I asked how many top 5 teams in the country UK beat and I failed to get an answer.

    Of the teams left in the tournament, no one sports 4 W’s over the teams left in the sweet 16 (UK, OSU, MSU, NC ST) and as I pointed this out, they seemed dumbfounded.

    The mob mentality has them believeing that UK is invincable, but a true basketball fan would know that IU has some serious W’s under their belt this year.

    I guess they also fogot that UK squekked out W’s against LSU, Florida, and Vandy.  

    I hope I can serve them a big doodoo pie next week and have them eat crow. 

  • Kokomo_Joe

    I was at a business meeting this morning in Kentucky and most were talking about the game tomorrow night and how UK would demolish IU.  When I told them I would be pulling for the Hoosiers it is like the sharks were smelling blood in the water.

    According to these guys, Uk wil “destroy” IU and the only reason we won this season against UK is because we played it at Assembly Hall.  Someone then pointed out that IU had only won 1 game on the road all season.  I asked where they got their information and quickly pointed out that they beat NC St on the road as well as Purdue, both tournamnet teams.  I also pointed out that the beat #1 UK, #2 OSU, and #5 MSU.  At that point I thought I heard crickets.  I asked how many top 5 teams in the country UK beat and I failed to get an answer.

    Of the teams left in the tournament, no one sports 4 W’s over the teams left in the sweet 16 (UK, OSU, MSU, NC ST) and as I pointed this out, they seemed dumbfounded.

    The mob mentality has them believeing that UK is invincable, but a true basketball fan would know that IU has some serious W’s under their belt this year.

    I guess they also fogot that UK squekked out W’s against LSU, Florida, and Vandy.  

    I hope I can serve them a big doodoo pie next week and have them eat crow. 

  • plane1972

    Dude, we were two games out of a share for the conference title. I’m not crying woulda-coulda-shoulda, but Nebraska, Minnesota, and Iowa games separate us from a miraculous share of the title. I would put us in the top tier of the conference.

  • millzy32

    Game 6 and Title 6 all at once.  It would be a beautiful thing.

  • millzy32

    Game 6 and Title 6 all at once.  It would be a beautiful thing.

  • millzy32

    I’m not sure that IU needs to build a big lead in the first half they just need to keep it close and be very close if not ahead at half time.  Remember the first game IU pulled away midway through the second half and then ran out of gas a little bit as Kentucky made the late run to take the lead which Watford stole back with THE SHOT.

    If IU is close at half and hangs around midway through the second half then it’s anybody’s ballgame.  Heck, IU was right with them last year until around the 7 minute mark and that team was missing a Cody Zeller.

    IU can win this but obviously it won’t be easy.  It would be great to jump out to an early lead but I don’t see Kentucky going away even if IU does jump out early.

  • millzy32

    Lexington itself is actually a pretty nice town as long as you stay away from that miserable university.

  • Kenneth234

    I think that if Indiana pushes the tempo responsibly in the first 30 minutes, they will be able to both gas out the 6 UK players and possibly put someone or even a couple of guys in foul trouble, which creates mismatches for IU that can be exploited.  I believe Indiana is much better at playing with a lead, and closing out the game with defensive stops now, far more than they were on December 10th.  The x-factor is how well UK can hit shots under pressure and slightly gassed in the last 5 minutes.  I just have this gut feeling that they will not handle it well enough to stay in the game, and we finnish out on the free-throw line, stretching a 5 point lead to 9 as the clock hits zero; 79-70 Hoosiers.  If Jordan Hulls chases Lamb well enough just to contest his shots in the half court, but not so close that he allows Lamb to blow by him on the dribble, and with some luck his shot doesn’t drop, we could be up 4 to 12 points all the way through.  I would invite Davis to take his outside jumper, and hope that Kid-Gilcrist does not have a tournament break out game.  I worry less about Oladipo/Remy keeping Teague in front of them, and Watford making things difficult for Jones. 

    Another key to me is how will Kentucky match up with us this time on their defensive end.  It could several ways.  They could put Kid-Ghilcrist on Hulls or Watford and cause both some problems.  They  could use Davis on Zeller or Watford to try to take them away (I like both Zeller and Watford in this situation because I think that just moving Davis away from the basket will be good for IU in general.  I am concerned that Kentucky will play some sort of extended zone to force our shooters to take even deeper three’s.  If that happens, I just hope we get multiple guys to hit some shots and force them back into man defense.   

  • HoosierPat

    I agree. I’m not saying IU needs to jump out to a big lead, but they can’t let Kentucky build a lead.

  • HoosierTrav

    I don’t think we are gonna be able to jump ahead in this one. I’m praying that we can at least keep it close, limit their runs, and have the last shot with a chance to win it. HULLS FOR THREE……. Splash…. David 2 – Goliath 0

  • mrjonessodaandme

    Our manager at our Columbus apparel shop put a pre-order in for 36 Final Four shirts. 36. He said he probably wouldn’t even sell that many if they make it.

    Pretty pathetic.

  • Earl Sheib

    There are 27 other teams in the NCAA that are called “Wildcats.” There is only one team known as “Hoosiers.” The only original thing to come out of Kentucky is the Colonel’s recipe.

  • Earl Sheib

    There are 27 other teams in the NCAA that are called “Wildcats.” There is only one team known as “Hoosiers.” The only original thing to come out of Kentucky is the Colonel’s recipe.