The Minute After: Georgetown

BROOKLYN — Thoughts on an 82-72 overtime win over Georgetown:

I. Indiana and Georgetown traded three after three over each other’s zone defenses in the first half, and this began as it finished, in the words of Tom Crean, “an epic battle.” Georgetown may not be ranked now, but it’ll come as little surprise if the Hoyas find themselves in the Top 25 sooner rather than later. They came here and took down a No. 11 UCLA team with a comfortable lead for much of the second half on Monday night, and left with a overtime loss against the No. 1 team in the country. The Hoyas mounted an impressive seven-point rally in the final 1:03 of regulation to send this one into extra time.

Point guard Markel Starks tossed in 20 points after scoring 23 against UCLA; Lengthy, athletic players like Otto Porter (15 points), Greg Whittington (12 points) and Mikael Hopkins (11 points) got theirs against the Hoosiers.

“We had our chances,” John Thompson III said after the game. It was true. But the Hoosiers made sure to own overtime, shutting the door on any chance of an upset.

II. Overtime was won on the strength of foul shooting; the Hoosiers went 13-of-17 from the line. A Yogi Ferrell 3-pointer as the shot clock expired and a Jordan Hulls and-1 gave the Hoosiers 18 points in total in that five-minute frame to allow them to net a 10-point victory. As noted in What to Expect, Georgetown has been keeping teams off the line this season. The Hoyas followed suit with that early as Indiana shot only six free throws in the first half. But by game’s end, the Hoosiers had fouled out three Hoyas and hit 26-of-36 (72.2%) to finish with a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 73.4.

III. Cody Zeller played better tonight (17 points, eight rebounds) but there were still times tonight where, for all the time he’s put in the weight room and all the strength he’s built, Georgetown defenders were able to overpower him. It’s been known that Zeller’s been sick for several days now, and the 7-foot sophomore revealed after the game that he’s been dealing with “some form of asthmatic bronchitis.”

Indiana plays Ball State on Sunday after the Thanksgiving holiday and then North Carolina — a team that lost to Butler earlier this evening — next Tuesday.

So Zeller will have some time — although not much — to try and rest his body a bit and get over the illness in full.

IV. Jordan Hulls was sensational on back-to-back nights in Brooklyn, and his MVP award of the tournament was well deserved. Hulls turned the tide in the Georgia game and served as the team’s catalyst in the victory during their run in the second half. Tonight against Georgetown, Hulls finished with 17 points and hit a number of key shots. He probably should have taken the last shot in regulation instead of passing to Zeller — something he admitted in post-game comments — but it’s a minor quibble against the totality of his night.

For as good as Yogi Ferrell is and can be, Hulls’ maturity, poise and shooting ability out of the backcourt is currently reigning supreme. This team needs him and he’s delivering in every way so far.

V. Fun little scene here after Indiana won the title game. Victor Oladipo and Remy Abell held up the banner to cheers from the crowd. Jordan Hulls went up and embraced his family. The IU faithful that stuck around creeped down behind the basket to get a closer look and try and shake hands and get high fives from Crean and the players.

As Crean walked through the tunnel, he told those hanging over the sides, “you guys are awesome.”

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    I don’t agree. Yogi missed two key free throws. But he also went 9-11 and made key free throws in overtime. Hulls is a better shooter. But I’d rather have Yogi bring the ball up against pressure. Hulls actually had more turnovers in the game than Yogi (though I think Hulls has less on the season). Depends on the situation in my mind, players on the other end, amount of the lead etc. I wouldn’t say JUST have Jordy handle the ball. I’d put them both out there.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    I don’t agree. Yogi missed two key free throws. But he also went 9-11 and made key free throws in overtime. Hulls is a better shooter. But I’d rather have Yogi bring the ball up against pressure. Hulls actually had more turnovers in the game than Yogi (though I think Hulls has less on the season). Depends on the situation in my mind, players on the other end, amount of the lead etc. I wouldn’t say JUST have Jordy handle the ball. I’d put them both out there.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    Agreed. I’m not sure what game everyone else is watching sometimes. I’ve seen the occasional bad turnover from Yogi. He might leave his feet with the ball or try and split a trap only to run into the interior defenders. But he usually does know where he is going with the ball and those turnovers have been more than disproportionally outweighed by assists.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.carnes.186 David Carnes

    Word

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    I’m going to just say this over and over again. So bare with me. Yogi adds an element to the team that nobody else does. John Thompson III commented on it after the game, that Yogi’s quickness on the ball makes Indiana’s offense a whole lot more difficult to defend. Remy has just six assists on the season. He is shooting light outs and has the size to defend (though I saw him make a terrible decision to go under a screen when he really had to go two steps out of his way to do it- instead of going over it). Still, I’m not sure how you see one earning the right to be out there to close games. I don’t know what kind of game you would need to see, if Georgetown didn’t do it for you. But I can guarantee that Crean knows to go with Yogi to start and to finish games. I’m glad we have so many options and he won’t need to play the entire game. But with or without Yogi scoring himself, our offense is just better with him out there. Not in the future, it is right now. It was against Georgetown. It wil be against North Carolina. Just is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.carnes.186 David Carnes

    Why isn’t Remy getting more minutes right now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.carnes.186 David Carnes

    Why isn’t Remy getting more minutes right now?

  • anthony conaggio

    I agree …. he just hasn’t looked in rhythm, but that happened for periods in the past. I think he played better as a starter, and as I said in another post, I feel the team is better off with him playing more minutes in place of Ferrell or Hulls, giving them a taller lineup that can defend perimeter 3s better …

  • anthony conaggio

    Gtown’s high 3-point % was due, in my opinion, to IU’s short guards being unable to get a hand in their face. We need Oladipo or Creek or Remy playing the “2” position, otherwise we just don’t have the size to challenge shots. I even saw Gtown big guards waving their hands wildly to get the ball, they were so excited about having Jordy guarding them. Future opponents are certainly taking note. It guess it will take a string of losses for CTC to make a change, and I predict there will be a string of them at some point , and in each loss, an opposing guard of 6’3″ or more will go off on us.

  • marcusgresham

    I see your point, and it’s nothing at all against Yogi, but if I think the other team has to foul I’m doing everything in my power to put the ball in the hands of one of the best free throw shooters in the history of my school.

  • marcusgresham

    I see your point, and it’s nothing at all against Yogi, but if I think the other team has to foul I’m doing everything in my power to put the ball in the hands of one of the best free throw shooters in the history of my school.

  • hoosierodi

    We won the game so how would it confirm that

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