HD Video: Zeller, Oladipo and Sheehey react to win over North Carolina
Cody Zeller (20 points, eight rebounds), Victor Oladipo (19 points) and Will Sheehey (19 points, five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 83-59 win over North Carolina on Tuesday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch and listen to the press conference in the embedded media player below:
I. Believe they call this a beatdown, friends. Sure, North Carolina kept it respectable in the first half. Indiana didn’t get to the line much (just 6-of-7 through the first 20 minutes for a team with the highest free throw rate in the nation) and were pedestrian from beyond the arc (2-of-8). A little run to end the half — which featured dunks from Cody Zeller, Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo — had the Hoosiers up nine at the break.
But as the second half began, the floodgates opened, the water flowed and flowed, and Roy Williams and crew were helpless against Indiana’s current. Check it: Through the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Hoosiers threw down a 22-4 run. By the 4:22 mark, they’d ballooned the lead to 32 (83-51). It was a mix of what we’ve come to expect from this team through seven games now: A relentless pushing of the pace for easy buckets in transition, crisp ball movement with extra passing in the halfcourt, inspired, active defense.
Now, this North Carolina program is in the midst of a rebuilding process. (It appears the next wave of serious talent won’t be joining until next season.) Williams lost four players to the draft after last season. P.J. Hairston was out with injury. Butler had its way with this team just last week. Playing inside Assembly Hall has its benefits as well.
Still, you play who is in front of you at this point in the season, and tonight’s performance was certainly one to build upon.
II. That lingering illness Zeller’s been dealing with? A thing of the past.
He beat the Heels down the court for easy buckets time after time in this one, and generally just looked more like a National Player of the Year candidate. (Some speculation: Zeller maybe, just maybe, liked the idea of really putting it on his brother’s former team tonight, a team he flirted with committing to.) His line: 20 points, eight boards. He even added four blocks tonight — a couple of the monster variety — something that hasn’t been a part of his repertoire so far this season.
This is a growing theme so far this season and certainly not a unique point of view either, but here’s the truth: For as good as Zeller is and was tonight, there’s little question Jordan Hulls has meant more to the Hoosiers; he’s their MVP through seven game. The Bloomington native had another sensational game and continues to play with incredible confidence. When Hulls wasn’t scoring — another double-digit performance (13 points) — he was feeding his teammates to the tune of eight assists. He also had seven rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers.
Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey filled in the gaps. Oladipo did a nice job keeping his man in check most of the evening and had a strong night offensively as well — 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Sheehey pumped in 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting and hit a couple 3-pointers in the second half that had him going wild on the court.
Ever since the Indiana schedule was released, Nov. 27 has been the date to circle in the non-conference schedule. Last week’s Legends Classic in Brooklyn was certainly a challenge for the No. 1 Hoosiers (6-0), but Tuesday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup with No. 13 North Carolina will likely be their biggest test prior to conference play.
The Tar Heels possess more athleticism than any team the Hoosiers have played to this point, and they bring an element to the game unlike any Indiana has seen during the Tom Crean era. At 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night, a track meet could well break out at Assembly Hall.
“I don’t know if we’ve ever seen a fast break come into Assembly Hall in our time here like we’re going to see,” Crean said Monday. “Their transition is literally second to none. It always is with Roy Williams teams. We saw it first-hand when we were at Marquette and he was at Kansas and we played in the Final Four. As hard as we prepared for it, it was unlike anything we’d seen. That’s the way that they are right now.”
North Carolina (5-1) loves to push the tempo whenever possible. The Tar Heels will certainly run on missed shots and turnovers, but they’re also plenty willing to go on the break off a make.
“We can’t celebrate a nice play because they’ll be scoring in two seconds on the other end,” sophomore Cody Zeller said.
There are several keys to the Carolina break. First, nearly everyone Williams puts on the floor is an offensive threat. The Tar Heels have seven players that average at least 7.3 points per game (though P.J. Hairston won’t play on Tuesday). Second, they space the floor very well, with shooters spotting up on both sides of the court. And finally, freshman guard Marcus Paige is exceptional at pushing the ball and finding the open man.
“Teams that aren’t committed to running run to the wings. They run to the corners,” Crean said. “And you have to guard them in the corners. It’s not like you can just go back and get in your normal help defense routine and roll against them, you’ve got to go get to the corners. Everybody on the break is a legitimate threat to score.”
The Hoosiers also excel in transition and love to play fast, which could make for an uptempo, high-scoring game. But while they want to play fast, the Hoosiers know they must focus on slowing North Carolina down on the defensive end.
The defensive focus will start with 6-foot-8 sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo, who earned co-MVP honors in the 2011 McDonalds All-American game. McAdoo is averaging 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest, leading the Tar Heels in both categories.
“McAdoo is as good of a rebounder — especially offensively — that these young men have seen this year or any other year,” Crean said.
HD Video: Crean, Abell and Zeller preview North Carolina
Indiana coach Tom Crean and sophomores Remy Abell and Cody Zeller met with the media on Monday evening to preview Tuesday’s game with North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Watch and listen to both press conferences in the embedded media player below:
Film Session: Georgetown attacks IU’s zone
With four starters 6’8″ or taller, Georgetown presented matchup issues for the Hoosiers in their 82-72 overtime win last Tuesday at the Barclays Center. As such, Indiana went 2-3 zone for long stretches of the game instead of playing man-to-man defense against John Thompson III’s much larger perimeter players.
While it worked at times, Georgetown was also able to exploit it for a host of 3-pointers, particularly in the first half. The Hoyas went 8-of-14 from distance during the first 20 minutes of action.
A look at four of those first half 3-pointers all coming against Indiana’s 2-3 zone in the latest edition of Film Session:
I. Georgetown passes the ball around the perimeter for the first 10-15 seconds of this possession:
The ball makes it back to Jabril Trawick on the right wing and he dribbles towards Otto Porter, who’s instructing him to pass it up top to Markel Starks:
Porter puts a body on Remy Abell as Trawick drew Jordan Hulls to the middle. That leaves Starks with room up top. Trawick passes the ball to him:
Though he’s several feet behind the line, he has space to rise and fire with ease. He connects:
You beat a 2-3 zone by getting the ball into the middle, drawing the defense and finding the open man. This was one way of Georgetown getting that done.
It’s the matchup Hoosiers fans have been waiting for. No. 1 Indiana hosting No. 13 North Carolina. Cody Zeller vs. James Michael McAdoo. Yogi Ferrell vs. Marcus Paige. Tom Crean v. Roy Williams.
To examine Tuesday’s night marquee clash in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, Zachary Osterman of 247 Sports and Inside Indiana joins Podcast on the Brink hosts Matt Dollinger and Greg Rosenstein to break down the game. The group also looks back at the Legends Classic in Brooklyn and Sunday night’s romp against Ball State.
Among the other topics discussed in this week’s show:
· Jordan Hulls’ emergence and evolution so far this season · The most intriguing match-ups in Tuesday night’s game · Who Christian Watford should guard on North Carolina · X-Factors and IU’s most critical players against the Heels · What the Hoosiers must do to slow down McAdoo and Co. · Jeremy Hollowell’s progression early in his freshman year
So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be back on Wednesday with another show to recap Tuesday night’s showdown.