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Indiana to play Georgetown at Madison Square Garden


Another day, another Indiana-related piece of scheduling news for the 2014-2015 season.

On Wednesday evening at Huber Winery in Starlight, Tom Crean confirmed that the Hoosiers will travel to Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Dec. 27 to play Georgetown.

The game was first reported by Jon Rothstein of

The Hoyas, who finished last season 18-15, are ranked No. 48 in Jeff Goodman’s list of top 50 teams for the 2014-2015 season at

Indiana will also play Louisville on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic.


Film Session: Georgetown’s final minute

After two Cody Zeller free throws, the Hoosiers found themselves up seven (63-56) with 1:18 to go in regulation in their 72-62 overtime win against Georgetown last week.

From there, the Hoosiers went man-to-man against the Hoyas. Georgetown went on to score on three straight possessions to tie the game and force overtime.

A look at those three possessions in the latest edition of Film Session:

I. Otto Porter initiates the action towards the right wing:

Porter hands the ball off to Markel Starks:

Porter also sets a screen on Yogi Ferrell, which frees Starks:

Ferrell tumbles as he tries to fight through and get a hand up. Will Sheehey doesn’t switch. It’s a 3-ball for Starks:


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.


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.


Live Discussion: Indiana vs. Georgetown

What To Expect: Georgetown

After an uneven performance in a Monday night win against Georgia in the Legends Classic at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the Hoosiers will take on Georgetown in the championship on Tuesday night approximately 30 minutes after the 7:30 p.m. tip of the third-place bout between UCLA and Georgia. 

Georgetown (3-0) upset the No. 13 UCLA Bruins 78-70 on Monday night. The game will be televised on ESPN.


The first thing that jumps out about Georgetown?

On paper, the Hoyas are shaping up as a team able to take advantage of Indiana’s size deficiency —  both in the backcourt (Jordan Hulls and Yogi Ferrell) and potentially with the lack of depth up front due to the suspensions of Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin. As Dan Shulman noted on Twitter, John Thompson III starts four players 6’8″ or taller — Greg Whittington (6’8″), Mikael Hopkins (6’9″), Otto Porter (6’8″) and Nate Lubick (6′ 8″). The lone shorter starter, Markel Starks (6’3″), dropped 23 points on the Bruins on Monday night. Porter had 18 to go along with 11 boards. It’s possible Tom Crean could make a starting lineup tweak to match up better — potentially inserting Will Sheehey for Hulls — but Hulls was key to Indiana’s victory on Monday night, so it remains to be seen.

Three games in, the Hoyas have been able to parlay that size into a decent defensive output (a 91.4 adjusted defensive efficiency has them ranked 27th in the country) and they’re not allowing teams to get to the line much (just allowing a 21.3 free throw rate, 18th best in the nation).

Indiana has been getting to the line a lot and scoring in bunches, so we’ll see what gives, if anything at all, Tuesday night.


Thompson III runs the Princeton offense at Georgetown, so his teams play at a slower pace than the nation’s average. According to KenPom, the current DI average based on his adjusted tempo metric is 66.8 possessions per game; Georgetown currently is playing at a 64.3 possessions-per-game pace, ranking them 282nd in the nation. Last year’s Hoyas ended the year at 63.0 possessions, which was 300th.

For comparison’s sake, Indiana’s up-tempo style has them above the NCAA average at 68.4 possessions on the year (91st); last year the Hoosiers finished the season at 67.3 (108th).

Crean and his team have talked often about dictating pace/playing at their pace so far this season to the media, so it’s another area to watch with both teams flashing different offensive characteristics.


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