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WASHINGTON – On Friday, North’s Carolina Kendall Marshall drove into the lane in the final seconds, commanded the double-team and flipped the ball to Tyler Zeller. The latter calmly put the ball in the basket and North Carolina beat Miami in the last second during the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
It was a simple play, but one with a shockingly high execution rate. Zeller had to be the right place at the right time, and not panic as the seconds dwindled.
It was a play we could easily see Zeller’s younger brother, Cody, execute during his time at Indiana.
Zeller scored 21 points in the regional semifinal Saturday, leading Washington to a 71-49 win. He had 13 rebounds, four blocks and four assists – but focus on the points, because it kept Washington ahead of Bosse during a back-and-forth first half.
Zeller took what Bosse gave him, never forced his own shot and allowed the focus on stopping him, the heavy Mr. Basketball favorite, to get his teammates open.
Gary Harris’ performance during Hamilton Southeastern’s 69-64 victory over Center Grove in Saturday’s Regional 3 semifinal at Hinkle Fieldhouse could serve as Exhibit A for why he’s perhaps the most coveted uncommitted player in the state of Indiana.
The Indiana target was brilliant across the board, scoring 22 points, grabbing four rebounds, dishing out three assists and recording two steals and a block.
He scored in every fashion possible, knocking down three 3-pointers against the 3-2 zone Center Grove employed in the first half, attack the rim off the dribble, ripping down two offensive rebounds and getting putbacks. and hitting big shots in the mid-range. He finished 8-for-15 from the field and also had a strong defensive performance against Andy Smeathers. Smeathers had a big second half to finish with 13 points, but Harris held him to 1-for-6 shooting in the first half.
“His ability is amazing,” Hamilton Southeastern coach Brian Satterfield said. “Whether it’s posting up, we didn’t have him post up today. but he can post up. He can drive it. He can shoot it. He can pass it. At the defensive end, he can guard, there was one possession where he was guarding (6-foot-7 Center Grove forward Joe) Reed, and Reed wasn’t able to get any position to try to get the ball. He can do whatever he asked him to do.” (more…)
Indiana coach Tom Crean talks with officials as Matt Roth goes to check into the game. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
INDIANAPOLIS — The two Hoosiers most-speculated to transfer — Derek Elston and Bobby Capobianco — both said they want to return next season after the 61-55 loss to Penn State.
“This is my family,” Elston said. “These guys are my brothers. I am going to go out there and fight with them everyday until my four years are up.”
Capobianco said: “Of course. Derek said it the best — these are our brothers. This is a family. We’re here to battle and we’re going into it the same way next season.”
It’d be hard to blame either for leaving or staying.
Elston has had maybe the shortest leash of any Hoosier during his two seasons with the team and Thursday was no different. He did not enter the game until the 15:29 mark of the second half, and proceeded to pick up three fouls in three minutes. Back to the bench he went.
“I was a little disappointed, but that’s just the way the game goes,” Crean said. “If Coach (Crean) needs me, he’s going to put me in there. If he doesn’t, I got to deal with it. I realize I have my downs and other people have their ups.”
Ben Chappell went into this process realizing his speed and athleticism (or really, lack thereof) weren’t going to be the calling cards that landed him a job in the NFL. However, the Indiana quarterback realized that he couldn’t be quite as slow as he was at the end of last season and still expect to get drafted.
So the admittedly pudgy Chappell spent the last two weeks trimming weight and arrived at Indiana’s pro day Thursday tipping the scales at 224 pounds, down 15 from his listed playing weight this season and down 25 from the 250 he topped out at after offseason surgery on his foot.
“That was what I wanted to be,” Chappell said. “That was one of those things during the season, I was in a boot from Sunday to Thursday, so I just wasn’t able to really move around much, and really, honestly, needed the weight during the season. I think if I would’ve been this weight during the season, it would’ve been ugly. But it was something I needed to do. lose the pounds. I’m in the best shape of my life. It feels good to be really healthy.” (more…)
Indiana guard Jordan Hulls gets trapped on the baseline by Illinois on Saturday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
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