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Crean on Jordan Hulls

Indiana’s Jordan Hulls is fouled by Ohio State’s David Lighty during Friday’s Big Ten game. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

Jordan Hulls scored 10 points in the first half Friday, on 4-of-7 shooting.

In the second half, he shot the ball only twice and spent most of his time on the floor setting screens and facilitating for his teammates.

Given that Hulls came into Friday a 54.8 percent 3-point shooter and that the long ball is the easiest way to cut into a 13-point halftime deficit, I asked Indiana coach Tom Crean why Hulls only shot the ball twice (making one, and the other probably going in if Victor Oladipo does not try to tap it).

What followed was a lengthy answer that would be a disservice to Crean to break up. So here it is, in its entirety:

“I don’t think it was anything they did. I think he facilitated a lot. We need Jordan to be aggressive. We need him on the court. I don’t think they took him away, I think he came off pick-and-roll.

“The one thing he had to do was we put him in our five-spot in our basic offense because that’s just the way it was. He’s the one guy who knows that position when we didn’t have a five-spot player in there. If you look at this, and if you look at the film I think you’ll see this, him being on the floor, even though he wasn’t shooting, we were really getting some great looks at the basket when he was on the court.

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Photos: Indiana vs. Ohio State


Ohio State handles IU

Indiana shot 50 percent from the field for the first time since its last win, but that was rendered irrelevant Friday night because its opponent shot well beyond that.

Ohio State finished the game at 60.5 percent from the field, which actually represented a cooling after a 71.4 percent first half. The Buckeyes knocked down 13 3-pointers and grabbed 30 of the game’s 50 rebounds to cruise to an 85-67 victory.

Junior guard William Buford led all scorers with 24 points, knocking down five 3-pointers. Freshman forward Jared Sullinger scored 19 points, knocking down 5 of 6 field goal attempts and 9 of 12 free throws while grabbing nine rebounds. Senior guard Jon Diebler had 15 points on a perfect 5-for-5 day from beyond the 3-point arc and senior guard David Lighty had 11 points and five assists.

Ohio State took a double-digit lead early in the game, though IU shot well enough to keep it from getting completely out of hand. Sophomore forward Christian Watford looked recovered from back spasms and scored 17 points. Freshman guard Victor Oladipo had 14 points, six rebounds and two assists, and sophomore guard Jordan Hulls added 12 points. the Hoosiers shot 50 percent from the field (25-for-50) and 9-for-24 from beyond the 3-point arc. However, the game was never in single digits in the second half.

AUDIO: Thad Matta discusses the win

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AUDIO: Jordan Hulls said the defense needs to get better


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Zeller struggles through second game

NEW CASTLE — He was hacked. He was shoved. He was pushed.

Warsaw, much like Center Grove and much like every other opponent Washington has faced this season, has chosen the “If you can’t beat him, beat him” philosophy with Cody Zeller during the City Securities Hall of Fame Classic consolation game.

It worked — Zeller was physically tired and most of shots fell short. He finished 4-of-17 from the field, scoring 13 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

He played with as much energy as he could muster and seemed to pick it up late when it was winning time, but it was not enough — Nic Moore’s jumper with three seconds remaining gave Warsaw a 46-44 win.

Its obvious the 6-foot-11, 22-pound Zeller needs to get stronger. But so much focus is paid to him at this level, where no one else has a 6-foot-11 center capable of going one-on-one with Zeller, that it has to be frustrating and exhausting for him.

By the way, Tim Buckley was back in attendance for this game.


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