(1) Indiana (3-0) vs. Georgia (1-2)
Monday, November 19, 5:30 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Gregg Xenakes, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Site: Barclays Center (18,103) -- Brooklyn, New York.
Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Indiana 3-0, Georgia 1-2. Away Record: Indiana
0-0, Georgia 0-0. Neutral Record: Indiana 0-0, Georgia 0-0. Conference Record:
Indiana 0-0, Georgia 0-0. Series Record: Indiana leads, 3-0.
GAME NOTES: The top-ranked team in the nation finally hits the road for the
first time this season, as the Indiana Hoosiers meet up with the Georgia
Bulldogs at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the semifinals of the
Progressive Legends Classic
The Hoosiers and head coach Tom Crean have had a very easy go of it so far in
2012-13 with defeats of three opponents by no less than 26 points. The squad
topped Bryant in the opener on Nov. 9 by a score of 97-54, then took out North
Dakota State last Monday, 87-61, before dismantling Sam Houston State also at
Assembly Hall in a lopsided 99-45 final four days ago.
Georgia head coach Mark Fox hasn't had nearly as much good play from his
Bulldogs in the early going. Granted, the team did post a 68-62 victory over
Jacksonville in the season opener, but then the program was downed by
Youngstown State by double digits and then also fell to Southern Miss in
overtime last Thursday, 62-60.
The Hoosiers have claimed victory in all three of the previous encounters
between these two teams, the most recent of those coming in New Orleans during
the 1976 Sugar Bowl Classic Tournament by a score of 74-52.
The winner of this meeting will go up against the survivor of the
Georgetown/UCLA matchup for the title on Tuesday.
Against Sam Houston State a few days back, it wasn't even close as the
Hoosiers held the visitors to just 16-of-53 (.302) shooting form the floor and
5-of-26 (.192) beyond the arc, not to mention forcing the Bearkats into 19
turnovers. Five players scored in double figures for Indiana, led by Christian
Watford who actually came off the bench to tally 23 points, shooting a perfect
10- of-10 at the free-throw line. Will Sheehey accounted for 18 points, Victor
Oladipo 14 and seven boards, followed by Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls with 13
and 10 points, respectively, as the pair combined for 12 rebounds and nine
assists. Even though he is averaging just 25 minutes per game, Zeller is
making the most of his time on the floor with his 17.7 points and 8.7 rebounds
per game, both of which pace the Hoosiers at the moment. Zeller has made just
11-of-20 at the free-throw line in three games, but he has easily made up for
that with his staggering 75.0 percent from the field. Watford is second in
both scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg) and in his case being at the
charity stripe is extremely comfortable, since he's missed just one of his 21
Georgia trailed by as many as 12 points with about 12 minutes remaining in
regulation against Southern Miss, but the team was able to make it into an
extra five-minute session before conceding in the two-point final at Stegeman
Coliseum. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the way for the Bulldogs with his 17
points, adding six rebounds, five assists and three steals, but his point
total did come at a steep cost. Caldwell-Pope shot only 5-of-21 from the floor
in the outing, including 3-of-14 behind the three-point line, as the team shot
a mere 38.5 percent from the floor and 9-of-30 on the perimeter. To make
matters worse, Georgia also missed 10 of 21 free-throw attempts which means a
potential win was easily within reach. Nemanja Djurisic accounted for 12
points as the only other double-digit scorer for the unit. As a group, over
the first three games when they haven't even been able to send out the same
starting lineup, the Bulldogs are shooting just 37.0 percent from the field
and 29.2 percent on the perimeter. Caldwell-Pope may pace the program with
20.3 ppg, but he's a big reason for the team's dismal shooting as he makes
just 35.3 percent of his field goals.
As long as the Hoosiers don't turn to the bench too early, this is a game that
could easily be decided by 30 points. But with Indiana eyeing the title game
the very next day, expect the winning margin to be considerably less.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Indiana 81, Georgia 62
11/19 10:32:21 ET
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