Make no mistake, I still love Bo Ryan, but I’m not sure if his team this season has enough talent to make the NCAA Tournament. When the Badgers fail to hit their long-range shots like they did against
If and when Zeller is double-teamed the ball is kicked outside, the Hoosiers have hit 41.4 percent of their three-pointers this season, good for seventh in the country. In particular, senior Jordan Hulls doesn’t miss very often from beyond the arc. He’s shooting with 51.4 percent accuracy this season on 70 attempts.
Upperclassmen Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo can also knock down threes, but the pair hasn’t had to as much. That’s mostly because each player is an explosive scorer in his own right, and both would rather get to the rim than settle for a jumper when given the chance.
The one weakness that IU possesses is interior defense. Zeller isn’t lousy by any means, but he probably should block more shots than he does considering his size. Watford is not a terrific defender either, but with
Although freshman Brandon Taylor is a forward and can score, a lot of his production has come from the outside this season. It is likely that
On offense, obviously,
That must change against Indiana, a team that would be significantly hampered should Zeller land in foul trouble. Newbill and Marshall must make every effort necessary to create contact with Zeller on their drives to the basket. The Lions do not want to get into a field goal shooting contest with
What this whole preview is really saying is that there's not a very good chance for Penn State to hang with Indiana tonight. If the Lions can make the game competitive for even a little while, then that's less time you have to spend trying to decide who to root for in tonight's BCS Championship Game.