The Morning After: IU 103, Iowa 89

So I thought I’d try something a little different and see how it works. One of the “fixtures” I enjoyed doing most in my time at The Republic was the Monday Morning Quarterback and Monday Hoops Review, in which I and the rest of the staff would review how our local high school football and basketball teams fared the week before while emptying our notebooks of little facts that didn’t quite fit into our game stories.

So my plan is to do this with the IU games and whatever else I end up covering, so that this blog isn’t just a bunch of links to the Post-Tribune and the Tribune-Star. Of course, I’ll still link my game stories in this spot, like I’m doing here and here. But as I said, this will also be a notebook of sorts. Hope you enjoy.

1) One of the most notable changes for the Hoosiers in Sunday’s game against Iowa revolved around sophomore guard Will Sheehey. Not only did Sheehey start in place of classmate Victor Oladipo — Indiana’s first starting lineup change this season — but Sheehey came out sporting a buzz cut.

First, the lineup change. Indiana coach Tom Crean noted that he wanted Sheehey to start so that he could defend Iowa’s Zach McCabe, who had scored 20 points in each of the Hawkeyes’ previous two games. The shift worked; McCabe scored just three points on Sunday.

As for the hair? Well, Sheehey wasn’t one of the three players who came into the press room after IU’s 103-89 victory, but Tom Pritchard and Derek Elston did weigh in on their younger teammate’s new look.

“We were all surprised,” Pritchard said. “I think he should go full bald.”

Don’t expect Pritchard to follow suit.

Assistant athletic director J.D. Campbell said that Sheehey said he was tired of the sweat in hie eyes.

“Yeah, he probably won’t sweat any more now,” Elston said.

2) Junior guard Jordan Hulls came up limping in the first half and played a season-low 18 minutes.

But Crean got a little bothered when asked about Hulls.

“He’s fine. It wasn’t his best day, he’ll be fine,” Crean said.

Crean also noted that Matt Roth, who played just four minutes, was very sick.

“In fact, they put more IV fluids in him, Tim Garl said, than anybody’s he had in 31 years as trainer here,” Crean said.

3) And a few more tidbits:

* Indiana’s 37 field goals were the most for a Crean-coached team at IU;

* Christian Watford moved into 34th place on IU’s all-time scoring list, with 1,113 career points. Next is Quinn Buckner, with 1,195;

* Verdell Jones III reached 1,302 career points, 24th all-time at IU. Next up is Ted Kitchel with 1,336.

Next for the Hoosiers is a game Wednesday night at Michigan. I’ll have a preview for the Post-Tribune.

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