Monday, November 19, 2012
W2W4: Indiana vs. Georgia
By Kieran Darcy
Here are three things to watch for when No. 1 Indiana (3-0) faces Georgia (1-2) on Monday at the Barclays Center, in the semifinals of the Legends Classic.
Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m., and you can watch the game on ESPNU.
BIG KNIGHT: New Yorkers get a special treat this week, with the top-ranked team in the country in town. Adding to the intrigue Monday night, former Indiana coach Bob Knight will serve as one of the color commentators on ESPNU's broadcast.
How will Knight handle covering his former team? This is must-see TV. For more on the unique situation, click here.
THE HOOSIERS: Indiana opened the season with three blowout wins, over Bryant (97-54), North Dakota State (87-61) and Sam Houston State (99-45). It should get a tougher test Monday, although Georgia isn't off to a very good start (see below).
The Hoosiers are led by 7-foot sophomore Cody Zeller, who will be in the running for national player of the year. Zeller is averaging 17.7 points and 8.7 rebounds through three games. Four other players are averaging in double figures, including 6-foot-9 senior forward Christian Watford (14.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and 6-foot-7 junior forward Will Sheehey (12.3 ppg).
THE BULLDOGS: Georgia, picked to finish eighth in the SEC in the conference's preseason media poll, has suffered a pair of early-season losses after a six-point win over Jacksonville to start the year. The Bulldogs lost, at home no less, to both Youngstown State (68-52) and Southern Miss (62-60 in OT).
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard, is averaging 20.3 points and 6 rebounds per game -- but he's the only Bulldog scoring in double figures.