New York Colleges: Indiana Hoosiers

Rapid Reaction: Indiana 66, Georgia 53

November, 19, 2012
What it means: Indiana got its first test of the season, and passed.

The No. 1-ranked Hoosiers defeated Georgia 66-53 on Tuesday, in the semifinals of the Legends Classic, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

After three cakewalks against Bryant, North Dakota State and Sam Houston State, Indiana was finally challenged -- don’t be fooled by the final score. Georgia had already lost to Youngstown State and Southern Miss, but the Bulldogs gave the top dogs their best shot. Indiana better get used to that, as long as it remains No. 1.

The skinny: Indiana guard Jordan Hulls opened the game with a 3-pointer, but Georgia led for most of the first half, by as many as five. Cody Zeller, the preseason national player of the year, sat after his second foul with 9:06 left. The Bulldogs led 30-29 at intermission.

The game remained tight midway through the second half, with Georgia trailing by just three, 45-42, with under nine minutes left. Then Indiana finally broke the game open with back-to-back treys, both by Hulls, to make it 51-42 at the under-8 media timeout. The Hoosiers put the game away from there. They didn't play particularly well, but they found a way to win.

Star watch: Zeller had a very quiet night, finishing with just six points and four rebounds, taking just four shots from the field in 27 minutes. Indiana’s guards stepped up -- particularly Victor Oladipo (15 points, 8 rebounds) and Hulls (14 points, 4-for-6 from 3-point range). Forward Christian Watford also scored 14 points. Hulls clearly sparked the team in the second half, with his energy and his shooting.

For Georgia, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Vincent Williams had 14 points apiece.

Number crunch: It was a tale of two halves for Indiana, in terms of shooting. The Hoosiers were 32 percent from the field in the first half (8-for-25), and 58.3 percent in the second half (14-for-24).

Georgia, on the other hand, shot the ball poorly the entire game -- 34.6 percent in the first half (9-for-26), 33.3 percent in the second half (8-for-24).

What’s next: Indiana will play the winner of Monday’s second semifinal, between No. 11 UCLA and Georgetown, in the championship game, Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.

Georgia will play in the consolation game, at 7 p.m.

W2W4: Indiana vs. Georgia

November, 19, 2012
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.

Barclays to host stacked Legends Classic

March, 7, 2012
The Legends Classic is moving from New Jersey to the new Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn this fall, and they've put together a heck of a field, featuring some of the most storied college hoops programs in the country.

UCLA, Indiana, Georgetown and Georgia will participate in a pair of doubleheaders at the Barclays Center, on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20.

Click here to read more.