From the get go of this matchup we're treated with the anti-shot clock narrative. Lets see how the first half played out:
- Both teams playing very, very fast.
- Yogi Ferrell and Blackmon are very, very good. Very precise when it comes to finding an open man.
- Creighton defense has almost no time to set, forcing them to play from behind on almost every possession.
- Khyri Thomas is incredibly good, but still a freshman and has made a few glaring mistakes.
- Indiana is pretty good. Huge run halfway through the game to put 'em up by 16 completely swinging the momentum.
- Yogi Ferrell is really good. He's also very good at drawing offensive fouls.
- Creighton implemented the zone defense once Indiana slowed the ball down. It sort of worked, but Indiana cannot miss. McDermott could throw any defense out there, including tossing in a 6th, 7th or 8th guy, and the Hoosiers would still find a way to score on it.
- If Creighton expects to make this competitive they'll need to get James Milliken and Isaiah Zierden going. Khyri Thomas needs to stay out of foul trouble as he's a catalyst on defense. Also, perhaps less Clement at the point.
* - Creighton shot 38% from the free throw line, going 3-8. That's as unclutch as it gets.
* - Creighton shot 33% from deep, yet shot 50% from the field. We've eclipsed the weirdest timeline.
Enjoy the second half or something, whatever.