Well, that was a fun half of basketball.
The Hoosiers (7-1) shots 55.2 percent and hit 7-of-10 shots from beyond the arc, but trail because of their 13 turnovers. Stanford Robinson had four turnovers in limited minutes off the bench, and Troy Williams has also struggled in the category.
Louisville (7-0) threatened to run away and hide late in the half, but IU closed the half strong to stay in the game. Louisville's Montrezl Harrell picked up his second foul on a charge late in the half and had to go to the bench, sparking IU's run.
Nick Zeisloft was tremendous in the first half. He had nine points on three 3-pointers, including back-to-back 3s after Louisville went ahead by 13 points. Zeisloft has been solid for the Hoosiers all year after transferring from Illinois State. He's a warrior and absolutely hates to lose. He's showing some great leadership tonight.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea also played his best half as a Hoosier. He had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, and he did it on impressive moves against bigger players from Louisville early in the game. Mosquera-Perea made a running hook, a nifty reverse layup, and dunked in the face of the 6-foot-10 Chinanu Onuaku.
Indiana struggled defensively against the bigger Cardinals who play incredibly fast. Louisville got an incredible 47 shots off in the first 20 minutes and had 14 offensive rebounds. Harrell had 12 points and six rebounds on 6-of-8 shooing in the first half.
James Blackmon Jr. also has eight points for IU at the half, and Yogi Ferrell has four points and a team-high six rebounds. Ferrell is going to have to play heavy minutes in the second half because of IU's difficulties handling the ball against the press. IU turned it over three times in a row against the press when Robinson and Robert Johnson were in charge of the ball handling. Ferrell also has four assists.
Tom Crean needs to shorten his bench and ride his best players in the second half. If you're going to go down, go down fighting with your best players.