BATESVILLE — “They were pretty much everywhere,” said point guard Yogi Ferrell.
Indiana’s early offensive struggles were too much to overcome, especially
when Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams got it going on the other end of
the floor. The Hoosiers had no answer for Carter-Williams, who scored a
game-high 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting. Carter-Williams, usually a poor
perimeter shooter, also knocked down three shots from beyond the arc.
One of the main questions about the Hoosiers entering the season was
whether small guards Ferrell and Hulls could play together in the same
backcourt. For most of the season, the answer was ‘yes.’
But on Thursday night, both guards struggled against the length of
Syracuse. Ferrell committed four first-half turnovers and found himself on
the bench to start the second half. Neither he nor Hulls scored a single
Hulls was 0-of-3 from the field and had a hard time staying in front of
Brandon Triche on the defensive end. Hulls was just 7-of-31 from the field
in Indiana’s five postseason games, including 4-of-24 from beyond the arc.
“It’s a terrible way to go out,” Hulls said. “It will haunt me the rest of
Oladipo led Indiana with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting, and Cody Zeller
added 11 points and nine rebounds.
With the loss, the Hoosiers say goodbye to seniors Christian Watford,
Derek Elston and Hulls. There has also been a great deal of speculation
that Oladipo and Zeller may leave school early for the NBA Draft.
Both Oladipo and Zeller said they hadn’t yet thought about their futures.
"I have no clue,” Zeller said. “I don't know how it goes, I don't know
what happens from here. I was putting everything into this team, this
tournament. I haven't thought about it at all."