IU notebook: Jordan Hulls comes back from injury
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org March 24, 2013 8:18PM
Updated: April 26, 2013 6:41AM
DAYTON, Ohio — Jordan Hulls was in pain. The Indiana senior guard was receiving a pass from sophomore forward Cody Zeller when Temple’s Scootie Randall collided with him with 12:26 left in the first half of Sunday’s 58-52 victory against the Owls at University of Dayton Arena.
Hulls remained in the game for about another minute, and then took a break. He returned briefly, but left for the rest of the half with 7:41 to go.
Hulls eventually went back to Indiana’s locker room for evaluation.
When IU came back on the court before the start of the second half, Hulls was there with his teammates going through the layup line.
He made his way back on the court, and finished with five points in the third round East Region victory.
“My shoulder is good,” Hulls said. “I’m sure it will be a little sore, but nothing too serious. You’d have to do a lot more to me than that to keep me off the floor in this kind of situation.
“My teammates had confidence in me, and I was able to knock down some shots in the second half.”
Experience pays off: Indiana players said the grind of the Big Ten helped prepare them for Sunday’s late-game situation. The Hoosiers scored the game’s final 10 points.
“That’s what we’ve been doing all year,” Zeller said. “We’ve been in a lot of close games throughout the Big Ten especially. We’ve got a mature group.”
Heading home: Thursday’s regional semifinal against Syracuse in Washington, D.C., will mark a bit of a homecoming for junior Victor Oladipo. The guard is from Upper Marlboro, Md.
“It’s a great feeling,” Oladipo said. “I’m just glad that we’re going. We want to be successful there. So it’s going to be fun playing in front of family and friends and all that, but it’s a business trip. We’re on a mission.”