Hoosiers get in tough workout before matchup with Syracuse
By Dave Calabro, WTHR-TV Sports Director - bio | email
Victor Oladipo is playing in his hometown.
The Indiana Hoosiers went through a tough workout at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
Head Coach Tom Crean was very intense during the practice and was really working the players.
Syracuse is a long and lean team. Only one of their prime time players is shorter than 6'6" and they play a mean zone defense.
"They pose a lot of different problems with how well they play it, the length that they have. But I think all of us have played against the 2-3 zone sometime and, you know, Coach Crean has obviously coached against it, so hopefully we find some gaps," said Cody Zeller.
"I've always wanted to play here with this team, especially the Indiana Hoosiers and to show everybody why we chose here. To show how great this team is capable of being and for us to get an opportunity like that is a blessing," junior Victor Oladipo said.
The Hoosiers will have to hit their outside shots. Senior Jordan Hulls appears to be full strength again after hurting his shoulder against Temple.
"I'm good. I'm ready to go, the doctors have done a really good job getting me ready. Just ice and whatever they have to do to get me going and I'm ready to go tomorrow," Hulls said.
Oladipo was very much into the practice, as the game in D.C. is a homecoming for the IU junior. He attended DeMatha High School in the nation's capital and one of his friends, Jerami Grant, plays for Syracuse.
"That's my little brother, guys. I'm real close with his family. His big brother is my best friend from Notre Dame and we've known each other since freshman year, so he's my best friend, too. That whole family, they're like my brothers away from home, because I have no brothers, as you guys know, I have three sisters. I always used to go over there all the time, hang out over there and they essentially became my second family," Oladipo said.
"We was real close. I still text him now and then, every once in awhile, just to see how he's doing. It definitely should be exciting, two great teams going against each other, not just us two. But definitely looking forward to it," Grant said.
Eyewitness News will have live coverage of the Hoosiers' game with Syracuse Thursday night.