WASHINGTON, D.C. (WISH) - Indiana University basketball Coach Tom Crean took his team though a full workout on Wednesday at the Verizon Center during open practice.
The Number 1 seed in the East Region Hoosiers will face the Number 4 seed Syracuse Orange on Thursday night at 9:45 p.m. on WISH-TV in the Sweet 16.
Crean said the Orange will be the most explosive team his Hoosiers have faced this season. One reason is because of Syracuse's difficult 2-3 zone.
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"It allows you to be a little bit more creative. I don't think you can look at that zone and think you're going to beat it any one way, but I don't think you can look at the zone and think you can stand around and pass the ball around the perimeter, either. That is a recipe for defeat," said Crean. "We've got to be solid with what we do, assertive and aggressive and we've got to have a lot of ability to adjust and change against it."
Jordan Hulls, who suffered a shoulder injury last week against Temple in the Round of 32, told WISH-TV that he will be at full strength against the Orange. The Hoosiers will need Hulls especially against the Syracuse zone.
Hulls' ability to shoot from long range is critical against the zone.
"Shoulder is good, once it got loose, I was able to shoot well. The doctors are doing a great job of getting me back in shape, feeling good," said Hulls.
The winner of the Indiana versus Syracuse game will face the winner of Miami and Marquette Saturday night in the Elite 8.
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