Devyn Marble, Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller

Hulls scoreless in Indiana’s close win at Iowa

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Indiana was able to hold off Iowa in a 69-65 victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Monday, and they did it without anything from Jordan Hulls, offensively. Literally.

The senior guard who has been the deep threat and the offensive stalwart on the perimeter for the Hoosiers finished with no points after missing all 10 of his shots, including four three-pointers.

Hulls had an off-day shooting, and finished with six assists, three rebounds and two steals in the win.

That’s got to be a disconcerting sign for Indiana fans. He’s the most reliable perimeter threat for the team and makes them tick whenever Cody Zeller is off. Hulls averages 11.8 points per game and is hitting a ridiculous 54.4-percent from the three-point line on the season.

Playing their conference opener, that’s a bad way to start. If a team that’s rebuilding like the Hawkeyes are can hold him — which they did. Iowa did a great job of hedging perimeter screens and always keeping an eye on him — what happens when it’s time to play Ohio State? Michigan? It’s nowhere near a time to panic or anything, just a something to watch. Hulls has been the model of consistency in terms of scoring for Indiana over his four seasons, averaging 11 points per game since he was a sophomore.

Zeller, however, did Cody Zeller things on Monday, finishing with 19 points and 10 boards on 7-of-12 shooting in the victory. Victor Oladipo had 14 and Christian Watford finished with 11. Will Sheehey had 13.

Aaron White finished with 15 in 33 minutes and Roy Marble had 14 in 33 minutes for Iowa, who stayed in it despite a 3-for-17 shooting day from three. That has to upset Fran McCaffery, knowing that even an average day from the perimeter could’ve meant an upset. Especially when Marble went 1-for-14 overall from the field. Iowa was 21-for-63 (33.3 percent) overall from the field.

David Harten is a sportswriter and college basketball blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

Top-25 guard trims list to six

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One of the top points guards in the Class of 2017 has trimmed his list of potential collegiate destinations to six.

Trae Young, a consensus top-25 recruit, listed Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Oklahoma State and Kentucky as the schools he is considering as he readies to begin his senior year of high school.

The list of the 6-foot-2 point guard is largely provincial as it includes Oklahoma, whose campus is just minutes away from Young’s Norman North High School, and fellow in-state school Oklahoma. Another pair of Big 12 schools make the list in powerhouse Kansas and the Red Raiders, whose first-year coach, Chris Beard, has spent the bulk of his career working in Texas. Texas Tech is also Young’s father’s alma mater. Washington has been on a role sending its players to the pros and recently received the commitment of top-five 2017 recruit Michael Porter, Jr.

Kentucky, of course, needs no explanation as to its attractiveness to high-level players.

Top-100 guard commits to Xavier

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Xavier has added a top-100 prospect into its 2017 recruiting class Wednesday.

Elias Harden, a shooting guard from Georgia, pledged to the Musketeers via social media to become the second member of Chris Mack’s next class.

“The recruiting process was not EASY AT ALL,” Harden wrote on Twitter. “I wanna thank all the coaches that took time to recruit me.

“WIth that being said I will continue my academic and athletic career at Xavier University.”

The 6-foot-6 guard is ranked 92nd overall by 247Sports and had offers from Auburn, Maryland, Texas Tech and Ole Miss. He joins Jared Ridder, a Missouri guard, as part of the 2017 Xavier class.

The Musketeers return the bulk of last year’s 28-6 team that narrowly missed out on the Sweet 16.

Clemson recruit to enroll early

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Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.

A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.

“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”

Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.

A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017

The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.

Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training

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Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.

You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:

“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”

Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”

Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”

And that led to “I’ll kill you”:

(h/t KSR)

VIDEO: Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, with monster dunk in Vegas

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Shareef O’Neal is a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2018. In Vegas this past weekend, he threw down a monster put-back dunk.