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Even Tom Crean seemed surprised when he entered Assembly Hall last night and looked up at a sold-out crowd. For the first time in the season-opening event's history, they had to shut the doors a couple of hours early, with throngs of fans left out in the parking lot. A few things were clear to those lucky enough to get a seat:
• Forget reasonable ticket prices this year. The hype surrounding this team has already driven average prices for Big Ten games to well over $100 on StubHub.
• Cody Zeller can shoot. The 7-footer won the 3-point competition over the favored Jordan Hulls, making it clear the big man has been working on his range.
• Maurice Creek may have some basketball in him yet. Once a 30-point-a-game star, Creek hasn't played much for two years. The perenially injured guard shot the lights out and seemed to move well last night.
• Time to start worrying about Hanner Mosquera-Perea. The second most highly-rated recruit in the celebrated freshman class (after Yogi Ferrell) wore a boot cast last night and has been plagued by a foot injury. He did not participate.
• This team is not shying away from its preseason No. 1 ranking. The giant screen above the court repeatedly touted the number. We'll learn how good the squad actually is on Nov. 1 when they open against Indiana Wesleyan.
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