INDIANA HOOSIERS PREVIEW
October 18, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
PREVIEW: INDIANA HOOSIERS
2012-13 Record: 29-7, 14-4
2012-13 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Tom Crean
Coach Record: 84-82 at Indiana, 274-178 overall
Projected Starting Five: Kevin Ferrell, Sophomore, Guard, 7.6 points per game Evan Gordon, Senior, Guard, DNP last season at Indiana Will Sheehey, Senior, Forward, 9.5 points per game Jeremy Hollowell, Sophomore, Forward, 2.8 points per game Noah Vonleh, Freshman, Forward, DNP last season
By the Numbers: Scoring Offense: 78.6 (5th in nation, 1st in conference) Scoring Defense: 62.1 (57, 4) Field-Goal Percentage: 48.2 (8, 2) Field-Goal Defense: 39.0 (23, 2) Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.1 (75, 5) Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 40.3 (4, 1) Free-Throw Percentage: 74.3 (31, 1) Rebound Margin: 7.3 (11, 3) Assists Per Game: 14.3 (71, 5) Turnovers Per Game: 13.0 (155, 10)
Last season, there was only one question about the Indiana Hoosiers….where would they hang a sixth NCAA championships banner? Tom Crean had all kinds of talent and expectations were sky high. Coming into this season, Coach Crean must replace most of that talent (including two first round draft picks) and more than 70% of its scoring that led the Big Ten.
Questions for this team will need to be answered by freshmen and the returning players will have to shoulder more responsibility. “You can look at it as the glass half-empty that we lost so much, or you can look at it as a glass half-full,” Crean said. “We’re going to have such a young team and they’ll have that much more room for growth.”
Indiana has just one returning starter in point guard Yogi Ferrell. Farrell will have to stabilize the youth movement and run the basketball team as the floor leader now that Jordan Hulls has graduated. Transfer (Arizona State) Evan Gordon will be an immediate impact player. Gordon was a double digit scorer with the Sun Devils last season and he will give the young players a chance to develop.
Will Sheehey also returns and brings much needed experience in the absence of Cody Zeller, Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo. Sheehey developed a scorers’ mentality by playing in the World University Games in Russia. Sheehey will play more than 22 minutes per game this season.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea made strides as did Jeremy Hollowell last season and both will become a focal point for Coach Crean this season. Both will need to become more physical if they plan on becoming more effective in Big Ten play. Freshman power forward Noah Vonleh will be an immediate impact player. Vonleh will be one of the most talented freshmen in the country.
Other players that will get a chance to make a contribution will be Austin Etherington, Troy Williams, Devin Davis, Stanford Robinson, Peter Jurkin and Luke Fisher.
The Hoosiers have talent but it is very raw and unproven. Coach Crean will have to count on freshmen to play key roles but he has a way of plugging the holes quickly and getting the most out of his talent.