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INDIANA HOOSIERS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

October 7, 2012
Richmond High School



The Indiana Hoosiers will have a lot of expectations on them this season.  Many pre-season publications have Indiana ranked #1 or at least in their top 5.   The Hoosier return four starters from last years team that won 27 games, including a win over National Champion Kentucky, two other top five teams and two wins in the NCAA tournament.  Indiana could have lost Cody Zeller and Christian Watford to the NBA but both return with a bevy of experience returning and a great recruiting class.

In the frontcourt Indiana will rely again on Zeller.  He justified all the hype that surrounded him coming out of Washington High School.   Zeller led the Hoosiers in scoring and rebounding and tied for the team lead in steals.  Not bad for a freshman!   Zeller could have been a top 10 pick in the 2012 NBA draft but decided against moving to the next level.    Watford finished last season in impressive fashion.  He averaged almost 17 points per game to go along with nearly eight rebounds over Indiana’s final seven games.   Will Sheehey is a hard nosed, relentless worker at small forward.  He needs to expand his mid-range to this season.   Derek Elston will play all three frontcourt positions but needs to improve his rebounding.    Indiana will have three freshmen ready to make an early contribution including Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Jeremy Holowell and Peter Jurkin.   Coach Crean will have more frontcourt depth than he has had since joining the Hoosiers.

The Indiana backcourt  will have Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo returning.  Hulls is the teams’ best three point shooter while Oladipo is the teams’ best athlete.  Hulls averaged 11.7 ppg while shooting 49 percent from three point range.  Oladipo can get to the rim with the best of them.   Indiana added McDonald’s All-American guard Yogi Ferrell.   Crean feels Hulls will benefit greatly from having Ferrell on the team.  Question is, can they play together?   Remy Abel had a great summer and appears to be the most improved player.  He must be a better mid-range shooter.   Maurice Creek is back after another knee injury.

This is going to be a very good Indiana basketball team.  Are they good enough to win it all?  Some experts think they can.   Indiana was pushed around for many years and now they have the muscle to do some pushing themselves.   If Watford plays like he did over the final seven games last season, Zeller gets stronger and the freshmen step up, Indiana will make a run at another National Championship.

2012-13 Roster
Coaches 
No.NameHt.Wt.Pos.Yr./Elg.Hometown/High School/Last College
-10 sheehey will Will Sheehey 79 6-7 200 Forward 5 JR/2L Stuart, Fla./Sagemont
1 hulls jordan Jordan Hulls 72 6-0 182 Guard 7 SR/3L Bloomington, Ind./South
2 watford christian Christian Watford 81 6-9 232 Forward 7 SR/3L Birmingham, Ala./Shades Valley
3 creek maurice Maurice Creek 77 6-5 194 Guard 6 RS JR/2L Oxon Hill, Md./Hargrave Military Academy
4 oladipo victor Victor Oladipo 77 6-5 214 Guard 5 JR/2L Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha
10 marlin jonny Jonny Marlin 70 5-10 175 Guard 3 SO/TR Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove/IPFW
11 (yogi) ferrell kevin Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell 72 6-0 178 Guard 1 FR/HS Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor
12 mosquera-perea hanner Hanner Mosquera-Perea 80 6-8 225 Forward 1 FR/HS Istmina, Colombia/La Lumiere School
13 etherington austin Austin Etherington 78 6-6 206 Forward 3 SO/1L Cicero, Indiana/Hamilton Heights
15 smith raphael Raphael Smith 75 6-3 172 Guard 4 RS SO/1L South Bend, Ind./Riley
20 wayer taylor Taylor Wayer 71 5-11 172 Guard 5 JR/2L Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard
23 abell remy Remy Abell 76 6-4 201 Guard 3 SO/1L Louisville, Ky./Eastern
24 howard jeff Jeff Howard 80 6-8 224 Forward 5 JR/2L Westfield, Ind./Westfield
32 elston derek Derek Elston 81 6-9 216 Forward 7 SR/3L Tipton, Ind./Tipton
33 hollowell jeremy Jeremy Hollowell 80 6-8 217 Forward 1 FR/HS Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central
40 zeller cody Cody Zeller 84 7-0 240 Forward 3 SO/1L Washington, Ind./Washington
42 jurkin peter Peter Jurkin 84 7-0 230 Center 1 FR/HS Juba, South Sudan/United Faith Christian Academy
Coaches and Staff
Tom Crean - Head Coach
Tim Buckley - Associate Head Coach
Steve McClain - Associate Head Coach
Kenny Johnson - Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Calbert Cheaney - Dir. of Operations/Internal and External Player Devel
Je'Ney Jackson - Strength and Conditioning Coach
Tim Garl - Athletic Trainer
Jayd Grossman - Assistant Athletic Director-Basketball Administration

 

SCHEDULE

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
11/01/12 vs. Indiana Wesleyan TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
11/09/12 vs. Bryant University TV Bloomington, Ind. 8:00 p.m. ET
Legends Classic
11/12/12 vs. North Dakota State TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
11/15/12 vs. Sam Houston State TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
11/19/12 vs. Georgia TV Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center) 5:30 p.m. ET
11/20/12 UCLA or Georgetown TV Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center) 7:30pm / 10:00pm ET
11/25/12 vs. Ball State TV Bloomington, Ind. 6:00 p.m. ET
Big Ten/ACC Challenge
11/27/12 vs. North Carolina TV Bloomington, Ind. 9:30 p.m. ET
12/01/12 vs. Coppin State TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:30 p.m. ET
12/08/12 vs. Central Connecticut State TV Bloomington, Ind. 6:00 p.m. ET
Boston Scientific Close the Gap Crossroads Classic
12/15/12 vs. Butler TV Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) 2:00 p.m. ET
12/19/12 vs. Mount Saint Mary TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
12/21/12 vs. Florida Atlantic TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
12/28/12 vs. Jacksonville TV Bloomington, Ind. 8:00 p.m. ET
12/31/12 at Iowa * TV Iowa City, Iowa 4:00 p.m. ET
01/07/13 at Penn State * TV University Park, Pa. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/12/13 vs. Minnesota * TV Bloomington, Ind. 12:00 p.m. ET
01/15/13 vs. Wisconsin * TV Bloomington, Ind. 9:00 p.m. ET
01/20/13 at Northwestern * TV Evanston, Ill. 1:00 p.m. ET
01/23/13 vs. Penn State * TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/27/13 vs. Michigan State * TV Bloomington, Ind. 1:00 p.m. ET
01/30/13 at Purdue * TV West Lafayette, Ind. 8:30 p.m. ET
02/02/13 vs. Michigan (ESPN College Gameday) * TV Bloomington, Ind. 9:00 p.m. ET
02/07/13 at Illinois * TV Champaign, Ill. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/10/13 at Ohio State * TV Columbus, Ohio 1:00 p.m. ET
02/13/13 vs. Nebraska * TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/16/13 vs. Purdue * TV Bloomington, Ind. 2:00 p.m. ET
02/19/13 at Michigan State * TV East Lansing, Mich. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/26/13 at Minnesota * TV Minneapolis, Minn. 7:00 p.m. ET
03/02/13 vs. Iowa * TV Bloomington, Ind. 7:30 p.m. ET
03/05/13 vs. Ohio State * TV Blommington, Ind. 9:00 p.m. ET
03/10/13 at Michigan * Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
Big Ten Tournament (United Center)
03/14/13 Big Ten Tournament Chicago, Ill. TBA
03/16/13 Big Ten Tournament Chicago, Ill. TBA
03/15/13 Big Ten Tournament Chicago, Ill. TBA
03/17/13 Big Ten Tournament Chicago, Ill. TBA

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