Know Thy Opponent: IUPUI Jaguars

  • 11/17/2008 10:18 pm in

After losing George Hill as an early entry candidate to the NBA Draft, IUPUI is in rebuilding mode.

The Jaguars split their first two games in the 2K Sports Classic, falling 73-60 in the opener to Northeastern while beating Michigan Tech 65-51 in the consolation game. They’re also one of the most inexperienced teams in the country. Sound familiar?

Ron Hunter’s club, picked to finish fourth in the Summit League, will be without its lone senior and top returning scorer, 5-10 Gary Patterson (broken left hand). Patterson had surgery on October 30 and is expected to return by the end of the month.

Without Patterson, just three IUPUI players are upperclassmen. Through the first two games, freshman Alex Young is leading the way with 16.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg.

Beyond Young, Hunter will look to sophomore guard LeRoy Nobles, junior forward Robert Glenn and junior forward Jon Avery to help get through a season that will surely have its ups and downs.

“I think everyone expects us to fall off with George (Hill) being in the NBA,” Hunter said at media day for the Summit League. “We think we’ve got a pretty good team here.”

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  • student

    Ron Hunter's shoes campaign last year was absolutely great.

  • JerryCT

    It will be a nice test for each team's wing players, where they get most of their points.

  • Looking forward to this game, but only half because I don't want to lose. I hate to lose, why do we have to lose games? heh heh, Chill girl

  • southsidehitmen

    It'll be interesting to see if the energy is at the same level it was on Saturday.

    A young team like IU could be be tempted to looking ahead to warm Maui and (gag) Big bad 9th ranked Notre Dame.

    If they come out flat with their heads somewhere else, they could get beat. If they play with the same vigor as Saturday, I think they'll be fine tonight.

  • flahoosier

    I think they will blow out IUPUI if they play well. Most encouraging from the last game was that IU didn't really play that well and still blew out NWSU. Cut down on turnovers and don't turn the opponents missed free throw in to the opponents advantage and we should win by 15 or more. Will be interesting to see if Dumes can score on a nightly basis. Personally, I hope for Jobe to play a ton cause it means we are winning and I'll get some good laughs at the tv.

  • Kelin Blab

    Is this game on BTN?

  • Sallad

    Yes, and it starts at 6:30.

  • Yeah, starts at 6:30.

  • JerryCT

    I watched alot of games last night. UCONN had a hard time w Hartford and PU wore down EMU w defense. I really believe Crean has us playing our offense more like our mid season form than what I saw from all the teams last night except Pitt. I hope we keep getting better.

  • JerryCT

    It will be a nice test for each team's wing players, where they get most of their points.

  • Looking forward to this game…..

    Keys to the game:
    #1: turn-overs – got to cut those in thirds. Can't have that if we expect to win more than a couple games this season.
    #2: Shooting – three pointers have been especially off in these first couple games, uh fix like right now.
    #3: Offensive rebounds – if the shooting is still off, this would help a lot. Of course, any rebounds helps….

  • southsidehitmen

    It'll be interesting to see if the energy is at the same level it was on Saturday.

    A young team like IU could be be tempted to looking ahead to warm Maui and (gag) Big bad 9th ranked Notre Dame.

    If they come out flat with their heads somewhere else, they could get beat. If they play with the same vigor as Saturday, I think they'll be fine tonight.

  • cooper

    I think they will blow out IUPUI if they play well. Most encouraging from the last game was that IU didn't really play that well and still blew out NWSU. Cut down on turnovers and don't turn the opponents missed free throw in to the opponents advantage and we should win by 15 or more. Will be interesting to see if Dumes can score on a nightly basis. Personally, I hope for Jobe to play a ton cause it means we are winning and I'll get some good laughs at the tv.

  • Kelin Blab

    Is this game on BTN?

  • Sallad

    Yes, and it starts at 6:30.

  • Yeah, starts at 6:30.

  • JerryCT

    I watched alot of games last night. UCONN had a hard time w Hartford and PU wore down EMU w defense. I really believe Crean has us playing our offense more like our mid season form than what I saw from all the teams last night except Pitt. I hope we keep getting better.