Pomeroy Preview: Indiana at Boston College

  • 12/01/2010 1:54 pm in

A few things pop out here:

1) Free throws should be something to watch tonight. Boston College ranks 237th in the nation in free-throw rate, so the Eagles aren’t getting to the line all that often. As I detailed yesterday, Indiana has been giving up a lot of free throws so far this season — ranking 290th in opponents’ free-throw rate. So it’ll be interesting to see what gives: Will the Hoosiers continue their ways of putting the opposition on the line regardless of if it’s actually in the other team’s DNA?

2) Turnovers present an interesting case study, too. IU has been great at getting other teams to cough up the ball so far this year, but Boston College is one of the best ballhandling teams in the nation at this juncture. Again, we’ll see what gives here once the ball tips. The Eagles are only 202nd in defensive turnover percentage, so despite many comments from the ITH faithful about their sound pressure D, the numbers don’t present them as overly intimidating in this regard — though they may certainly still test the Hoosiers this evening.

3) Because Boston College takes care of the ball and is shooting well enough, their adjusted offensive¬†efficiency (112.9 points per 100 possessions)¬†is higher than Indiana’s (105.1). Indiana’s adjusted defensive efficiency (91.2), though, has been very good, putting them in the Top 40 in the nation. So with a tougher offensive opponent on the other side of the ball, IU’s defensive prowess could be put to the test a bit more this evening.

Note: Alex made this chart for me without Tuesday’s games reflected in the rankings, so a few are a touch off.

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  • Luke72

    Great run down on the stats! The intangibles for this years team are this year’s freshman class. With Guy no longer in the picture the ability of players top play inside D becomes huge! TP is going to have to get help! Elton’s play becomes vital! They will all have to really hit the boards to make up for the lack of an inside power! Even though it will be tough they will come out of it all much tougher and by next year ready to push into that upper half of the big ten standings!

  • Anonymous

    I remember watching the ’94 Sweet 16 game in my dorm room. What a deflating night. Freakin’ Bill Curley!

    GO HOOSIERS!

  • BFowler

    The rebounding numbers jumped out to me as well. BC does not seem to be that strong of a rebounding team (if I am reading this right, Ryan). I understand some of this may be inflated/deflated based on competition, but it seems that rebounding is strongly in our corner.

  • BFowler

    Do you remember after the game, in the post game commentary, when the announcer held up the SI cover with Curley on it, that said “Take that, TarHeels!”; then they covered it with a piece of paper that said “Hoosiers”?

    Drove me nuts……

  • Indeed.

    Didn’t mention it at all, but Indiana has the edge in rebounding heading into the matchup by a wide margin.

    Good catch.

  • IUJeff

    To me, it looks like BC has a LOT more experience than IU. 8 seniors. 4 juniors. Besides being a true road game, the difference in experience may end up as the determining factor.

    No. Name Class Position Height Ht. Wt.
    0 Reggie Jackson JR Guard 6-3 208
    4 Gabriel Moton 1 FR Guard 6-2 170
    5 Biko Paris 7 SR Guard 6-1 194
    11 Corey Raji 7 SR Forward 6-6 218
    12 Joe Trapani 7 SR Forward 6-8 232
    14 Nick Mosakowski SR Guard 6-1 187
    15 Matt Humphrey JR Guard 6-5 185
    20 John Cahill SR Guard 6-1 170
    24 Chris Kowalski SR Forward 6-6 240
    25 Peter Rehnquist JR Guard/Forward 6-4 210
    30 Dallas Elmore JR Guard 6-5 210
    31 Danny Rubin FR Guard 6-6 170
    52 Josh Southern SR Center 6-10 263
    55 Cortney Dunn SR Forward 6-8 238

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    To ease the pain of losing Guy a win tonite and some solid post play would be two scoops of awesome. This game will be a great test against a well coached athletic team from a big boy conference. …..on the road!

  • Anonymous

    I am excited for this game! Didn’t expect to be this excited, but I am. Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!

  • I was one of the people commenting on BC’s defense in past threads. I wonder if that 1-3-1 half court trap I was referencing is something they’ve been running all season so far or maybe something they put in after the Yale loss?

    Anyone have an idea? It would maybe help understand their turnover numbers better.

  • I was one of the people commenting on BC’s defense in past threads. I wonder if that 1-3-1 half court trap I was referencing is something they’ve been running all season so far or maybe something they put in after the Yale loss?

    Anyone have an idea? It would maybe help understand their turnover numbers better.

  • I was one of the people commenting on BC’s defense in past threads. I wonder if that 1-3-1 half court trap I was referencing is something they’ve been running all season so far or maybe something they put in after the Yale loss?

    Anyone have an idea? It would maybe help understand their turnover numbers better.

  • I was one of the people commenting on BC’s defense in past threads. I wonder if that 1-3-1 half court trap I was referencing is something they’ve been running all season so far or maybe something they put in after the Yale loss?

    Anyone have an idea? It would maybe help understand their turnover numbers better.

  • Anonymous

    Florida Gulf Coast – 56.9 (6)
    Wright St. – 44.2 (82)
    Miss. Valley St. – 33.1 (259)
    Evansville – 49.8 (39)
    NC Central – 31.8 (273)
    Northwestern St. – 45.5 (71)

  • Anonymous

    regarding the pain of losing guy…..i just love how cam newton is cleared today. pffft

  • millzy32

    A win tonight by IU and how about a sweep overall by the Big Ten tonight vs the ACC. Love to beat those guys 9-2 but 8-3 or 7-4 would be pretty awesome as well. My guess is that even with an IU win that the Big Ten will be 7-4 in the challenge. So tired of losing this challenge every year. Good to see that the Big Ten should be back and winning it again especially with our Hoosiers coming back to prominence.

  • millzy32

    Did you see NW running that 1-3-1 last night with that little PG of theirs? I actually couldn’t believe it. They schooled a bad Ga Tech team but I did see him get dunked on pretty huge being back there. I’ve never heard of putting your smallest guy at the back of the 1-3-1.

  • BaseballBuc

    Given IU’s turnover issues, I would be stunned if we didn’t see some sort of trap at some point. Steve Donahue used to run a similar system at Cornell. Being so long especially Reggie Jackson, its going to be a lot tougher to move the ball than it has been so far.

  • MillaRed

    I cannot wait to see any team try to press or trap IU once Yogi arrives…..

  • Adam B

    It’s actually not that big of a deal. If you play it correctly, your two wings should be helping him a majority of the time. These guys are generally your longer players (besides the top man) and deter any alley-oop attempts.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    BFowler,
    I noticed the same thing and was going to post such. Once again, as CTC says, Defense and Rebounding are Key. It looks as if we match up well with BC, so if we play solid D and win the boards we should be able to pull this out…if we are hitting our shots and the game isn’t determine at the line.

    For what it’s worth. I’ve always have put a little faith in the RPI ratings. I’ve been watching IU slowly climb since our first game. I know it’s early and the RPI has been changing rapidly but IU now stands at 51 overall and has moved almost every day.

    Go Hoosiers.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    The reason IU will win tonite will be….
    + J.Rivers D and Bobby C. inspired play
    + Roth will hit a big shot
    +Watford and VJ will lead us in scoring…

    Write it down..

  • Anonymous

    So freakin’ excited!! Let’s go HOOSIERS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    That won’t happen. Milla I have watched at least three pressing high school teams here in Indy that did not press Yogi not one time last season. He creates too much for himself and others to even go that route….not to mention he is surrounded by shooters.

  • Aschick11

    I kind of like our numbers and chances here tonight. We just need to play strong in the middle and I think we’ll be okay.