Pomeroy Preview: Indiana at Kentucky

  • 12/10/2010 2:12 pm in

Three points of interest:

1) Kentucky is quite good on both sides of the ball — ranking in the Top 15 in both adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency. Their turnover percentage (16.4 percent) is impressive as well. If this holds tomorrow, Indiana is going to be in for a tough test.

2) We know the Hoosiers turn the ball over a lot. But Kentucky only ranks 323rd in defensive turnover percentage (17.0 percent), so Indiana might be able to exploit this and keep the turnovers down. Of course, the Hoosiers’ turnovers are often self-inflicted, so this might not matter as much in the end. (In case you missed it, Tom Crean was pretty direct in his comments at yesterday’s press conference: The Hoosiers have to do a better job of taking care of the ball.)

3) The battle of the boards should be an interesting one. Indiana is a strong offensive rebounding team (offensive-rebounding percentage: 38.8 percent), but Kentucky is good on the defensive boards (holding opponents to an offensive-rebounding percentage of 27.7 percent, 35th in the nation) and have superior length. If the Hoosiers can win this battle, it’ll help them to more second-chance opportunities, which will be¬†crucial¬†against a good team on the road.

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  • One thing to point out: To-date UK’s strength of schedule, according to Pomeroy, is No. 3 in the nation. IU’s schedule is No. 298.

  • Anonymous

    Ouch. Those are really opposite ends of the spectrum.

  • WMR

    Just saw that Hulls has the 22nd best 3P% in the NCAA and of those in front of him, only 3 have more 3 pt made. I’m pretty proud of Jordie right now. Keep it up.

  • Anonymous

    Off topic, but…How about Matt Carlino transferring from UCLA. Not that I want the kid back or wish him any ill, but it’s kind of funny how karma works.

  • I think I’ve already explained this about 50 times, but here it goes again: The ads are pulled in via Yardbarker, who fills the inventory on the banner ads. We don’t sell any of the ads beyond the direct sponsorships of Joe’s Bar and T.I.S.

  • Anonymous

    Verdell Jones tweet just now: ‘You kidding me? Couldn’t be worse timing. Damn man.’

    I really hope we are going to be short handed tomorrow. Afraid he may be referring to his ankle.

  • Maybe he was talking about Carlino transferring to IU next semester. Ha ha, yeah, I hope it’s not the ankle.

  • On the bright side, he gets to have two freshman years of college.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Of course I meant we are not short handed tomorrow. Still getting used to typing on my new phone. How about an ITH app for the Droid huh? I’ll pay some good $ for that.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    WHAT? Where is he going? Hey maybe he is going back to Bloomington South for his Senior year?

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    They’re tired and we’re well rested!

    Pots half full my friend, half full.

  • HoosierDavey

    Or one of our bigs is out…

  • Matt’s father promised him that if he went back to school and passed every grade level then he’d get to run his father’s chain of hotels. Or something.

  • Looks like you’d need to sell your own inventory to use it.

  • Anonymous

    The bigger they are, the harder they fall.. right?

  • HoosierFromCT

    looks like a baller but do we need him?

  • Anonymous

    With only one point guard in the fold regarding the recruits, I’d say yes, we do.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    I am going to go with yes….read a nice write up about him, could end up 6’7, has a big ten body, provides something we need. I can see Crean’s attraction, can get to and finish at the rim, strong rebounding guard, can play multiple positions.

  • Anonymous

    Kelin, just how did both Scout and Rivals totally miss this guy? I say no! If McGary is eligible for 2011, then I say yes to him first. If Chandler is eligible for 2011, then I say yes to him second, if we can’t get McGary. But, if a kid is not mentioned by either Scout or by Rivals and is not BIG then I say no! Let’s keep with the Harris and Hollowell program for 2012!

  • jgongora86

    Crean knows how to spot talented guards. Outside of the obvious Dwayne Wade example, Crean was able to identify Kyrie Irving’s talent way before anyone else. Also B.J Young is going to be awesome in 2011 as well. If Crean likes this guy, then I don’t care what those scouting boards say.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I kind of agree with you here. CTC seems to know guards. Look how much better VO and Will are than their rankings reflected. Shoot, even VJ3 was a nobody recruit and he has been pretty good.

    I say if there isn’t a big that fits the scheme in 2011 and he thinks he’s going to be a stud then I’ll trust CTC on this one.

  • HoosierFromCT

    but we have enough guards! and with Yogi coming soon, where does this guy fit in?

  • jgongora86

    we don’t have enough point guards. I like hulls but he’s not fast enough and faster guards can easily drive past him for the easy score.

  • jgongora86

    Hey Alex, I have no clue how you do it but is there anyway you can give Kelvin Amayo a call? I just want to know about his game. This kid knows when to pass and when to drive in for the quick score. Plus he’s huge and looks he would fit perfectly with the big ten.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    Lets not forget the original class Crean was pursuing for 2011 was Etherington, Zeller, and Young or Aaron Thomas as a spring signing…..I believe he is going to add another for 2011

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    Stop staring at me swan!

  • He kinda looks like what we all thought Jeremiah Davis was going to be: a semi-bulky PG that could bully his way into the lane.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Totally agree. What is we get Harris…are we just considering he is one and done. Where will this guy fit in if not?

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    The guy looks like a running back. What does he bench? 400???

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Spread for today’s game is 13 1/2 points. I think I would take that.

    Kelvin Amayo would fit nicely into CTC system plus he may be a four year player but I don’t know how he would work out with the Scolly situation. Especially if we are looking at Harris, Chandler and McGary?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    On a different note.
    Just as an FYI, when I attended HH they were handing out forms for free tickets in the Balcony sections. I received two sets of tickets which in turn placed my name in IU’s system. I recieved a call to purchased tickets to the Ohio St game in the student section row 5 for face value since that is a Holiday weekend. Totally estatic. My point is that there were more tickets available for that game but may be going fast.
    All you have to do is call the IU ticket office to get tickets 812.855.4006.
    Good luck.

  • Anonymous

    Here are my thoughts on why Crean’s approach to program building will lead to “Banners” and Calipari’s will not. In Calipari’s “system” of ‘one-and-done”, every September, if you play at KY and have NOT been drafted by the NBA, you are a failure, and you move down towards the end of the bench to make room for the new crop of “great ones”. How can you have confidence, how can you really work the off-season, and how can you stay driven and focused to get better? This year there were 7 new “great ones”. Kanter is permanently ineligible because he was a paid professional. Out of the other 5 freshmen 3, Jones, Knight and Lamb, look like NBA guys at the end of the season; 2, Poole and Polson don’t have the “I am ready now game”. One other, Vargas, a JUCO, needs lots of work, but he is 6’11, so he will play. So next year Poole and Polson will be the failures, at the end of the bench ahead of Hood, who will then be twice a failure, the only sophomore now at KY, but still behind Miller, Liggins, and Vargas, the juniors now who are getting playing time, as 6-7 new “great ones” arrive to dominate the team. When you don’t play some of the freshmen, like Poole and Polson, then only 4-5 “great ones” will come the next year or so, knowing that 4 is about the maximum of freshmen from one team that will be drafted by the NBA. The “one-and-done” label actually applies to the sophomores, juniors, and seniors at KY. They did not succeed at KY in their freshman year, i.e. they were not drafted by the NBA after their first year at KY; they will never be drafted by the NBA because they will be the 7th-13th option on a team with talent every year. They had their one shot at glory and failed. It is sort of hard to have “confidence” in your abilities under those circumstances despite the shallow words of Calipari. If he really had confidence in you, then he would run his offense through you, not through Jones, Knight and Lamb! It is a sad system for someone who can grow their game and work to improve over 2-4 years, but doesn’t have a spectacular game as a freshman. That should be a real recruiting advantage to IU in the future. Plus the other result is that you never have a team with good chemistry, maturity, and closeness. Your first year is cutthroat. As a Junior why would I help a freshman when it will mean that I will never get a chance to shine? That is why Calipari has NEVER made it further in the NCAA Tourney than the Elite Eight! And yes, if you cheat to get there, get caught, are forced to vacate all of your wins for the season, and stripped of all mention in the official records, then IT DID NOT HAPPEN!

  • Anonymous

    Irving was known to everyone and very highly ranked by both Scout and Rivals long before IU started recruiting him.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t want “another” who is not as good as either Young or Thomas. I only want top talent! Both McGary (2012 Rivals # 92, Scout # 65) and Chandler (Rivals # 47, Scout # 84) are top talent: others are Daniels (Rivals #9, Scout #35), McLemore (#17/#34), Lacey (#34/#63), Chol (#76/#43) and Porter (#97/#49). I want in 2012 Harris (#24/#14) and Hollowell (#39/#23) and Hammons (#56/#40) much more!

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    I think you can look at this kid and can see he has the same skill set as BJ Young, only he is bigger in every way. Aaron Thomas didn’t fill a need at IU a player like K.A. would as evident last night…

  • jgongora86

    Then why did teams like duke recruit him late in the process? I remember when we first heard of him we asking ourselves who he was. Anyway this kid has awesome handles and is big enough to muscle away his defender. If Crean says yes, I say yes (when it comes to guards).

  • Anonymous

    Do you think that he will be better in Sept 2011 than Will Sheehey after Will has a full year of playing and training at IU? If Aaron Thomas, at 6’4-6’5 scores in college like he did in AAU ball, then he is much like Mo Creek (healthy). That is a big need at IU as the KY game proved. I can’t tell anything from a 30 sec video. Why did Rivals and Scout miss him?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think that it was late in the process. Do you remember when Crean fired McCloud? That was about 6-8 months after Irving said no to IU. Duke was firmly in the recruitment at that time. Irving was no surprise to anyone.

  • jgongora86

    Yeah, but Crean recruited Irving waaaaaaaaaaay before that. Usually kids should be heavily recruited by the beginning of their junior year of high school. The problem was that Irving was injured and could not make some important aau tournaments to garner such early high rankings. Thats why Irving liked IU, Crean knew who he was while he was injured.

  • Anonymous

    Good info that I did not know. Thanks.