The Minute After: University of Indianapolis

  • 11/05/2011 10:02 pm in

Scattered thoughts on a 90-72 win over the Greyhounds (Photo by Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports):

BUCKETS

Indiana, as its more than capable of, shot the ball with efficiency this evening. The Hoosiers’ effective field-goal percentage finished up at 59.3 percent for the game, and it received strong shooting for a host of players. Will Sheehey — who led the team in scoring with 18 points and continues to show vast improvement from last season — was 8-of-11 from the floor (1-of-1 from three). Cody Zeller, after a slow start, finished with 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Jordan Hulls hit all three of his shots — two of which were threes — and all six of his free throws to end up with 14 for the game. Remy Abell had a solid debut, going 2-of-4 from the field (1-of-1 from three) for five points and Derek Elston was 2-of-3 (0-for-1 from three) for four points. Matt Roth also hit two threes — the only shots of the game he took.

ZELLER

The big man didn’t score his first bucket — a breakaway lay-in on a nice pass from Verdell Jones III  — until the 7:12 mark in the first half. But after that, Zeller established himself more on offense by getting the ball fed to him in the post and scoring on an alley-oop pass from Daniel Moore in the second half. The Washington native also chipped in eight boards for the Hoosiers, nearly notching a double-double in his debut. He also hit on six of his eight attempts at the line this evening.

DEFENSE

Not a whole lot to get excited about here just yet. Indiana, as it did time and again last season, failed to defend the three well, as the Greyhounds shot an impressive 47.37 percent (9-of-19) from beyond the arc. The Greyhounds also did a nice job of getting into the lane at times, though Indiana defenders were able to get into position to draw a few charges in both the halfcourt and in transition.

THE INJURED ONES

Tom Crean gave Christian Watford — who’s coming off an Achilles injury — plenty of burn this evening (21 minutes), but Watford had a little trouble finding the mark as he shot just 2-of-9 from the field. (Though he was 4-of-6 from the line.) So he at least appears healthy enough to be ready to go for Friday’s tilt against Stony Brook. Tom Pritchard — who’s also coming off injury — only saw the court for six minutes. He had one rebound and two personal fouls during that time — one of which was a technical in the first half for getting into a scuffle with Indianapolis’ Wilbur O’Neal.

ONE LAST THOUGHT …

If Sheehey continues to be an offensive threat, Indiana figures to have a lot of scoring strength from the perimeter around Zeller — especially once the offense starts putting in plays. But even without much work on offense, the Hoosiers moved the ball well and found the open man this evening.

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  • hoosierken

    I agree where was everyone? This team needs our support every game! Everyone talks about being great fans but they did not show last night! Lets put the shoe on the other foot! here is what our team would say on inside the hall about the fans play.
     They just did not come out, maybe a few injuries kept them home, maybe they just took UIndy too lightly, maybe we sould have played our first string fans more a little more, maybe becouse it was not on TV it did not matter that much becouse no one would notice! Recruits notice!
     I hope this was just a off night and we fill the seats from this point further.

  • Fifefan

    They were throwing up threes from everywhere and they were going in.  You aren’t gonna stop that, I don’t care who you are.  Overall the defense wasn’t that bad.

  • hoosierken

    Hoosier89 you hit the nail on the head! Looked like a team in control from start to finish, it was great to see!

  • Anonymous

    We could have just lost like Butler.  Would that be better?

  • Anonymous

    I hope that there are 30+mph winds just to show them how silly it is to play basketball outdoors in a big time game (aka not a game between family members on a hot summer day)

  • Plane1972

    They are not truly outdoors. I believe they are playing on a lower deck that will protect them from wind. May not have a roof over them, and will definitely feel different from being completely indoors, but I’m pretty sure I read how they are deflecting wind from affecting the game.

  • Plane1972

    I think most of the complaints are coming from irregular posters.

  • InTheMtns

    Well, hoosierBob, wonder no more. I just listened to Dan on 1070 the Fan and he really liked what he saw and thinks this team is going to be really good. Like most of us, he sees things they could do better and is aware that pitfalls could lie ahead, but based on the exhibition game, he was inspired to say that he thinks this team will be really good. Just thought you’d like to know in case you didn’t get to listen since you were so sure that he knows the answer.