CBS Sports makes case for IU starting at No. 1

CBSSports.com: Why Indiana starts No. 1: Veterans, strong freshmen boost Hoosiers

Beyond that, Crean again will have athletic freak and wild card Victor Oladipo; few teams have a change-of-pace player the likes of this junior guard. Senior Jordan Hulls returns as a veteran sharpshooter, and last year’s best sixth man in college basketball, Will Sheehey, is back as well.

All of this presents a strong case for Indiana going into the season as No. 1, but what really separates the Hoosiers from Kentucky and Louisville is its incoming class, which is nearly as strong as UK’s. The big pickup is point guard Yogi Ferrell, who some believe is the second best point guard in the 2012 class. And providing Indiana with additional balance will be Hanner Mosquera-Perea at the four spot and four-star recruit Jeremy Hollowell at three. There’s even promise in 7-foot freshman center Peter Jurkin.

So the team is positively stuffed with players. And that’s all we can grade on right now, yes? It has experience and has won big games. And the Hoosiers’ Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky last year? About as competitive and entertaining as a 102-90 finish could be.

  • HoosierTrav

    Glad they chose us #1 but a lot of flawed logic in this one.

  • HoosierBurch

    No love for Patterson. Hope he reads this.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    This was actually part of a series where three writers took a team and made their case for that team being No. 1. The other two teams considered were Louisville and Kentucky.

  • stroot

    No love for Kory Barnett either (presumably, since they only mentioned three departing seniors). I hope he reads this as well, just because he’s awesome.

  • Arch_Puddington

    Strange article. He calls Oladipo an athletic freak who is the “wild card” in our lineup, and describes Sheehey as the best 6th man in basketball. He then goes on to project Sheehey as a starter and Oladipo as a reserve. He says he rates us over Louisville and Kentucky because of our freshmen, but says Kentucky’s are better and says Louisville has a better bench. (And, for that matter, he does not mention Patterson at all, and seems not to know Creek’s story). He puts IU at #1, but rates Louisville ahead of us at almost every position, including coaching.

    Whatever. Its great that IU is getting this kind of coverage just as we are closing in on some top talent. This article won’t be winning any journalism awards, but maybe the larger buzz it is a part of will help us land one of the amazing players we keep salivating about on ITH….

  • el bonko

    Agreed. Patterson doesn’t seem to get a lot of love from the media. They’ll see, however. He could be the best on-ball defender in the NCAa after a year. Kid has enormous potential.

  • el bonko

    Agreed. Patterson doesn’t seem to get a lot of love from the media. They’ll see, however. He could be the best on-ball defender in the NCAa after a year. Kid has enormous potential.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I found myself wondering the same things… Also, he shows 3 players off the bench for UofL and UK while showing 4 for IU. I would assume this means that he believes more IU players coming off the bench are worth mentioning than the other team, yet he still ranks UofL’s bench ahead. I would think 4 deep (including a player he cites as an “athletic freak”) would beat 3 deep. Who are we to judge, though? We don’t write for CBS.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    Does Jeff Goodman seriously see Will Sheehey starting next year? I’m not saying he couldn’t, but if I was a betting man…

  • CreamandCrimson

    The way CBS posted the story was confusing but the article was written by Matt Norlander. The comparisons which chose “Which team has the edge?” were done by Jeff Goodman.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I like the publicity as the no. 1 team, but this seems like a somewhat backhanded compliment.

    And I’m tired of people (CBS article comments) saying that we’d be better with a better X’s and O’s coach. Didn’t we kill that last year when we were one of the best passing teams in the country, and were very consistent out of the timeouts? I mean honestly, Crean is obviously a great recruiter, so what exactly does a guy like Thad Matta have over Crean?

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I like the publicity as the no. 1 team, but this seems like a somewhat backhanded compliment.

    And I’m tired of people (CBS article comments) saying that we’d be better with a better X’s and O’s coach. Didn’t we kill that last year when we were one of the best passing teams in the country, and were very consistent out of the timeouts? I mean honestly, Crean is obviously a great recruiter, so what exactly does a guy like Thad Matta have over Crean?

  • Yimyames

    No mention of Cody, that’s funny!

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Cody is mentioned prominently. This is just an excerpt. Click through to read the whole article.

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    Goodman loves Will Sheehey’s game. I’d bet 80% of his IU articles mention Sheehey. I dont see him starting come the start of the season, but injuries or poor play could get him in there real quick. He’s def going to get his minutes regardless.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Hardwood83

    I’d take that bet. I expect the starting 4 (other then CZ) to be somewhat fluid- however think Sheehey will be a regular starter.

  • Yimyames

    Duh, damn I was thinking this was pretty lame. I see now thanks Alex

  • Yimyames

    Duh, damn I was thinking this was pretty lame. I see now thanks Alex

  • CreanFaithful

    I agree 100%. But half of our fan base seems to still think this way as well. Hard to expect outsiders to give him credit that our own fans won’t…

  • DarkSouth

    I noticed Goodman’s man-crush on Sheehey last season as well. Not a bad thing to have a national writer think so highly of our guy.

  • DarkSouth

    I noticed Goodman’s man-crush on Sheehey last season as well. Not a bad thing to have a national writer think so highly of our guy.

  • SCHoosier

    Let’em write what they want..our guys will have to earn it on the court. All being number one gets you is pressure and a target on your back..don’t care where we start..care a lot where we finish!

  • Kokomo_Joe

    No love for CZ or CW. They didn’t meantion those two studs either.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    No love for CZ or CW. They didn’t meantion those two studs either.

  • Arch_Puddington

    I agree, with this exception: we are being talked about right now, and almost no one else is. It makes. I difference on the court, but being #1 might be an advantage on the recruiting circuit, especially with out of state players……

  • CreamandCrimson

    Zeller and Watford are both mentioned extensively. If you read the whole article, Matt Norlander (the author) mentions that Zeller and Watford averaged over 28 and 12 per game and he expected those numbers to increase.

  • INexpat2001

    Article: “three seniors were lost, though Verdell Jones was the only one of the three who had an impact”

    Penn State: Uhhh, did you watch Matt Roth destroy us?

  • hoosierhysteria87

    Everything in this bit sounds about correct, although the best 6th man in college last year was Kentucky’s Darius Miller. It’s gonna be a great year Hoosier Nation!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Knuckledrager Michael Robinson

    Remember “the Twin Towers”? CZ on one side “the Net”, PJ on the other, Watford on 3, w/ VO on the 2, and Yogi feeding the BB. Last I heard Jurkin was heavier and stronger. 7ft. w/ a 9in. over reach. W/ JH, WS, DE, HM-P, Patterson, Hollowell, “Mo Creek”, ETC. waiting to “come in”. Loose very little, if anything. Might even gain something w/ a new skill set. Man, oh man. W/ 2012/2013, the glare is blinding. 2013/2014 “might” be a super nova by comparison. “BARTENDER, FLASH BURNS FOR EVERYBODY.” “It’s good to be the King.” Wheres my shades. Flash back to 75′, 76′. They say it will take Cody 2 and 1 half years to get his degree. Back to back banners. Nobody, (since UCLA), has done that. My meds are kickin’ in. Oh damn, here comes the nurse. High Honey, time for my injec………..tion………….

  • SCHoosier

    Inhale..breathe deeply..it will pass:)

  • SCHoosier

    Arch..agree with that..

  • ScoopGeoff

    And VJ3’s impact is one we won’t miss…

  • jqwest

    I started to read the comments on CBS page, and I didn’t make it through the first set. It’s ridiculous how Kentucky fans act like they are better than us on or off the court. Calling us imbred and rednecks just blows my mind when it’s coming from a pUKe fan.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    anything short of a final 4 apperance is going to be brutal. this is without a doubt the deepest team in the country if not the most talented. great time to be a hoosier fan. i don’t even remember 6-25 anymore do you?

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    anything short of a final 4 apperance is going to be brutal. this is without a doubt the deepest team in the country if not the most talented. great time to be a hoosier fan. i don’t even remember 6-25 anymore do you?

  • IUfan

    No love for HoosierBurch. Hope he reads this.

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