Notebook: Hoosier Hysteria exceeds Crean’s expectations

In the weeks leading up to Saturday night, there was a growing sense that this year’s Hoosier Hysteria was going to be different than many that came before it.

When the event finally arrived, it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Students and fans lined up outside Assembly Hall beginning of Friday morning, several spent the night outside, and building doors were closed nearly 90 minutes before Hysteria’s 7 p.m. start time. All of this for a preseason practice.

“Yesterday morning exceeded them when there were people lined up,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said when asked if the event exceeded his expectations. “There was no downside to anything after yesterday morning.”

Added redshirt junior guard Maurice Creek: “That was very special. I went over to talk to them just to say ‘hello’ because you don’t get that from fans these days. That’s very special for them to come out and stay out until the wee hours of the night.”

With the stands full and numerous potential basketball recruits looking on, the Hoosiers put on a three-hour show on the floor. There was dancing, dunking, shooting and plenty of laughing, with junior guard Victor Oladipo and ESPN Sportscenter anchor Sage Steele (an IU graduate) narrating it all.

All of it combined made for quite the electric atmosphere.

“When visitors get inside this building, it is an incredible spectacle for them,” Crean said. “It’s not just what you see, it’s not just what you hear, but I have no doubt it’s what you feel.”

The night concluded with an intense scrimmage that allowed fans one of their first opportunities to see this year’s team in a competitive setting. The scrimmage was fast-paced as the rebounder nearly always pushed the ball ahead himself without outletting to a guard. The red team featuring Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell and Oladipo won 40-39, defeating a white team that included Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Remy Abell.

Zeller led all scorers in the scrimmage with 14 points for the red team, including several impressive post moves. Oladipo added 10 points for the red squad and freshman Jeremy Hollowell, who was one of the more impressive performers in the scrimmage, added seven points.

Hulls led the white squad with 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Abell added nine points.

Sheehey, Mosquera-Perea don’t participate

Both junior Will Sheehey and freshman Hanner Mosquera-Perea did not participate in any of the basketball activities on Saturday due to injuries. Sheehey injured his ankle in practice this week and was limited in the team’s practice earlier Saturday.

“He practiced a little bit today and he shot, but it was better to hold him off because we don’t want anything to linger with him,” Crean said.

Mosquera-Perea, who missed most of the summer with a foot injury, was back in his walking boot on Saturday. Crean said last week that Mosquera-Perea had been impressive in practice, but he re-injured the foot later in the week.

“We’re going to hold him out for a little while too,” Crean said. “He’s been practicing so well, but had a little flare up. We really don’t want to have any issues with that, so we’re gonna take a little time with him.”

Zeller from downtown?

Zeller surprised many when he took home the long-range shooting competition on Saturday. Zeller showed off a smooth stroke from the 3-point line, edging walk-on Johnny Marlin in the final round.

Could we see Zeller attempting 3-pointers in games this season?

“Well, maybe,” Crean said. “Cody has a really nice stroke. I think he’ll continue to do more this year. We’re excited about his improvement because it’s all over the court.”

Zeller, who played guard when he was younger and attempted some outside shots in high school, said he plans to add the 3-point shot to his arsenal this season.

“I worked on it a lot this summer,” he said. “I shot 3s in high school a little bit. I know I’ve got to shoot outside a little bit more this year to make it tougher on teams to double team me. It’s definitely something I’m going to do more.”

(Photo credit: IUHoosiers.com)

  • Wright Harney

    no problem with them charging for information. I do have a problem with them telling us one thing and then doing another

  • http://www.trinityoaklabs.com Hoosiergirl

    Does anyone have a link to video of Oladipo’s moment in the spotlight? Pic looks pretty sweet

  • INexpat2001

    ITH honestly and openly stated that certain content would go up in the premium forum before posted to the main, free site. Below are relevant quotes from “State of the Hall” post. As the saying goes: your are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

    Quotes — “Advance notice of the blog content: We’ll post quick updates to recruiting interviews or other news items that take place in the forum as soon as possible following the interview. In most cases, this will be before a full update goes live on the site”;

    “Instant reactions to media availabilities including a brief summary with any notable news or updates”

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

    What’s been different? State of the Hall said there would be advance notice of blog content, which there has been.

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

    Haven’t heard. Will let you know if I do.

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

    I’m not so much worried about his 3 point shooting as I am about him just being more aggressive. He needs to be down there bangin people out of the way but he doesn’t. Once CZ becomes more aggressive he becomes dominant.

  • DannerPerea

    Wright, part of the reason it can never truly be the same again rests on OUR shoulders. I plan to slip Alex some cash at the next available opportunity, but I will try to maintain comments on this free part of the site too. The ITH community is what helps makes Alex’s über cool idea even better. Be patient..change is rarely smooth or welcome at first. but things will level out soon.

  • marcusgresham

    (H)Akeem Olajuwon did all right, too. He was basically a defender as a freshman.

  • marcusgresham

    It just opens up tons of possibilities if he can be versatile, though.
    1.) We already know he’s the best running big guy in college. Odds are whomever has to come out to guard him is at a disadvantage one way or the other. A lot of guys are going to be short enough to be shot over; most guys his size are going to be susceptible to Zeller blowing past them.
    2.) The inside is opened up for Watford, who isn’t likely to have anyone his size guarding him.
    3.) You have the option of posting up your bigger/stronger guards (i.e., Oladipo, Abell, Sheehey if he’s playing the 2.)
    4.) If he’s moving from the post to the perimeter and vice versa, it diminishes the opponent’s opportunity to double him.

  • marcusgresham

    No way I’d ever be elected for anything. Too many people have seen/heard me do too many things, and most of them have photo proof.

  • IUMIKE1

    Totally agree with all of these plus I think we can rest assured that CTC will have some things drawn up to work off of this that we haven’t even thought about. Think it just adds another whole dimension to what our team can do, as well as, adding to CZ’s options.

    Now where did I put that list of people that said CTC couldn’t develop a big man, I know it’s around here somewhere.

  • IUMIKE1

    What SCHoosier said. Foot injuries, from my experience, is one of the most problematic for a player to get over and it not be a problem again down the road.

  • IUMIKE1

    I can identify with you in that regard. The insertion of the camera into the cell phone has been the ruin of many a good man, but then again some of that photo proof in my case goes all the way back to the snap the pic and then watch it develop polaroids. I guess the upside to all that is that a lot of them were snapped in Btwn. :)

  • IUMIKE1

    LOL, caught myself starting to clap to the beat of it when I first read it. Does it make me really old if I know the song AND the beat ?

  • HoosierTrav

    I think he knows what kind of response he’s gonna get if he steps foot in the Hall. He might as well move back to Canada. I have the feeling he knows he missed out. Hopefully he turned his twitter off for the evening.

  • HoosierBrock1994

    This was my first Hoosier Hysteria and it was everything I wanted it to be and more! I arrived around 12:30 and the line was not too long. When the doors opened at 4 we made a mad rush for our seats (right behind IU’s bench 15 rows up). I really enjoyed the entire event. Tom Crean is the most fan friendly coach in the nation. He is obviously a great recruiter as well. It’s hard to imagine BeeJay and Troy going anywhere but IU. I was a little disappointed in all the empty seats during the scrimmage considering all the hype for the team. But nonetheless I will make Hoosier Hysteria an annual trip and I cannot wait for the season to start! Go Hoosiers!

  • southport65

    it is available now

  • Geoff_85

    Neddenriep put out an article last week after Lyles went to pUKe’s midnight madness and Lyles said that IU hasn’t been in contact with him. I’m not hurt by this.

  • Steven Jackson

    My son and I attended Hoosier Hysteria for our first time and really enjoyed all that took place. Proud to be part of the Hoosier Nation.

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