What to watch for: Indiana Wesleyan

With No. 1 Indiana’s one and only exhibition game set for Thursday night at Assembly Hall, here are some things to watch for in the Hoosiers’ first game action of the year.

1. Starting lineup

It has been one of the most discussed and debated topics during the offseason, and we’ll finally get some answers on Thursday night. Who is going to start?

I continue to maintain that Tom Crean is going to go with Yogi Ferrell and Jordan Hulls in the backcourt with Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller up front. Now, just because Crean starts with a lineup against Indiana Wesleyan doesn’t mean he’s going to run the same lineup out there on Nov. 9 against Bryant. You just never know. But IU fans should get a good idea what sort of rotations the Hoosiers plan to play with on Thursday night.

If Crean does decide to go with Ferrell and Hulls together in the backcourt, watch to see how they work together, specifically on the defensive end. Offensively, that duo could be a treat to watch.

“When we’re on the court at the same time, I’m always looking for him,” Ferrell said of Hulls. “If someone leaves him, that’s a bad thing for them. I’m gonna find him for sure, and I know he can definitely knock down a jumper for me.”

2. The freshmen in action

Sure, they’ve played in front of crowds for Hoosier Hysteria and Haunted Hall of Hoops, but playing a game against another opponent is an entirely different story. Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin will get to suit up in the candy stripes for the first time, and there certainly could be some nerves.

Keep a close eye on Ferrell, who figures to play the most minutes of the four freshmen. In the few times we’ve gotten to see him in the preseason, Ferrell has looked very comfortable playing alongside his new Hoosier teammates. Will he look the same way against a different opponent? Oladipo thinks so.

“He’s ready,” Oladipo said. “I watch him every day, and I’ve been watching him grow since the first day he got here. He’s gotten stronger and he’s gotten smarter. I’m pretty sure he’ll perform at a high level. I believe in him and we believe in him.”

It’s unclear if the NCAA has ruled on the eligibility of Jurkin and Mosquera-Perea, but both are expected to play on Thursday night, according to a program spokesperson.

3. Improved defense?

If the Hoosiers are going to compete for a national championship this season, they’re going to have to be much better on the defensive end. They’ve talked throughout the preseason about the added emphasis they’ve placed on their defense, but they’ll get their first test on Thursday night.

Indiana Wesleyan certainly isn’t anything close to a Big Ten opponent, but its no slouch, either. Wesleyan averaged 75 points per contest a season ago.

Oladipo believes the Hoosiers have improved defensively for one particular reason.

“When you are vocal on defense, people actually want to play defense,” he said. “I think our whole team is doing that.”

Many have questioned how the Hoosiers will defend when Ferrell and Hulls — both undersized guards — are on the court together.  Ferrell, who played almost exclusively zone defense in high school, says he’s ready for the challenge of man-to-man defense.

“It hasn’t really been as difficult as I thought it would be,” Ferrell said. “We work on defense every day. The coaches put a big emphasis on it, and I feel like I picked up everything pretty quickly.”

 

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

    I just signed up. it cost me 9.95. how did you get it $3 cheaper?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6818713 Jim Davis

    You can hear the games this year on WIBC 93.1 out of Indy. Tonight’s game is on at 6 PM local time I just checked out the feed and it worked fine to listen live on my laptop. Enjoy Fish tonight and all season long. It’s going to be a great season!!!!

  • MillaRed

    There he is! The dislike leprechaun strikes again!

  • MillaRed

    There he is! The dislike leprechaun strikes again!

  • MillaRed

    No one is giving Marcus love for this? Come on that’s pretty funny.

  • trip

    as far as trying to access the btn site to watch what you signed up and paid for, i have had the same problem. i just called 800-781-9444 and the guy helped me reset my password and i am now able to get in…the iu vs wesleyan game is on this site at 7pm

  • Derbus

    I am excited to watch Cody play the next 2 seasons as he will need the time to graduate:
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2012/10/19/indiana-7-footer-cody-zeller-serious-about-hoops-not-himself/1644741/

  • Derbus

    I am excited to watch Cody play the next 2 seasons as he will need the time to graduate:
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2012/10/19/indiana-7-footer-cody-zeller-serious-about-hoops-not-himself/1644741/

  • bw

    Try the smaller town stations on the list. Seemed to have better luck last year with them. I’m thinking last year there was a station out of Jasper that was pretty reliable. Who knows though this year. Ain’t nothing free anymore.

  • Steve

    Anyone have another offer code for free access to the stream tonight?

  • Steve

    Anyone have another offer code for free access to the stream tonight?

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Seriously people?? Negative comments over a stated joke? It is an inside joke between me and 11th and Done from when we were in high school together. Come on….

  • achurt

    Really? :(
    I wanted him more than Williams or Vonleh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.williamson.90 Charles Williamson

    maybe there are some DDP haters out there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.williamson.90 Charles Williamson

    maybe there are some DDP haters out there.

  • Dagwoods

    Vonleh will be the prize if we can pull that one off!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    LOL!

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