Grantland previews the Hoosiers

Grantland: College Basketball Team Previews: Indiana

There’s no shortage of offensive firepower with the Hoosiers, and the great thing about Tom Crean is that he’s never afraid to use it. Indiana was well inside the top half of the country in tempo last season, and with an extra year of chemistry it’s a good bet they’ll play even faster this time around. It’s no surprise, then, that Ken Pomeroy projects them first in offensive efficiency; they’re going to score and score and score. There are no cracks in the Hoosier facade, and they’re on the right side of the philosophical divide between fast and slow.

  • HoosierPat

    For all of Crean’s previous years, his teams have had to deal with being the underdog. Now they are expected to be the best. It’s a completely different kind of pressure and it will be fun to see how they handle it.

  • HoosierPat

    For all of Crean’s previous years, his teams have had to deal with being the underdog. Now they are expected to be the best. It’s a completely different kind of pressure and it will be fun to see how they handle it.

  • b_side

    Good read. Would say the only piece of constructive criticism is the lack of mention for HMP. Surely if the author reached out to his colleague, Eamonn, he would know that HMP, assuming he’s both eligible and healthy, will have an impact – especially when it comes to our defense.

  • Casey Krajewski

    I would say he hit the nail on the head except when he mentions lack of depth on the bench… We have more depth than anyone in the country

  • ScoopGeoff

    It’s a nice article. It’s always good to get write-ups – especially ones that are as complimentary as this – but I too take exception about the depth comment. There are 2 reasons:
    1) it’s not true – since we’re all IU fans here I won’t expand
    2) The writer (Shane Ryan) does an article about UK, and basically says they have no weaknesses – that there “is talent to spare”.
    Well they will go 6 deep this year… We will go 11 deep.
    He is counting on their freshman to make them contenders. Okay that’s fine, but our top-50 guys certainly should then be considered quality depth.

    I don’t want to rant too long… I just wish journalists would apply criteria consistently if they are going to write a “series”.

  • ScoopGeoff

    It’s a nice article. It’s always good to get write-ups – especially ones that are as complimentary as this – but I too take exception about the depth comment. There are 2 reasons:
    1) it’s not true – since we’re all IU fans here I won’t expand
    2) The writer (Shane Ryan) does an article about UK, and basically says they have no weaknesses – that there “is talent to spare”.
    Well they will go 6 deep this year… We will go 11 deep.
    He is counting on their freshman to make them contenders. Okay that’s fine, but our top-50 guys certainly should then be considered quality depth.

    I don’t want to rant too long… I just wish journalists would apply criteria consistently if they are going to write a “series”.

  • Hoosier89

    I also think the comment about Remy being suspect this season is odd.

  • Derbus

    I am dumbfounded if the NCAA is still reviewing the priceless ‘gifts’ HannerTime received playing AAU ball: used IPod, shared a used laptop, 2 RT tix to see his family! R u kidding me, he is from a 3rd world country, it’s not like his family is living in a palace in Columbia now or he was driving a BMW. Kids in schools get laptops, IPods cost $20 on EBay, god forbid he gets to go see his family twice in a year whil being a continent away playing hoops @ 16 yrs old. Omfg, the NCAA is draconian.
    Hanner is an awesome kid and needs the support of the USA and our gratitude for bringing his talent here!

  • Derbus

    I am dumbfounded if the NCAA is still reviewing the priceless ‘gifts’ HannerTime received playing AAU ball: used IPod, shared a used laptop, 2 RT tix to see his family! R u kidding me, he is from a 3rd world country, it’s not like his family is living in a palace in Columbia now or he was driving a BMW. Kids in schools get laptops, IPods cost $20 on EBay, god forbid he gets to go see his family twice in a year whil being a continent away playing hoops @ 16 yrs old. Omfg, the NCAA is draconian.
    Hanner is an awesome kid and needs the support of the USA and our gratitude for bringing his talent here!

  • hoosiermbj

    Sounds like someone didn’t research very Well. Our bench is very capable. Remy is not a question mark. Our defense is going to be great. All of the muscle we put on this summer and how long we are should make up a great defense. Whatever. And if the exhibition game told us one thing is that Mo Creek can still score. Another bench asset.

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