What to Expect: Jacksonville

122712ayAfter a week off, the No. 5 Hoosiers return to action for their final non-conference game on Friday night with Jacksonville at Assembly Hall. The Dolphins (5-7) are coming off a 65-53 win over Furman on Dec. 22. Indiana will be looking for its 17th consecutive win at Assembly Hall.

The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler and Jim Jackson on the call.

Unlike the last two seasons where Indiana jumped straight into Big Ten play following Christmas break, the Hoosiers will have one game to get back into the swing of things before heading on the road to Iowa City on New Year’s Eve.

The final non-conference opponent, Jacksonville, also appears to be the weakest according to both the Pomeroy (308) and Sagarin (315) ratings. Two of their five wins have come over non-Division I opponents and their best win is over 2-10 Missouri State — the Missouri Valley Conference’s worst team.

PERSONNEL

Just two players are scoring in double figures for Jacksonville — freshman guard Jarvis Haywood (11.2) and junior guard Keith McDougald (10.0). Neither player is particularly efficient as Haywood’s eFG% is 45.4 and McDougald checks-in at 38.3.

Forward Glenn Powell is the primary front court contributor and the senior averages 8.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. Powell has been effective on both the offensive (14.0 OR%) and defensive (23.6 DR%) glass. But like most bigs at the lower levels of Division I, his 6-6 frame is a obstacle when trying to compete against high major talent.

One other player to watch is 6-6 forward Dylan Fritsch, who has taken 77 of his 107 field goal attempts from behind the 3-point line. Fritsch is shooting 50% on 2-point attempts, but just 32.5 percent on 3-pointers.

POMEROY PREVIEW

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The Hoosiers opened as a 37.5 favorite in this game and for good reason. Jacksonville has one of the worst defenses in the country and their offense isn’t far behind, either.

Two things Indiana fans can watch for in this game: No 1. Can the Hoosiers do a better job of limiting turnovers? Although it meant little in terms of the outcome, IU posted two of its three worst turnover percentages of the season in wins over Mount St. Mary’s and Florida Atlantic. And No. 2: Can IU limit the offensive rebounds for Jacksonville? Obviously with the shooting woes the Dolphins possess, there will be plenty of balls up for grabs. The Hoosiers have been solid on the defensive glass for the most part, but it’s still an area worth fine tuning as Big Ten play awaits on the horizon.

PREGAME QUOTES

· “They like to play inside-outside, create matchup problems. I think their freshman [Jarvis Haywood] is really having an outstanding year. He leads them in scoring. They are a team that plays with a great purpose and Cliff [Warren] has done a good job of building them back up and a lot of new faces, but you can tell they are getting used to each other and playing together.” — Associate head coach Steve McClain

· “I think the freshmen are adapting to the schedule of college basketball very well. Our coaches have been preparing us, the older guys have been great in helping us get our mind right.” — Yogi Ferrell

· “It was great to go home but it’s even better to be back and we are looking forward to getting into the gym. We are going to get our focus back on what we need to do and what we are trying to accomplish. The practices have been very competitive and the team is working hard.” — Remy Abell

QUICK FACTS ON JACKSONVILLE

Student Enrollment: 3,741
Established: 1934
Notable basketball alumni: Artis Gilmore, Otis Smith, Dee Brown

All tempo-free stats from KenPom.com.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    Glad this is the final cupcake. We need to start scheduling top 100
    competition so the team doesn’t have such a big leap in talent when Big
    10 play starts.

  • chiv86

    I for one can say I’m looking forward to the Iowa game on NYE. It’ll be better in the coming years when we don’t go through so many cupcake teams in non-conference. I can understand as to why we have so many scheduled for this year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jan.schoenfelder.5 Jan Schoenfelder

    How have we not heard any news on Jeremy? :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Fischer/691470077 Steve Fischer

    Yawn – another boring cupcake that will get us no attention even if we win by 50. IF we lose its a disaster. Playing top opponents on TV helps recruiting and helps put our kids in some pressure situations.

  • Aaron

    Not to keep beating a dead horse (or wildcat) but I don’t understand Crean’s previous comments about how the quality of opponents isn’t considered when scheduling games. Most top teams who are consistently playing deep into the tourney have a tough early season schedule. Sure, this year there is no tougher conference in the country than the Big Ten, and that will always be a challenge but playing middle school caliber teams isn’t getting us ready.

    I’m aware that we played a tough Georgetown team and Butler is very good but I just don’t understand the philosophy that Crean currently seems to have. I imagine this will change in the very near future since we’re now expected to be a perennial powerhouse, but… a couple loses early on against quality opponents only helps in the long-run. Hence, MSU and other premier teams.

    Alright, now lets beat this Jacksonville squad by 65 points! HOOSIERS!

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i haven’t heard a thing. there will surely be a statement released some time before the game tomorrow if he’s going to sit out, right?

  • WhatsUpKnight

    well, the B1G schedule will remedy these problems, but i’m with you! i’m thinking tivo/tape-delay is in order for tomorrow night’s game. fast-forward to all the dunks. haha

  • Eastwood88_2

    Crean tweeted that Jeremy needs to shoot from the perimeter more with hanner back. Also stated they will be great together. Once again i was wrong. Looks like he is back

  • Hardwood83

    Not sure what’s worse- the cupcake schedule or the incessant whining about the cupcake schedule.

  • IUeconAlum

    So what you’re saying here is Alex is that IU is playing the worst team in D1 men’s basketball. Thanks for the heads up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.wilson.9404 Doug Wilson

    We still have two Cupcakes to bake. PURDUE! Boiler down.

  • marcusgresham

    Not quite the worst. There are 341 or so, so that puts a few below them.
    Assembly Hall, much like a trolling net, will not be “Dolphin safe.”

  • marcusgresham

    After seeing Hanner, I’m excited about the two of them rebounding damn near everything in the next few years. Even when Jeremy was having some of his lesser games he was still rebounding well. These two can be monsters with some experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jan.schoenfelder.5 Jan Schoenfelder

    Good news! Thank you

  • IUMIKE1

    Don’t know what you do for a living but if it’s not advertising, scriptwriter, or maybe someone that remembers and sells interesting, but long forgotten, tidbits of useful information than you just may have missed your calling. lol

    Maybe Alex should hire you to give us the daily, long forgotten but interesting, fact of the day.

  • SCHoosier

    I’m not sure I’m afraid of a letdown as much as I am of playing in a venue that has always given the Hoosiers a problem. Iowa played a very weak schedule also..but have young guards..whom the ESPN guys say are progressing nicely. Hawks have the pieces if not the total experience yet.

  • SCHoosier

    Probably because every time he tries to put it on the floor its a FUMBLE!!!!…errrrrrr turnover.

  • b_side

    Recruiting and pressure situations isn’t what we need right now. We had zero front court depth for 9 games. We now have 2 freshmen and a rehabilitating senior trying to get in game shape and learn the offense.

    All things considered, I’m perfectly fine with how the schedule played out.

  • http://twitter.com/21Dylann Dylan Drybread ?

    I think Hanner and Yogi will improve throughout the season. And I don’t care who they play I enjoy watching them no matter what. Even 4 years ago. #IUBB

  • Scott Berryman

    I don’t care if we win this game by 10 points or 50 points as long as we see a lot of minutes from Hanner, Remy, PJ and DE. Hollowell would be a nice edition tonight as well as long as he is out of the dog house. Tonight should reflect where he stands.
    We are 1 injury away from 1 of these guys either starting or logging 15 to 20 min a game. They need to play and CTC needs to make sure the starters don’t get more than 20 min tonight, no matter how good or bad the team is playing.
    The season is getting ready to be grueling so all of our back ups need as much time as possible in games so they can step in when necessary.
    Here are a couple things I am curious about tonight:
    - Will the bench mob get more tangible minutes?
    - Will CTC still play with the full court press/trap?
    - Will we see any new offensive sets in a halfcourt offense?
    - Will there be any new isolation plays for CZ or sets for Hulls to get open 3′s?
    - Will we see DE or PJ playing a 5 when CZ is off the floor?

  • marcusgresham

    Some day I’m going to get some money from Trebek…until then I just have a bunch of stuff in my head that takes up space for no particular reason.

  • marcusgresham

    I can’t imagine there will be much new stuff unveiled tonight. If you don’t need to put it to win a game there’s no sense in putting it on film for the B1G opponents to disect.

  • yimyames

    I bet if I gave you a million dollars you would complain because you didn’t know what to do with it all. jeez

  • AtariHero

    I agree. Duke – in particular – routinely plays tough games on the road, early in the season. In particular, K tries to choose opponents they might see in the post-season, so, the top Ivy team, Davidson, some good A-10 teams, and other experienced mid-majors – you know, the teams that end up ‘upsetting’ teams in the tournament.

  • SCHoosier

    Just the facts ma’am just the facts..or an ill-fated attempt at humor.

  • Benhyoung14

    Keep in mind that schedules are made years in advance. Also, with the current Big Ten Network deal, I don’t think the game will be on TV if it isn’t played in bloomington. The B1G is looking even deeper than expected. The last 6 weeks of the season look to be against NCAA Tourny teams. I too don’t like our non-con schedule, but lets reserve judgement until tourny time.

  • PDXHoosier

    I don’t expect anything new. CTC will probably play the starters even when we are up 30. hopefully more minutes for HMP, though.

  • PDXHoosier

    I think the schedule will get tougher the next few years. That is, unless CTC wants to follow the Syracuse model and play weak teams to stay in the top 10 all the time (which would suck)

  • IUMIKE1

    My son to me, ” damn dad, like, take the freakin’ online thing to qualify or whatever and quit hollerin’ at the TV, geeeezzzz “

  • IUMIKE1

    Couldn’t agree more on those guys getting as many minutes as possible, in fact I think it is a coaching mistake if they don’t. All of them especially HMP, DE & PJ need every actual game time minute they can get.

    Doubt we see anything new right before the first conference game.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I don’t get to watch it. :(

    Thank you holiday obligations. >:-(

    Anyway: Yes, let’s see how the role players do. Hanner in particular, since we know we’re going to need some backups to the front line in the regular season (opponents will try to foul Cody out; you just watch. They’ll work at it). And Jurkin would be a nice addition too, although I’m sort of resigned to seeing him redshirted. Anyway, yeah, I hope to see the folks beyond the first 6 (the starters plus Sheehey) do awesome. If they can, we’ll be in for a really good season.

  • IUMIKE1

    Good point, it shouldn’t have to be pointed out to ANY IU bball fan right now, but none the less excellent point.

  • Benhyoung14

    The rumor, is that his father had accidental contact with an agent. That is all I’ve heard. If he plays, or even suits up then it is a good sign.

  • yimyames

    everytime? I don’t think that is fact. So I guess it is an ill-fated attempt at humor. good one!

  • Kevin Tolliver

    How can you have an accidental contract?

  • SCHoosier

    Yea the every time was an overdose..actually he reminds me of Wat as a freshman…remember the problems he had taking it to the hole..usually ended up going the other way. JH will learn.
    as knight use to point out..”freshmen should pass ball..not dribble ball.”

  • MisterSlippery

    If we focus, play hard and rebound well, we will have a decent shot against these guys. We have to bring our “A” game tonight.

  • Benhyoung14

    Contact, not contract. Maybe someone introduces you to an agent. Attend a party paid for by the agent. It’s really besides the point because its all speculation. I hope he suits up, plays, and has a great career at IU. He’s a good kid.

  • IUJeff

    You guys are like a bunch of girls about this sos stuff. Here’s IUs sos the past 4 years per Sagarin:

    2011-12 — 14th

    2010-11 — 24th

    2009-10 — 46th

    2008-09 — 3rd

    Looks to me like we are trending the correct way and since IUs sos this year will be top 10, give it a rest geez.

  • marcusgresham

    I’ve qualified for the contestants’ pool twice but I didn’t get the call to be on the show either time. Some day…

  • IUMIKE1

    Qualify again but this time tone it down a little bit dude. The amount of money they figure you would win just scares them a little bit. I can hear them now at the selection meeting, ” no way, everybody remembers the last guy that was on here from the Ohio River Valley area and how much we ended up paying him don’t they ? Ah no, ain’t happenin’ again, no way, we liked to never got him off the show “.

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