Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Southern Indiana

  • 10/27/2013 10:23 am in

IUUSIITH0013In our first extended look at the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers, the outcome was a 83-68 win over Division II Southern Indiana at Assembly Hall on Saturday night.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from Indiana’s exhibition win:

· Yogi Ferrell’s jump shot looks improved: It’s only one game against a Division II opponent, but Yogi Ferrell looks ready to show off an improved perimeter game. As a freshman, Ferrell was inconsistent from behind the 3-point arc, but in his 2013-2014 debut, his elevation off the floor and confidence were both on display. Ferrell finished with a team-high 20 points and hit six 3-pointers, most of which came in the flow of the offense. Tom Crean was pleased with Ferrell’s shot selection and scoring production. “I think the whole key is take what the game is giving you, and Yogi is good enough where that’s got to be the key,” Crean said. “The shooting was excellent, the way that he got them.”

· Troy Williams is oozing with potential: Go back and watch some of the plays Williams made on Saturday night and you’ll understand why he was once considered a top ten prospect nationally in the 2013 class. He’s explosive off the dribble and fearless going to the rim. Williams even knocked down a 3-pointer in his Indiana debut, which is a part of his game that he’ll need to continue developing to keep defenses honest. When the lights went down for the night, Williams had amassed 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. “I felt like he played with high energy,” Yogi Ferrell said of the freshman wing. “The thing that I really like that he does is attack the offensive rim. We got 21 offensive rebounds tonight, a lot on his end.”

· Vonleh will play multiple positions: If you thought Indiana would slot Noah Vonleh into one position, think again. The Hoosier staff is going to move Vonleh around, which should only help to expand the versatility that is already present in his game. When Indiana goes small, Vonleh will log minutes at the five, but he can also slide to the four or the three and play alongside Luke Fischer or Hanner Mosquera-Perea. Vonleh was relentless on the glass Saturday night as he finished with nine points, 12 rebounds, two steals and a block.

· Indiana has the length to be very good defensively: There will be plenty of bumps in the road, but Indiana has the tools to create turnovers and get out in transition off of its defense. Vonleh and Mosquera-Perea have ridiculous length, Williams is going to be an impact player defensively once he learns when to gamble and when not to gamble and Ferrell and Sheehey have the experience to lead the charge from the perimeter. Crean admitted in his postgame comments that he hasn’t put much in yet defensively, but seemed to be pleased with his young team only being whistled for 12 fouls despite the new hand checking rules which could change the game. “Now could we have been more aggressive?” Crean said. “I don’t think for as long a team we have, they have any idea how long they are. I think that’s going to come with experience, come with time.”

· Hollowell, Mosquera-Perea both look improved: We’ve heard the rumblings of Jeremy Hollowell getting time as a backup point guard and saw the scenario play out in a few stretches on Saturday night. Hollowell came off the bench and scored 13 points and also had three rebounds, two assists, two turnovers and a steal. With questions on where the scoring will ultimately come from with this group, is Hollowell best served coming off the bench as the sixth man who can provide that punch? Time will tell. As for Hanner Mosquera-Perea, the sophomore from Colombia chipped in nine points (5-of-5 from the foul line) and five rebounds. Mosquera-Perea still needs to become more aggressive and assertive, but he looked far more comfortable last night than at any point last season. “I have been working on my shot a lot,” Mosquera-Perea said. “I have been working on my post moves, my shot and I think it has made a difference. I feel like all those things in my game got way better.”

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  • OhioHoosier

    Although Williams was impressive last night, he was sloppy. I would love to see him fill that sixth man role or even move Evan into that slot and have Jeremy come in. I feel like Jeremy should and will be a starter for this team because is offensive production is too much to limit, and is maturity is well above troys. It would be a scary thing to have the high flyer coming off the bench about 5 minutes into the game

  • N71

    Did anyone see Jeremy running the point? How did he do?

  • Hammer

    Is there a site one can go to look at the box score for last nights game?

  • SCHoosier

    iuhoosiers.com…the university site.

  • INexpat2001

    Were these highlights directly from the BTDN feed? If so the video quality is much better than I expected based on comments from many who have signed up in the past.

  • InTheMtns

    The video quality was much better last night than in the past. There still were parts of the broadcast that screamed “amateur,” but at least the viewing of the game was greatly improved.

  • USMC_Hoosier

    Troy Williams is going to give us a lot of Victor flashbacks.

  • InTheMtns

    He did fine. It was for only short stretches but I think we’ll see more of it.

  • USMC_Hoosier

    Adequate. He had moments that made you believe he could get comfortable in that position. Considering I never would have dreamed he would play a guard position, especially after seeing his ball handling last year, he did really really well. He needs to see the court a bit better and make better passing decisions but the ball handling was solid in my assessment.

  • USMC_Hoosier

    When is the replay on BTN tonight. It isn’t showing up in my channel listing.

  • USMC_Hoosier

    I agree with InTheMtns. I decided last minute to go ahead and spend the money. I am very glad I did. Last year was horrible, this year was much better. I still think they need to show pregame warmups and not try to come in right at the tip.

  • Kenneth234

    Just the improvement between the stream of Hoosier Hysteria and this game was absolutely incredible. Personally, I have never seen a worse stream than what was delivered for Hoosier Hysteria. It was absolutely un-watchable.

  • Kenneth234

    I think it will be Monday

  • MPmike

    The replay broadcast of the game will be on Monday at 7:30 pm est on the Big Ten Network.

  • colinbb10

    man Hollowell looks like he has really taken advantage of the strength and conditioning program. This is going to be a really fun team to watch

  • Yeah, I shelled out the $15 to watch the stream, b/c I couldn’t find a radio feed here in Brooklyn. Was a decent video feed, but the announcers seemed like they were 12. Man, I’m getting old.

  • USMC_Hoosier

    You have to remember he is a freshman. I agree that I would have liked to see Jeremy in the starting lineup but I believe him coming off the bench was more about giving him time at the 1 more than whether or not he deserves to be on the floor. Many people thought Will should have started last year but he filled a great roll as the 6th man. Still very early but I expect Jeremy is going to play a lot of guard and that will give us a huge guard if he grows into the roll.

  • OhioHoosier

    That is a great point, I guess I was thinking of more as the season progresses. Regardless troys potential is incredible and it was just fun to watch him succeed last night!

  • BlakeD1223

    I’m looking forward to watching this game tomorrow night. From the highlights it looks like Hanner, Yogi and Jeremy all look a lot more confident with their shot. I’m not sure how we are going to do in the W category but I think this will be a fun team to watch this year. Very athletic and long….. kinda reminds me of the Syracuse team that put us out of the tournament.

  • SCHoosier

    Let me opine that against a really good quick defense guard..the 6-8 JH would have his hands full…on the perimeter…an advantange every where else. An experiment worth trying though.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Very impressed by Troy Williams. He does play a lot like Oladipo. If his work ethic is anything like Victor’s, watch out for him. If these guys improve quickly, the Syracuse game could be very interesting. Maybe even a cold dish of revenge…

  • Kevin Tolliver

    I wouldn’t say necessarily sloppy maybe more over charged.

  • Iumick22

    With only three practices under his belt and with lingering effects of his shoulder injury, Luke Fischer looked awesome in limited minutes. He had an offensive rebound, a block, two assists and scored. I think as the season progresses you’ll see a lot more of him. How about running with this five for a stretch. Hollowell at point, sheehy at the two, Hanner, Noah, and Luke down low. Should be an impressive defensive look, especially against teams with small guards.

    Starters

    Yogi
    Will
    Noah
    Luke
    Hollowell

  • Ole Man

    Not being disagreeable — IMO, I thought Luke looked good, and as you noted made some things happen, but that you could tell he was coming back from the injury. I think he’ll show better as his recovery continues.
    I do like your lineup thoughts.

  • TomJameson

    Troy’s work ethic is supposed to be very good. Always wanting to get better, and always wanting to be coached. Paraphrasing Coach Crean a bit here. 🙂

  • TomJameson

    I think we’ll see a few different lineups this year, at least I hope so. Different matchup could/should require different lineups, and we can produce a few really good lineups, IMO. Of course we’ll be deep so we can stay fresh. Like everybody says, this can be a fun team to watch.

  • dingo

    i can see why crean called troy williams a cross between victor and will. that’s exactly what he looked like at 1:01

  • IUMIKE1

    You can also click on the final score, highlighted in red, that is always right under the picture for the, ” The Minute After ” piece that is done right after each game. That link will give you the box score as well as play by play and other stats.

  • hoosier1158

    No way is Troy not going to start.

  • Corey M

    I assumed there would be a problem with Sheehey and Hollowell playing at the 2 & 3 together because Crean likes having multiple ball-handlers on the court but if he is comfortable playing him at the 1 in a reserve role then he should have no problem starting Hollowell and Sheehey together at the 2&3.. I think Hollowell has too much potential to use off of the bench. Having said that, I know they the same can be said for Troy Williams. My ideal lineup if we are matching up with a small team would be Yogi, Williams, Hollowell, Sheehey, Vonleh.. Against a more traditional lineup Yogi, Hollowell, Sheehey, Vonleh, Fischer. I think Evan Gordon would be great off the bench to bring some experience to the 2nd unit.

  • dtfreed

    playing guard can also mean SG, and not as much ball handling or decision making. or if he did play PG, SW at 2, NV at 3, HP at 4, LF at 5, that is one tall line up!

  • ufo3

    Very excited to see Troy’s growth as a Hoosier.
    Here is the Lineup right now that I think should be on the court when it is winning time. Troy and Noah bring a length and athleticism that we need on both ends of the court. Troy brings something extra to the table that we need now without Victor, Troy is the X-Factor, double-double machine.
    Noah
    Hollowell
    Troy
    Sheehey
    Yogi

  • CoachSals

    I don’t know if anyone made it to Haunted Hall of Hoops today….i did…and man was Stanford good….he will play quality minutes this year.

  • Andrew Krumwied

    FREE THROWS!!! If Vonleh isn’t shooting them every spare minute of every day, he’s going to leave a TON of easy points off the board. 0-5 is rough.

  • Devout Hoosier

    If our point guard has to score 20 in a game we’re in for a long season. I don’t think that’s the case this year though. If Yogi can score in the flow of the game based on what the defense gives him, then we’re in for a great year. Indications are Crean & Yogi get this and Yogi has improved his outside shooting where he is likely to get opportunities.

    I want Yogi to average upper teens, but because he’s shooting 50%+ and getting smart drives. His excellent passing and setup will give him open opportunities when the ball comes back. His quickness is likely to get him opportunities.

  • Lil Hoosier

    So many talented freshman and and sophomores has me fantasizing over the potential this team has next year and beyond. Imagine all this athleticism with experience!

  • Iumick22

    Then Sheehy comes off the bench again this year? I just think for the first few games Will should start as a reward for what has transpired so far. How we will line up once the big ten starts is another matter.

  • RMK

    If JH is the “point” he wont be the best ball handler we have on the court. Based on the scrimmage yesterday, Gordon and Robinson could both help get the ball up the court under pressure, but JH would get them into their offense. He looked more like a point forward yesterday with Gordon working off the ball. Think Lamar Odom bringing the ball up when he played with the Lakers.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I don’t think he had to. He looked pretty fluid to me.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    When you were there you didn’t notice that you weren’t the only one there? lol, j/k

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I don’t think JH will start. I think he will be inheriting WS’s 6th man role until he is a senior. Not a bad gig though.

  • Ole Man

    His overall avg Saturday, was 40%, 6 of 15.

  • MisterSlippery

    I thought Will was more passive than usual. I don’t like that. He missed a couple mid-range jumpers that it didn’t look like he wanted to take. He played a ton of minutes and I think he deferred to much to the freshman. I could be wrong, but maybe he was wanting them to get some game experience. Yogi was the opposite, very agressive – I loved his attack and he was clearly the leader.

  • FLgrownHoosier

    Remember that team Michigan that went all the way to the Championship Game last year? Yeah well it turns out their Sophomore PG averaged 19 a game last year…weird

  • Devout Hoosier

    Thanks for pointing that out. I actually got to watch the game tonight and was very excited. Yogi had some wild drive turnovers but his 3-pt shooting was very much in the flow opportunities. From watching the game, I was also extremely impressed with Hanner’s improvement. Hanner can shoot!