What to Expect: Lamar

  • 11/21/2014 9:55 pm in

After Thursday night’s 74-68 win over SMU, Indiana has a quick turnaround as the Hoosiers will be back in Assembly Hall on Saturday night for a matchup with Lamar. 

The game tips at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network with Tom Hamilton and Shon Morris on the call:

Indiana’s four-game exempt tournament, coined the Hoosiers Showcase, continues with an opponent that could end up right in the conversation with Mississippi Valley State for the nation’s worst Division I team.

The Cardinals, who are led by Tic Price, come into Bloomington ranked No. 348 in the KenPom ratings and with a 1-2 record that includes road losses to SMU and Texas State. So who did Lamar beat? LSU-Alexandria, an NAIA team in its first season of competition, by just three points.


Price, who has gigs as the head coach at Memphis, the University of New Orleans and McNeese State on his resume, took over as the interim coach last spring when Pat Knight was fired after another dismal season. He was then named the head coach on a permanent basis in March.

Lamar was without senior guard Anthony Holliday, who scored 12 points in the team’s loss at SMU to open the season, for its last game and it’s questionable as to whether he’ll be available to play against IU. In the team’s last game, Price played eight different guys double figure minutes with just two playing more than 30.

If Holliday is available, he’s a player who has created most of his offense through two games at the foul line. Holliday is averaging 14.5 points and has attempted 18 free throws in two games.

Tyran de Lattibeaudiere, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, is the team’s leading scorer (15.3 ppg) and its leading rebounder (8.0 rpg). Don Mattingly’s son, Preston, is a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard, who is scoring 7.3 points per game but is just 10-of-19 from the foul line.

Beyond those three, Price has four other players averaging between five and 5.7 points per game. One of those contributors is sophomore Marcus Owens, who has hit 4 of his 10 attempts from behind the 3-point line.


The KenPom profile of Lamar isn’t pretty with the Cardinals ranking 346th nationally in offensive efficiency, 327th nationally in offensive turnover percentage and 280th nationally in effective field goal percentage.

Although those numbers represent a small sample size, given the program’s performance a season ago, it’s probably a fair indicator of what’s to come the rest of the season. Simply put: Even if Indiana’s defense isn’t sharp in this game, it may not matter as Lamar is one of the country’s worst offensive teams.

Things aren’t much better on the other end of the floor, either, as SMU exploded for 93 points in the season opener and Lamar also gave up 75 points in 79 possessions to an NAIA team in a narrow win.


Much like Indiana’s game against Mississippi Valley State, Lamar comes to Assembly Hall as a likely punching bag for the Hoosiers and as is the case with smaller programs who play guarantee games in college basketball, this game is about the payday for the athletic program more than anything else.

From the IU perspective, it should represent an opportunity to get guys like Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson another game under their belt in advance of Monday’s game against Eastern Washington, which is no slouch. It could also mean minutes for guys like Tim Priller and Jeremiah April, who could use the experience and may also be a good spot to get Emmitt Holt his first minutes as a Hoosier.

The KenPom prediction is Indiana by 27 with a 99 percent chance of victory and the Vegas line opened on Friday night with the Hoosiers as a 30-point favorite.


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  • inLinE6

    I have nothing to say, to be honest… May not watch, but would check how many they score after the game. My eyes are on Pitt now.

  • Bk39

    Be interesting to see Holt play and see improvement from April and the Thriller. Also want to see how RJ responds on his 3 pt shooting.

  • Pat Knight should just get a radio show on ESPN and bash Indiana on a daily basis if he can’t hack it as a head coach.

  • Ole Man

    Funny sarcasm. You know that job is already taken. LOL!

  • Ole Man

    Actually, think IU will be a little flat after all the emotion spent against SMU; plus 3rd game in five days. Not a bad opponent to have right now.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Pat can’t hack it as a radio host…

  • CTHoosiers

    As far as cup cakes, IU should be able to handle any sub-200 team out. Too many sub-300s can kill an RPI.

  • MisterSlippery

    Pat Knight body slammed a dude during a game (Tennessee State I think). He’s a stud, I don’t care if he’s a crap coach.

  • ForeverIU

    I’d be happy if we only played our bench.

  • Lol now that’s funny

  • SCHoosier

    Let’s hope the eyes of the Hoosiers are focused on Lamar..but I know what you mean.. Never understood why Pat K took this job..doomsday! He’d been better off as a top assistant at a major program.

  • SCHoosier

    You bet..would love to see Holt, Tim etc get a good workout…gonna need some of them before this seasons over.

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    Perhaps his ego is even bigger than his old man’s!

  • Hoosier Pride

    Id like to see the starter to this point play about 18-22 minutes and let the bench guys get some experience. Let Rob run the point with the second 5.

  • The 348th ranked team out of 351 teams in D1. I mean come on. That is pretty bad. I’m guessing this game was scheduled while pat knight was still at the helm. I’m also thinking Crean nearly demands such bunny games to pad his overall win loss record as a coach since he took such a beating on it his first few years at IU.

  • John Temple

    The only value in this game is a chance for the second teamers to get some minutes – if Crean lets them.

  • Bruce Clark

    Hmmm, Memphis got beat recently by Division II Christian Brothers. Everyone schedules cupcakes.

    Would love to see TC experiment with a large lineup of HMP, April, and Priller. (Would have been great to have seen Vanleh, Davis and Fischer last year playing together a few times…)

  • Unofficial Meteorologist

    I’ve also read where this game was solely scheduled for the purpose of Pat Knight to come to Assembly Hall.

  • ForeverIU

    Let’s not get paranoid now.

  • Unofficial Meteorologist

    Even though Crean won’t do it, I say play the bench for this game. Gives them valuable experience playing as a team.

  • Miamihoosier

    Our 2-3 zone defense needs a lot of work. Look how many times Hanner let guys behind him for dunks/lay-ups. I would play the starters more for the defensive practice, and play zone the whole time. No one questions we could dominate every man-to-man match up, while zone is spacing, blocking out,and recovery based

  • Ole Man

    Emmit isn’t on the court yet, but, yes, we are all right there with you hoping.

  • IUBizmark

    Javaris Jamar Javarison Lamar!

  • IUJeff

    C’mon you know that is impossible.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    I expect a beatdown so bad that Pat Knight will be happy that he was fired.

  • AgentaAllstar7

    Emmitt holt needs to play a lot tonight

  • Bk39

    For what it’s worth, CTC had on the floor for the last several min of the MVS game TP, JA, RB, NR with MH as PG.


    Seriously wonder if that’s even possible.

  • SilentBob

    I wouldn’t look past Eastern Washington who beat Texas Southern by a larger margin of victory than we did. Just from per data numbers they rank 13th in offensive efficiency, 28th in team shooting, 4th in steals & blocks, 50th in scoring defense, 24th in shooting defense, and the highest ranked Big Sky school in KenPoms rankings. They start three 6’4 guards, a 6’7 220 lb forward, and a 6’8 230 lb forward. They also just let their 7’1 285 lb center play 26 mins against a division 2 school where he had 18 pts, 8 rebs, and 5 blocks. IU should still handle em easy, but if any of these next three cupcakes provide any kind of competition on our schedule it’ll be these guys.