What to Expect: New Orleans

  • 12/22/2014 9:37 am in

A little more than 48 hours after Saturday’s win over No. 23 Butler in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana returns to action tonight opposite New Orleans at Assembly Hall.

The game will be broadcast live on BTN Plus (online only) at 7 p.m. ET:

It’s a homecoming tonight in Bloomington as Mark Slessinger, an Edgewood grad, brings his New Orleans Privateers to Assembly Hall in IU’s final guarantee game of the season.

A member of the Southland Conference, New Orleans is just 3-4 this season and ranked No. 305 in the latest Pomeroy ratings, but is coming off a 56-52 win at Southern Illinois on Friday. For the Hoosiers, it’s a chance to pick up win No. 10 and head into a brief holiday break before traveling to New York this weekend for a tilt with Georgetown at Madison Square Garden.

NEW ORLEANS PERSONNEL

The win over Southern Illinois was the first over a Division I opponent this season for New Orleans, which doesn’t figure to finish in the top half of the Southland, one of the nation’s worst leagues.

The Privateers feature four players averaging double figures, including leading scorer Christavious Gill. At just 5-foot-8, Gill is making 43.3 percent of his 3s and hitting close to 80 percent of his free throws. Junior guard Kevin Brown, who missed the game against Southern Illinois, is hitting close to 37 percent on 3s, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be available tonight.

Freshman Colton Weisbrod is second on the team in scoring (11.6 ppg) and is making 72 percent of his 2s. Junior Kevin Hill, who is just 6-foot-7, is the team’s top frontcourt player. Hill ranks among the top 100 nationally in both offensive and defensive rebounding percentage, but is making just 41.5 percent of his shots from the field.

Others to watch on the roster: 6-foot-4 sophomore Tevin Broyles (7.0 ppg), 6-foot-6 senior Terrance Syon (6.8 ppg and 4.0 rpg) and 6-foot-1 sophomore Nate Frye (6.1 ppg, team-high 15 steals).

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There’s not much to like on paper from the New Orleans side of things in this matchup. The Privateers are a porous defensive team, ranking 347th nationally in effective field goal percentage defense and 316th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency. Division I opponents are making 39.8 percent of their 3s and 59.5 percent of their 2s against New Orleans, which is unlikely to bode well against IU’s high powered offensive attack.

New Orleans also struggles to force turnovers (327th nationally) while turning it over at an alarming rate (327th nationally). New Orleans is also sending teams to the foul line at a below average rate.

Slessinger’s club does get to the line at a top ten rate in the country, but that’s about the only impressive thing about its resumé on paper. If Indiana operates at anywhere close to its season averages, the Hoosiers should find little resistance in putting points on the Assembly Hall scoreboard.

WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO

As we’ve learned by looking around the Big Ten this season, scheduling wins this season hasn’t always worked out. The league already has losses to the following programs in 2014: Texas Southern, NJIT, Incarnate Word, Saint Peter’s, St. Francis (PA), Central Michigan and North Florida.

That said, this is a game that Pomeroy and Sagarin both have Indiana winning and doing so comfortably. The Pomeroy prediction is a 22-point victory while Sagarin likes the Hoosiers by 16.5. Indiana’s offense figures to run wild in this one and New Orleans doesn’t appear to have the defensive chops to ward it off.

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  • Hardwood83

    Stay healthy and prep for Saturday.

  • SCHoosier

    Good opportunity for the 8-12 slots on t he roster to get some good floor experience. No need to have starters involved late if Hoosiers have a big lead..

  • INUnivHoosier

    Agree with SCHoosier, and I think it’s a good chance for Stan to find his shot.

  • Trevor Howenstine

    Start Nicky Z, Max Hoetzel, Colin Hartman, Emmitt Holt, Stan Robinson.

  • BeatWisconsin

    Off topic: But, what is the consensus on this board regarding Luke Fischer (who appears to be a pretty good college player) and his likelihood of staying at IU if he had started at Center (with Vonleh at the 4)? I guess I ask as I have seen articles saying Fischer left as he ‘was not seeing much playing time behind Vonleh.’ So, did Crean try to bring Luke along too slowly (and so he left), or was he really homesick (or maybe didn’t like the culture of drinking and such that has now emerged)? I know Luke is gone, but geeze, seems like we could have had a top 15 team with Luke as our Center this year.

  • Ole Man

    Yep. Let’s hope for no let down and a need for starters in the last ten minutes.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Hopefully we will see some Jeremiah April…

  • CreamandCrimson

    I imagine we’ll have a difficult time getting going in this one. There won’t be much of a crowd, we’re coming off of a really nice win, it’s right before the break for Christmas and our game with Georgetown…there’s a lot of reasons that could result in a sluggish performance. Some things I’ll be listening for (since I won’t be paying to watch this on BTN Plus):

    +Make sure we get the win. A loss would undo any and all momentum we have created during this non-conference season and it severely bog down our tournament resume.
    +Can Troy Williams continue his recent stellar play? By this, I mainly mean can he keep rebounding well and can he keep playing under control? I think he’s really starting to get it and that’s a really good development for this team.
    +Perhaps we can get some solid minutes for Emmitt Holt. He’s not had much going the past few games and it would be nice to see some good stretches from him.

    For those who will be traveling for the Holidays, be safe…Merry Christmas ITH’ers, I hope everyone is able to spend the next few days with family and loved ones.

  • HoosierFrom812

    Wow, another bogus BTN Plus game. They need ala carte cable for crying out loud. I pay for BTN already, so we have to pay them more? Our students broadcasted a game fine last time. I know we’re bound by our BTN contract, but we as fans (and consumers) need to either boycott this crap or flood their servers with complaints. Enough is enough. The cow has been milked dry. I just want to watch my Hoosiers. Not pay $10 for a stagnant, one-time stream. Sorry, had to rant. This is getting old!

    Ps. I /did/ buy a BTN Plus pass for our exhibition and first 2 games. At $10 a month, PLUS your already ridiculous cable bill, where the hell do they think the money is at?

  • David Macer

    Why ??

  • crimson_chas

    does anyone know if they plan to air this game on “reg” BTN later? They did for the other two online games.

  • No scheduled BTN replay as of now unless I’m missing it on the schedule: http://btn.com/shows/

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    Only good thing about BTN is that it brings in lots of $$$ and affords out of region viewers access to IU broadcasts. Other than that it’s not very impressive. They never use the overflow channels other than during football season.

  • Born&Bred2BleedHoosierCrimson

    I hear you, buddy. I have the same issue. It’s all about the $$(:

  • INUnivHoosier

    Start Tim Priller and only Tim Priller.

  • Hoosier Hall

    What to Expect: Priller for 3!! Hopefully…

  • HoosierBuddy

    I just watched some georgetown higlights vs kansas. IU will have its hands full down low. There main post player looked a tad overweight hopefully IU’s athletes tire him out. Kansas won that game on 3 point shooting. In order to win IU will have to do the same.

  • Hoosier89

    Haven’t tried BTN Plus, but since BTN2Go is hardly capable of working, I’m not interested in paying more for another online service provided by BTN.

  • FinEndNow

    We should expect to see April, Priller and Ritchie in this game. Lets hope the team doesn’t come out flat after the Butler win.
    New name for Tim Priller: TP the Cleanup Man.

  • FinEndNow

    Josh Smith is massive. 6-10 350. Hanner just needs to get him moving. He is going to need to bring out his best Cody Zeller.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    Guess I’ll miss this game, but that’s ok, evidently no one thinks it worth broadcasting anyway.

  • sean

    I’ll definitely be listening to Don Fischer tonight instead. At least when games are on ESPN3 you know the stream will be relatively high quality. Not so much in my experience with BTN Plus.

    Also, for those of us in exile from the Hoosier State, the TuneIn app/website is a good way to find the radio broadcast.

  • Ole Man

    edit: no need for starters

  • Ole Man

    You can always watch Chopin at Mich; should be a stellar game (hit sarcasm button repeatedly)

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Butler vs. Indiana will be replayed 5 times this week, but no IU vs. New Orleans. :/

  • Is there an online way that I can get that radio feed?

  • Kyl470

    I’m with you on this issue. It’s pretty sad that paying for the regular BTN isn’t enough to get you all the games. The only reason I have the sports package for my television is so I can watch IU basketball and football.

  • Guyton25

    Just watch it on Wiziwig

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    Yea, I know, but that’s not the point.

  • VanPastorMan

    Exactly!! What are these overflow channels for? I’d like to think that with 3 channels on my cable system I would be able to get the IU game on tv.

  • Hoosier1158

    I know it must be a coincidence, but odd that in my southern Indiana neighborhood that B1G is showing MI tonight not IU. Cable provider in Ann Arbor is showing OSU and not MI on the B1G. Fairly confident no one in Ann Arbor wants to watch OSU. It would give you the impression they are pushing you to purchase another B1G package? I know i have to be off on this one.

  • John D Murphy

    Enlighten us….

  • Hoosier gal in Iowa

    Excited to be going to the game. Taking my Iowan husband to his first game in assembly hall. Wanted him to experience a great college basketball arena. Go Hoosiers!!!

  • TomJameson

    I haven’t seen it as a replay either, and I’m constantly watching for it.

  • TomJameson

    I’ve already started my boycott of 1. I will NOT purchase BTN Plus to watch another game. I’ve had horrible luck getting a good stream, and it’s more irritating than bad officiating. LOL I never have bad streaming from anything else, just BTN Plus. No more $$ from me!!

  • TomJameson

    I hope it’s a great crowd for you, but even so it will be a great experience! Have a safe trip and a great time!

  • SilentBob

    That’s naaaassssttttyyyy lol

  • HoosierFrom812

    Last time I tried wiziwig for our Btn Plus game it wasn’t on there. Worth a shot. Still bogus! Lol I’m usually really reserve but my filter is expired for today. I wish I was an uber tech nerd. I’d just broadcast it on a blog lol. Oh well, nonetheless, go get em Hoosiers!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Infuriating isn’t it

  • ForeverIU

    Off topic, but I’m testing my hunch tonight that Wisconsin is a bit overrated and might lose at California or struggle to win.

  • IUMIKE1

    From that area code as well (if that’s what the 812 if for anyway lol ). You hit the nail on the head !! Down below, Guyton25 says a site called wiziwig may show it. Don’t know if you have to have something special to see it there or if it is a nominal fee or anything else, but I went there and they do have it listed as if they are going to show it. Now whether they do or not I don’t know, never used it before, but will be giving it a try tonight.

  • Lance76

    I contacted Big Ten network and expressed my disappointment that they would not at least replay the IU game at 3 am rather than repeating other games. Not sure it will do any good,but I feel better having contacted them.

  • Chappy Dan

    Tim Priller: TP for my winhole.

  • hagster

    Listen on radio. The game is meaningless. Not worth watching. Dosen’t do a thing for the team

  • hagster

    I like Tim but I think he’s out of his leauge in the Big 10 {14}