What to Expect: Austin Peay

  • 11/16/2015 10:40 am in

Indiana is back in action tonight at Assembly Hall against another Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) opponent in Austin Peay. 

The game will be broadcast live on BTN at 7 p.m. ET with Kevin Kugler and Joe Crispin on the call.

In its final tuneup before it begins a stretch of five of six games against major conference opponents (Creighton, three in Maui and Duke), Indiana is unlikely to be challenged tonight in Bloomington.

Austin Peay is picked to finish lower in the OVC than Friday’s opponent, Eastern Illinois, and got handled easily (80-41 final) in its season opener on Friday night at Vanderbilt. Such is the life, however, for many smaller conference teams who need guarantee games like tonight’s. Collect a check, take a beating and move on.

MEET THE GOVERNORS

Coach Dave Loos is in his 26th season at the helm in Clarksville, Tennessee and his 391 wins are the most in school history.

The program, however, is averaging just 10 wins over the last four seasons. And this year, at least on paper, isn’t shaping up to be much better.

The Governors do return their top three scorers in forward Chris Horton, guard Josh Robinson and guard Khalil Davis. Horton averaged a double-double last season and finished the season ranked in the top 45 nationally in both offensive and defensive rebounding percentage.

Robinson, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, hit 35.6 percent of his 3s last season but was awful on 2s (36 percent). Davis, a 6-foot-5 senior, does a little bit of everything and averaged 9.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season.

In the opener, Loos started 5-foot-11 guard Zach Glotta and 6-foot-7 forward Kenny Jones alongside the trio of Horton, Robinson and Davis.

Glotta, however, didn’t attempt a shot and had just one turnover in the opener. Jones, a JUCO transfer, had six points and six rebounds in his debut.

Guard Terrell Thompson, who is originally from Warren Central in Indianapolis, landed at Austin Peay via Wabash Valley Community College, and is likely to see major minutes off the bench.

Freshman Jared Savage, whose father Willie played for Austin Peay in the mid-90s, is a 6-foot-5 guard known for his shooting. He struggled, however, against Vanderbilt as he missed all seven of his attempts from the floor.

A QUICK TEMPO-FREE GLANCE

Austin Peay ranked just 318th nationally last season in offensive efficiency and 246th in defensive efficiency. The Governors were 346th in the country in terms of effective field goal percentage defense, which doesn’t bode well against an Indiana team that can make you pay from just about anywhere on the floor.

One thing Austin Peay did do well last season was get to the line as they finished 61st nationally in free throw rate (FTA/FGA). Beyond that, the Governors had a barren profile offensively as they were outside the top 300 nationally in both 2-point and 3-point field goal percentage.

Simply put, this is a mismatch on paper and should afford Indiana the opportunity to spread minutes around once the game is decided.

WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO

Indiana opened in Vegas as a 28-point favorite and as of Monday morning, the line sits at 27.5. Pomeroy likes the Hoosiers by 24 with a 97 percent chance to move to 2-0.

With Creighton looming on Thursday and a departure to Maui on Friday, we’ll soon learn a lot more about just where this Indiana team stacks up nationally. Tonight, however, is unlikely to produce much of a game from a competitive standpoint as the Hoosiers are simply too talented for an undermanned OVC team.

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  • TomJameson

    I would still like to see IU post a 100+ game, and still keep the opponent below 50-60

  • Nashville Hoosier

    Agreed, I would like to really see an emphasis on pressuring the ball and picking up the defense intensity for 40 minutes. Also, we need to get Bryant more touches down low… The team feeds off the energy he brings to the game.

  • Hoosieriniowa

    Fly is open, let’s go Peay!

  • Hoosieriniowa

    I am a Hoosier fan but Fly Williams was fun to watch!

  • O.G.Ehman

    Hoosiers – 94
    Bad Guys – 58

    PRILLER TIME© imminent

  • SCHoosier

    I’ll be satisfied if our guards can learn to feed Bryant.effectively, make sure Nick gets shots when he’s in there…and if Troy’s spectacular plays match in number..his bonehead out of control dribbles with the ball. Getting OG and Morgan solid minutes and experience would be a plus also. I’m afraid we’re gonna have another ref’s whistle- fest given the new hand rules. Think what the refs could do if that 5 sec goes back on the shot clock): Foul calls records will be set this season.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’d love to see Thomas Bryant established early and often. I’d love to see Hartman get his shot going (and Nick Zeisloft for that matter) before heading to Maui and I’d love to see Morgan and Anunoby continue to get some time to settle in just in case we need them against Creighton, Wake and subsequent opponents.

    It’d be great to see another defensive effort that keeps an opponent under .80 points per possession and, while I’m not worried about it, it would be nice to see us hitting better than 60% from the free throw line. Most importantly, I’m just hoping to see IU comfortably take care of business and get to Maui healthy and confident so winning twice this week is critical.

  • Lance76

    Agreed and no one gets hurt.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’d like to see us top 100 points and hold them in the 40-50 range or even lower if possible. Need to establish our defense and rebounding but also need to get our outside shooting back on track. Surprisingly, we haven’t been shooting it very well from outside in our exhibitions and 1st regular season game. I expect that to change tonight.

  • pdhoosier

    We by all rights should have been there. One more through the rim for yogi and Nick and a couple free throws and we’re there. Also 5 minutes of walk ons skews that abit…

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    all i want to see tonight is a lot of TP. i wanna see TP get a double double tonight. bold prediction: if he does, iu will hang banner #6 this year. they still may if he doesn’t, but it’s guaranteed if he does. mark my words!

  • TomJameson

    For sure, but I still like the idea of getting the bench some quality minutes instead of a 35 second stint. LOL Can really make a difference for next year.