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2014-2015 Player Profile: Collin Hartman

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With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with Collin Hartman.

Collin Hartman’s freshman season at Indiana ended with a whimper rather than a bang.

Brought in by Indiana coach Tom Crean to be a shooter on a team that desperately needed them, Hartman played the first two games of the Hoosiers’ season as the first player off the bench. But after that, Hartman rarely saw action on the court, amassing just 16 minutes of play during the entire Big Ten season.

Perhaps he wasn’t aggressive enough in the opportunities he was given. But it was expected he would have the entire offseason to work on his game and gain more confidence on the court heading into his sophomore season.

That never happened.

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Hoosier Hysteria streaming details, Steele to serve as emcee

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Hoosier Hysteria, the annual tip-off to the Indiana basketball season, takes place this Saturday in Bloomington as Assembly Hall doors will open at 5 p.m. ET followed by the event at 6 p.m. ET.

If you’re unable to make it to Assembly Hall, the Big Ten Network will be providing digital coverage via its streaming service, BTN Plus.

According to Derek Reinglass, manager of communications at BTN, Hysteria streaming is scheduled to begin at 6:25 p.m. ET.

Fans can access the stream via a BTN Plus subscription, which is offered in two packages: school-specific or conference. The school-specific pass is $9.95 monthly or $79.95 annually and the conference pass is $14.95 monthly or $119.95 annually.

A subscription to BTN Plus is not included with a subscription to Big Ten Network.

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2014-2015 Player Profile: Devin Davis

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With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with Devin Davis.

As questions still linger about just what Hanner Mosquera-Perea will bring to Indiana’s frontcourt, Devin Davis enters the 2014-2015 campaign as perhaps the Hoosiers’ closest thing to a known commodity.

Offense wasn’t a strong suit of his game last season as a freshman, and it’s unlikely Davis will be in line for a featured offensive role this year. What Davis may lack in height, he makes up for with a strong frame — putting on about 10 pounds of muscle this offseason — to bang in the post and muscle for rebounds. Which, along with finishing the opportunities he’s given, might be all the Hoosiers really need out of him in the frontcourt this season with its host of scoring options on the perimeter.

Davis attempted just 18 field goals over five games in Canada, but made an impressive 14 of them to shoot 77.8 percent for the trip. He also returns as the team’s top offensive (11.4 offensive rebounding percentage) and defensive (21.5 defensive rebounding percentage) rebounder among regulars. Davis ripped down 16 boards in 19 minutes during Indiana’s first game in Canada. With Indiana lacking in the rebounding department heading in this season, it’s an encouraging sign. Though, Davis would have just three rebounds in 22 minutes the next game.

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Roster turnover aids Hoosiers on and off the court

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After losing a lottery pick, a senior who scored more than 1,000 career points and several players via transfer, Indiana is going to look much different this winter.

And given that 60 percent of the roster is new and the Hoosiers are without a true post presence, much of the team’s offense is going to originate on the perimeter.

But change isn’t always a bad thing and in IU’s case, the roster turnover should allow Crean to avoid situations like last season when he was forced to put guys on the floor who couldn’t shoot or score with any consistency.

“Very few times do people (in the Big Ten) put players on the court that can’t make shots or aren’t bringing something to the table,” Crean said yesterday at Big Ten media day in Rosemont, Illinois. “There’s very few places to hide a guy.”

With guys like Austin Etherington, Evan Gordon and Jeremy Hollowell being replaced by James Blackmon Jr., Nick Zeisloft and Robert Johnson, the Hoosiers shouldn’t run into many scenarios where they won’t have a capable and confident shooter on the floor to go along with Yogi Ferrell, a first team all-Big Ten selection in the preseason.

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2014-2015 Player Profile: Stanford Robinson

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With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with Stanford Robinson.

If there was one way of defining Stanford Robinson’s value as a freshman last season, it came in his free throw numbers.

The 6-foot-4 guard got to the free throw line as much as anyone on Indiana’s roster during Big Ten action last season, outside of Yogi Ferrell, as Robinson proved to be effective in getting to the rim and causing opponent foul trouble.

Heading into this season, Robinson will continue to hold value in that role, especially on a team that plans on moving the ball quickly and effectively, with the ball moving in and out of the paint. And over the offseason, Indiana coach Tom Crean said Robinson is becoming more reliable in that role.

“Stan’s gaining a level of consistency that he has not had,” Crean said on July 15. “His body’s different. His conditioning and energy are different and it’s not because he’s doing more. It’s because he’s smarter.”

During Indiana’s preseason trip to Canada, Robinson led the Hoosiers in free-throw attempts, suggesting he was aggressive as anyone in trying to get to the basket.

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Notebook: Ferrell’s balanced role

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — The story goes Kevin Ferrell’s mom nicknamed him “Yogi” as a child as an ode to Yogi Bear, the Hannah-Barbera character with a similar voracious appetite. He certainly lived up to the nickname last season, eating up 25 percent of Indiana’s possessions in a year the team starved for any kind of offensive production.

But as the preseason first team All-Big Ten selection enters his junior year as the team’s longest-tenured leader, he’s due for a reinterpretation of the nickname and a role change on a squad with more shooting and playmakers. The root word of Yogi is yoke, which means “to unite” or “join together”. After a disappointing 2012-2013 season where the Indiana Culture struggled at times, Ferrell is in line to do just that for these Hoosiers.

“That’s how I feel like I have to start off each game, being more of a facilitator,” Ferrell said late Thursday morning. “I feel a lot more comfortable, I feel like now I can balance my game out a lot more. So I’m definitely going to try and find these guys more. And once they take them away, I’m going to try and score myself.

“What I want to focus on is not turning the ball over so much. I want my assist-turnover ratio to be a lot higher. I want to have one of the highest ones in the league. So watching some film, seeing what I do here wrong. Not making jump passes. Not trying to force.”

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Video: Tom Crean roundtable session at Big Ten media day

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media in a roundtable session earlier today at 2014 Big Ten media day at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

Watch and listen to his comments below:

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