Indiana at No. 26 in initial KenPom.com ratings

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Ken Pomeroy released his preseason ratings for the 2014-2015 college basketball season and the stats guru’s model is bullish on Indiana.

Pomeroy has Indiana at No. 26 in his ratings and projects the Hoosiers to finish 20-11 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten along with Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska and Minnesota.

The four Big Ten teams ranked ahead of IU in his initial ratings are Wisconsin (6), Michigan State (12), Ohio State (14) and Michigan (15).

The Hoosiers sit at No. 21 nationally in offensive efficiency in the preseason, according to Pomeroy and at No. 40 in defensive efficiency.

The highest rated non-conference opponents on IU’s schedule according to Pomeroy’s ratings are Louisville (3), Georgetown (22), Pittsburgh (23) and SMU (36).

Indiana also plays five opponents ranked 300 or worse in Pomeroy’s ratings: Savannah State (300), Grand Canyon (305), New Orleans (332), Lamar (345) and Mississippi Valley State (346).

Photo Gallery: More from Hoosier Hysteria

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Check out 37 additional photos by Jamie Owens from Saturday’s Hoosier Hysteria at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.

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Video: Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage highlights

Indiana fans had their first public look at the 2014-2015 Hoosiers on Saturday night for Hoosier Hysteria at Assembly Hall.

The event included a 3-point shootout, dunk contest and a 20-minute scrimmage. Inside the Hall was there and has two minutes of highlights from the scrimmage, which is available below:

Video: Mosquera-Perea, Blackmon Jr. react to Hysteria

Indiana sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea and freshman guard James Blackmon Jr. met with the media following Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday night in Assembly Hall.

Watch what they had to say following the Hoosiers’ season opening showcase below:

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Notebook: New tradition begins at Hoosier Hysteria

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Saturday evening’s Hoosier Hysteria was a first for many on Indiana’s 2014-2015 roster. For nine of the program’s 15 players, it was their first time donning the cream and crimson in front of a crowd at Assembly Hall.

It also was a night of firsts for Indiana basketball in general, as the Hoosiers debuted a new tradition they expect to continue for years to come.

Hoosiers start new candy-striped pants tradition

One of the most recognizable symbols in college basketball is Indiana’s candy-striped pants, something the Hoosiers have worn since the 1971-1972 season.

And on Saturday night, Indiana started a new tradition in front of the fans at Assembly Hall, handing its nine newcomers their first pair of candy-striped pants.

The ceremony included former players Matt Nover, John Laskowski, Gary Long, Greg Graham, Todd Leary, Errek Suhr, Jamaal Meeks and Jerry Memering, who each handed a pair of the pants to the nine first-year Hoosiers: Nick Zeisloft, Max Hoetzel, Nate Ritchie, James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Ryan Burton, Jeremiah April, Tim Priller and Emmitt Holt.

“I loved it,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “I think it’s fantastic and I think it will really take off as a tradition. Something we can make a big part of this.”

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Photo Gallery: 2014 Hoosier Hysteria

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Check out 36 photos by Jamie Owens from Saturday’s Hoosier Hysteria at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.

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Video: Tom Crean discusses Hoosier Hysteria

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media following 2014 Hoosier Hysteria on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.

Watch his comments, including thoughts on Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Robert Johnson, the new tradition of passing on the candy striped pants, the pace of the scrimmage and more, below:

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