The Minute After: Stony Brook

Thoughts on a 96-66 thumping of the Seawolves:


Victor Oladipo started this evening. Will Sheehey came off the bench. And whether Crean continues to swap these two in and out of the starting lineup may not matter. Because they’re shaping up to have an impact no matter when they enter the game. Oladipo set the tone early, scoring with ease in transition — which carried over into the second half — and finished with 16 points (7-of-9), six boards and two steals. He played with poise and energy and swagger.

Sheehey didn’t play in the second half because of flu-like symptoms. But he scored 13 points (5-of-6) off the bench in the first  — making some nice, controlled shots in the lane to go along with a trey. Not bad. Not bad at all.

These two also got some run together in the first half, which might prove to be an electric combo on both ends as the season progresses.


Another slow start for the freshman, as he scored just one field goal in the first half — a bucket at the 1:21 mark. But one wonders if Tom Crean made a point for his Hoosiers to start feeding Zeller at the break, because the team looked for him down low from the onset of the second half.  Zeller started converting and even stole a ball and went the length of the court for a dunk early in the second frame.

He finished with 16 points (5-of-6, 6-of-8 from the line), 10 boards, three steals and two blocks. Strong line.

He also got punched in the crotch (!) in the first half by Stony Brook’s Danny Carter, who was ejected for his transgression. (And, if you remember, he also got intentionally fouled in the University of Indianapolis game.) While it may not be a low blow, Zeller may continue to get some abuse down on the block as he assimilates to the college game.


HD Video: Tom Crean after Stony Brook win

Watch and listen to what head coach Tom Crean had to say following IU’s season opening 96-66 win over Stony Brook in high definition quality in the embedded media player below:

HD Video: Elston, Etherington, Roth after Stony Brook win

Watch and listen to what Austin Etherington, Derek Elston and Matt Roth had to say following IU’s season opening 96-66 win over Stony Brook in high definition quality in the embedded media player below:

Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Stony Brook


Check out 16 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 96-66 win over Stony Brook at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump.


HD Video: Jones, Oladipo and Zeller after Stony Brook win

Watch and listen to what Cody Zeller, Verdell Jones and Victor Oladipo had to say following IU’s season opening 96-66 win over Stony Brook in high definition quality in the embedded media player below:

Open Thread: Indiana vs. Stony Brook

The 2011-2012 regular season tips-off tonight in Assembly Hall as the Hoosiers host the Stony Brook Seawolves out of the America East conference.

Game Details:

Opponent: Stony Brook
Tip-time: 7 p.m. (ET)
TV: Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee and Quinn Buckner)
RadioIU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Royce Waltman and Joe Smith)
All-Time Series: First meeting

Preview Content:

What To Expect: Stony Brook
Notes and Quotes: Crean talks Stony Brook
Video: Tom Crean previews Stony Brook
– 2011-2012 Player Profiles: Jordan Hulls, Will SheeheyVerdell Jones III, Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth, Christian Watford, Maurice Creek, Remy AbellAustin EtheringtonDerek Elston

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(Photo Credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

Notes and Quotes: Crean talks Stony Brook

Notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s Thursday press conference previewing Indiana’s season opener against Stony Brook on Friday at Assembly Hall. Watch the press conference here. (Photo: Crean talks about Maurice Creek’s season ending injury on October 12.)

Wants to challenge the team by playing a team like Stony Brook to open the season. This is a team that has a chance to make the NCAA Tournament. (Picked to finish in the top three of their conference by most publications and a top 150 team according to

Stony Brook is deep and returns their all-around best player. Believes the America East is an outstanding league with very good coaches.

From his time in Big East gained a lot of respect for programs like Stony Brook. IU played Boston University a few years ago (also in the America East) and on any given night teams from this league can win.

“We’re going to be tested as much as we have in our time here in openers and as much as any that I’ve been a part of as a head coach.”

“They play hard and everything that I can see they’re not a team that’s going to ever back away from anything.”

“Really, really good 3-point shooting team. Just solid all the way around.”

“It’ll be fun to have the opener here. It’ll be fun to have a great crowd. But they’ll be nothing fun about that game when it comes to playing and coaching. It will be an absolute battle.”

Stony Brook has Wisconsin tendencies in that they have a style and pace they want to play. They are good at their style of play. Spread the floor, set a lot of ball screens, good movement, run their break.


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