Indiana’s season opening showcase, Hoosier Hysteria, took place Saturday night in Assembly Hall and included player introductions, a 3-point shootout, dunk contest and a 20-minute scrimmage.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from what we saw on Branch McCracken Court:
· Indiana’s offense should be significantly better: Yes, the sample size (five games in Montreal and a scrimmage) is small, but if there’s one thing that stands out right now about this team, it’s the possibility for a very good offense. The turnover issue still looms large, but the perimeter depth and versatility should make this team tough to guard. Yogi Ferrell is still one of the best guards in the country, but Tom Crean has surrounded him with an elite shooter and scorer in James Blackmon Jr., a combo guard who competes like an upperclassman in Robert Johnson, a veteran who seems confident in Nick Zeisloft and two sophomores, Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams, who love to attack off the dribble. There will be a learning curve to make all of the pieces fit together, but the upside of this group is tremendous.
· Mosquera-Perea shows flashes of improvement: Junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea showed a few flashes of improved hands and footwork in Saturday’s scrimmage. On one particular sequence, Nick Zeisloft cut from the right corner on the baseline, received a pass from Yogi Ferrell and then dropped the ball off to Mosquera-Perea on the left block. It was a pass that Mosquera-Perea may have had trouble handling in the past, but he caught it and went up against Emmitt Holt and missed. He then collected the offensive rebound off a tip by Devin Davis and finished at the rim.
“The bottom line is, we’re trying to keep it where Hanner is gaining confidence every day,” Crean said on Saturday. “The more confidence he gains, the more we can stretch his game. He’s on a good road, he’s hungry. I’m not going to over-exaggerate it, I’m not going to over-compliment him, but you’re seeing what we see – he’s really working to get better. We’ve got to stay on that path.”
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.
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:
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.
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:
With the 2014 version of Hoosier Hysteria just a day away, the Inside the Hall team looks at three things to watch in Assembly Hall:
· A bigger focus on basketball: Hoosier Hysteria is never short on entertainment and there will be plenty of pyro and bright lights to ensure that element is still present, but you can also expect some enhancements to make the event better from a basketball perspective.
For example, the 3-point shootout is expected to be preceded by shooting drills so that the participants — James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Yogi Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft, Max Hoetzel and Collin Hartman — are ready and warmed up before any shots go up.
Hysteria is also expected to include a brief scrimmage and a dunk contest. But unlike the last two years where the event seemed to drag on at times, this year’s version will focus more on shooting and tightening the script. It will be, we’re told, an “ode to fans.” — Alex Bozich
· A chance to get a first glimpse at offseason progress and the newcomers: Indiana’s trip to Canada in August gave us a sneak preview of what to expect heading into the 2014-2015 season, but neither Emmitt Holt or Hanner Mosquera-Perea made the trek, which still leaves some intrigue heading into Saturday.
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.