Jeremy Hollowell Archive

Jeff Howard starts, Jeremy Hollowell scores a career-high

As the news circulated, Indiana fans were perplexed.

When Indiana’s starting lineup was announced for its seventh game of the season on Tuesday night against Evansville, sophomore Jeremy Hollowell, who had started the Hoosiers’ six prior games, was excluded. In his place, senior walk-on Jeff Howard — who had played only 85 minutes of college basketball in his career — would start.

The buzz generated on social media led to “Jeff Howard” trending nationally on Twitter during much of Indiana’s 77-46 win against Evansville, as the Hoosiers advanced to 6-1 in the 2013-2014 season.

“Coach did what he did for his reasons,” Howard said following the game, in which he scored two points, grabbed three rebounds and had one assist in 15 minutes of action. “I just came and brought to the team what I bring to the team.”

Before Tuesday’s game, Indiana coach Tom Crean told both Howard and Hollowell the news. His reasoning, Crean insisted, was that Howard “epitomized what we wanted out there in the form of energy, communication and intensity.”

But Howard has played only eight minutes this entire season. There was no intention, Crean said, of trying to “light a fire” for Hollowell to perform better.


Film Session: Hollowell drives, defensive miscues

Indiana cruised to a 105-59 win over Samford on Friday night by relentlessly attacking the basket. A look at two Jeremy Hollowell drives doing just that, as well as a couple defensive miscues by the Hoosiers in the latest edition of Film Session:

I. Evan Gordon pushes the ball up the court off his own defensive rebound:


Gordon isn’t able to find daylight to the hoop, so he shovels it off to Hollowell:



Notebook: Crean says sustainability is “not there yet”

With three sophomores and five freshmen who appear poised to play rotation minutes, Indiana doesn’t have a ton of experience to draw upon as it begins the season.

The Hoosiers cruised through Friday night’s opener against Chicago State with little resistance, but the competition level figures to rise tonight as LIU Brooklyn comes to Assembly Hall.

The Blackbirds, who have reached three consecutive NCAA tournaments, are Indiana’s second game of seven in a 19-day stretch to open the season.

LIU Brooklyn features one of the nation’s better point guards in Jason Brickman, who led the nation in assists per game last year. LIU also utilizes a lot of ball screen action that will be unfamiliar to many of IU’s young players.

The way Tom Crean sees it, the quick turnarounds and different styles of play the Hoosiers will encounter in this stretch present opportunities to learn about his young group.

“I think it’s great that we have the games because we need the experience,” Crean said Monday evening at Assembly Hall. “We scheduled it that way and part of it is because of the Wounded Warriors tournament we’re going to play in in New York, that plays into it. I’m excited to see what we look like at the end of the week.”


Indiana sets free throw record in 100-72 win over Chicago State

The play sequence that summed up the night: With 43 seconds left in Indiana’s 100-72 victory in its season opener against Chicago State, redshirt sophomore Jonny Marlin was fouled. He drained both free throws.

Though the two free throws were unremarkable, the context in which it happened were anything but. Marlin’s shots were Indiana’s 44th and 45th made free throws on the night, an IU record, in front of an announced 17,472 Friday night at Assembly Hall. It broke a 58-year record of 43 made attempts set against Michigan in 1955 and repeated in 1997 against Ohio State.

“We knew they were going to get up in presses and we prepared for it this week,” sophomore Jeremy Hollowell said after the game. “With the new rules, we wanted to take advantage of it and attack the basket and get fouls. I think we did a good job of that.”

Only months after the NCAA passed new rules that make hand-checking fouls much more common, Chicago State fell victim in its first game of the season. The Cougars were called for 36 personal fouls, which led to 55 IU free throw attempts. The Hoosiers made 45 of those, an 81.8 percent mark, and set the school record in the first game they could do so.