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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
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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 KenPom.com.)

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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What To Expect: Stony Brook

The Hoosiers begin regular season play Friday night against Stony Brook inside Assembly Hall.

A quick look at the Seawolves, who reached the title game of last year’s America East conference tournament:

THE RETURN OF TOMMY BRENTON:

Due to a knee injury, Brenton missed the entire 2010-11 season. But as a sophomore in 2009-10, he was a force on the boards, as he racked up the 19th best defensive rebound rate in the country. He also sported an impressive  free-throw rate (78.1 percent, 23rd in the nation) and steal rate (3.6 percent, 79th in the nation) to go along with his rebounding prowess.

While he may still be shaking off some early-season cobwebs, Brenton is a Seawolf to watch during Friday night’s matchup.

PACE:

Last season, Stony Brook’s pace was one of the slowest in the country. It’s adjusted tempo (63.6 possessions per game) ranked 307th out of 345 Division I teams. If the Seawolves are playing at such a pace again this season, it could clash a bit with the Hoosiers, who are looking to get on the break and go.

OFFENSE:

The Seawolves had some serious issues scoring inside the arc last season (40 percent on 2’s, 344th in the nation). They also had some trouble from the line (65.2 percent, 288th in the nation). Their 3-point shooting (33.9, 191st in the nation) could be bolstered by Ron Bracey, a junior college transfer who can shoot the trey. Depending on how things shake out, this could be a game where the Hoosiers gain a little more confidence on defense.

DEFENSE:

This is where the Seawolves hang their hat. Their adjusted defensive efficiency in 2010-11 (97.9, 90th in the nation) was strong, as was their defensive effective field-goal percentage (45.3 percent, 22nd in the nation). So the Hoosiers, after a strong shooting game against the University of Indianapolis, could be tested on the offensive end by Stony Brook’s D.