Pomeroy Preview: Northern Iowa

  • 12/22/2010 12:07 pm in

A few thoughts on tonight’s battle with Northern Iowa in Las Vegas:

1) The first thing that sticks out is Northern Iowa’s adjusted defensive efficiency (79th in the nation) is pretty solid. Or, at least, a higher level than most of Indiana’s opponents so far this season. So the Hoosiers’ sharpshooting offense should be tested a little more this evening coming off their hot performance against South Carolina State.

2) Indiana’s solid offensive rebounding prowess could be tested a little bit this evening, as UNI is allowing opponents to snatch only 25.8 percent of available offensive boards, good for 12th in the nation. If the Panthers keep the Hoosiers’ shooting percentage down and do a good job of keeping them off the boards, thus negating second-chance opportunities, it could help propel them towards a victory.

3) The Panthers don’t get to the line that often (249th in the nation in free-throw rate), so it’s possible that despite the Hoosiers sending opponents to the line at a high rate this season, it won’t be as pronounced a free-throw discrepancy as we’ve seen at times so far.

4) UNI does a good job of taking care of the basketball — 57th in turnover percentage  (18.2 percent) — so the Hoosiers building off Sunday’s low turnover performance would be helpful in extending their opportunities on the offensive end and keeping close in this battle.

All stats from kenpom.com and are through Monday night’s games.

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  • Good luck tonight Hoosier! !!

  • Anonymous

    this would be a great win! hope we get it! Hoo, Hoo, Hoosiers!!!

  • Anonymous

    anyone know if this game is on TV? or even online?

  • CBS College Sports Network

  • JerryCT

    I feel like we have been climbing a ladder all season starting at the bottom. We tried for a higher rung twice and slipped but not back to where we came from. If we win tonight we will have climbed another rung and CTC preparation for the B10 season was spot on.

    If we lose , then ………………..

  • Jerry – my thoughts exactly. A much needed win on the road to really assess or growth or lack of…..certainly a game we can win – and mental toughness, few TO, and good defense should equal a win….much needed if we are to climb above 500 by the end of the year.

  • MillaRed

    All I want for Christmas is to win this tourney. And maybe a Mustang GT convertible. But that’s all.

  • marcusgresham

    …and this remote control. That’s all I need! Oh, and this chair….

  • kentuckyhoosier

    Anyone know the status of Rivers????

  • millared

    He is doubtful for the entire tourney. But it isn’t serious thank goodness.

    I just saw this CBS channel is in my Charter line-up. Now I can get my fix.

  • Anonymous

    Just upgraded Insight subscription to get the game. Also, in the package are a bunch of movie channels featuring classic westerns. How great is that deal for only$5 a month?

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  • Kelin Sheeharris

    First a big Go Get em’ IU tonite…would be a big win.
    Second Congrats to me for just scoring a non scalped IU v PU aka the second fiddle ticket from the IU athletic ticket office….

    Last year we had em…this year we will get em….


  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    You know what you just reminded me of? At that point IU was 9-12 and 3-6 in the Big Ten. That mean IU was only 6-6 in the non-conference. I think I had blocked that out of my memory because it was such a let-down but it sheds a lot of light on this season! 9-2 with a chance to get to 11-2 the next two days is a welcomed improvement even if the schedule wasn’t as strong this year.

  • Anonymous

    I have Directv and would have to add a $12 a month package to get it. I’m sure my wife would love that. I assume it’s not on the internet anywhere streaming, is it?