What to Expect: Stetson

  • 12/03/2011 11:12 am in

After a stern test in Raleigh, the Hoosiers return to Assembly Hall for a Sunday matinee with the Stetson Hatters out of the Atlantic Sun conference. The game will be shown on BTN.com and broadcast on the IU radio network (Sirius 135/XM 192):

Here’s a look at what to expect from the Hatters, who are 4-3 with losses to Florida State and Florida:

The task to lift Stetson to respectability in the Atlantic Sun won’t be easy for first-year coach Casey Alexander. The former Belmont assistant inherited what appeared to be a solid nucleus of young talent, but that quickly went awry just weeks after accepting the job.

The Hatters top three scorers (a freshman and two sophomores) opted to leave the program, leaving Alexander with a tall task to climb out of the conference cellar.


Tyshawn Patterson, a 6-foot junior guard, is the top returnee, but his role has declined significantly through seven games. A pair of transfers, 6-foot-9 junior Adam Pegg and 6-foot-3 sophomore Chris Perez, are shouldering important offensive roles.

Pegg, who can step outside and hit the 3-pointer, is averaging 13.4 ppg and 5.0 rpg. Perez, who is logging a team high 31.1 minutes per games, is shooting over 50 percent on 2’s, but just 28.6 percent on 3’s.

Aaron Graham (15-of-37) and Joel Naburgs (17-of-46) are a big reason that 34.6 percent of Stetson’s points come from behind the 3-point line. The Hatters are shooting well from outside (38.1 percent), but just 48.3 percent inside the arc. They’ve also struggled at the foul line (64.5 percent).


Stetson will struggle to keep this close as they’re simply outclassed by a constantly improving Indiana team. Three things to keep an eye on: IU’s free throw rate, Stetson’s outside shooting and turnover percentage.

The Hoosiers have been getting to the line at a blistering pace and it’s a point of emphasis by Tom Crean to score 25 percent of IU’s points from the line. For Stetson to have any shot of staying in the game, knocking down 3’s and taking care of the ball are two areas of emphasis.


Alexander talked about pushing the tempo when he accepted the job last April. “We’re going to play as fast as we can play without being reckless,” he said at his introductory press conference.

So far, he’s been true to his words. Stetson’s adjusted tempo according to KenPom.com has been the 29th fastest in the country.


Location: DeLand, Florida
Student Enrollment: 2,200
Established: 1883
Notable Sports Alumni: Richard McKay (President and GM of the Atlanta Falcons)

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  • JerryCT

    I expect to win by double digits with a healthy dose of the bench.

    More importantly I would like to see some HI-LO action from CW and CZ to add to our offense. Right now VJ3 from the wing is the only consistent feeder to the low post. We need another option

  • CutterInChicago

    Like the HI-LO idea with CZ and CW. Would love to see CZ and CW each in the high post offense for some more sets, we’ve got the shooters and guys who can cut/penetrate to the hoop to make it run nicely (and CZ in particular sees the floor and passes exceptionally well).

  • Anonymous

    stetson played well against both florida and flordia st so it might be a game early. i hope the hoosiers will be focused but i still think iu by 20+.. stetson has a one of the top scorers in indiana committed for next year, logan irwin out of whitko. the kid is good, i saw him last night and he had 38

  • Anonymous

    Nothing against the high-low, which I like, but I prefer the triangle with Cody. I think its the best offense to utilize all Cody’s skills. I saw some triangle offense here and there already this season.

    However, they’re using him for ball screens, which should be a secondary option…should give a direct post feed and cut off him to the weakside, giving him a isolation look with shooters around perimeter. The ball screens just takes him away from the basket and make double teams too easy.

    Then again, I’m biased toward.the triangle as its my favorite offense to play in.

  • Call me crazy– but what I would really like to see this game is to give Danny Moore the start over Verdell. Stetson is averaging over 20 turnovers per game and combining the crowd/atmosphere and that ADD/scrappy defense that danny brings every time he’s on the floor; we could probably force a good amount of initial turnovers and get crowd in it for this special night. It would also be a message to Verdell that just because he’s a senior, he still has to earn his spot (and can’t be averaging almost 3 turnovers a game). 

  • HoosierSmitty

    If IU doesn’t win by at least 50 points I will consider this season doomed. Zeller should score 40 points and Hulls better make 10 3s.

    Couldn’t help myself…lol

  • HoosierFromCt

    You’re crazy. 

  • I guess I asked for it

  • Anonymous

    I hope IU just watched the UNC pUKe game. pUKe rebounds extremely well. I hope the Hoosiers dominate the glass and build some confidence in their rebounding abilities and carry that over to the pUKe game. I’m not saying look past Stetson, but the pUKe game needs to be in the back of their minds and I hope they work on various things they want to use in the pUKe game.

  • Dfitz

    Well. We’ve got em where we want em! pUKe should come to Assembly Hall ranked #1 and a perfect chance for the Hoosiers to make a statement. Take care of business tomorrow and then we will hopefully have a game we will talk about for many years to come!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I prefer whichever offense will get Cody the ball.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I had a tough time with trying to pick a winner for that game.  I wanted IU to take on a #1-rated pUKe, but when I actually tuned in, I just couldn’t help myself, and I started rooting for UNC. In the end, I wish UNC had won because I never can derive any joy from pUKe winning anything, but at least this way it would be infinitely sweeter if we took down pUKe next week.

  • Anonymous

    For just one game run the Grinnell College offense.

  • Anonymous

    Another game on the internet….AWESOME!       Too bad the Kentucky game is not exclusively on btn.com as well,I bet they could really boost subscribers then.    I love btn.com so much, it is just a shame I am forced to watch most IU games on my $2,000 tv with surround sound…………..if the leauge and athletic department only considered our feelings a bit more,  I could enjoy every game with a choppy feed, late start, terrible commentators, on a 17 inch screen with tin can speakers……………..jerks.

  • Anonymous

    Haha I know. The only thing better than a pUKe loss is an IU win. I watched the game with my friend who is a UNC fan (btw he’s also a fan of the 49ers, Braves, and Florida football, you figure it out) and just before the game started I told him, “I just want you to know that I’m not rooting for UNC, I’m just rooting against pUKe because I despise them.” I’m sure there were a lot of IU fans doing the same. I hear people talk about how good of an in-game coach greasy cal is, but they pretty much ran crap the whole game. They weren’t even looking to pass most of the time, just brought the ball up and took someone 1-1. It was laughable yet so hard to watch.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    Amen brother

  • Anonymous

    Agree that failure to box out and take care of the defensive glass is their most glaring deficiency right now; it would be nice if they showed some progress on that front.

  • Anonymous

    The replay of the Stetson game will be on BTN Monday at 7:00 pm.

  • JerryCT

    I am just happy that we are not trying to force the dribble drive offense on players ill-equipped to be good at it …………. Thank you Cody.

  • I kinda feel like I deserve an apology