What to Expect: Hillsdale College

  • 11/04/2013 10:10 am in

In a final tune-up before Friday’s season opener against Chicago State, Indiana will host Division II Hillsdale College tonight in Assembly Hall. It will be the first ever meeting between the two programs.

The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Digital Network at 7:00 p.m and replayed on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. on BTN.

With more than a full month of practice in the books and just four days to go until the season begins, we’re in the home stretch of the preseason.

As one of the Big Ten’s youngest teams, it’s tough to predict how this group will come out and play on a given night, but tonight is our final preview before the real games begin. The good news is that Indiana is expected to have every scholarship player available and that should give us a better idea of how the rotation is coming together.

Hillsdale College already has a pair of exhibition games in the books: A nine-point loss to Valparaiso and a one-point loss to Toledo. The Chargers finished last season 17-10 and return four starters.

Rather than our traditional “what to expect” preview that includes an in-depth look at the opponent and tempo-free analysis, this exhibition version will focus on what we’ll be watching for from the Indiana side of things:

· Our first look at Stanford Robinson and Devin Davis: We had the opportunity to see Robinson in both public scrimmages and Davis in the Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage, but this will be the first game action for both players.

Robinson was outstanding in the Haunted Hall scrimmage and has the ability to push for a spot in the lineup as the season moves along. Indiana’s backcourt depth is one area that’s been talked about quite a bit in the preseason, but if the Hoosiers can establish a three-man rotation of Yogi Ferrell, Evan Gordon and Robinson while also mixing in Jeremy Hollowell or Troy Williams, the backcourt can quickly become one of this team’s biggest strengths.

As for Davis, we’ve heard a lot about his energy in the preseason, but tonight is the first look at how it can potentially make an impact. Davis isn’t a guy you slot into one position, he’s a player with the ability to defend and play multiple positions and that versatility could make him valuable.

· The turnovers: Scrimmages and exhibitions shouldn’t be taken too seriously from a statistical standpoint, but one thing that has stood out in the preseason is IU’s turnovers.

One of our offseason critiques of Yogi Ferrell was cutting down on the turnovers (24.5 turnover percentage as a freshman) and the improved decision making must start with the sophomore point guard. Indiana will likely deploy the Big Ten’s fastest pace once again, so some of the turnovers will be symptom of how this team pushes the pace.

There is, however, a lot of validity in Tom Crean’s words when he talks about making the smart play rather than going for the home run play. Against inferior competition, Indiana will be able to overcome mistakes. But once the beef of the Big Ten schedule rolls around and the games slow down, the Hoosiers must avoid wasting possessions with careless play.

· The frontcourt rotation: A remaining mystery as we sit here four days away from the season tipping off is how IU’s frontcourt rotation will shake out. Noah Vonleh got the start at the five in the first exhibition and that could continue as the season begins.

But how do the other frontcourt pieces fit into the equation?

Luke Fischer lost valuable preseason time due to a shoulder injury. Hanner Mosquera-Perea is looking to make a significant leap forward as he enters his second season. And Peter Jurkin missed time as he returned home to visit his father in the Sudan and appears to be on the outside of the rotation for now.

With Vonleh looking like a prime candidate to log significant minutes at the five, which of IU’s other frontcourt options will establish a presence in the rotation? There may not be a need for Fischer or Mosquera-Perea to play more than 10-15 minutes regularly, but Indiana needs one of the two to develop into a reliable contributor.

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  • MillaRed

    Was so glad to see Hanner out there rebounding with authority. That kid is “springy.”


    Would really like for HMP or LF to step up enough that we don’t have to play NV at the 5 any more than we just have to. The more we can play him somewhere other than the 5 the better off we will be in more ways than one.

    Went back & listened to the video of Crean at B1G Media Day and was surprised to hear him say that Jurkin was redshirted last year. I don’t ever recall hearing that info before that, but then again maybe my 3 sons’ ability to forget important facts is contagious. lol

    The link in the twitter feed to VO’s dunk is well worth the time. Vintage Victor ! !

  • Gregory Spera

    I’ve been on this sight for a couple of years now, but some how I’ve apparently spaced this concept. What exactly is “tempo-free analysis?”

  • Outoftheloop

    Who cares about starters or rotations in November? But when the B1G season begins it will be Will, Yogi, Noah, Troy and Luke; Jeremy will be the all important 6th man and then Devin as the back up 6th man; Stan will go in first for Yogi, then Evan; Hanner will be the first Big sub, but by February Peter will be seeing 10 plus minutes/game; Austin will always get the first shooter call up, but if he is not hot quickly (and that includes creating and hitting his shot), then Collin will have his opportunity. That sounds like a full 13 man rotation but it is not. Fouls, great play, match-ups, game situations, will dictate which 10 or so out of the 13 really gets playing time. Will, Yogi and Noah will play 30 minutes. Troy, Luke and Jeremy will be about 20. Hanner, Stan, and Evan about 15. That only leaves 5 minutes. But if Will, Troy or Jeremy get in to foul trouble then Devin gets their minutes. If a Big has trouble then Peter gets those minutes. If we can’t hit the 3 then Austin and/ or Collin get a quick call up. It will be a fun team! They will run and deflect. Some assistant coach needs to be designated to tell Coach Crean who is on the bench. Sometimes he forgets his best players are, like Victor and Will last year.

  • HoosierInChapelHill

    I gotta get a crystal ball like you have…

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i hadn’t really thought about the rotation to that level of detail, but after reading your analysis (several times), i didn’t really find anything to disagree with.

    i guess a good summary is this team’s going to be deep. partly because there is a ton of talent, and partly because we may not see anybody outside the top 3 or 4 stepping up and establishing themselves as clear-cut starter or 6th man.

    and like the previous article discussed, this team does not yet have an identity, and i’m curious to see how it all shakes out.

  • inLinE6

    I think Evan would get more minutes than you think. This is his final year and he came in as an experienced and somehow polished D1 level “2” guard. I’m not saying he got any promise, but if he’s not in the starting 6 or 7 rotation, he would not have come here.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    totally agree re: lf and hmp. i’d really love to see lf step up and become a reliable scorer. actually, just relying on him to average around double digits would be huge for us, but not sure how realistic that is. hoping to see him get some more minutes tonight!

  • WhatsUpKnight

    me too. really want to see him play with some serious attitude this year. when i think of him, i always think of the scene from swingers…

    “You’re like a big bear with claws and with fangs…big @#$% teeth, man. And she’s just like this little bunny, who’s just kinda cowering in the corner…”

    HMP, you’ve gotta be the guy from the rated R movie, not the guy from the PG-13 movie who everybody’s hoping will work out. repeat this to yourself over and over… you’re a bad man, you’re a bad man, you’re a bad man…

  • HoosierTrav

    My prediction would be that Coach has to get Jeremy in the starting rotation due to his ability to shoot the perimeter jumper. I think Will fits the 6th man description perfectly.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    117 points for Swingers reference……”I would never eat here.”

  • HoosierTrav

    Really excited to see these two get after it. Both are much better than most of us are anticipating.

  • MillaRed

    He doesn’t even have to be mean about it. He’s plenty intimidating just walking around.

    “I’m tall, I can jump higher, and I am quicker than anything above 6’8″ in the conference. That’s my ball. MY BALL!”

  • MillaRed

    I think it’s Hanner because we need another shot blocker out there. He and Noah are so quick they can really boost the help D. Not even concerned about his scoring. Rebounds and defense! I think it makes the team deeper in terms of Jeremy and others coming off the bench.


    This is a pretty darn good 2nd unit. Really need our freshmen to grow up fast as a team.

    Really hoping AE surprises us this year.

  • MillaRed

    When I first saw this I thought you had 117 likes. An ITH record? Anyway I got you started with one.

  • MillaRed

    Will ain’t coming off the bench this year. Paid his dues. Jeremy needs to accept his role like Will did. His time will come.

    Outoftheloop needs to give all of this more thought. Please map out every minute for each game by 9:00 PM tonight.

  • RatKingSports

    Agreed. I think with his intensity and knack for the ball, Devin Davis will be a tough guy for Crean not to find minutes for.

  • MillaRed

    I’m excited about the fact we have so many “capable” players with a lot of versatility. We can go with the “hot hands.” Have not had that luxury for quite a while.

    I also have the day off and plan on posting 37 times.

  • MillaRed

    Here in Wisconsin the word “tempo” was banned from all dictionaries when Bullfrog Bo took over.

    We have no tempo in Wisconsin.

  • RatKingSports


  • WhatsUpKnight

    no doubt about it, our baby’s definitely money, but he’s gonna need another year before he’s all growns up.

    still, i think he’s going to show vast improvement this year, probably more so on the glass and on D than scoring.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    by the way, can we please, please beat those guys this year? that’s my only goal for these guys this year, not asking for anything else

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I disagree. Wisconsin’s team has got tempo. It just happens to be that of a hibernating bear, just a couple of beats per minute…


  • PDXHoosier

    It’s an interesting topic. I think Will starts every game this year, especially given CTC’s track record with upperclassmen getting priority. But some people are just more effective coming off the bench. We’ll see if Will thrives in his new role.

  • TorontoHoosierFan

    Can’t wait to see what Troy Williams does tonight? I’m expecting bigger things from this year than I am from Vonleh. Huge talent. If Crean can reign him in a little bit, not telling how far we can go.

  • Hoosier heritage

    For sure. I really wasn’t disappointed when Devin Robinson didn’t sign. I think Troy is a much better talent and will be around for a couple years if not all 4. He gets a little crazy with his shots sometimes, but his intensity is great. The kid loves to make highlight reel plays!

  • tlongacre

    Really, moderator?! It’s taken you this long to approve my question of whether or not the game tonight is on WNDA 1570 radio?!

  • Ole Man

    Troy is great, but at this point DR has the better long range shot. So, I was disappointed that he didn’t sign.

  • Ole Man

    Have to politely disagree. Vonleh could drop 25. So could Yogi. So could Will for that matter.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    A great talent no doubt, once he settles down and is under control on both ends of the floor LOOKOUT !! future all BIG player right there!!


    Only 37 times ? WOW, you sure know how to shatter a guy’s image of you don’t ya ?

  • yimyames

    try giving the station a tweet @1570wndaam

  • yimyames

    Crean took care of the long range shot problem. DR would have been nice though, as I think Troy will be here two years tops, barring any injuries. We haven’t seen anything close to what we are about to see from Troy.

  • Riley Seidel

    Where can I watch the game tonight without paying 14.99 on the BT Digital Network?

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    LOL (and when I say that, I mean it)

    growns up, you growns up, and you growns up……

    so money…..

    “You got a horse outside? Don’t hit me with the whip.”

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    “I would never eat here…..”

    Still the best scene from the whole movie, IMO……Vince Vaughn is so money…..actually sat next to him at the National Championship game between Illinois (Dee Brown) and North Carolina (Sean May)….no joke….

  • unclekerfuffle

    I think you can find a list of all the radio stations in the IU network somewhere on the http://www.iuhoosiers.com website. If you have a smartphone you can download a free app entitled Tunein Radio. You can then plug in one of those stations and listen to Fish anywhere in the world that you can get cell phone reception. Hope this info helps a bit.

  • hoosier1158

    Awesome, BTN is showing the MI exhibition game live this evening at 7 PM. I said I wouldn’t pay for the online feed, but of course I did. I will not do it again ever! I’m not going to give them extra money for something i should be watching live!

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I can’t stand Wis and their slow motion style of play and surly we can beat them this year…for once. They do have our number. More concern about Mich St. Go Hoosiers

  • Bleeding Crimson

    What was CTC rotation at Marq. when he had a full bench…if ever?
    Just curious if anyone knows but I believe he will rotate more this year than ever now that he has the athletic players that he has build for his Style of play. More like L’ville.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Call your local sports bars and they will sometimes have it on.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    That is a crock of $#!$. Just like our first game is not on BTN…what’s up with that?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Yes, pre-game is already on. Sometimes Hooters in Clarksville will stream the game…you might want to call them first.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I think Stan goes for 20 tonight. Just sayin’

  • hoosier1158

    The 1st three games are on the digital feed, because IU fans will pay extra to watch our Hoosiers. So we just need to start listening on the radio.

  • Johninmi

    Thanks for the App lead. In Michigan and listening to Fischer now!

  • TomJameson

    I (and everybody else) can probably pick 3 solid starters, but after that I think as the season progresses, it will smooth down to be 7 starters, rotating to fit whatever the matchups dictate, and another 3 or 4 good solid bench players. I really think we’ll be playing 10 or so players fairly regularly. With a couple more getting in some minutes here and there.

  • TomJameson

    Troy is another one who might could drop 25 points in a game or two.

  • TomJameson

    I really, really, like Troy’s athleticism and upside. But, Ole Man, you are right about this point in time. I’d really like to have them both. But then I’m a little greedy.

  • TomJameson

    I whole-heartedly agree about Troy, but I really hope he’ll be here for 3 years.