What to Expect: Stony Brook

  • 11/17/2013 9:38 am in

It’s a quick turnaround for one of the nation’s youngest teams as No. 23 Indiana hosts Stony Brook tonight in the 2K Sports Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project in Assembly Hall.¬†

The game will be broadcast live at 5 p.m. ET on BTN with Steve Physioc and Shon Morris on the call as well as the IU radio network.

Stony Brook wasn’t a game fans circled on their calendars when the 2013-2014 schedule was released in August, but the Seawolves, who won the America East regular season championship last season, are the best non-conference opponent that will travel to Assembly Hall.

After being bounced in the second round of the NIT at Iowa, Stony Brook has its sights set higher this season. A first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament tops the list of goals for the New York-based program and tonight’s game is one you can bet its players circled when it was announced over the summer.


2013 America East player of the year Tommy Brenton graduated, but Stony Brook returns its other four starters from a team that finished 25-8 and beat Massachusetts in the NIT.

Senior guards Anthony Jackson and Dave Coley run the backcourt and thus far, Jackson has been Stony Brook’s go-to scorer. The 6-foot guard is averaging 21 points on 57.1 percent shooting through three games. It’s been a different story for Coley, who has an effective field goal percentage of just 30 this season and hasn’t been a particularly strong shooter throughout his career.

Sophomore Jameel Warney (pictured), a 6-foot-8, 255 pound forward, was one of the nation’s most efficient freshmen a season ago and the America East freshman of the year. He shot close to 62 percent on twos and got to the foul line regularly, where he converted on just 55.7 percent of his attempts. Through three games, Warney is averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds and will likely be matched up against Noah Vonleh.

Forward Eric McAlister starts alongside Warney in the frontcourt and isn’t much of an offensive threat but is the team’s best shot blocker.¬†Another player to watch is sophomore guard Carson Puriefoy, who played in all 31 games last year as a freshman and is averaging close to 9 points off the bench.


Stony Brook has played a deliberate pace every season under Steve Pikiell and being able to impose that style on an Indiana team that is looking to run at every opportunity is a key in tonight’s game.

The Seawolves are taking care of the ball through three games (13.6 TO%) and they’re also hitting 3-pointers (42.9 percent), so this isn’t a team that Indiana can afford to spot an early lead.

Stony Brook was a very good defensive rebounding team last season, but have just been average through three games this season with a defensive rebounding percentage of 29.6 percent.

Two early staples for this Indiana team have been crashing the offensive glass (46.6 OR%) and getting to the foul line (58.5 free throw rate). Both loom large as needs to use its length and athleticism to carve out second chance points and also get to the line and take advantage of the new emphasis of enforcing hand check rules.


Stony Brook is a program that continues to improve under Pikiell and this might be his most well rounded team despite losing Brenton to graduation. Johnson can score from the perimeter and Warney might not be talked about nationally, but was clearly one of the best mid-major freshmen last season.

On the other side of things, the Seawolves will have a tough time with Vonleh in the post and it’ll be interesting to see how Indiana adjusts if Stony Brook plays zone to try and neutralize the freshman. The Hoosiers saw a zone early against LIU Brooklyn that dared them to take early shots from the perimeter and that was a big reason IU dug itself a hole to climb out of.

The KenPom prediction is Indiana 74-66 and Vegas likes the Hoosiers by 12. This is a significant challenge for the Hoosiers as Stony Brook has experience and a couple of their best players came to Assembly Hall two seasons ago for the season opener.


“I think they’re outstanding. I think it’s going to be a major battle for us because they’re older, they’re experienced, they know how to play, they’ve won. They’ve got very good toughness. We’re going to need every seat filled on Sunday. I mean, there’s no question about it. I know the tickets are already sold. Now we need every seat filled because it will be a great battle for our guys.

“You’d like to have more time to prepare for it, but we don’t have that. Next week, we turn around and play Thursday and Friday. I think it’s great experience for them. It will be a very tough game. I mean, they score inside, they score outside. They defend and they’re very physical.”

All tempo-free stats from KenPom.com.

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

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  • SCHoosier

    Looks like another one of those run-gun and turn it over games…survival of the fittest. Not sure how these games help us come B-10 half court time..but the exercise for the players is good as long as they win I suppose.

  • Runallday

    The strength in this team isn’t in the half court. Your comment screams ignorance.

  • SilverAtlanta

    We’ll see who can impose their will, if it is low scoring and s l o w, the young boys had better have some great ball movement. Run when they can, work inside out when they can’t. See if Stony Brook can play against the strength of Hanner, Noah, Luke et al.

  • SilverAtlanta

    P.S. if Stony Brook wants to slow it down and play half court, how much better practice for the Wisconsin type of Big 10 play could you ask for?

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’m hoping they do drop into a 2/3 zone on us. More prep for the Syracuse game…

  • Kenneth234

    I am hoping that Stony Brook plays really well, and also forces IU to execute in the half court. We need this to be good preparation for future contests. If IU is able to get out and run at will, then this team will actually not grow from this game. Although, I would prefer for them to play well, I wouldn’t mind them to be forced to overcome some adversity by trailing for a little while against a team playing well; while finding a way to win in the end.

  • HoosierPat

    We have to come out with the same intensity as the Samford game. If we play like we did against LIU, we’ll get beat. This could potentially be a very interesting game.

  • unclekerfuffle


    I was talking to a guy at the grocery store this morning about the same thing. When you look at how Michigan handled the 2-3 zone by having McGary come to the key and once he has the ball either shoot or pass it, it seems like a great opportunity for NV and LF to do the same thing.

  • unclekerfuffle

    All of us in Southern Indiana will probably be listening to Fisch rather than watching the game since we will most likely be hunkered down in the storm cellars. Everyone going to the game, pay attention to the weather and be careful.

  • marcusgresham

    How do you figure? It says right in the story that this team plays at a deliberate pace. That’s what gave IU fits last season. No one successfully ran with the Hoosiers, it was the teams that mucked things up that caused problems. This is good practice for the Wisconsins of the world.

  • marcusgresham

    Or Hollowell

  • marcusgresham

    I’ll try to listen to Fisch—I have to drive from Corydon to Indianapolis late this afternoon. Maybe the tornado will pick my car up and get me there about an hour faster.

  • Alford Bailey

    Off subject but glad to see Mo Creek filling it up.

  • IUvsSB

    This one may be delayed a bit. Sister goes to IU, she’s packed in under a stairwell. Tornadoes popping up everywhere around here, stay safe y’all.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Not sure how you draw your conclusion. Stony Brook plays at a deliberate pace, is a good rebounding team and figures to be a really good challenge (particularly with the quick turnaround) for our young Hoosiers. I think this will be good one and IU is going to have to play well to win.