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tBBC tBBC Pregame Glance: Indiana Hoosiers

Discussion in 'News' started by Ken, Jan 8, 2016.

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    tBBC Pregame Glance: Indiana Hoosiers
    Ken
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    Coach Crean is excited about our game preview.

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    Ohio State (11-5, 3-0) hits the road for a Sunday game in Bloomington, IN against the Indiana Hoosiers (13-3, 3-0) at Assembly Hall. Thad Matta’s Buckeyes are on a 7 game winning streak while Tom Crean’s Hoosiers are on an 8 game winning streak. There are two hot teams.

    Let’s start by taking a look at some team comparisons.

    PPG-O PPG-D RPG FG% 3PT% FT% APG TO/G
    Ohio State 72 63 39.7 45.5% 33.4% 65.1% 12.9 13.8
    Indiana 86 69 37.5 53.2% 44.9% 69.7% 16.8 15.3

    So, what do we have? At first glance, it looks like Indiana is a really good offensive team. The Hoosiers are quite a bit better at shooting than Ohio State, but the turnovers and rebounds per game ever so slightly favor the Buckeyes.

    Indiana

    The Hoosiers bring a mix of experience to the court. They (likely) will start 1 senior (Ferrell) and 2 juniors (Williams, Hartman) against Ohio State. The significant gap in their lineup is the absence of sophomore James Blackmon, Jr. The 6’4″ guard has been lost to the season due to a recent knee injury. Last season, Blackmon averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

    Here are the Hoosiers, likely starter in bold:

    Nbr Name Pos MPG FG% 3PT% FT% RPG APG PPG
    4 Robert Johnson G 22.9 47.7% 51.0% 52.2% 2.5 3.1 7.6
    5
    Troy Williams F 25.0 56.9% 35.0% 63.0% 6.8 2.3 12.6
    11
    Kevin Yogi Ferrell G 12.2 48.4% 40.6% 83.5% 4.4 5.8 17.0
    30
    Collin Hartman F 19.8 47.1% 40.0% 76.9% 2.8 1.4 4.4
    31
    Thomas Bryant C 22.3 73.0% 16.7% 66.2% 5.0 1.1 11.9
    1 James Blackmon, Jr. G 24.5 48.0% 46.3% 85.2% 4.2 1.7 15.8
    0 Max Bielfeldt G 17.4 59.8% 52.9% 63.0% 4.8 0.6 8.1
    2 Nick Zeisloft G 18.3 45.8% 45.5% 71.4% 1.4 0.8 6.3
    3 OG Anunoby F 9.5 61.3% 77.8% 56.3% 2.2 0.2 3.6
    10 Ryan Burton F 19.3 50.0% 60.0% 0.0% 0.6 0.0 1.0
    13 Juwan Morgan F 13.9 36.4% 0.0% 60.0% 1.5 0.1 1.0
    35 Tim Priller F 1.6 33.3% 0.0% 100.0% 0.4 0.0 0.6
    22 Quentin Taylor G 1.0 100.0% 0.0% 50.0% 0.2 0.0 0.5
    15 Harrison Niego G 13.5 25.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.6 0.1 0.3
    20 Jordan Fuchs F
    23 Josh Newkirk G

    Indiana’s losses have been to Wake Forest, UNLV and Duke. Granted, their schedule resembles Ohio State’s men’s volleyball schedule, but 13-3 is 13-3.

    With Blackmon sidelined, he Hoosiers will get away from their 3G/2F lineup and go with a more traditional 2G/2F/1C lineup. Coach Crean has 8 players averaging double digit minutes. We should expect to see guards “Yogi” Ferrell (6’0″), Robert Johnson (6’3″); forwards Troy Williams (6’7″), Colin Hartman (6’7″ and center Thomas Bryant (6’10”).



    Ohio State

    As expected with a young, inexperienced team, Ohio State has been a bit “streaky” this season. In late November they experienced a four game losing streak, but are now on a seven game winning streak. The next juncture in Thad’s teaching of this team is how they will handle an upcoming losing streak, because it happens to all teams. Fortunately, he has (however long) this winning streak to point to, to get the team back on track.

    And, for the Buckeyes, likely starters in bold:

    Nbr Player Pos MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
    2 Marc Loving F 34.1 44.1% 34.7% 75.0% 6.0 1.5 14.9
    33
    Kieta Bates-Diop F 31.1 45.3% 32.3% 79.2% 6.2 1.5 12.1
    1
    Jae’Sean Tate F 28.0 51.5% 34.6% 47.2% 6.6 1.4 10.9
    13
    JaQuan Lyle G 28.1 37.1% 24.0% 63.6% 3.7 4.9 9.1
    32
    Trevor Thompson C 16.9 55.4% 0.0% 79.4% 5.1 0.2 6.2
    15 Kam Williams G 18.8 50.6% 44.9% 75.0% 1.9 1.0 7.4
    4 Daniel Giddens C 19.6 50.0% 0.0% 37.5% 4.1 0.4 4.9
    0 Mickey Mitchell F 8.6 42.9% 0.0% 57.1% 2.4 0.1 2.0
    10 David Bell F 7.7 57.1% 0.0% 72.2% 2.1 0.1 2.1
    12 A.J. Harris G 12.3 33.3% 29.4% 58.3% 1.1 1.7 2.1
    14 Joey Lane G 1.6 20.0% 20.0% 50.0% 0.0 0.0 1.0

    There isn’t much I can tell you that, if you’ve been following this team, you don’t already know. This appears to be a young team that may be “finding” itself. Thad’s patience, although being tested, may be paying off with JaQuan Lyle and A.J. Harris. In limited (but increasing) playing time Mickey Mitchell’s contributions are beginning to take form with his team mates. He brings a nice blend of physical play with a 6th sense of ball handling/distribution.

    Both teams run a similar paced game; Ohio State averages 70.6 possession per game and Indiana averages 72.5. We’ll see if Lyle/Harris can deal with defensive pressure of Ferrell and Johnson.

    Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 PM ET at Assembly Hall. The game will be televised on CBS (check local listings), can be followed on GameTracker and heard on 97.1.

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