Much like in the Sweet 16 last April, the face-off between the Indiana Hoosiers and the Syracuse Orange, this time in the B1G-ACC Challenge was dominated by Jim Boeheim and ‘Cuse.
As much of Hoosier Nation expected, this young Indiana basketball team has been a roller coaster of a squad in the early goings. But in their third game of the week, IU looked much more like the team we saw rout Samford on Friday than the one that squeaked out a win over LIUB on Tuesday, taking down a very solid Stony Brook team 90-74.
After a scare against LIU Brooklyn, Indiana has a quick turnaround with tonight’s game against Bennie Seltzer and the Samford Bulldogs.
As a college basketball game in October, this one was exactly what everyone expected it to be: sloppy. But again, it’s October basketball. So for now, let’s focus on the good from the Hoosiers’ first exhibition game …
Yogi Ferrell: The sophomore point guard wanted to look like he was in control of this team, and that was exactly the case right out of the gate. Yogi connected on six of his 15 field goal attempts, all coming from behind the arc. So as of right now, it looks like Tom Crean will rely on Ferrell to stretch out the defense when nobody else is connecting from deep. We’re not worried about him having only two assists to four turnovers.
Noah Vonleh: The highly-touted freshman Vonleh impressed early and often in his first game action in Assembly Hall. He ran up and down the floor as good as the likes of Cody Zeller used to, was explosive on offense, and stood his ground on defense. He also looked capable of being a team’s primary rebounder, pulling down 12 in his 23 minutes on the floor. He’ll need to be able to hit his free throws (0-5), but overall, so far so good for Noah.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea: After one game, it looks like HMP will be in the contention for the team’s ‘most improved player.’ He certainly did not look lost on offense or defense, whereas he almost always did last year. In the 15 minutes he logged, he scored nine points, including an impressive 5-5 FT’s and hitting a smooth baseline jumper. It was great to see some confidence from ‘Air Colombia’ as it looks like we may finally be seeing the player Tom Crean has constantly been impressed with in practice.
Troy Williams: We are not going to be shy about saying it: freshman Troy Williams looked like a young Victor Oladipo out there. The kid absolutely flies all over the court on offense and defense, though it seemed Tom Crean thought he got a bit out-of-hand in that regard at times. He played 25 minutes and notched a double-double while stuffing the stat sheet: 10 pt, 10 reb, 3 blk, 1 ast. Like Perea, he looks poised to be one of the team’s breakout players this season. We can’t wait to see more of him in Assembly Hall.
We certainly saw some good things from other players, but the four guys above were definitely the most impressive of the 16 Hoosiers that saw the floor Saturday evening. Stay tuned on AssemblyCall.com for more about IUBB’s first showing, and as always head on over to BTownBanners.com to discuss everything Hoosier-related!
Just saw this picture tweeted by @IndyStarSports. It shows Christian Watford celebrating last night’s Legends Classic title in Brooklyn with a group of excited Hoosiers fans, many of whom look like they could still be students.
They say a picture can say a 1,000 words. This one really does.