Here's your Hillsdale basketball lesson for the day:
The Chargers aren't exactly a pushover exhibition opponent, which is what Indiana coach Tom Crean wants at this point in the season. Hillsdale played Valparaiso tough and lost by only nine points on Oct. 26, and the Chargers fell on a buzzer beater in overtime against Toledo on Sunday. Toledo was picked to win the West Division of the MAC this season.
Hillsdale can really shoot the ball from the perimeter and should really challenge the Hoosiers in that way. Indiana didn't defend the 3-point shot very well in its first exhibition game against the University of Southern Indiana, and Hillsdale takes and makes more 3-pointers than USI does.
Hillsdale has attempted 55 3-pointers in its two exhibition games so far. Tim Dezelski made 8-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc and finished with 29 points against Toledo.
"All five guys on the floor can shoot the ball, they're very skilled," said senior forward Will Sheehey.
Added Crean: "Motion teams, for any team, are very, very hard to defend. For a young team, it could be a nightmare."
Much of Sunday night's press conference was dominated by talk about Indiana's youth, which will undoubtedly be one of the primary story lines surrounding the team all season. The Hoosiers started two freshmen against USI -- Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh -- and even more figure to play on Monday night. Crean said everybody should be available to play, including Stanford Robinson (knee) and Devin Davis (back).
"They're working hard. They just have to understand how to compete just a little bit longer," Crean said. "My biggest concern going into tomorrow night is turnovers. Far too many turnovers, far too much sloppy play. We've got to get that corrected. But at the same time, we're trying to play fast, so there are certain turnovers that will come with that.
"They have trouble right now playing through certain [fatigue] levels and working above and beyond what they think they can be."
At this point in the season, there's obviously plenty to work on for a young Indiana team. But Crean said he is careful not to throw too much at his players too fast.
"It comes in small doses for this team," he said. "I want to see the leadership improve. I want to see more than just Will leading on the court and making points on the court. I want to see more accountability from them of each other."
"We don't have people that are pulling away from the pack, and I'm going to treat that as a good thing. Devin is right there in the mix as someone who can contribute for this team."
-- Crean on freshman forward Devin Davis