Hoosiers won't overlook Stony Brook

Indiana will face its toughest challenge yet on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall. Will the Hoosiers be ready?

Indiana was tested last Tuesday against LIU-Brooklyn, and it will certainly be pushed again Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.

Stony Brook comes to town as part of the 2K Classic, and the Seawolves will be one of the toughest opponents Indiana will face in the non-conference season.

This isn't Samford or Chicago State. The Hoosiers (3-0) better be ready at 5 p.m. Sunday.

"We played them a couple years ago," Indiana coach Tom Crean said Friday. "They've got some high major players. They've got some players recruited by this league, recruited by the Big East.

"The people I've talked to that have seen them play are starting to liken them to the next Gonzaga, Butler type of team. 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."

Stony Brook is 3-0 to start the season, a year after the Seawolves went 25-8 and 14-2 in the American East Conference. They beat two-seeded Massachusetts in the first round of the NIT before falling to three-seeded Iowa in the second round.

Early last season, Stony Brook went on the road and lost to Connecticut by just 11 points and played the Huskies tough the whole way.

"We're going to need every seat filled on Sunday. I mean, there's no question about it," Crean said. "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."

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