Stony Brook Seawolves (3-0)
Last time out: W, 73-66 vs. Northeastern
Stony Brook led throughout, but the game was tight until the end. The Seawolves put the game away at the free-throw line in the final minutes, scoring their final 11 points from the charity stripe. Leading scorer Anthony Jackson had a game-high 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Four Stony Brook players scored in double figures.
Record: 25-8, 14-2 American East Conference
Stony Brook won the American East regular season title a season ago with a 14-2 record, edging Vermont by three games. The Seawolves were upset by Albany in the semifinal of the conference tournament, and settled for the NIT. Albany earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to Duke in the first round.
For Stony Brook, everything starts with the defense. Last season, the Seawolves held opponents under 60 points 20 times, and under 50 points 10 times. They finished sixth in the nation in FG% defense (37.8 percent). They have led the American East Conference in scoring defense the last three seasons.
Head coach: Steve Pikiell
At Stony Brook (9th season): 123-126. Career: Same
Pikiell is a three-time American East Coach of the Year, and has won the award each of the last two seasons. He led Stony Brook to its first-ever postseason victory last season against Massachusetts in the NIT. Pikiell's record over the last two-plus seasons: 50-18.
What they do well:
Shoot the three and play sound defense
Stony Brook has made 19 three-pointers in the first three games os the season. Its offense is effective, but the Seawolves thrive on the defensive end. They haven't allowed more than 66 points in any of their three games this season, and they prefer a lower-scoring game. Stony Brook isn't particularly strong in any one area, but it is solid in almost every area.
G Anthony Jackson, SR
Jackson is back after averaging 11.3 points per game a season ago. He's scored 20 or more points in two of Stony Brook's three games this season and is averaging 21 points per contest thus far.
Jackson plays nearly 35 minutes per game, so the Hoosiers should be able to wear him down some with their depth. He is shooting 57 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc. He scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting the last time Stony Brook visited Indiana in 2011.
F Jameel Warney, SO
Warney is the only other Stony Brook player averaging in double figures through the first three games. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 12.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in his freshman season and has improved those numbers this year. He's averaging 15 points and 11 boards through three games.
Like Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh, Warney has had a double-double in three straight games to begin the season. He's shooting 67 percent from the field and has not yet attempted a 3-pointer this season. Warney plays nearly 31 minutes per game.