With each game this season we'll put the spotlight on an Indiana player that we believe is someone to keep an eye on for that particular game.
For the first five games of the season, Vonleh had been close to unstoppable. He had scored a total of 77 points and had four double-doubles to open his career. His fifth game, in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic last week in New York, Vonleh had 18 points and nine rebounds. It didn't appear there was anything that could stop him. All of that, however, changed in one foul-plagued game against Connecticut. Put it this way, Vonleh went into the game with 77 career points and came out of it with the same total. He was held scoreless, only took one shot from the field, one shot from the line and was limited to two rebounds. He picked up two quick fouls for illegal screens and then got his third still in the first half. His fourth was an offensive foul as he tried to back down an opponent. He was clearly frustrated and only played 10 minutes the entire game. Worse for the Hoosiers, Indiana lost by a single point to the No. 18 team in the nation with Vonleh being shutout.
So now comes the bounce back game and expect Vonleh to be a little more than hungry after last Friday's disappointment in New York. He's had the weekend, Monday and all day Tuesday to think about little else. His biggest challenge will likely be to not get over hyped when he has a clean slate of zero fouls and plays tonight against Evansville at Assembly Hall. Yogi Ferrell had said the game before that He always tries to establish Vonleh early because he honestly believes no one can stop him. Look for Yogi and company to try to get Vonleh the ball early get him feeling comfortable again. If I were to guess, I would think there's a good chance that double-double No. 5 in Vonleh's young career is just around the corner tonight against the Purple Aces.
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