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 tonight's game against North Florida, we'll take a look at senior forward Will Sheehey.
One of the main topics to come out of the Syracuse game was consistency or in the case of the Hoosiers, the lack of consistency. One game Indiana has been up and a few games later the Hoosiers are down. Will Sheehey was a player that clearly had an off night against the Orange. As IU's most experienced senior player, Sheehey cannot afford to have those kind of nights for IU to be successful. In the previous five games coming into Syracuse, Sheehey had been steady. He had made 20 of his last 34 field goal attempts, 58.8 percent. He had been active, attacking the rim and giving the Hoosiers the kind of minutes they needed from him. Against Syracuse though, Sheehey was 1-of-7 from the field and scored three points. But it wasn't even so much the fact he had an off night shooting, he simply had an off night all together. He didn't have a rebound and he didn't have a an assist in 23 minutes of action.
Sheehey needs to get back on track tonight against North Florida. The Hoosiers need a threat from the perimeter other than just Yogi Ferrell. Sheehey has never been a great 3-point shooter but he hit enough shots from distance to take some pressure off of the Hoosiers. For his career, Sheehey was a 35.1 percent 3-point shooter for his IU career. Last year he shot 34.6 percent. As a sophomore, he hit 38.3 percent. The last two seasons combined he had hit 46 3-pointers. Through the first eight games, Sheehey has struggled from beyond the arc. He is 5-for-23 on 3-pointers for 21.7 percent. Needless to say, this is an area that has to improve for Sheehey. Perhaps that improvement will begin tonight against the Ospreys.
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