A player to watch: Notre Dame

Tom Crean likes how Jeremy Hollowell can guard smaller players on the perimeter and Hollowell's abilities attacking the basket could be big against Notre Dame.

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 today's game against Notre Dame, we'll take a look at sophomore Jeremy Hollowell.

At 6-8, Hollowell presents an interesting matchup problem for Notre Dame. The Irish start four guards and Notre Dame's big man, Garrick Sherman, the transfer from Michigan State, will likely have to contend with Noah Vonleh. This should give Hollowell some chances to attack in the post. The question will be whether Hollowell is up to the task. He has looked better at times this year in attack mode but he still doesn't completely look comfortable in that role. Hollowell comes into the game as Indiana's third leading scorer with a 9.3 average. He has struggled with his shooting though. He is hitting 37 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range. But again, his chances offensively in a game like this one could be from inside the paint more than not. The good news with Hollowell is that defensively, even at his size, he's capable of guarding smaller players. He has pretty much adapted the role the Christian Watford had a year ago in that regard. That will allow Tom Crean and his staff to have a bigger lineup on the floor because Hollowell can hold his own on the defensive end.

Of Indiana's five starters, Hollowell remains the one that needs to play at a more consistent level. Crean and his staff believe Hollowell can get there and he has shown signs in that respect. Four games ago against Evansville, Hollowell had 18 points. He also had 16 against Chicago State and 12 last Saturday against North Florida. Another big key with Hollowell will be what he is able to do on the glass, especially on the offensive hand. Having an extra bigger body in the lineup should help the Hoosiers maintain their usual rebounding edge. One interesting note on Hollowell this season is that he's average 4.4 rebounds per game but he almost has as many offensive rebounds as he does defensive. He has 20 on the offensive end and 24 on the defensive end.

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