A player to watch: Kennesaw State

Jeremy Hollowell scored 14 points Friday night and will be looking to score in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time this season Sunday against Kennesaw State.

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 Kennesaw State, we'll take another look at sophomore Jeremy Hollowell.

Hollowell is coming off one of his better games of the season Friday night against Nicholls State. He scored 14 points in the game, hitting 6-of-9 shots from the field. He was attacking the basket and getting some good inside looks. He was 6-of-8 from the field inside of 3-point range. It was his third highest scoring game of the season behind an 18-point effort against Evansville and 16 in the season opener against Chicago State. In 12 games, Hollowell has reached double figures five times. The 6-for-9 shooting was particularly key for Hollowell, who has struggled from the field this season. He is shooting 38.9 percent from the field. He has particularly struggled from distance where he is making 27.3 percent of his shots. In the first seven games, he was 5-of-14 from 3-point range, which isn't good but it's better than 33 percent. In the last five games, he is 1-for-8 from 3-point range.

Hollowell needs back-to-back solid games as he is a player that has to perform at a high level for Indiana to have a chance to be at its best. The sophomore is someone who can knock down the open jumper and that needs to be an area where he has better consistency. He also needs to improve his assist-to-turnover ratio. Currently he has 18 assists and 27 turnovers this season. One area where he has excelled though – and this statistic may surprise you – is blocked shot. Take a guess at what player leads Indiana in shots blocked? I think it's safe to say most people would guess Noah Vonleh. Vonleh is actually second on the team with 11. The leader? Hollowell with 12. Devin Davis is third with 10. That activity getting up and blocking shots will be key for Indiana moving forward. Hollowell also needs to do a better job on the boards. He is averaging 4.3 rebounds. He also needs to attack the basket more and get to the foul where he is nearly an 80 percent foul shooter. The problem is he only has 43 attempts in 12 games. That number needs to get up to five or six per game. Indiana fans are hoping that a game like Kennesaw State will give Hollowell the momentum he needs moving into Big Ten play and that he'll be able to post double figures in scoring in back-to-back games for the first time this season and only the second time in his IU career. Last year, he scored double figures in the first two games of the season and then didn't reach double figures again the rest of the year.

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