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.
Will Sheehey has reached the stretch run of his Indiana basketball career. He has three regular season home games remaining and they will all be played over the next seven days. Sheehey has been up and down in Big Ten home games this season but there has been more good than bad. In conference play, the senior forward has had a high of 13 points twice and has scored 12 points on three other occasions. Both of the 13-point efforts were at home (Michigan State and Wisconsin) as was one of the 12 point games (Penn State). In his six Big Ten home games to date, Sheehey has hit 21-of-45 shots from the field (47 percent) and 6-of-15 3-pointers (40 percent). Both of those numbers are over his shooting percentages for the season (44 from the field and 29 from 3-point range). Sheehey has always been a player who gets charged up from the reaction of the fans and my guess is with just a few home games remaining in his IU career, he will be focused on finishing strong.
Sheehey is coming off an interesting game Tuesday at Wisconsin. The senior forward scored IU's first seven points. His third bucket came with 17:06 to play in the first half. It looked like he was going to erupt for big, big numbers. Instead, he didn't score again the rest of the game. He missed his last four shots including his final three 3-point shots. Going into the game he had scored 10-12 points in five of the previous six games. He had been the model of consistency. His 3-point shooting has also been better of late. He has made at least one 3-pointer in five games in a row. In those five games, he is 6-of-13 from beyond the arc. That's the kind of consistency that Indiana is going to require over the next three games in order to put together any kind of a late season run. Any formula for Indiana having success this season was always predicated on taking care of business at home. IU has that opportunity ahead of it with three in a row at Assembly Hall. But players need to step up and Sheehey is certainly in that camp.
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