Indiana departs for Montreal trip

The Hoosiers will play five games over six days. What will we learn?

Indiana left for Montreal today where it will play five games over a six-day period beginning Saturday and concluding on Aug. 13.

First, here's a look at IU's schedule while in Montreal:

Aug. 8 - IU vs. Laval University at Brebeuf College, 7 p.m.
Aug. 10 - IU vs. Ottawa University at Champlain St. Lambert College, 3 p.m.
Aug. 11 - IU at Carleton University, 6 p.m.
Aug. 12 - IU at McGill, 7 p.m.
Aug. 13 - IU at University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), 1 p.m.

Of the games the Hoosiers will play, Carleton will be by far the toughest. They played Wisconsin and Syracuse last season, forcing the Badgers to overtime before Wisconsin pulled one out.

AllHoosiers.com will not be traveling to Canada, but will have plenty of coverage from back here in the U.S. What possible things could we learn from this trip? Here's three story lines I'm watching.

1. THE FRESHMEN: It will be the first time James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson and the rest of the freshmen class play for the Hoosiers. How will they look? Blackmon Jr. and Johnson figure to be big contributors this season, so it will be interesting to see how much better they've gotten this summer and how much they can contribute this week.

2. THE LINEUP: By no means will Indiana's lineup in Canada necessarily be the one Tom Crean uses when the season starts, but it will be interesting what five guys get the nod in Montreal this week. My guess: Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr., Stanford Robinson, Troy Williams and Hanner Mosquera-Perea, but I could easily see Robinson and Johnson flip flopping. How will Devin Davis play off the bench? How much will the other freshmen see the court? Crean's lineups should be very interesting.

3. THE BIG MEN: This has been a big storyline throughout the offseason, and it will undoubtedly continue through the season. I think Mosquera-Perea will get the nod to start the season, but he's been inconsistent throughout his first two seasons in Bloomington. Can he stay out of foul trouble? How much better has he gotten? Is Davis a legitimate option as the starter inside? These will be things to watch for in Montreal.


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