Focus turns to basketball

Indiana opens its basketball season tonight with an exhibition game against Northwood at 7 p.m. Off-court issues have been the focus for the last week, but now, the focus finally turns back to basketball.

Off-court issues have been such a big story around Indiana basketball that you may have missed this:

The Hoosiers open their season tonight.

The focus will finally turn back to basketball when Indiana hosts Northwood University for an exhibition game at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the IU Radio Network and BTN Plus. Yogi's Bar and Grill, Kilroy's Sports and Nick's English Hut will all air the game in Bloomington and Kilroy's Indy and Kilroy's Broad Ripple will also air it in the Indianapolis area.

The Hoosiers will have a short bench tonight as a number of guys won't be available to play. Those include:

1. Stanford Robinson (suspension, failed drug tests)
2. Troy Williams (suspension, failed drug tests)
3. Devin Davis (skull fracture)
4. Emmitt Holt (suspension, alcohol citation)
5. Max Hoetzel (injury, undisclosed)
6. Jeremiah April (injury, ankle)

So, who's left? Well Indiana will have guards Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Nick Zeisloft and forwards Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Collin Hartman, Tim Priller, Nate Ritchie and Ryan Burton. That means: Three scholarship juniors, one scholarship sophomore, three scholarship freshmen and two walk-ons are available tonight.

Here's my projected starting lineup:

PG - Ferrell
SG - Blackmon Jr.
SF - Johnson
PF - Zeisloft
C - Mosquera-Perea

It will be interesting to see some of the different lineups Indiana coach Tom Crean tries tonight. If Mosquera-Perea gets in foul trouble, Priller may have to play serious minutes inside. Is he ready for that? We'll see.

We will host a live in-game thread on our FREE message board tonight so you'll be able to follow around if you can't find a way to watch it. Look forward to having you there.

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