Here is an analysis of Monday’s 76-63 victory over the University of Indianapolis in the final exhibition game of the 2014 season. This analysis is a regular part of our AllHoosiers.com coverage of Indiana basketball this season.
WHAT LOOKED GOOD:Indiana got a big time gut check early when it fell behind by 11 at 17-6 and still trailed 28-20 with 7:37 to play in the first half. But that’s when IU played its most inspired ball of the evening. IU went on a 22-0 run to end the first half and lead 42-28 at the break. The Hoosiers struggled shooting the ball early but it was the shooting that got them back in it, too. IU hit six of its first 14 shots, and then made eight of its next 14. The Hoosiers hit 50 percent from the field for the game and made nine 3-pointers.
WHAT NEEDS TO IMPROVE:Turnovers were again a problem early as IU had six in the first 10 minutes and nine in the first 14. But the Hoosiers didn’t turn it over the final 6 minutes of the first half which was instrumental in their run at the end of the half to take the lead for good. The other big area of concern, as was expected, is rebounding. UIndy managed 22 offensive rebounds and held a 41-35 edge in rebounding overall. The Greyhounds also scored 18 points off of second chance situations. That’s nine rebound baskets. That will be a big concern moving forward.
FOR STARTERS: Indiana went with four guards and Hanner Mosquera-Perea in the starting lineup Monday. The other four starters were James Blackmon Jr., Nick Zeisloft, Yogi Ferrell and Robert Johnson. Those five combined to hit 21-of-43 shots from the field, 7-of-18 from 3-point range, and 17-of-23 from the free throw line. Starters had 27 of the 35 rebounds, 11 assists, four blocks, four steals, and 13 of the 18 turnovers. The starters combined to score 66 of the 76 points.
INDIVIDUAL OBSERVATIONS: Here’s a look at my own thoughts on a few Indiana players from Monday’s exhibition win over Indianapolis:
1. HANNER MOSQUERA-PEREA: Mosquera-Perea filled up the statistics sheet with 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. But here is what I found most impressive about Mosquera-Perea Monday. With just over 15 minutes to play in the first half, Perea picked up his second foul. In a lot of years that would have meant sitting on the bench for most, if not all, of the rest of the half. But Tom Crean opted to leave him in and see what he could do. He ended up playing 8 more minutes in the first half and a total of 28 overall. And he never picked up his third foul. That’s promising.
2. ROBERT JOHNSON: Everyone is talking about James Blackmon Jr. (as they should) but Johnson is really going to have a big year for the Hoosiers, too. He can do a lot of things. He’s smooth with the ball and gets it in the right places. He had two turnovers Monday in 35 minutes of play. He made all six of his shot attempts including a pair of 3-point field goals. He had 10 rebounds from his guard spot, including nine on the defensive boards. He had 15 points and three assists. But he gives IU another player on the floor that can score and that’s important for an undersized IU team.
Collin Hartman: No one expected Hartman to come back so quickly from his ACL injury but he did just that and played 18 minutes off the bench Monday in the final exhibition game. Tom Crean admitted that he has Hartman on a playing time limit but he seemed to do well when he was in there. He made all three of his shots, including both of his 3-point attempts. He finished with eight points. But he looked confident in his shot. And if he can be a player who can hit from the perimeter consistently that will be a big boost for the Hoosiers’ chances.
NEXT UP: Indiana will face Mississippi Valley State in the regular season opener Friday night at 7 p.m. at Assembly Hall. The game will be telecast on the Big Ten Network.
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