Indiana hosts Lamar at 8 p.m. tonight at Assembly Hall. It's certainly not the competition the Hoosiers faced two nights ago against SMU -- Lamar is ranked 348th out of 351 Division 1 teams on KenPom.com -- but there are still some things we need to see from the Hoosiers tonight. Here are three things I'd like to see:
1. A FAST START: Indiana has yet to have a fast start this season, and it'd be good to see one tonight. If the Hoosiers come out sharp, they'll bury Lamar in a hurry. IU has faced two double-figure deficits early in games this season, and that cannot continue. Against better competition, IU needs to come out ready to play from the start. Can the Hoosiers do that tonight?
2. LIMITED TURNOVERS: IU (3-0) had only seven turnovers against SMU, but turned it over 31 times in its first two games against lesser competition. Sure, it's easier to get up for big games, but I'd like to see IU should a consistent ability to take care of the ball and limit turnovers. Ideally, Indiana will commit fewer than 10 turnovers per game. How many will the Hoosiers have tonight?
3. MORE OF ROBINSON, OTHER GUYS: Tonight will be our opportunity to get a look at guys that didn't get many minutes on Thursday night. Stanford Robinson is one of them. I liked what I saw from him in limited time on Thursday, and I want to see more of it today. I'd also like to get a look at Emmitt Holt and Jeremiah April and see if they can potentially be options inside down the line.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea has already proven he can play against lesser competition, so anything he does tonight won't show us anything. He'll have to wait until an early December game against Pittsburgh to prove himself again.