Indiana coach Mike Davis showed one thing when his Hoosiers took on St. Joseph's in the first exhibition game of the 2005-06 season – he has a lot of weapons.
Davis showed the depth his Hoosiers have playing 12 of his 14 available players, including 10 in the first half as the Hoosiers won going away, 93-65. With the quality depth Davis expects Indiana to be a running team, something he was incapable doing in recent years.
"We have the personnel to do that now," said Davis. "We have guys that can push the ball up the court. We have guys that can run the floor and not just run the floor, but they are good at running the floor. I thought that wore them out in the second half."
The most impressive part of the Hoosiers' play was the balanced offensive attack that featured a combination of two post players, two wings and a point guard –a conventional lineup that's been very unconventional for Indiana in recent years.
"It's awesome to see big guys on the inside with Marco (Killingsworth) and D.J. (White) and having two point guards that can push the basketball and are ultra-quick," said senior forward Sean Kline. "We have the wings with (Robert) Vaden playing the way he can. It's just nice not having people play out of position and just being able to be comfortable in your role on the court. It makes a big difference."
Kline came off the bench early in the first half and played some of his best basketball since suffering a knee injury against Purdue as a sophomore. In 19 minutes Kline scored 13 points and had three rebounds.
"It felt real good to be in our natural positions," said sophomore Robert Vaden. "I felt more comfortable on the court than I did last year. We have such good post guys down there, it makes it easier for everyone. If we play off of them, then things are going to happen and we showed that tonight."
A big difference for the Hoosiers was the depth displayed at the point guard position. Indiana showed off its two newest point guards against the Pumas, as Lewis Monroe and Earl Calloway combined for nine assists and only three turnovers.
Monroe started at the point and was relieved by Calloway less than three minutes into the game. For the first 31 minutes, Monroe, Calloway or both were in the game totaling nine assists between the two.
"Those point guards could be huge for us," said Kline. "Earl is just ultra-quick. He's the fastest guy on the team and seems to never wear out. He's like the Energizer Bunny for us."
The most important depth was showed in the post. After sophomore D.J. White sat out the second half with an injured foot and Marco Killingsworth was sent to the bench with the game in tact, Davis used three other post players that should see time this season.
Not only did Kline chip in with solid play, both freshmen foreign imports Ben Allen and Cem Dinc were on the floor for at least ten minutes. Allen finished the night with six points before fouling out and Dinc chipped in with eight points and a block.
"We showed we have the big men in D.J., Marco, Cem, Ben and myself," said Kline. "We can all play, contribute and play solid minutes. If we can get the ball inside, we'll score inside. That's going to put pressure on the defense to stop us and that's going to open up our outside game."
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