BLOOMINGTON-One man night not be able to stop No. 1 Duke's No. 1 option J.J. Redick, but that's not keeping IU Coach Mike Davis up at night.
He won't be asking just one person to do the job.
As Indiana prepares for Wednesday night's 9 p.m. match-up with the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils (5-0), the Hoosiers are likely already keeping an eye out for the 6-4, 190-pound senior sniper from Roanoke, Va. A unanimous All-America selection a year ago, Redick enters tomorrow night's marquee Big Ten/ACC Challenge encounter leading Coach Mike Krzyzewski's team in scoring (22.0 points/game) and 3-point field goal shooting (50 percent).
"He's a complete player," said IU Assistant Head Coach Donnie Marsh, who oversees Indiana's defense. "He's a kid they feed off of, really the leader of that group. So we know we have to do a good job on him."
That assignment will fall to a plethora of players Wednesday. Just about every backcourt player on the IU roster will likely find himself opposite Redick on occasion, in an effort to keep the Hoosier players fresh and to throw a variety of looks at the preseason All-American.
"He comes off a lot of double screens, they find him in transition, when everyone collapses the paint to stop the ball, he might spot up in the corner," said the 6-5 Monroe, who will likely start the game on Redick. "They find him and he gets good shots. He'll come off screens and sneaking behind plays.
"He drives well, too, as well as he can shoot it. He has a complete game, so it's going to be a difficult assignment."
There was a time when the scouting report on Redick was to try to get up into him to take away his jump shot, but he's added the ability to put the ball on the floor as well, which makes him an even bigger threat than he was in his first two years at Duke.
"If you'd asked me what kind of guy gives him the most trouble, I would have said before the Memphis game, long guys who are athletic," said Marsh. "But he scored 30-something against Memphis, and they're as long and as athletic as you can get."
Now, Marsh believes it's ultimately about being sound defensively with Redick, knowing that he's going to have a degree of success against just about any player he's lined up against.
"You have to be really smart with him," said Marsh. "You can't play him too tight, because he's a big-time free-throw shooter. So it has to be intelligent pressure. You can't allow him separation. He does a great job of changing pace, stopping and starting, trying to get you moving in a direction and then going another way. He does a good job of that, getting that little bit of separation, and then he doesn't need a lot of time to get that shot up."
Duke, meanwhile, will do a variety of things to try to get Redick open looks with double screens, and Indiana very well might answer that by switching off the screen to prevent Redick from getting that split second to get his shot up from the perimeter.
"We might just switch everything and make sure they don't get any open looks," said Monroe. "That might be the best way to contain them. He's not the only good shooter on that team. He's just the main one that takes the most shots, but all of them can shoot, so we want to switch everything and make them take tough shots."
Redick No. 1 Concern Against No. 1 Duke
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