Indiana vs. Northeastern Gameday

It's been nine days since the Hoosiers (5-5) last played a basketball game and 12 days since Northeastern (5-4) last was in action. Those two teams look to shake off the rust Monday night when they square off at 9 p.m. at Assembly Hall in Bloomington…

Game Particulars: Indiana (5-5) vs. Northeastern (5-4)
Two very well rested teams meet Monday night at 9 p.m. at Assembly Hall. Indiana last played a game nine days ago when it lost to Kentucky 72-54, while Northeastern has been off for 12 days dating back to a 76-71 double overtime win at Harvard. The Hoosiers will be looking to remain perfect at home - where they are 4-0 on the young season – and against Northeastern as well. The Hoosiers have beaten their Colonial Athletic Association foe twice before, topping them in the 1990 Maui Invitational (100-78) and in the 2001 Hoosier Classic (103-65). Northeastern heads into the contest road tested, going 3-2 on the road this season including a win over Providence.

IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and 10th year overall. Crean owns a 195-101 career mark and led Marquette to the NCAA Tournament five times. Northeastern, meanwhile, is coached Bill Coen, who is in his third year Northeastern and owns a 32-40 career mark.

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Tom Werme (play-by-play) and John Lawkowski (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2008-09 Schedule

Northeastern 2008-09 Schedule

Indiana (5-5)
PG- Daniel Moore (5-11, 167, Fr.) – 4.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.1 apg, 40.6% FG shooting
SG- Devan Dumes (6-2, 188, Jr.) – 13.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 26.2% 3 pt. shooting
WG - Nick Williams (6-4, 211, Fr.) – 8.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 spg, 20% 3 pt. shooting
F – Kyle Taber (6-8, 220, Sr.) – 3.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.2 spg, 51.6% FG shooting
PF – Tom Pritchard (6-9, 242, Fr.) – 13.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 56% FG shooting

Northeastern (5-4)
PG- Chaisson Allen (6-4, 190, So.) – 10.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 25% 3 pt. shooting
SG – Matt Janning (6-4, 195, Jr.) – 16.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 33.3% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Matt Smith (6-6, 200, Sr.) – 2.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.3 apg, 12.3 mpg
PF – Manny Adako (6-8, 235, Jr.) – 9.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.9 spg, 46.8% FG shooting
C – Vinny Lima (6-10, 225, So.) – 3.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 11.6 mpg

Indiana 2008-09 Final Statistics

Northeastern 2008-09 Statistics

Could some new faces see some time for the Hoosiers? – It's rare that a Colonial Conference team has a definitive size advantage over a Big Ten team, but that will be the case Monday. Each member of Northeastern's projected starting five has at least two inches on his Indiana counterpart, and Coach Bill Coen also has 6'9", 222-pound Nkem Ojougboh (8.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and 6'8", 220-pound Eugene Spates (8.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg) to turn to off the bench. That's a noticeable edge against an IU team that includes only two players taller than 6'5" in its regular rotation (Kyle Taber and Tom Pritchard). With that in mind, don't be surprised if some new faces get some playing time. IU is expected to have 6'5" junior Steven Gambles available, and it's possible that 6'6" freshman Broderick Lewis could be close to getting a chance as well. Tom Crean talked about the impact Lewis has been making in practice, so it seems Lewis could be close to being a contributor. The Hoosiers could very well need some minutes from him against Northeastern.

What impact – if any – will nine days off have on the young Hoosiers? - Crean has often said that everything is a new experience for his young team, so the fact it's been nine days since IU last played a game could have an impact on how IU gets started. Since IU traveled to Maui late last month, the Hoosiers' longest gap between games has been four days, and this is more than double that. If IU has some rust and starts slowly, Northeastern is a team that is capable of taking advantage of the opportunity. Coach Bill Coen's team has already played five road games this season, it returns all five starters from last season, and it was picked to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association in the league's preseason poll. It beat IUPUI by 13, which is the same IUPUI team that the Hoosiers topped by only three, 60-57. So while this isn't a big-name opponent this is a quality foe that will test IU Monday night.

Can Indiana keep Matt Janning from break free for a big game? - Northeastern isn't overly explosive offensively, averaging 64.4 points per game and shooting just 41.2 percent from the floor. They were held to 56 points in a 20-point loss at Michigan earlier this season, and they scored just 37 in an 18-point loss to South Florida. When they do become dangerous offensively, though, is when Matt Janning has a big game. The team's leading scorer at 16.2 per game, Janning has scored 20 or more four times this season. He has excellent size at 6'4" so he can score around the bucket. If he gets hot from behind the 3-point arc (where he's only 5-of-20 in his last five games) he can single-handedly keep Northeastern close.

"(Northeastern is) impressive on film in their athleticism, their ability to play inside and outside. They're well schooled and well traveled in the sense they've played a lot of different types of basketball teams this year, they've beaten a Big East team in Providence It will be a very good test." – Tom Crean

"They run the flex offense very well. They're a very good inside outside team. They have good size inside and they know how to utilize it. They're a pretty athletic team…because they've beat Providence, because they've played these competitive games, there's no question they'll come in with the mindset to win." – Crean

"(Janning) He's solid – he can play. He's recruited well from across the country. What he's done is what they did at Boston College – they went and got some players that maybe a lot of people hadn't heard of…he's done a really good job." – Crean

"I've examined the numbers, where they're at when we win and lose. We've looked at different segments of film. We have a film of all our turnovers from the Notre Dame game on. They've been very educational to us as coaches and trying to bring those across to the team." – Crean

"(on IU's turnovers) It's a combination of youth, it's a combination of stress reaction to pressure, it's a combination of strength...the only thing we can try to do is address that on a continual basis and put them in situations in practice that create pressure and keep getting better." – Crean

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