Indiana vs. Boston Gameday

Despite a hot start, Indiana dropped their first game of the season last night to a much deeper and more experienced Mississippi team in a 89-71 loss. The Hoosiers get a chance to bounce back quickly tonight in the second game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, but victory won't come easy against a Boston squad led by upperclassmen.

Despite a hot start, Indiana dropped their first game of the season last night to a much deeper and more experienced Mississippi team in a 89-71 loss. The Hoosiers get a chance to bounce back quickly tonight in the second game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, but victory won't come easy against a Boston squad led by upperclassmen.

Game Particulars: Indiana (2-1) vs. Boston (0-3)

Both the Hoosiers and the Terriers found themselves in competitive basketball games last night in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, but were eventually overmatched. The Terriers fell to 0-3 on the season despite placing four players in double figures as Kansas State used 8-0 run in the final minutes to secure a 80-70 victory, setting up tonight's loser's bracket match-up with Indiana. The winner of tonight's game advances to play the winner of the Georgia Tech-George Mason game on Sunday afternoon.

IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and 11th year overall. Crean owns a 198-121 career mark and led Marquette to the NCAA Tournament five times. The Terriers are led by first-year coach Patrick Chambers, who spent the past five seasons as an assistant to Jay Wright at Villanova. Boston University made the coaching switch after a 17-13 record led to the dismissal of Dennis Wolff after 15 years on the Terrier sidelines.

Tonight's game is not being televised on any station. Radio listeners will want to tune in early for tonight's 6 p.m. tip-off.

Indiana 2009-10 Schedule

Boston 2009-10 Schedule

PG- Jeremiah Rivers (6-5, 214, Jr.) – 7.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 44.4% FG shooting
SG- Verdell Jones (6-5, 183, So.) – 13.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 43.9% FG shooting
WG – Maurice Creek (6-5, 200, Fr.) – 16.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 57.6% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Christian Watford (6-9, 220, Fr.) – 12.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 46.2% FG shooting
PF – Tom Pritchard (6-9, 248, So.) – 7.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 75.0% FG shooting

Boston U. (3-0)
G – Tyler Morris (6-2, 190, Sr.) – 15.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.67 spg, 46.2% 3 pt. shooting
G – Carlos Strong (6-3, 215, Sr.) – 9.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.67 apg, 43.5% FG shooting
G – Corey Lowe (6-2, 200, Sr.) – 13.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 33.3% FG shooting
F – Jake O'Brien (6-8, 220, So.) – 7.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 29.6% FG shooting
F- Valdas Sirutis (6-, 215, Sr.) – 0.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 20.0% FG shooting

Indiana 2009-10 Statistics

Boston 2009-10 Statistics

WHAT TO WATCH FOR How does the Indiana frontline bounce back? – The Hoosier frontcourt's weaknesses were exposed against a bigger, more athletic Ole Miss frontline. After squaring off against equal or smaller teams in their opening two games, the Hoosier ran into an Ole Miss squad that boasted a bevy of athletic forwards and they made the difference in the game. Rebel forward Murphy Holloway, a 6-foot-7 jumping jack, had a career game with 26 points on 12-18 shooting. Fellow forwards Reginald Buckner and Terrance Henry added 17 rebounds and six blocks. Meanwhile, Hoosier forwards Christian Watford and Tom Pritchard combined for just 13 points on 5-15 shooting and were saddled with foul trouble throughout. The duo needs to bounce back in a big way against a much smaller, less imposing Terrier team.

Can Indiana put the clamps on John Holland? -- Despite leading the team in scoring with just over 20 points per game, 6-foot-5 wingman John Holland has came off the bench in all but one game this season. Regardless, he's hardly a reserve as Holland has led the team in minutes with over 37 per game and is clearly the team's biggest threat. Whether he's working inside or outside, Holland's physicality will be noticed by the Hoosiers. He's averaging 7.3 rebounds per game and has the post moves to make smaller defenders pay. Will the Hoosiers hand the defensive assignment to lock-down defender Jeremiah Rivers, also 6-foot-5 or it will be a committee approach with the long arms of Verdell Jones and Maurice Creek chipping in as well? Long the signature of any Tom Crean coached team, the defense was severely lacking last night. The Rebels racked up over 40 points a half on their way to the 89-71 victory due in large part to easy buckets on slashing lay-ups and point blank putbacks. The Rebels shot 52 percent from the field. That percentage allowed has to drop dramatically tonight.


"Coach Buckley said it at halftime that there were times in the first half where we played with selective toughness , meaning we were mature and aggressive with a lot of energy, but Ole Miss played with collective toughness and that is the difference right now." -- Tom Crean

"We got out to a quick start, but these guys play at a high level and a lot of our team is seeing this for the first time. I've been fortunate to play against some great competition at Georgetown, but I am proud of the way we kept fighting. The nice thing is we come out tomorrow." – Jeremiah Rivers

"They really were pushing the ball up and down the floor," Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy said. "Tom is committed from everything that I've read to really playing uptempo. You can tell your guys that, but it's difficult to simulate the speed. I thought Jeremiah Rivers was outstanding and getting the ball right through us, make or miss, and as a result, when we would score, we would turn around and Indiana had the ball back at the basket." -- Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy

"Our guys will grow. The great thing is that we have to come back in 24 hours and play a game. I think the coaches learn a great deal on these trips, but not nearly as much as the players do." – Crean


The news doesn't look good for Indiana shooting guard Matt Roth's injured right foot. Crean says that surgery is likely meaning a prolonged absence is also likely...Boston is considered by many to the favorite in the American East conference this year…Indiana's 43 rebounds, 24 offensive, were both high-water marks during the Crean Era…After scoring a career-high 18 points last night, Maurice Creek is shooting 58 percent from the floor this season…Crean is just to wins away from 200 for his career…If the Hoosiers lose tonight's contest they will play at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, a win and they tip at 12:30. Both games will be telecast on ESPNU, which was originally scheduled televise tonight's game before making a late programming switch to carry college football tonight. Top Stories