Indiana vs. Loyola (Md.) Gameday

Former Maryland assistant coach Jimmy Patsos brings his Loyola (Md.) team to Bloomington for a 6:30 match-up with the Hoosiers. The teams enter the contest with identical 5-5 records, and IU Coach Tom Crean is expecting a little bit of everything from the Greyhounds Tuesday night…

Game Particulars: Indiana (5-5) vs. Loyola, Md. (5-5)
Some might refer to Indiana's match-up with Loyola (Md.) as the second in a three-game series of "cupcakes" for the Hoosiers as they prepare for the start of Big Ten play, but IU Coach Tom Crean isn't subscribing to that notion. Instead, he's expecting the MAAC program to present plenty of challenges due to their athleticism, their "Flex" offense and their rotating defenses. Loyola does enter the game fresh off of its best performance of the season, having whipped Howard 85-51 Saturday night thanks to 28 points from Jamal Barney and 69.6 percent shooting overall (32-of-46). This is the same Howard team that Indiana beat by 23 in its season opener a month ago.

IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and 11th year overall. Crean owns a 201-126 career mark and led Marquette to the NCAA Tournament five times. Loyola (Md.), meanwhile, is coached by Jimmy Patsos, who is in his sixth season at the helm of the program and owns a 75-87 mark. Before taking over the Greyhound program Patsos spent 13 years as an assistant to Gary Williams at Maryland, helping lead the Terps to the 2002 NCAA title win over Indiana.

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Dave Revsine (play-by-play), and John Laskowski (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2009-10 Schedule

Loyola (Md.) 2009-10 Schedule

PROBABLE STARTERS
Indiana (5-5)
PG- Jeremiah Rivers (6-5, 214, Jr.) – 6.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.1 apg, 37.9% FG shooting
SG- Verdell Jones (6-5, 183, So.) – 11.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, 40% FG shooting
WG – Maurice Creek (6-5, 200, Fr.) – 18.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg, 44.3% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Christian Watford (6-9, 220, Fr.) – 12.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.9 bpg, 38.9% FG shooting
PF – Tom Pritchard (6-9, 248, So.) – 5.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 63.6% FG shooting

Loyola, Md. (5-5)
PG – Brett Harvey (6-1, 175, Sr.) – 13.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 40% 3 pt. shooting
SG – Jamal Barney (6-3, 185, Jr.) – 14.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 spg, 43.3% FG shooting
WG – Anthony Winbush (6-7, 195, So.) – 7.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 45.9% FG shooting
SF – Shane Walker (6-10, 211, So.) – 9.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg, 37.1% FG shooting
PF- Julius Brooks (6-9, 215, Fr.) – 3.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.8 bpg, 43.8% FG shooting

Indiana 2009-10 Statistics

Loyola (Md.) 2009-10 Statistics

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
What sort of defensive scheme does Loyola (Md.) have in store for Maurice Creek? – Thanks to combined 60 points in the last two games, Creek has emerged as the top scoring freshman in the Big Ten and one of the highest-scoring newcomers in the country. With that in mind, the Hoosiers should anticipate something different from Loyola as it looks for a way to slow him down. Crean said that in last year's 78-48 loss to Davidson, Loyola employed a triangle and two defense against Davidson's Stephen Curry – with two defenders assigned to defend Curry. That two-on-one approach didn't produce a win, but did result in a 0-of-3 shooting, zero-point performance for Curry in 32 minutes of action. That's no small feat, considering Curry was a first-team All-American last season and averaged 28.6 points, 5.6 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. It's extremely unlikely that Loyola will go to that extreme to slow down Creek, but Patsos will likely utilize a variety of different defensive looks to attempt to slow him down. A box-and-one, man-to-man and a myriad of zone looks are all schemes that IU will need to be prepared for Tuesday night.

Can Indiana keep Jamal Barney in check - While Creek has been one of college basketball's best scorers during the last week, Loyola has its own combustible offensive weapon in Jamal Barney. The team's leading scorer at 14.6 per game, Barney led the MAAC in scoring a year ago at 18.1, earning him second-team All-League honors. He's coming off a 28-point, 11-of-14 shooting effort in the win against Howard, and he has a couple of 40-point performances on his college resume from a season ago. Against Canisius last January Harvey made 15-of-19 from the floor for 41 points, and then followed that up with a 40-point effort against New Jersey Institute two weeks later. A one-time Providence recruit who transferred to Loyola after one year in the Big East, Harvey can get hot behind the 3-point arc, but he can also create his own shot and get to the foul line. He'll be a load for Indiana to handle, but the good news for the Hoosiers is that he's also susceptible to forcing shots as well. Expect to see Jeremiah Rivers and Maurice Creek draw the challenge of keeping him from having another huge game.

How well does Indiana challenge Loyola's shooters? - Other than continued improvement in rebounding, the thing that Crean says his team needs to work on the most defensively is getting up and challenging shooters. On the defensive end, he wants to see his team reacting on the pass and not on the catch, and being in a position to go up and challenge opposing shooters. Indiana didn't' do a very good job of that in the first half against North Carolina Central, and as a result the visitors made 12 of its first 23 shots to take a one-point lead in the closing minutes of the first half. That was remedied late in the first half and particularly in the second half, and the result was that NCCU made only 9-of-38 shots the rest of the way.

QUOTABLES
"This will be one of the hardest-playing teams that they will play, at any point. There's no question about it. They're team that's very well coached with Jim Patsos. He's tough, he's intense, he's a winner, he won a national championship at Maryland. It will be a preparation very much like the Maryland game was for us ." – Tom Crean

"(Hulls) really impacts our team on both ends of the floor. He really holds his own defensively, he's fearless – you see that by the way he rebounds. The ball moves in a great way when he's on the court. As I said to the team today, you don't win when you just have five starters, five people that have to start the game. But you win when you have guys that you can look at as starter material. And I'd say he's one of those guys." – Crean

"It doesn't matter if you play a lot, or if you don't hardly play at all. Everyone has a part in winning. It might be in practice, it might be in the way they come off the bench, it might be in the way they start. Everyone can improve. Tom (Pritchard) is no different, so we continue to focus on the things that he needs to get better at individually, but most importantly, how it affects our team. There's no question that when he's playing the way he did late in the first half, and in the second half on Saturday, that makes us a lot better." – Crean

"They're very similar to Maryland as far as their offense and the things they run…they have a lot of big-time players that transferred in from big-time colleges." – Verdell Jones

"I think we've learned, when zones are thrown at us, to go inside out instead of settling for the 3. Against Maryland we settled for 3s, and that's a big reason why we lost the lead in the second half." – Verdell Jones

"(Barney) is a guard who can do it all. He can shoot the 3, he can post people up, and he's really crafty around the rim. When he gets the ball, we'll collapse on him and rotate." – Verdell Jones

NOTABLES: Barney isn't the only Loyola player who started off at a high-major D-I program. Forward Shane Walker (9.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg) spent one year at Maryland before transferring to Loyola…Loyola is 0-7 all-time against the Big Ten, with all of those games occurring in the last 13 years. Loyola is 0-4 all-time against Penn State, and has also dropped games to Northwestern, Michigan State and Illinois. And eight-point setback to Penn State in 1997 is the closest result…Loyola's 69.6 percent shooting last time out against Howard (32-of-46) ranks second on the school's all-time single game list…Loyola was picked to finish fifth in the 10-team MAAC in this season's preseason coaches' poll, behind two-time defending champion Siena, Niagara, Rider and Fairfield.

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