But all is not sweetness and light in Bloomington.The Coach
First there was that screaming match with a referee that caused a one game suspension for the Hoosier Coach. Then there was an untimely loss to the Buckeyes last weekend.
Coach Mike Davis is already being questioned by some fans about not playing more of his bench, especially 6-8 redshirt Frosh Forward Sean Kline. The man who played, Kyle Hornsby, missed all 9 of his shots in that game. Still, Kline didn't play - something about the way he practices;
It's hard to trust him when he doesn't know what we're trying to do [Davis-Hoosier Times]Davis has been quoted saying that the Hoosiers lack toughness. They haven't played "tough": since the come from behind win over Maryland earlier this Fall.
So why not play some his freshmen, like the reast of the Big 10? You could see that tonight...
I have guys in my lineup that aren't showing any leadership at all,' Davis said. I have guys out there that I'm begging to play hard. There's some stuff going on that I don't like, and I'm going to get it straightened out. If not, I'm going to change some guys out. And when I do, it's really going to surprise some people who I change. [in the Sun Times]One candidate to sit down might be Senior Guard Tom Coverdale, [IU Photo left - who's called "Tom Terrific in most of the media handouts]. According to the coach, there are other "internal problems" with the Hoosier, its just not fun in Hoosierland right now...
This year, we have a better basketball team, and nobody seems enthusiastic about anything. I've been waiting for Coverdale to [emerge] the last month and a halfEven the Indiana Players are questioning what they're doing;
You think about this game (and) you look at the mistakes we made in this game and they're mistakes we've been making all year long, [Kyle Hornsby - IDS]Of course the Wildcats haven't won in Assembly Hall since 1968, so maybe this is the year to break the jinx. The problem is that in the two games so far, NU has been unable to stop a team's "best" man. According to Bill Carmody, the Hoosiers have several "best men."
The Hoosiers Head Coach, Mike Davis is the man who won the unenviable task of following the "hoosier Daddy," Bob Knight .The Starters
In the past 2 years of coaching Indiana, Davis has led the Hoosiers to wins over 4 top 4 rannked programs - No.1 Michigan State and No. 4 Illinois in 2000-01 and No. 1 Duke and No. 3 Oklahoma last season.
He's a former Mr. Alabama Basketball, a graduate of the Alabama, having played and coached for the Crimson Tide - he's coached and played internationally, and has been associated with several championship teams as a Head Coach, and as an assistant.
His teams usually play tough defense and take open shots but don't necessarily rush the ball inside. The Hoosiers normally play a 3 guard offense with a center and a forward. They have been known to be deadly shooting 3 pointers.
Davis can get emotional on the sidelines - no chair throwing - but his screaming performance at a referee at Kentucky earned him a one game suspension earlier this year.
Forwards: 6-9 Sr Jeff Newton [#50 - 14.4.ppg/9.9 rbg]
Center: 6-11 Jr George Leach [right - #5 - 6.0 ppg/8.5 rbg[
Guards: 6-2 Sr PG Tom Coverdale [#3 - 13.1/3.4] , 6-5 Sr SG Kyle Hornsby [#32 - 8.4/2.8], 6-4 Fr Bracey Wright [#4 - 19.1/5.5]
These 5 have started all of Indiana's games to date, except for A.J. Moye who got the call as a 2nd forward against North Texas.
But coach Davis is upset with Coverdale's play [I've been waiting for Coverdale to step up and (be a leader) for the last month] and might start Marshall Strickland at Guard instead. The same with Kyle Hornsby, who could be replaced with A.J. Moye.
The Big Gun
According to the Indiana media, Tom "Terrific" Coverdale is the star of the team. But Freshman Guard Bracey Wright [left] with 19.1 points a game sure looks like the man to stop in the clutch. He's averaging 35 minutes a game, 90-202 [.446] from the floor, 39-103 [.379] from the arc and sinks free throws at a 48-59 [.814] clip. He's also averaging 5.5 rebounds a game, mostly on the defensive end.
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