1. HOOSIERS HQ
For Hanner Mosquerea-Perea, success this season is all about keeping the game simple, Mike writes.
No. 8 IU soccer rallied past Michigan with three second-half goals on Sunday, we reported.
Hoosier Hysteria welcomed the new guys on the IU men’s team with a new tradition, the awarding of the candy-stripe pants, Mike wrote.
A seven-month wait to celebrate Indiana basketball ended with a strong show of support by the fans at Hoosier Hysteria, I wrote.
2. IT’S INDIANA
IU football sits dead last in the latest Big Ten power rankings, according to Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News.
James Blackmon’s readiness to play is among the Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage lessons, Kent Sterling of kentsterling.com writes.
3. BIG TEN COUNTRY
Divisive Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is sharing the hot seat with Brady Hoke, John U. Bacon of thepostgame.com writes.
4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
A theme song for Hanner Mosquera-Perea, “Simple” by Collective Soul live at Woodstock ’99.
College basketball statistics guru Ken Pomeroy has Indiana slotted at No. 26 in his annual preseason rankings.
Pomeroy sees Indiana going 20-11, with a 9-9 Big Ten mark. According to the projections, Indiana’s only two non-conference losses come at Madison Square Garden against Louisville (Dec. 9) and Georgetown (Dec. 27).
The average ranking of IU’s 13 non-conference opponents is 193.5, with five of those games coming against teams projected in the top 70 — SMU (No. 36, Nov. 20), Pittsburgh (No. 23, Dec. 2), Louisville (No. 3), Butler (No. 67, Dec. 20) and Georgetown (No. 22, Dec. 27).
Pomeroy has four Big Ten teams ranked inside the top 25 with Wisconsin at No. 6, Michigan State at No. 12, Ohio State at No. 14 and Michigan at No. 15.
KenPom had Indiana ranked No. 25 at the start of last season.
Duke (No. 1), Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas and Arizona sit in the top five.
You can view KenPom’s preseason ratings by clicking here.
IU officials estimated that a crowd of nearly 14,000 fans packed into Assembly Hall for Saturday’s Hoosier Hysteria.
What they saw was continued visual evidence that this year’s team is far different than the one they last watched seven months ago.
And, at the very least, it stands to be a fun one to follow.
That’s because these Hoosiers can shoot. They’re going to push the pace, too. There were seven turnovers in 68 possessions, with both teams combining to average 1.3 points per possession.
Playing opposite each other, Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. were the stars of the scrimmage. Ferrell led the veteran Red Team — which included Nick Zeisloft, Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Stan Robinson and Devin Davis among others — to a 49-42 win over the White. On the other side, Blackmon scored a game-high 19 points.
Indiana coach Tom Crean divided the teams based on what he’s seen in practice, while also trying to force Blackmon and freshman classmate Robert Johnson to work together without the help and guidance of older players like Ferrell and Zeisloft.
“The only real reason to have James and Rob without Yogi is so that they are forced into a leadership role,” Crean said. “At the same time, when Troy (Williams) has the ball in his hands, he knows that there are two guys — really three with Max (Hoetzel) — that the ball will be sprayed to and there is a pretty good chance of it going in.”
IU — and Ferrell especially — also showed just how effective it can be when kicking the ball back out to the perimeter this year. Ferrell showed off some designed drive-and-kick moves that looked especially polished and it’s quite clear that Ferrell is poised for a big year with plenty of offensive options around him. Both teams did some damage from beyond the 3-point line, including a couple occasions on open looks after defenders didn’t match up with a man.
But the ball moved better and more fluidly than perhaps it did in the past. Last year, Indiana averaged 5.5 made 3-pointers per contest. In five games in Canada this summer, IU boosted that figure to 8.4 per game. Expect that trend to continue into the season.
“That’s why it’s so important for Troy (Williams) to handle the ball the way that he does,” Crean said. “When he’s flying down that lane, you can’t help but react to it. And I think he played a simple game tonight, which is what we are trying to get these guys to understand. The better the player you are, the simpler the game should be. If you’re working hard on your skills and fundamentals, your vision and you’re making simple passes, it’s amazing what can happen. I think our game was good and it can get better. We missed some shots that we could have made. But I don’t think our concern is can we make enough threes to be in games? I don’t think that’s going to happen very often.” (more…)
The bye week lifted Tevin Coleman on one national leaderboard, while he slipped on another.
After Indiana sat out this weekend, Coleman once again leads the country with 170.3 rushing yards per game, as Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon slipped to second with 166.9 yards per contest. Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Marshall’s Devon Johnson leapfrogged Coleman in total rushing yards, with the IU back now sitting in third nationally with 1,192 yards to date. Abdullah leads with 1,249 yards and Johnson is second with 1,203.
Next up for Coleman and the Hoosiers is a game at Michigan on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Wolverines yielded 219 rushing yards to Michigan State in their 35-11 loss to the Spartans this weekend. MSU back Jeremy Langford rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 5.1 yards per carry on 35 touches.
Michigan’s rush defense is fourth in the Big Ten, holding opponents to an average of 109.2 yards per game. Prior to Saturday, the Wolverines held opponents to an average of 2.73 yards per rush. They’ve held five of their eight opponents to an average of 2.5 yards per carry or less. Penn State averaged 1.5 yards on 35 carries, Rutgers averaged 2.5 yards on 30 carries, Utah rushed for a 2.2 average on 37 carries, Miami (Ohio) averaged 1.38 yards on 24 attempts and Notre Dame was held to a 1.74 average on 31 rushes.
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According to a report from the Portsmouth (Ohio) Daily Times, former Indiana University women’s soccer player Lisa Nouanesengsy was injured in an apartment fire on Friday morning. The report says Nouanesengsy suffered “extensive burns to her hands and legs.”
Nouanesengsy was second team All-Big Ten as a senior for the Hoosiers last season. She finished her career third in goals scored and fifth in points all-time in IU women’s soccer history.
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