Oladipo celebrating after a big slam dunk
Indiana defeated Indiana Wesleyan in their preseason game by a score of 86-57. While it may not have been the best start for the Hoosiers, they found their rhythm midway through the first half.
Having gone to the game, I can tell you that the atmosphere at Assembly Hall was unbelievable, especially for a preseason game. Fans looked eager to begin the regular season, and will surely be back in full force next Friday against Bryant University.
The star players from last year's team didn't play as much as they will during the regular season in order to get the younger players more acclimated to the game. Cody Zeller went a perfect 4-4 on field goals, and ended with 11 points on the game. Christian Watford also finished with 11, and Victor Oladipo finished with 10.
The star players weren't the big stories for the Hoosiers, however. We got to take a good look at the freshman.
Yogi Ferrell looked pretty comfortable running the team. He had four turnovers, which is understandable for a freshman, but he also had four assists. His mid range jumper looked excellent, and at one point he crossed over the opponent, causing him to fall on his butt. He looks ready.
Jeremy Hollowell really impressed me last night. While he may not have scored a lot, he was still able to draw fouls and get to the free throw line. What was most impressive was his defensive presence. Hollowell was able to record two blocks and two steals. He hustled on both sides of the court, and got six total rebounds.
But perhaps the biggest story of the game was the return of Maurice Creek.
Creek has struggled with injuries since 2009. In December of 2009, he fractured his kneecap, causing him to miss the rest of his freshman year. He then had a stress fracture in his other knee in January of 2011. His last injury was just before the beginning of last season, tearing his Achilles.
It was a very emotional moment in the game when Creek came in. He was greeted with a standing ovation. What was best is that he played well. He went 4-6 including two three pointers, leading the team with 12 points. It was a great to see him return.
The Hoosiers are looking ready for the regular season to start. They are ready to live up to the high expectations.