I couldn't help myself, about 20 minutes before the game, I went ahead and paid $15 to watch an extremely poor production of an exhibition game. And if I don't go cancel that right now, I'll probably forget and keep paying $15 every month.
Since I watched it and I am guessing most of you elected not to pay $15 for an exhibition game, I thought I would provide some thoughts.
IU was very sluggish to start. In fact, Wesleyan opened up a 13-4 lead and IU did not take the lead for good until 6 minutes to go in the first half.
The starters were Yogi, Hulls, Oladipo, Watford, and Zeller. Sheehey and Abell were first off the bench followed by Hollowell, Creek, Etherington, and Jurkin.
Creek received a very nice applause when he entered and he did not disappoint by hitting his first four FGs including two treys. He missed his final two attempts, but he looked good with 12 points in 15 minutes. How great would it be if Mo could provide some instant offense off the bench.
Hulls had the most disappointing performance -- 0 points, 2 assists, and 2 turnovers in 21 minutes.
Cody was rather quiet, but he still scored 11 points on a perfect 4-4 from the field in 19 minutes.
Yogi is quick -- very, very quick. He will have to watch the turnovers (had 4 tonight), but was very impressive. He gets great lift on his pull-up jumper.
Watford was up and down. Finished with 11 & 6, but was 0-4 from the arc and just 3-6 from the line.
Sheehey was impressive off the bench in his new jersey number 0.
Remy was also very good off the bench. I'm a big fan.
I really didn't notice Hollowell much, but he actually put together a nice box score with 5 pts, 6 rebs, 2 stls, and 2 blks.
Jurkin looked raw, but it's good to have some height off the bench.
Perea did not play and remains in a walking boot. I don't know a lot about the injury but he has been in that boot for a while and I think he is expected back soon, assuming these eligibility questions get cleared up.
Overall, just an OK performance by the Hoosiers. They were sloppy at times and did not shoot the ball very well -- 5-19 from the arc and 17-29 from the line.
This team is loaded with talent and has every position covered. I have no concerns about the shooting -- they will be a great offensive team that will put up a lot of points. If there aren't any eligibility issues and Perea and Elston eventually come back from injury, this team will be extremely deep. Even though they were sluggish at times tonight, there is no reason to believe that they don't deserve this #1 ranking. The Hoosiers are poised for a very, very good season. It should be a ton of fun.