Indiana Hoosiers v. Chattanooga Mocs (preview)

LOUISVILLE KY - NOVEMBER 22: Peyton Siva #3 of the Louisville Cardinals shoots the ball while defended Omar Wattad #0 of the Chattanooga Mocs during the game at the KFC Yum! CENTER on November 22 2010 in Louisville Kentucky. Louisville won 106-65. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Chattanooga Mocs
Current record: 0-0
2010-11 record: 16-16 (12-6)
2010-11 RPI:  (IU was 191) 
2010-11 Sagarin:232  (IU was 103)
2010-11 Pomeroy: 276 (IU was 75)
Pomeroy scouting report  
Series:  IU leads 1-0.  
Head Coach: John Shulman (7th year, 121-106).
TV: 5 p.m. Sunday, Big Ten Network
Blog: n/a

After a strong performance in the opener, IU turns around in less than 48 hours and hosts Chattanooga Sunday afternoon.  The Mocs have been a solid program under John Shulman, who has led the Mocs to two NCAA Tournament appearances, most recently in 2009.  

Omar Wattad, a 6-5 senior who began his career at Georgetown, is the Mocs' leading returning scorer, and shoots 35 percent from behind the arc.  In all, the Mocs' top four scorers from last year, including Ricky Taylor, Keegan Bell, and Chris Early, return.  I mentioned before the Stony Brook game that the Seawolves are relatively reliant on the three point shot, but it's nothing compared to Chattanooga. Last year, the Mocs took 46 percent of their shot attempts from deep, which ranked #4 in Division I, and that is standard procedure for the Mocs.  So, as with Stony Brook, the Mocs, while hopefully overmanned, should provide a decent test for IU's perimeter defense, which was decent but far from flawless against Stony Brook.  On the other end of the court, Chattanooga's defense was among the worst in the country last year in effective field goal percentage and in both 2 point and 3 point field goal defense.  They also were in the red in turnovers and at least by the numbers do not particularly stand out in any category other than defensive rebounding and getting to the free throw line.  

It was nice to see the Hoosiers dominate the opener, but it will be even better if the team can maintain the intensity they showed Friday night with such a quick turnaround and avoid the sort of letdown that has been characteristic of IU's last few teams.  

 

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