Indiana 93, Jacksonville 59: a look back at IU's non-conference statistics.

Andy Lyons

The Hoosiers, after yet another sluggish start, easily dispatched Jacksonville. The Hoosiers now must ready for the Big Ten opener in Iowa City on Monday.

Well, it's finally here. After a December in which the Hoosiers played only one team ranked higher than 198 in the Pomeroy ratings, the Hoosiers have finished a mostly dull non-conference slate and now face the Big Ten opener against Iowa on the road. Jacksonville was a fairly overmatched team, so there isn't much to take from yet another game against a punching bag, but here are a few items of note:

  • Yogi Ferrell had 10 assists and no turnovers.
  • Jordan Hulls tied his career high with 20 points on 6-9 three point shooting.
  • IU allowed 10-17 three point shooting to a team that typically is among the worst in the nation in that category.
  • Victor Oladipo was everywhere, socring 14 points on 5-6 from the field and 2 of 2 from the line. He had 2 assists, 2 steals, 7 boards, and 2 blocks.
  • Will Sheehey was great off the bench, scoring 14 points.
  • After 10 boards in the previous game, Hanner Mosquera-Perea didn't have one in 12 minutes of play.
Well, that's that. The Hoosiers finish their non-conference season ranked number one in the Pomeroy ratings (although Louisville is on IU's heels and may well pass IU with a strong performance against Kentucky this afternoon; regardless of what it means for IU, I hope it happens). IU has the #1 offense in the nation according to Pom's adjusted points per possession and the #10 defense. Unfortunately, IU has played the #307 non-conference schedule. The Hoosiers have been very effective on the boards, with an offensive rebound percentage of 41 compared to 27 for their opponents. IU is comfortably in the black in turnover percentage, with 18.6 on offense compared to 22.6 percent on defense. After leading the nation with 43 percent three point shooting last season, there has not yet been regression to the mean. IU is fourth in the nation at 42.1 percent (and if you are wondering, IU's three point percentage in conference games last seasons was only a couple of percent lower than the overall number). IU is shooting well in all categories: in addition to the three point numbers listed above, IU is shooting 56 percent from two point range (#10 nationally) and 76 percent from the line (#24 nationally).

Here are the Hoosiers' stats so far:

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Cody Zeller 13 26.9 5.5 8.8 62.6 0.0 0.2 0.0 5.3 7.5 71.1 2.7 5.2 7.9 1.2 1.5 1.0 1.3 2.0 16.4
Victor Oladipo 13 26.1 5.2 7.7 68.0 0.8 1.7 45.5 2.3 3.5 66.7 2.2 3.4 5.6 2.2 2.2 2.5 0.8 2.3 13.5
Christian Watford 13 25.1 3.6 8.5 42.3 1.4 3.2 43.9 4.1 4.5 91.4 1.5 4.8 6.3 1.2 1.3 0.8 0.5 2.0 12.7
Will Sheehey 13 22.7 4.5 8.1 55.2 0.8 2.2 39.3 2.6 3.5 75.6 1.0 3.1 4.1 1.1 1.4 1.0 0.2 2.4 12.4
Jordan Hulls 13 27.8 4.2 7.4 56.3 2.8 5.1 54.5 0.7 0.8 81.8 0.2 2.7 2.8 3.8 1.2 1.1 0.0 1.5 11.8
Remy Abell 13 16.1 2.2 4.0 53.8 0.8 1.5 57.9 1.5 1.9 80.0 1.2 1.2 2.4 1.6 0.9 0.4 0.0 1.5 6.7
Kevin Ferrell 13 26.3 1.8 5.6 32.9 0.4 1.5 25.0 2.3 2.7 85.7 0.4 2.8 3.2 5.5 2.1 0.8 0.2 1.3 6.4
Jeremy Hollowell 10 13.3 2.0 4.4 45.5 0.3 1.8 16.7 1.4 2.0 70.0 1.3 1.7 3.0 0.3 1.6 0.2 0.2 1.7 5.7
Maurice Creek 10 11.3 1.0 3.3 30.3 0.7 2.0 35.0 0.3 0.4 75.0 0.4 1.2 1.6 0.6 0.4 0.4 0.1 0.5 3.0
Hanner Mosquera-Perea 4 9.8 1.0 1.8 57.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.5 66.7 1.0 2.3 3.3 0.3 1.0 0.3 0.5 1.8 3.0
Austin Etherington 7 6.7 0.6 1.0 57.1 0.1 0.4 33.3 0.6 1.0 57.1 0.6 1.1 1.7 0.4 0.7 0.3 0.1 1.4 1.9
Derek Elston 3 10.0 0.3 2.3 14.3 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.7 1.3 50.0 0.7 1.3 2.0 0.3 0.7 0.3 0.7 1.0 1.3
Jeff Howard 10 3.4 0.2 0.3 66.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.9 0.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.2 0.4
Raphael Smith 10 1.6 0.2 0.3 66.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.5 0.0 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.4
Taylor Wayer 9 1.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Peter Jurkin 2 3.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0


Here's what jumps out:
  • The scoring is very balanced, with all five starters in double figures and within five points per game of each other.
  • Victor Oladipo's 68 percent shooting is #4 nationally among qualified leaders. He's a guard. The next guard listed in the top 100 is Travis Relaford of Kansas, who is #64 with 59 percent shooting. Myles Mack of Rutgers is #69, Joseph Bertrand of Illinois is #81, Carrick Felix of Arizona State is #88, Raeford Worsham of Arkansas State is #95, and Tony Johnson of Lafayette is #96. That's it. There are seven guards in the top 100, and Oladipo is nearly 10 percent ahead of the next guard. Crazy.
  • Yogi Ferrell has been an able point guard, but he is going to have to improve on his field goal percentage to force teams to respect him as a scorer.
  • Jordan Hulls wasn't yet at his ceiling as a shooter last year. He is now 54 percent from three point range.

Again, I wish the Hoosiers had played some more difficult games, but there is reason to believe that the Hoosiers are what they were thought to be before the season. We will know much more by Monday evening.

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