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Indiana v. North Carolina Central (preview).

North Carolina Central Eagles
Current record: 1-2
2009-10 record: 7-22
2009-10 RPI: 347
2009-10 Sagarin: 338
2009-10 Pomeroy: 338
Pomeroy scouting report
Series:  first meeting
TV: 7 p.m. today, Big Ten Network
Blog: n/a

IU seeks a 5-0 start with a game tonight against North Carolina Central, which is an independent in its fourth season of Division I play.  NCCU is a historically black college located in Durham, North Carolina, the home of defending NCAA champion Duke.  The Eagles have slowly but steadily improved, winning four games in each of their first two seasons in D-I and making the jump to 7 wins last season.  Perhaps the most promising sign for NCCU came in a loss: last week, the Eagles took Oklahoma to overtime before losing.  The Eagles led for the entire second half before OU hit a game-tying three pointer with 15 seconds remaining. 



Senior CJ Wilkerson leads the Eagles with 19 points per game, aver averaging 16.3 as a juco transfer last season.  NCCU’s other scorer of note has been Landon Clement, a transfer from UNC Greensboro.  As with a lot of transitioning programs, NCCU seems to rely heavily on transfers, both juco and D-I, and so they can put together more talent than might be expected.  Oklahoma isn’t a great team this year, but the Sooners’ flirtations with disaster, as well as IU’s exhibition experience against Ferris State and poor first half against Evansville hopefully will prevent IU from overlooking the Eagles.

 

Here are the Hoosiers' stats to date:


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
Christian Watford 4 28.3 6.0 11.8 51.1 0.3 1.8 14.3 5.5 6.5 84.6 2.0 5.8 7.8 2.8 2.8 0.5 0.3 1.8 17.8
Verdell Jones III 4 27.3 5.8 11.0 52.3 0.8 1.8 42.9 2.0 4.3 47.1 0.3 2.3 2.5 2.8 5.5 2.5 0.0 1.5 14.3
Maurice Creek 4 20.8 3.8 8.0 46.9 2.3 5.3 42.9 2.3 2.3 100.0 0.5 1.8 2.3 0.8 1.0 0.0 0.3 2.5 12.0
Jordan Hulls 4 29.5 2.0 5.5 36.4 2.0 4.0 50.0 1.5 2.5 60.0 0.0 2.8 2.8 3.3 1.3 1.3 0.3 2.0 7.5
Victor Oladipo 4 15.3 2.3 4.3 52.9 0.5 1.0 50.0 0.8 1.8 42.9 1.3 2.0 3.3 0.5 1.8 0.8 0.3 2.0 5.8
Will Sheehey 4 6.8 1.8 2.8 63.6 0.3 0.5 50.0 0.8 1.8 42.9 0.8 0.8 1.5 0.5 0.8 0.5 0.0 0.5 4.5
Derek Elston 3 12.3 1.3 2.3 57.1 0.3 0.7 50.0 0.3 0.7 50.0 0.7 2.3 3.0 0.7 1.0 1.0 0.3 2.7 3.3
Tom Pritchard 4 18.3 1.5 2.5 60.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.0 3.0 2.5 5.5 0.8 1.0 0.0 2.3 3.8 3.0
Bobby Capobianco 4 9.5 0.5 1.0 50.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 1.0 1.8 57.1 1.5 1.0 2.5 0.5 1.0 0.3 0.3 3.3 2.0
Daniel Moore 4 8.3 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.8 1.0 75.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 1.8 1.3 0.5 0.0 0.8 1.5
Taylor Wayer 2 1.5 0.5 0.5 100.0 0.5 0.5 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.5
Jeremiah Rivers 4 21.8 0.3 0.5 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 100.0 0.5 2.5 3.0 1.5 1.3 1.8 0.5 2.0 1.0
Kory Barnett 4 2.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.5 100.0 0.3 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.5
Jeff Howard 3 3.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.7 50.0 0.3 1.0 1.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3

 

 

 

Is it me, or has Christian Watford's excellent start been tough to notice on a game-by-game basis?  The competition hasn't been great, but he is really solid so far: 17.8, over 50 percent from the field, 85 percent from the line.  Only the turnover numbers are bad (although not as bad as Verdell's).