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.
- 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.