Well IU fans, the NCAA Men's Basketball Season has finally arrived. On Saturday night, we witnessed the unveiling of our IU Basketball team and the 2011 recruiting class as well as our veterans Uindy was in town and although it was just an exhibition game, IU showed off some of its talent as they pulled out a 90-72 win. It was apparent that the team has become much more deep in its rotation as well as balanced on the offensive side of the ball.
Will Sheehey had his way with Uindy as he came out and showed aggressive and impressive play throughout the game. Sheehey had 18 points to lead the Hoosiers and in doing so showed off the skills he possesses and the improvements he has made to his game from last year. Jordan Hulls, who seems to be IU's floor general, added 14 points of his own doing what he does best by knocking down a couple of three point baskets. However, what was on most people's mind was how Cody Zeller would perform and he did not disappoint.
Although it took Zeller a while to finally get into the scoring action, he finally broke free on a fast break and had an and one layup for his first points as an Indiana Hoosier. From there, he brought what all IU fans hoped he would to the team. Zeller had 16 points and 8 rebounds in the game. It was a bright sign for Hoosier fans because Zeller brought an inside game that we have not been used to seeing. Zeller often commanded a double team from Uindy which freed up our guards in Hulls, Sheehey, and Verdell Jones III.
Zeller added a put back dunk that brought all IU fans in attendance at Assembly Hall to their feet in an eruption of cheers. All players saw the floor Saturday night including other freshman recruits Austin Etherington and Remy Abell. Both players looked solid as well and will continue to develop for the Hoosiers. IU had several scoring options and much depth which Tom Crean and IU fans alike should be excited for.
Although Chrisitian Watford didn't seem fully healthy, he did play solid defense when he was in the game against Uindy's Adrian Moss while also adding 8 points. However, we hope to see him recover and further contribute to the team.
Overall, IU fans should be excited for the team's performance. IU looked like a balanced, deep, and well improved team from last year. If the team can play consistent, the combinatino of talent and depth makes IU poised to make a run to make the NCAA tournament this year. For all IU fans, be sure to be in attendance on Friday night on November 11 when IU takes on Stony Brook at home in Assembly Hall to see the beginning of what could be a great run this season.