Indiana Preview Capsule
By The Associated Press=
Last season: 27-8, won Big Ten regular season title, lost to North
Carolina in NCAA Tournament regional semifinals.
Coach: Tom Crean.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who’s gone: G Kevin ”Yogi” Ferrell, F Troy Williams, F Max
Bielfeldt, G Nick Zeisloft.
Who’s back: C Thomas Bryant and F OG Anunoby were so impressive as
freshmen some thought they should head straight to the NBA. G James
Blackmon Jr. also tested the NBA waters despite missing the second
half of last season after having knee surgery. G Robert Johnson may
be the most crucial player on this season’s team because of his
leadership skills, but he had offseason ankle surgery.
Who’s new: Former Pittsburgh G Josh Newkirk is expected to play a
significant role after sitting out last season because of the NCAA
transfer rules. F Freddie McSwain Jr., a junior college transfer,
could provide another athletic interior presence after averaging a
double-double last season. The two freshmen most likely to help
immediately will be G Curtis Jones and 6-10 forward De’Ron Davis.
The Skinny: Indiana has plenty of athletes, lots of scoring punch
and even the knowledge of what it takes to win a conference title.
But Crean still must find a replacement for Ferrell and won’t have
a senior to lean on until F Collin Hartman returns after injuring
his knee last month. Regardless, the Hoosiers should be a serious
contender for the conference crown.