Final exhibition will be against Ferris State

Indiana’s second exhibition will be against Division II Ferris State, Tom Crean said Wednesday.

The game, scheduled for Nov. 8, will tip-off at 7 p.m. and be live-streamed at BigTenNetwork.com.

Forward Justin Keenan is the preseason national player of the year for at least one media outlet, and Crean said this should be a tough test for the Hoosiers.

That was the most newsy thing to come out of Wednesday’s availability, but there were other bits of info.

  • Christian Watford, Verdell Jones, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Tom Pritchard have all improved defensively, Crean said. He’s not ready to say anyone is one of the best defenders, though Maurice Creek was about a month away from being the No. 1 defender. Then, of course, the knee injury happened.
  • Creek, by the way, is practicing fully with his teammates again. Crean did preach patience, though, as Creek continues to rehab and get back to where he was before.
  • A lot of talk about want-to with Guy-Marc Michel. Proof: Michel was still working out on a Cook Hall court as we finished up our time with Crean at 6 p.m. Practice had been over for more than an hour. Also saw Hulls working out.
  • Crean typicall takes vacation before practice begins. Said he gave that up to recruit.
  • No question Pritchard has improved, and Elston was making great strides. A concussion halted some of the latter’s progress, Crean said.
  • Eight names in the 3-point shootout: Hulls, Creek, Matt Roth, Will Sheehey, Watford, Elston, Victor Oladipo and Jones.
  • Four names in the dunk contest: Oladipo, Sheehey, Watford and Pritchard. There apparently was a groundswell of support for Pritchard’s inclusion.
  • There’s also a Wii contest, which involves players boxing students and something about shooting baskets. We are dubbing this the “Kokomo” of Hoosier Hysteria. If you do not understand that reference, well, read this.

9 comments

  1. Pritchard in the dunk contest should provide some great laughs! I think he should set up some giant bowling pins and knock them over as he goes up for a dunk. That wouldd be the most “athletic” thing he could do.

  2. I am on the Pritch train. Yup. He has been playing out of position and giving it all. I respect the guy. Glad to see him in the dunk contest.

  3. Hugh, above you use the word practice. Are they actually allowed to practice right now? I thought they couldn’t officially start til this weekend. Thanks.

  4. As Spe touched on above, it will be very interesting to see what a slimmed down Pritchard can bring from the power forward spot when he’s on the floor with Guy. I think most would agree that he has been playing out of position at center.

  5. Each player needs to find thier role this year and be cosistent. Especially with Pritchard, he should avg. 10pts., 8rbs. a game. This could set the tone for other bigs to follow, which will make us solid down low. With our improved athleticism on the perimeter, we should keep other teams honest which will allow for Pritch. and Guy to be more effective.(theoretically)

  6. ^ Still have somebody using my username I see. Pritchard is a great role player for us. He will actually start at the 5. Ferris State is DII. I sure hope it is not a good game.

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