Hello, everyone at The Only Colors, I have decided to try and adjust the stats for all of our BIG 10 opponents this year in order to help show some of the strengths and weaknesses of MSU’s opponents and if I can figure out color coding, how they have progressed or regressed throughout the year.
The opponent this time is the Hoosiers of Indiana University who are having a very rough go of things this year in that they are 12-6 overall and 2-3 in the BIG 10 while also coming off of a home loss to Northwestern. The stats that follow are the same categories that I used for U of I although my main site that I usually get my stats from was acting pretty wonky so I’m going to go over it again tomorrow in case I miss something.
Well thus far into the BIG 10 season, this Indiana team is a mess with Tom Crean changing who is starting and playing willy-nilly throughout the BIG 10 schedule. Early on all this switching was due to Luke Fischer who transferred just as BIG 10 play started and was at that point basically their 8th man. The team was really put into disarray though when Jeremy Hollowell was benched for his poor performance and poor attitude after the Michigan State game and has not seen a minute since. This is huge obviously since he was a starter until that game and was supposed to have a breakout season, but many think his career is over at IU and that he should transfer. This has blown the roster playtime into complete flux so who knows which reserves will play. This team is also extremely young besides Sheehey (Senior) and Gordon (Grad transfer) with most of the team consisting of sophomores and freshmen.
The starting Backcourt as of this moment consists of Ferrell and Gordon. Ferrell is the starting point guard and in my opinion the best all-around player Indiana has. He is the highest scorer, makes and takes the most 3’s, is just slightly worse than App in assists and almost never fouls. One weakness is that he isn’t a very good rebounder but he probably isn’t called to rebound very much since the rest of the team is very good at it. The other starting guard at the moment is Gordon who is a graduate transfer and has only been starting the last 2 games since Hollowell went off the reservation. He seems to be a pretty good shooter, and doesn’t turn the ball over. His weakness is also rebounding however so our guards should beat up the IU starters on the glass.
The starting Frontcourt consists of Sheehey and two freshmen, Vonleh and Williams, with Vonleh being the greater talent. Starting with the experienced player, Sheehey has been with the program all 5 years, and has developed into a good shooter and ok rebounder but was a lot more efficient being the energy guy who came off the bench last year. The player with the highest ceiling and hype is Vonleh who is a bigtime recruit and is making a big scoring impact in his first year. He is also the best rebounder on the team as well as having the second highest usage numbers, but he has real trouble with fouls. He is still working on his game but if he sticks around and develops he could be very dangerous. The less heralded starter is Williams who is raw on the offensive end and is really just a rebounds and d bigman.
There are a whopping 5 reserves who have received + 10 minutes of playtime in one of the last 3 games and that doesn’t count Hollowell who I don’t think is even going to play. Robinson is the freshman backup point guard but he doesn’t pass or shoot particularly well, with rebounding being his strong suit. The next in mpg is Davis even though he hasn’t received big minutes since the last MSU game either he is another freshman forward who is raw on the offensive end, would deal with foul trouble if he played long enough, but is the best blocker on the team and second best rebounder. Next is Etherington who is a sophomore forward and actually played around 20 minutes against Northwestern. He also would deal with foul trouble and for a change is only an average rebounder. He isn’t very memorable. Yet another sophomore forward is Mosquera who has way too long a name but can shoot and rebound in an above average way but would once again deal with fouls if he ever received pt. Last is Howard who is one of the few seniors, and is a completely unmemorable forward who for some reason got 14 minutes vs NW. There is another guard who got 8 minutes at NW but I wanted this to end somewhere and he also isn’t noteworthy.
All in all this IU team seems like an enormous mess, but MSU should always be on the lookout for a trap game. Still this should hopefully be a good sized win. Go Green!