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Cinco de Starters-o: Indiana Hoosiers

 This guy might start.

I suspect, and this is just a guess, that CBS had a much brighter vision of what the second half of their season opening double-header would look like. I don’t think, again, just a guess, that they wanted the turnover-happy squads of IU and UK following up Memphis/G’town. I could be wrong.

Either way, the Hoosiers enter this one at 5-4 in Crean’s first year, coming off a solid outing against the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian, coached by a man with the last name Christian!!! Seriously!

The status of Verdell Jones, who had started each of IU’s first 6 games before being concussed by some lanky Cornell dude, is unknown. He’s been practicing, but he’s yet to be cleared by doctors to play. That could change, and we’ll keep you up to date.

Germs, your Hoosiers:

#25 Tom Pritchard, 6’9”, F, Freshman

2008-09 Stats: 14 ppg, 7.4 rpg

Tom Pritchard

Of the two prototypical gangly white dudes in the starting five, Pritchard is the one that can actually play. He leads the Hoosiers in scoring and rebounding in his first year, and he’s had 3 double-doubles on the year, with a few close calls. One knock on Pritchard: he struggles against good competition. In IU’s five wins, Pritchard is averaging almost 18 and 10, while only contributing about half of that in their four losses. He gets to the line fairly often, but he shoots only 62% from the stripe. If he’s on his game early, perhaps we’ll employ the controversial yet highly effective Hack-a-Pritchard.

#44 Kyle Taber, 6’8”, F, Senior

2008-09 Stats: 3.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Kyle Taber

As for the other half of the aforementioned duo, Taber has a little bit more trouble scoring in the post. On one hand, Taber should be commended for being  one of the only Hoosiers to stick around after last year’s, ahem, incident; on the other hand, I’m not sure he really had too many options. There’s not much of a market for an undersized, slow center who can’t score or rebound. He had 7 and 6 against St. Joe’s, a game they lost by 26; and 7 and 3 against Wake, a game they lost by 25. Moral: LET KYLE TABER SCORE 7 POINTS.

#3 Daniel Moore, 5’11”, G, Freshman

2008-09 Stats: 4.4 ppg, 4 apg

Daniel Moore

Moore, a graduate of Carmel and therefore your resident cake-eater (mmmmm…caramel cake) in the line up, has filled in well for the injured Verdell Jones. He’s super short, but he’s done well distributing the ball, even if he has a bit of a turnover problem. He doesn’t take a lot of shots, but he’s not a completely non-existent scorer. He’s decent, which is about all Crean can ask for from a dimunitive freshman walk-on.

#20 Nick Williams, 6’4”, G, Freshman

2008-09 Stats: 8.6 ppg, 5 rpg

Nick Williams

Another freshman in the Hoosiers’ starting rotation, Williams has been inconsistent. He’s narrowly missed a double-double in a couple games, and he has good size for a guard. He dropped 18 against Cornell (nerds), and he’s been in double figures in three other games. He doesn’t shoot much from the outside, so he gets his points in other ways, I guess. Penetrating, and stuff. He actually was a highly sought after recruit, and signed a letter of intent to play at Marquette under Crean. I think you can see what happened.

#33 Devan Dumes, 6’2”, G, Junior

2008-09 Stats: 12.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg

Devan Dumes

Dumes started his playing career at Eastern Michigan, went to Vincennes, and is now at IU. That’s three schools in three years, if you’re scoring at home. He’s a big time shooter, and he set the Vincennes record for threes made in a season last year. He’s struggled shooting the ball this year, but nothing some lax three point defense can’t cure! No, wait. Anyway, he’s been a solid scorer this season for the Hoosiers, who don’t really have many scoring threats. He dropped 20 in a win over TCU, despite, according to at 9 a.m. Thursday morning, playing 0 minutes. He also had 21 in the season opener and 15 against the Zags.

Key Reserves:

Malik Story, 6’5”, G-F: Considered one of the best shooters in the land in high school, Story de-committed from Tim Floyd at USC and ended up a Hoosier. He’s seen his minutes increase over the last few games, and he’s made the most of it, averaging over 10 points in his last three.

Matt Roth 6’3”, G: Roth has taken 44 shots, 7 have been from inside the arc. He’s their Rushmore Coverdale.

Indiana had lost two straight before beating TCU, 66-56…IU’s lost 4 games by an average of 26.5 points, so they’ll make ’em count…they have a guy on their team named Evan, but he never plays…they beat Chaminade by 2…we have turned the ball over 182 times this season…they’ve done the same 181 times…let’s settle this

Article written by Evan Hilbert