Indiana vs. Indianapolis (exhibition)
When: 2 p.m. today
Where: Assembly Hall, Bloomington
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Radio: 1250 AM, 102.9 FM
Archie Miller doesn't want to give away too many secrets before real games start, but Indiana's first-year coach also desires a preseason status check.
The Hoosiers wrap up their two-game exhibition slate this afternoon at Assembly Hall against Indianapolis, a Division II program from the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Miller said he'll treat the game like a dress rehearsal for the regular season.
“We're going to use our second exhibition to start to teach our players how we (operate) when we have a game,” Miller said. “They have no idea how we walk through on game day, how we scout. That will help us move into (Friday's opener against) Indiana State.”
Miller called out the Hoosiers for their defense in last week's exhibition opener, a 93-62 win over Marian.
“Overall, I was pleased,” Miller said. “Defensively, we weren't anywhere near where we need to be. We've got to be better (today).”
The Greyhounds are expected to be a top GLVC team. They are coached by Stan Gouard, a two-time Division II Player of the Year at Southern Indiana in the 1990s. He has 166 wins in nine years at Indianapolis.
“They're going to bring a more talented team probably than Marian,” Miller said. “When (I was) at Dayton, we tried to play the best possible exhibition game we could play. Indianapolis is in that situation. They're going to bring a group that probably has some bigger bodies, guys that can play on any given night at Division I. It'll give us a much different feel than we had last Saturday.”
Sophomore guard Devonte Green was IU's best performer against Marian, an NAIA team, with 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
“He's definitely shooting the ball well, making the right plays on the offensive end, staying active on defense,” teammate Josh Newkirk said. “I think his confidence is very high right now. We're going to need that. He definitely helped us out a lot, and he's playing really well.”
The backcourt combo of Green and Newkirk worked well last game, while Robert Johnson, Juwan Morgan and De'Ron Davis joined them in the starting lineup.
IU could have freshman point guard Al Durham available today; he missed the exhibition opener due to a hamstring injury. Senior forward Collin Hartman, coming back from a major knee injury, will likely see his first game action since March 25, 2016.
“Collin's moving back into full-contact mode,” Miller said. “He's going to be maybe on a minute restriction, but if he plays that would be good. Our team hasn't had our full entire team at full health through 23 practices (except) maybe one time, two times. We're always a guy out, a guy out. Al has had two tweaks of the same hamstring. Those two guys,as of two weeks ago as we were practicing, figure to be in the rotation.”