Indiana returns to motion Thursday night time when it hosts Bethune-Cookman at Meeting Corridor. The Wildcats are 0-1 and are coming off an 89-58 loss at Iowa on Monday.
Thursday’s sport will tip at 8:30 p.m. ET on BTN with Brandon Gaudin and Robbie Hummel on the decision:
Indiana’s second of its seven scheduled purchase video games brings Bethune-Cookman to Bloomington. The Wildcats, coached by former NBA standout Reggie Theus, are members of the Southwestern Athletic Convention. Theus is in his second yr on the helm in Daytona Seashore.
Bethune-Cookman completed final season 9-21 and 333rd within the remaining KenPom rankings, however went 4-5 in its final 9 video games. This season is projected to be higher for Theus because the Wildcats are presently 309th in KenPom and projected to complete 16-14 total and 10-7 in league play.
Bethune-Cookman was picked to complete eighth within the 14-team SWAC within the preseason. In a preseason ballot of league coaches by The ALMANAC, the Wildcats had been picked because the “sleeper staff” within the league.
MEET THE WILDCATS
Unsurprisingly, Bethune-Cookman was blitzed by Iowa earlier this week at Carver-Hawkeye Enviornment. Whereas the Wildcats have some gifted items, the disparity in expertise from the SWAC to the Large Ten is sizable.
In Monday’s opener, Theus went with an skilled beginning lineup that includes three seniors and two juniors.
SWAC preseason participant of the yr Joe French, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, averaged 15.8 factors final season. He’s a profession 43 p.c 3-point shooter and made 48 p.c of his makes an attempt from distance final season in league play. French obtained off to a sluggish begin in Monday’s season opener, scoring simply three factors on 1-of-5 capturing in 28 minutes.
Marcus Garrett, a 6-foot-2 senior, started his profession at Morehead State earlier than transferring to Bethune-Cookman earlier than final season. Garrett, a Chicago native, averaged 13.6 factors, 4.4 rebounds and a pair of.8 assists final season. He completed final season with the very best utilization price within the SWAC and was second within the league in help price.
Damani McEntire is an Indianapolis native who went to Hargrave Army Academy and performed two seasons at Southern Utah earlier than transferring to play for Theus final season. McEntire had the very best steal proportion within the SWAC final season and was thirteenth in block proportion. The 6-foot-4 guard isn’t a lot of an offensive risk as he made simply 24.3 p.c of his 3s and 32 p.c of his 2s final season.
The 2 starters within the frontcourt in Monday’s opener had been 6-foot-10 senior Dylan Robertson and 6-foot-6 senior Kevin “Ok.J.” Davis. Robertson is one other switch who’s in his second season in Daytona Seashore. The Tuscaloosa native averaged 8.5 factors, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks final season.
Davis, additionally in his second season at Bethune-Cookman, is in his fifth season of faculty basketball. He started his profession at East Carolina and likewise performed at Samford earlier than arriving within the SWAC. Davis ranked tenth within the convention final season in 3-point capturing at 38.6 p.c.
Theus made a splash over the summer season with the addition of level guard Zion Harmon. Harmon was the No. 63 participant nationally within the 247Composite within the 2021 season who enrolled at Western Kentucky, however by no means performed on account of private points. Harmon signed with Bethune-Cookman in August. In Monday’s season opener, the 5-foot-10 level guard scored 15 factors off the bench in 33 minutes. He was 5-of-18 from the sphere and likewise had seven assists.
Three different Wildcats logged minutes off the bench in Monday’s opener: Lukas Gudavicius, Derek Carter-Hollinger and Elijah Hulsewe. Gudavicius is a 6-foot-10 freshman from Lithuania with guard abilities. Carter-Hollinger is a switch from Montana who’s a profession 40.8 p.c 3-point shooter at 6-foot-6. And Hulsewe is a 7-foot freshman from Orlando who provides Theus some put up depth and legit measurement. Hulsewe is 260 kilos.
THOUGHTS ON THE MATCHUP
Whereas Bethune-Cookman has official expertise throughout its roster and will likely be a tricky out within the SWAC, that is one other matchup Indiana ought to win comfortably.
In Monday’s loss at Iowa, Bethune-Cookman allowed Iowa to attain 1.2 factors per possession. The Hawkeyes made 67.6 p.c of their 2s and didn’t play any starter greater than 23 minutes in a 31-point win.
The Wildcats shot solely 36 p.c on 2s, turned it over 16 occasions and allowed Iowa to rebound 32.4 p.c of its missed photographs.
WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO
The KenPom projection is Indiana by 29 with a 99.5 p.c probability of victory for the Hoosiers. The Sagarin rankings like Indiana by 31.
On the numerous sportsbooks, Indiana is a 31.5-point favourite at FanDuel, 32-point favourite at Caesars, 31.5-point favourite at BetMGM and a 31.5-point favourite at DraftKings.
5 of Indiana’s subsequent six video games are towards opponents presently ranked 278th or decrease by KenPom. The exception is subsequent Friday’s Gavitt Tipoff Video games matchup at Xavier. The Hoosiers ought to cruise to a different straightforward win on Thursday, however subsequent week may convey a possibility to be taught if Indiana is able to meet this season’s main expectations.
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