Friday, November 20, 2009
GAMEDAY: Boston University vs. Indiana University
Kelvin Sampson arrived in Bloomington as a big-name head coach ready to restore the Hoosiers to glory. Less than two years later, Sampson was fired; soon afterward, the NCAA imposed three years of probation on IU and a five-year show-cause order on Sampson, effectively barring Sampson from coaching at the Division-I level. The Hoosiers struggled to a 6-25 record in 2008-09, winning just one game in Big Ten play.
For an America East Conference team, Indiana is a marquee opponent, ranking alongside UConn as the biggest "name" opponent BU will face this season. Get past the potential for awe, however, and tonight's game ranks as decidedly winnable.
That item is shooting. Given that the goal of any basketball team is to put the ball in the basket more than its opponent, shooting is a big deal, and the Terriers have been missing too many shots to win games. Indiana, on the other hand, has posted an effective field goal percentage above 50 percent. The Hoosiers are not an upper-echelon power-conference team by any means, but if Indiana players are granted open shots, they will most likely make them.
The Terriers have made a habit of being competitive in games without posing a serious threat of winning. The next step is to make a serious run at winning one of these games. Tonight presents a good opportunity -- with a capable but beatable opponent occupying the other bench, keeping the outcome in doubt until the very last second, if not winning the game outright, would be another step in the right direction.
Expected starting lineups:
G Tyler Morris, 15.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.7 SPG
G Corey Lowe, 13.7 PPG, 4.3 APG, 3.3 RPG
G Carlos Strong, 9.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.7 APG
F Valdas Sirutis, 0.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.0 APG
F Jake O'Brien, 7.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.3 BPG
G Verdell Jones III, 13.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.0 SPG
G Jeremiah Rivers, 7.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 4.7 APG
G Maurice Creek, 16.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.0 APG
F Tom Pritchard, 7.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.0 APG
F Christian Watford, 12.0 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.0 BPG