The Return of Bloomington Tradition?

October 23, 2005

All-SEC transfer Marco Killingsworth, a behemoth on the boards, and Big Ten Freshman of the Year D.J. White, versatile and efficient, will anchor what should be among the best frontcourts in the country. Versatile swingman Robert Vaden returns to score, rebound and distribute. Highly touted guard A.J. Ratliff, a significant three-point threat, could have a breakout sophomore campaign with defenses collapsing on Killingsworth and White. Senior point guard Marshall Strickland will, thanks to his experience, provide continuity without getting flustered down the stretch.

Equally as important, this year’s Hoosiers will have the depth last year’s club sorely lacked. European import Cem Dinc, a multi-talented 6-10 forward-center, can play inside and out. Look for him to occasionally stretch opposing defenses by setting up on the perimeter. Should Dinc, Killingsworth or White get into foul trouble, Mike Davis can call on Ben Allen, an Australian product from the same program that produced Andrew Bogut. Lightning-quick junior college guard Earl Calloway is ready to contribute immediately, as is Auburn transfer Lewis Monroe. Both provide Indiana depth and flexibility in the backcourt.

This season, the Hoosiers opted against scheduling their own demise. Last year’s Indiana squad, though 10-6 in conference, was excluded from March Madness thanks in large part to a sub-.500 non-conference record. The cause of such mediocrity? Consecutive December games against North Carolina, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Missouri and Charlotte, all RPI top 75 teams. Though this year’s Hoosiers again play Charlotte, Connecticut and Kentucky, and Duke in North Carolina’s stead, not a single primetime contest is within a week of any other, affording Indiana the opportunity to regroup and recalibrate.

Need additional evidence that what’s old is new at Indiana? Mike Davis Jr. is a member of this year’s Hoosiers, much as was Pat Knight from 1991-95.


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