Oct. 29, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's basketball team celebrated Halloween weekend with its annual Haunted Hall of Hoops in Assembly Hall on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Hoosiers welcomed 5,000 fans for a scrimmage and a costume parade around the court.
The night started with a 30-minute scrimmage as the Cream squad, made up of Verdell Jones III, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford, Austin Etherington, Derek Elston, Daniel Moore, Kory Barnett, Taylor Wayer and Tom Pritchard took on the Crimson squad made up of Jordan Hulls, Remy Abell, Matt Roth, Will Sheehey, Jeff Howard and Raphael Smith.
Roth led all players with 17 points, sinking 5-of-7 from the 3-point line. Oladipo tallied 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist. Sheehey recorded 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, five rebounds, three assists and one steal. Zeller scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 shooting at the line, and tacked on four boards, two assists and one steal.
Elston recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with three steals, one block and one assist. Jones recorded 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field, six assists, one rebound and one steal. Jordan Hulls tallied 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting form the field and 2-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. Watford scored seven points, sinking 5-of-7 from the free throw line, and added three assists and one steal.
The evening concluded with head coach Tom Crean leading the attending trick-or-treaters around the court while players greeted each one and signed autographs.
Indiana opens the 2011-12 season with an exhibition game against Indianapolis in Assembly Hall on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. ET.
Haunted Hall of Hoops Quotes
Coach Tim Buckley
On Austin Etherington:
"Austin shot the ball really well. I think the biggest thing for him is playing through fatigue and playing through mistakes. He has the ability to stretch the floor for us and shoot the ball."
On what was freeing up Cody Zeller:
"I think (there was) an emphasis on it. I think recognition of it. The other thing that he does really well is he doesn't have to get the ball on the strong side. He does a pretty good job of making the defense play him one way and then when our perimeter guys recognize that they can't get it in on the strong side and they change sides of the floor with the ball, he does a pretty good job of sealing, just like he does in transition too. He'll get that guy in front of the rim and kind of spin around and hold him off."
Coach Steve McClain
On the passing:
"I think our kids are really sharing the basketball. When you look at the different lineups that were out there for both teams and it wasn't a situation where you're not going to play everybody, everybody played. The key was different guys sharing the ball to each other and making easy plays. Whenever you share the basketball something easy is going to happen."
On players getting used to playing with each other:
"I think we're all getting used to each other and that's why for our fans and for our new guys this was a great event. Every time we can get out there in a game-like environment and start to experience that. I thought all of our guys, for changing the lineups and even changing at halftime, did a pretty good job of adjusting of who they are playing with."
On the team's passing:
"It's great. We do a great job of finding each other. I found Verdell (Jones III) and Victor (Oladipo) a couple of times cutting to the basket so they're great guys and they're going to cut and they want to score so I'm going to get the ball."
On carving out a role:
"I know people thought that I could only shoot, but I go out and try to prove to everyone that I can play defense and that I can cut to the basket and create shots for everyone else too. That's one thing that I try to go out there and show people."
On playing with Christian Watford:
"I'm just trying to get used to how each person plays and just kind of figuring out what each guy likes to do. Christian is definitely a good player and I'm looking forward to playing with him the next few years."
On finding open shots:
"It starts from the way we've been moving the ball and we've been doing a great job of that in practice, really eliminating the lulls where we were dribble happy. We seem to be moving the ball well and playing off of each other well, as well as running the break. It's important to get out in transition because that's one of the easiest areas to get lost throughout the course of a game. I feel like we've been doing that pretty well so far."