BLOOMINGTON – What can Jeremy Hollowell do for an encore?
Hollowell raised the bar for expectations with Friday night's season-opening performance against Chicago State. He set career highs in points (16) and blocked shots (four) as the Hoosiers rolled to a 100-72 victory.
The 6-8 sophomore played forward as well as point guard. He was 9-for-10 from the free throw line. That was part of a record-setting free throw onslaught by the Hoosiers, who went 45-for-55 from the line. The 45 made free throws were a school record.
Indiana also had a 62-36 rebound advantage.
Here are some of his thoughts after the game.
On IU's attack-the-basket game plan
“We knew they were going to get up and press us. We prepared for it. With the new rules, we wanted to take advantage of it and attack the basket and get fouled. I think we did a good job of that."
On IU's improved athleticism
“It allows us to get up on guys and use our length. We're really athletic, but we've got to do a better job of getting back on defense. But the athleticism helps with the rebounding, obviously, and defensively. With the blocking size, we just use our length, and it factors in for us."
Will the team be stronger around the rim?
“Yeah, definitely, we've got a lot of slashers and a lot of guys that like to crash and play above the rim. The biggest thing coming from this game is we've got to get back in defense.
“I thought (Chicago State) got a lot of easy points on the fast breaks. So I think that's one thing we've got to focus on, taking care of the ball and things like that."
Is this team learning to use its athleticism?
“Yeah, definitely. We're still a young team and we have a lot to learn. But our length, we're just going to use it to our advantage. In practice, we're getting after it, and it carries over into the game. So I think we just need to keep competing in practice and then going after each other. I think it will help us out.”