Injury-bitten Hoosiers to be tested by Seton Hall

From FOX Sports - November 15, 2017

NEWARK, N.J.A young Indiana squad beset by injuries will be tested when it faces No. 22 Seton Hall on Wednesday at the Prudential Center.

Its only the fourth meeting between the schools and the first since Indiana (1-1) prevailed 83-69 in 1998. The Hoosiers lead the series 2-1. The Pirates (2-0) notched a win in the 1988 NCAA West Regional semifinal, 78-65, in Denver.

Coach Archie Miller, in his first season with the Hoosiers, has an inexperienced squad that lost its season opener 90-69 to Indiana State. Freshman forward Justin Smith filled in for the injured Juwan Morgan and had 16 points and 12 rebounds in Sundays bounce-back win over Howard.

It was the first freshman double-double for Indiana since Thomas Bryant had 12 points and 11 rebounds at Iowa in 2016.

Freshman guard Aljami Durham came off the bench and had 16 points, three rebounds and three assists against Howard.

The Hoosiers have been hit early this season by the injury bug. Senior forward Collin Hartman has not played in the regular season due to a groin injury, Morgan injured his ankle early in the game against Howard and did not return. The duo has a combined 58 career starts.

Justin had a good game (against Howard) because he was given an opportunity to play inside and around the paint area, Miller said. He got some catches in there around the bucket. Where hes going to be at his best right now early in his career is either finishing, rebounding or attacking the basket in tight areas.

Al (Durham) has a high-level IQ for a freshman. You can just watch him play and some of the plays he makes, he makes them look easy.

Durham will have his hands full dealing with Seton Halls three-quarter trap. In the two wins against Fairleigh Dickinson and Monmouth, the Pirates forced 38 turnovers, which led to 43 points.

In addition to its swarming defense, coach Kevin Willards squad, with four starting seniors, has relied on an unselfish brand of basketball. Although his shooting has been off, Khadeen Carringtons transition from shooting guard to the point has shown promise. He has 10 assists to just two turnovers.

Hes (Carrington) in such a different role right now, Willard said. Hes missing shots right now because hes not used to the load hes carrying. Once we get four or five games, he will start making shots.

Freshman Myles Cale has emerged as a scoring option off the bench for Seton Hall. He tossed in 12 points on eight shots in the 75-65 win over Monmouth. His offseason was sidetracked by a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

For a kid (Cale) who had surgery in April and did not start practicing until Oct. 7, hes worked hard to get his game back, Willard said. I dont think its where it was before he got hurt, but as he gets more comfortable youll see a really good player.


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