IU Faces First Road Test of the Season Tonight at Seton Hall
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Indiana’s 2017-18 season got off to a difficult start with Friday’s 90-69 blowout loss at home to Indiana State. After surviving on Sunday night against Howard, the competition level picks up significantly on Wednesday night in a tough road environment.
Seton Hall, which has been to the NCAA tournament the past two seasons and starts three seniors, is a contender in the Big East. The Pirates, led by Rick Pitino protege Kevin Willard, play an aggressive, hard nosed style of basketball. Willard’s father, Ralph, was also a longtime Division I head coach at Western Kentucky, Pittsburgh and Holy Cross.
The Hoosiers, however, are battling injuries and are very much in transition to a new style and culture being implemented by Archie Miller. In his press conference on Tuesday afternoon in Bloomington, Miller commented that Wednesday’s game will be “for the men, not the boys.”
Indiana enters this game as a decided underdog as the Vegas line opened with Seton Hall as a 16.5-point favorite. This contest is one of four “marquee” non-conference games on this year’s schedule, but as Friday showed, there don’t appear to be any games the Hoosiers can take for granted at this point. The Pirates are one of four ranked teams Indiana will face over the next month. Ready or not, we’ll soon know if the Hoosiers are up to the challenge.