USI begins the most important five games of its 2012-13 men’s basketball season on Thursday in what would seem to be a tough place to play: the University of Indianapolis’ Nicoson Hall, an in-ground arena very similar to the now razed Roberts Stadium. The Greyhounds lost at USI 69-55 on Jan. 19. Since then they have won five of seven games, including a 64-62 victory at Bellarmine last Thursday and a 77-71 loss at first-place Wisconsin-Parkside on Feb. 2. At home, UIndy is 11-1, its only loss to Bellarmine. Meanwhile, USI is 3-0 on the Greyhounds’ home court since Rodney Watson took over as Eagles head coach.
An interesting set of stats involves UIndy’s two games against McKendree, the team with the worst record (1-12) in the GLVC. The Greyhounds won both games, of coruse, but in the process they had their best shooting game (60.6 percent in 100-66 victory on Jan. 24) and one of their worst shooting games (39.3 percent in a 56-46 win last Saturday). Not sure what that means, if anything. It’s just interesting.
UIndy’s key scorers are the same. Reece Cheatham (16.0 points per game), James Hollowell (13.6) and Leland Brown (12.3). Over those last seven games since the USI loss, Cheatham in particular has been up and down. After he scored 20 against the Eagles — his third straight game scoring at least 20 — he bounced between a high of 21 against Lewis and lows in the single digits against McKendree, Parkside and Bellarmine.