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Eyeing IU


Hoosiers talk smack ahead of Hoosier Hysteria contests

Indiana freshman guard Stan Robinson had no qualms putting it out there: He will win the 2013 Hoosier Hysteria dunk contest.

Robinson, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, will compete in the skills challenge Oct. 4 as IU puts on its season-opening showcase to more than 17,000 fans in Assembly Hall. He and fellow freshman Troy Williams joked on Twitter a few times earlier in the year about who would win the contest, but the 6-7 forward is out of the running thanks to a hand injury that will keep him out of the dunk contest.

Robinson wouldn't give any hints as to why he's a shoe-in.

"Just stay tuned, you know?" Robinson said. "Just know I'm gonna win it. With Troy being out, he just made it easier for me."

Sophomore forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea, freshman forward Noah Vonleh and senior forward Will Sheehey are also strong candidates. Sheehey noted that Williams is the only player on the team that can jump higher than him, while sophomore guard Kevin 'Yogi' Ferrell said Williams might have more bounce than Victor Oladipo, who was lauded for his athleticism and dunking ability during his time at IU.

Sheehey might surrender the dunk contest, with or without Williams in the picture, but he sees himself as the favorite in the 3-point shooting competition.

"I'd like to say I'm going to win the 3-point contest," said Sheehey, who will likely face competition from graduate transfer Evan Gordon and freshman Collin Hartman, as well as others. "I think I can take the crown. I think if you ask some of the other guys on the team, they think I can win it, too."