BLOOMINGTON – Hours before the start of Hoosier Hysteria, fans lined up around Assembly Hall had no idea what to expect from their team.
"I have no clue," IU freshman Courtney Policka said. "That's why we're here."
She was far from the only one wondering.
Fellow freshman Collin O'Connor had been camping out with his friends since noon Friday for the 7:30 p.m. start. His group had to grab a spare tire out of a friend's trunk to sit on because they didn't expect the rain that made the ground wet outside Assembly Hall.
"They're going to be young, but they'll be athletic," said O'Connor, an Indianapolis native. "I think they'll get better as the season progresses. Little freshman mistakes here and there, but they'll get better."
Coach Tom Crean hopes for the same, and like the fans, isn't exactly sure what kind of team he has yet.
"There's going to be guys that are going to stand out different ways," Crean said after the event, which brought in about 14,000 fans. "Everybody on this team has had flashes in the first week, and everybody on this team has had segments where they're not going on a highlight tape. They're going on a lowlight. And that's just what it is."
The situation is murkier for Crean and his staff thanks to some injuries among young players.
Freshmen Troy Williams (right hand), Luke Fischer (left shoulder) and Noah Vonleh (ankle) were held out of the Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage with injuries. The staff erred on the side of caution with Vonleh, who participated in the three-point contest. Williams will likely be back in the coming week, while Fischer's injury could take awhile longer to sort out.
With 4.6 seconds left in the scrimmage, another young player went down. Freshman guard Stan Robinson was in severe pain after a collision by the basket, and Crean said the early diagnosis was a bruised knee.
"I hope that that's what it continues to be," Crean said. "We don't need anymore guys missing time if they're going to play."
Sophomore forward Jeremy Hollowell was far from the passive player fans saw last season and finished in double figures during the scrimmage. Robinson was tough defensively and played fast, and sophomore center Peter Jurkin, who is coming off a freshman season full of injuries, had one of his better performances this fall, Crean said.
Note: Devin Davis beat Hanner Mosquera-Perea in the dunk contest, and Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell beat women's star Kaila Hulls in the overall three-point shooting contest 17-13.