1) Yogi Ferrell, So., G: After Indiana lost four of its five starters from a year ago, there is no doubt that Yogi Ferrell will be the Hoosiers’ most important player today. In his second season, the sophomore guard is averaging more points, rebounds, and assists per game, and is also shooting at a higher percentage from the field. He leads the team with 16.8 points per game and is shooting 44% from the field this season. Ferrell might have scored only seven points when the Hoosiers made the trip to Champaign last season, but he should definitely have more points today without Watford, Zeller, Hulls, and Oladipo.
2) Noah Vonleh, Fr., F: Indiana has had to lean heavily on their freshman after losing four of their starters from last season. One of those freshman is Noah Vonleh. Vonleh came to the Hoosiers as the 11th overall recruit from the Class of 2013 and is the Hoosiers’ leading rebounder (9.5 rebounds per game) in just his first college season. On top of rebounding the basketball, the young freshman also is shooting at a very high percentage. He is making 56.3% of his shots and is second on the team in scoring with 12.0 points per game. One of the biggest match-ups in today’s game will be the young Vonleh against one of the most improved players for Illinois in Nnanna Egwu.
3) Troy Williams, Fr., F: Another young freshman that has been able to help out the Hoosiers this season is Troy Williams. Th 6’7″ freshman might not be leading the Hoosiers offensively, but comes up in a big way defensively with his ability to steal the basketball from opponents. Williams leads the team with 1.3 steals per game and he will challenge an Illini team that only turned the ball over four times in their last game against UIC.
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