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Indiana depth showcased in victory

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Crean wants off-the-bench consistency

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 1:55 pm

BLOOMINGTON -- How deep is top-ranked Indiana?

Consider coach Tom Crean used 14 players in Thursday night's 86-57 exhibition victory over Indiana Wesleyan. It got 46 points off the bench. It got zero points from one of its top players, guard Jordan Hulls.

Crean wants to use that depth to wear down opponents, but that depth is only as good as it is consistent, he said.

“You're not deep if you're not consistent. Then all it is, is bodies. Our guys are trying to get consistent. We're trying to go from having a good mindset, which they have established. They have a great work ethic. They have good energy. The mindset of playing and competing is strong.

“Now you have to get an identity. You don't just walk into a season with one. You don't necessarily have the one you had last year. You've got to work into it.

“We have a lot of quality players on this team. When we're moving the ball and the defense is dictating, we create some fatigue for teams. That doesn't happen if you don't go deep into the bench.”

Junior swingman Will Sheehey was part of that bench. He had 11 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes.

“Everyone can play,” Sheehey said. “Everybody brings a different element to the game. Even the guys who aren't on scholarship are bringing something. If everybody does that, we'll be fantastic as a team.”

As far as Hulls, he played 21 minutes and didn't score, mostly because he didn't shoot. He was 0-for-1 from the field.

Sophomore guard Austin Etherington, being counted on to replace Matt Roth's perimeter sharpshooting, was 2-for-2 from the field with a three-pointer and totaled five points.

Guard Remy Abell had seven points, three rebounds and three assists in 13 minutes.

Freshmen Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin have yet to be cleared by the NCAA to play official games this season. Perea didn't play Thursday night because he's still dealing with a foot injury that surfaced last summer. He wore a walking boot to the game.

Jurkin played 11 minutes and totaled four points, one rebound and three fouls.

Crean said he doesn't know when Perea and Jurkin will be cleared.

“We're in a middle of a process. These are two great kids trying to get better every day. It's a daily thing. You don't get ahead of yourself. Work the best way you can and see what's next.”