Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

IU Game a Dream for USI Senior ; Wischmeier to Play near Hometown in Eagles' Exhibition Game

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

IU Game a Dream for USI Senior ; Wischmeier to Play near Hometown in Eagles' Exhibition Game

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Growing up in nearby Brownstown, Taylor Wischmeier attended several Indiana University basketball games. But actually playing at Assembly Hall was only a dream - until Saturday.

"Now I get to play there," said the 6-foot-8 University of Southern Indiana senior forward "but for USI. IU is the enemy this weekend."

USI and IU will meet for the first time on Saturday, playing their first exhibition game of the season at 6 p.m. CDT at Assembly Hall. The game is a sellout.

Wischmeier doesn't expect it to be an unfriendly experience.

"A lot of people from my hometown are coming, and there will be a lot of friends from IU who are going to go - so it's not like there's going to be a lot of pressure on me," he joked.

The only pressure on USI is the amount of effort coach Rodney Watson is expecting.

"What you really start measuring is how hard you compete - you've got to bring everything you've got," he said. "Regardless of the outcome of the game, you find out how hard you played and what you need to do to get better."

Despite losing all-Americans Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo to the NBA draft last spring, IU returns a couple of key players from last season's Big Ten regular-season championship team that finished 29-7.

Sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell, the only returning starter, earned all-Big Ten honorable mention honors and made the league's all-freshmen team after averaging 7.6 points and 4.1 assists per game. Senior Will Sheehey, who was the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, averaged 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.

The Hoosiers, ranked No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN preseason coaches poll, also brought in six freshmen who collectively were rated among the top recruiting classes in the nation.

"What I like about our freshmen right now is they know what they don't know," said IU coach Tom Crean. "We're not trying to make an intricate, detailed system right now in the sense of let's do a lot of volume. …

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