The NBA regular season started this week and the Indiana Pacers are off to a hot start. The Pacers are a perfect 3-0 defeating the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers at home as well as defeating the New Orleans Pelicans on the road. Last season the Pacers lost in the Eastern Conference finals to the Miami Heat. The Heat then went on to win the NBA championship. The Pacers are being led by guard Paul George. George averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists last year. Three games into the season and George has upped his production in nearly all categories. So far this season George is off to a hot start averaging 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Pacers will be traveling to Detroit on Tuesday, November 5th to take on the 1-1 Detroit Pistons and then will be back in Indiana for their next two games. The Pacers’ perfect record through their first three games has landed them in first place of the central division where they hope to stay the whole season. After being knocked off by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals two seasons in a row, the Pacers are hungry for revenge and seem to have the talent to give the Heat another run for their money this season. I think it is safe to say that the Indiana Pacers will be a fun team to watch this season as they continue to improve and prove themselves as an elite basketball team in the NBA. Be sure to keep your eye on the Pacers as the season progresses and definitely look for them to make a considerable amount of noise in the playoffs this year.
At this time last year, the Indiana Hoosiers Men’s Basketball team was ranked pre-season number 1. They were the team to beat. Last year’s season did not go as planned and the Hoosiers were sent home earlier than they expected. After being knocked off by Syracuse in last year’s sweet sixteen, the Hoosiers are hungry for redemption. This year they are loaded with young talent and find themselves cracking the pre-season top 25 once again. This year the Hoosiers are pre-season number 24. Things may be a little different this season for the Hoosiers considering that they return only one starter from the 2012-2013 season in sophomore G Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell. Coach Tom Crean brought in a strong recruiting class to play alongside Yogi, and CTC will also look to returning six man and probable starter, senior G Will Sheehey, to carry some of the weight this season. With the amount of Young players on this team’s roster, Yogi and Sheehey are going to have to really step up and be leaders on this team. The Hoosiers are as talented as anybody this season, but they lack experience. If CTC can get these young players to play together, it should be another fun year to be a Hoosier fan! Tonight the Hoosiers will be playing their first exhibition game in the always electrifying Assembly Hall. The Hoosier will be taking on Southern Indiana. The Hoosiers are anxious to get on the court and play somebody else. This year’s team will be fun to watch as they mature and learn to play together.