Indiana college basketball preview of NCAA Division I teams

Welcome to the 2023-24 Indiana College Basketball Season!

Experience the excitement of the State of Hoops as we take you on a journey through all 11 Division I teams, from the tipoff to the final elimination. Get ready for weekly rankings, updates, and insider information on all the programs. Here’s what you need to know before this week’s openers:

  • Five Indiana programs had winning records last season: Ball State, Purdue Fort Wayne, Indiana, Indiana State, and Purdue. IU and Purdue played in the NCAA tournament, while ISU participated in the College Basketball Invitational.
  • Two programs have new head coaches: Micah Shrewsberry at Notre Dame and Roger Powell Jr. at Valparaiso.
  • Scholarship newcomers make up more than half the roster at eight programs. Purdue, Indiana, and IUPUI have the most continuity from last season.
  • Notre Dame, Southern Indiana, and Valparaiso have no returning players who averaged at least 5.0 points per game last season.

Now let’s take a closer look at each team’s roster for the upcoming season:

Ball State Cardinals

The Cardinals, led by second-year coach Michael Lewis, are facing a rebuilding effort after their top three scorers transferred to more prominent programs. Despite this challenge, Ball State had a respectable 20-12 record last season.

KenPom preseason ranking: 228th, 6th in 12-team Mid-American Conference

Newcomers (10):

  • Jalin Anderson (6-4 senior; 9.8 ppg at Loyola Marymount last season)
  • Ethan Brittain-Watts (6-2 fifth year; 8.6 ppg at Boston University)
  • Micah Bell (6-3; appeared in one BSU game last season)
  • Davion Bailey (6-4 junior; 14.7 ppg at Southeastern Community College)
  • Jurica Zagorsak (6-6 freshman)
  • Trent Middleton Jr. (6-3 freshman)
  • Quincy Adams (6-5 redshirt freshman)
  • Joey Brown (6-5 freshman from North Central High School)
  • Mason Jones (6-7 freshman from Valparaiso High School)
  • Zane Doughty (6-9 freshman from Ben Davis High School)

Returners (4):

  • Mickey Pearson Jr. (6-7 junior; 7.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
  • Basheer Jihad (6-9 junior; 7.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
  • Jack Futa (6-5 sophomore; appeared in 5 games)
  • Ben Hendriks (6-10 junior; appeared in 13 games)

Key departures: The Cardinals lost their four leading scorers from last season — Jarron Coleman, Jaylin Sellers, Payton Sparks, and Demarius Jacobs.

Butler Bulldogs

The Bulldogs, coming off a 14-18 season, have undergone a significant roster overhaul. Coach Thad Matta is in his second year of his second stint on the Butler sideline.

KenPom ranking: 96th, 9th in 11-team Big East

Newcomers (9):

  • Augusto Cassia (6-8 freshman from Brazil)
  • Artemios Gavalas (6-0, appeared in 4 games at St. John’s)
  • Ethan McComb (6-1 freshman from Center Grove)
  • D.J. Davis (6-1 senior; 15 ppg, 40.2% 3FG at UC-Irvine)
  • Posh Alexander (6-0 senior; 10.2 ppg, 4.2 apg at St. John’s)
  • Jahmyl Telfort (6-7 senior; 16.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg at Northeastern)
  • Finley Bizjack (6-4 freshman)
  • Landon Moore (6-3 sophomore; 13.1 ppg, 3.6 apg at St. Francis, Pa.)
  • Pierre Brooks (6-6 Jr.; 3.6 ppg at Michigan State)

Returners (3):

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