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HALF: Indiana 50, ETSU 28. Hoosiers close the half on a 23-8 advantage, holding the Bucs to only 2 points over final 4:40 of the half. Larryn Brooks has a team-high 11 points, while Jenn Anderson has 10 points. It’s a team-effort in rebounding for Indiana, which has 15 boards to ETSU’s 10. Five Hoosiers have at least two rebounds; Tyra Buss, Taylor Agler and Larryn Brooks each have three. (more…)
The first time Indiana coach Tom Crean went to watch AAU outfit Team Thad, Ogugua “O.G.” Anunoby’s name wasn’t in the program.
“We didn’t know if we were watching a junior or a senior,” Crean said. “I just knew that I was watching a guy that had tremendous length, covered a lot of ground, ran the court extremely hard and played with a really great spirit.”
And now he and 2015 frontcourt classmate Juwan Morgan are officially Hoosiers. Anunoby and Morgan officially signed their national letters of intent last week, allowing Crean to talk publicly about their commitments for the first time on Wednesday.
The IU coach said he expects both Morgan and Anunoby to challenge for playing time upon their arrival next summer. Morgan is a 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward from Waynesville, Mo., who is ranked No. 89 nationally in the 247Sports Composite. Anunoby is a 6-foot-7 wing, who is considered to be a three-star prospect according to 247.
“I love their size, and I think both of them could potentially even get bigger,” Crean said. “I think O.G. is bigger since we even started recruiting him. Started recruiting him in the summer. But you cannot teach that length. Length is such a very important part of anything you’re trying to do offensively or defensively, and every little bit matters. I mean, right now on our team, we’re blocking out better, but we’re not getting as many 50 50 balls. Well, length and tenacity have something to do with that. Those guys will certainly help in many, many areas.” (more…)
Indiana will have a team dinner Wednesday night followed by a Thursday morning practice. From there, players will be allowed 24 hours to spend time with friends and family on Thanksgiving.
The only catch is that Wilson asks that no one stray too far from Bloomington.
And no one is to spend the day alone.
“We try to keep them within metro Indy, in town, and as families we just try to cover them up,” Wilson said. “Several guys will go with (tight end Anthony) Corsaro to his house or go to Zeke Roundtree’s house or Ralston Evans — you pick the guys. Everybody has got their partners. Everybody is going to Shawn Heffern’s, they’ll tag up with some guys. Everybody is going to be at coach (Deland) McCullough’s house or they’ll be over at coach (William) Inge on the grill smoking on his barbecue deal.”
Others, Wilson said, will stay in town with Fellowship of Christian Athletes leaders. It’s the same operation Wilson has followed since his days as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, with everyone expected back on 17th street by noon on Friday.
“I don’t want anyone in an apartment or dorm by himself,” Wilson said.
One of the biggest thing the program does is the annual Turkey Bowl game for the children of IU coaches. Wilson said one of his sons has already called dibs on serving as a quarterback in the family game.
“We get all the kids together, so we have some fun with it,” Wilson said. “But we will go through a normal routine week. We don’t have school. We’re not minimized by hours, but we don’t want to over‑practice because it’s the end of the year. You don’t want to be tired. You have a routine, things you do.”
Tevin Coleman is going to Disney World.
The Indiana junior is one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. Coleman is joined by Big Ten aspirants Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.
The recipient will be announced during the college football awards show, which airs live on ESPN from the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. He is the second Hoosier to be recognized as a finalist after Vaughn Dunbar’s nomination in 1991.
Coleman broke Dunbar’s single-season program record of 1,805 rushing yards after runnign for 228 yards and three touchdowns last week at Ohio State. He is 94 yards shy of becoming the 18th player in FBS history to reach 2,000 yards in a season, and is current ninth on the Big Ten’s single-season list.
A native of Tinley Park, Ill., Coleman is second nationally in rushing yards (1,906), rushing yards per game (173.3), all-purpose yards (2,041), all-purpose yards per game (185.6), yards from scrimmage (2,041) and yards from scrimmage per game (185.6), third in rushing yards per carry (7.91), tied for 13th in rushing touchdowns (15) and tied for 14th in total touchdowns (15) this season.
This year’s selection process marks the first time in the 25-year history of the award that all three finalists represent the same conference.
James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson have been added to the watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Award, given annually to the nation’s top freshman.
Indiana is one of five teams to have multiple freshmen selected to the list, joining Kansas, Duke, Kentucky and Syracuse.
Blackmon has started all five games for Indiana, averaging 20.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest. He’s also shooting 54.5 percent (18-for-28) from beyond the arc. Johnson is another five-game starter for IU, averaging 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds. The Richmond, Va. native is shooting 54.5 percent from the field and leads Indiana with seven steals.
The winner will be announced during the college basketball awards gala on April 14, 2015.
You can read the full list of aspirants after the jump. (more…)
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Eastern Washington’s attack basketball left Indiana on its heels and with a loss, Mike writes.
It wasn’t a good loss, but it’s far too soon to hit the panic button, I wrote.
Consistency and focus are still the message for IU football heading into the season finale, Mike wrote.
IU freshmen Tyra Buss and James Blackmon Jr. took home weekly Big Ten awards, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
The heat is on IU basketball but take a cooling breath, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
The Eastern Washington loss is the kind that can doom a bubble team, turn public opinion and breed speculation on coaches, Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com writes.
Indiana’s defense rests, and the judgment is not a favorable one for the Hoosiers, Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes.
“They weren’t doing anything” was the way EWU’s Venky Jois described the IU defense, Jordan Littman of Inside the Hall writes.
Bright days are still ahead for IU basketball, but the Hoosiers have a long way to go, Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com writes.
For one fall in 1915, Jim Thorpe helped make Bloomington the center of the football world’s attention, Ken Bikoff of HoosierFlash.com writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
This sounds about right — “Defenses Down” by Calla.
East Mississippi Community College quarterback Chad Kelly will visit Bloomington this weekend for the IU-Purdue game, he told The Herald-Times on Monday.
Kelly, a four-star recruit who most recently attended Clemson, has thrown for 3,472 yards and 42 touchdowns against eight interceptions this season.
The nephew of hall of fame quarterback Jim Kelly, he has also received recent interest from Virginia Tech and Louisiana State. Alex McCarthy of 247 Sports reported last week that IU coach Kevin Wilson visited Kelly in Mississippi on Thursday.
Kelly was dismissed from the Clemson program in April for what coach Dabo Swinney called conduct detrimental to the team. The Niagra Falls, N.Y. native redshirted the 2012 season and tore his ACL in Clemson’s 2013 spring game. Kelly has since apologized for his behavior at Clemson. He is the top-ranked junior college quarterback, according to 247 Sports.
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For the second week in a row, Indiana guard Tyra Buss was honored as freshman of the week by the Big Ten conference.
This week, she shared the honor with Illinois’ Chatrice White, but this makes Buss the first IU player to win the award in back-to-back weeks. Buss is the second Hoosier to earn the honor twice in the same year, doing so in the first two weeks of the season. Sophomore guard Larryn Brooks was named freshman of the week twice all of last year.
In three games last week, Buss averaged 18.3 points, 4.0 steals, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, shooting 55.6 percent (20-of-36) from the field. Against Valparaiso, Buss broke an IU freshman record with eight steals, which is tied for fourth in IU women’s basketball history among all players. She also had a game-high 22 points in that game.
In the Hoosiers win versus Morehead State, Buss rounded out her stat line with 16 point, six rebounds, five assists and a steal and went 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Just yesterday against Incarnate Word, Buss scored 17 points and shot 5-of-9 from the field with three steals, four boards and two assists.
For the season, the Mt. Carmel, Ill., product leads Indiana in scoring (18.3 ppg) and steals (4.8 spg) through four games.
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