END REGULATION PLAY: INDIANA 0, BUTLER 0. We are headed to extra time. That is 36 shots and five on-goal and zero goals in the past two games for Indiana. Haven’t gotten enough attempts on frame.
7:03: 0-0. Indiana’s Trevor Swartz flies into the box as BU keeper Holte misses a cross, but Swartz whiffs in front of empty net. One of the night’s very best chances. Good hustle by Swartz, but just couldn’t find a way to get an appendage on the ball.
Inside 14 minutes to play. Still scoreless. One mistake, either way, could obviously decide it now.
26:29 to play: Another near-goal IU. Tanner Thompson made a great run right down the middle and his blast caromed hard off the hands of Butler keeper Andy Holte, and then IU’s Brad Shaw couldn’t keep the rebound inside the far post.
28:29: Femi can’t get it on goal off a tremendous cross into the box from Brad Shaw. Still 0-0.
Indiana-Butler still scoreless, 31:08 to play. Hoosiers applying good pressure early in the second half, to no avail.
39:00 to play: Butler’s Vincent Mitchell has a breakaway, but IU keeper Colin Webb cut down the angle and saved easily.
HALFTIME: INDIANA 0, BUTLER 0. Pretty pedestrian half. Indiana has 8 shots to Butler’s six at halftime, but BU’s were perhaps the more dangerous.
17:34: Butler suddenly looking very dangerous. Eric Leonard’s right-footed blast blocked by IU keeper Colin Webb, creating a corner-kick that produced a very close header by Zach Steinberger.
19:53: Near-goal Butler. David Goldsmith nearly gets to the near post for a cross from Vincent Mitchell. Still scoreless at IU.
23:00: Indiana has tried a couple of long-range shots lately, well-struck by Vollmer and Thompson, but wide. IU-Butler scoreless 22 minutes in.
30:00: First 15 minutes uneventful. One shot apiece, both left-footers that went wide-left, from IU’s Jamie Vollmer (who started his college career at Butler) and BU’s David Goldsmith.
PREGAME: Indiana has some rather haunting memories from its last men’s soccer match against Butler Bulldogs. The Hoosiers blew a two-goal lead in the final two minutes and fell to the Bulldogs, 3-2 in overtime, last fall. IU had a series of painful overtime defeats in 2013, but perhaps none more galling from its point of view.
Butler enters tonight’s play at 2-2-2 but with a potent attack up front. Indiana has hung its hat on defense through a 3-1-1 start, scoring just four goals total so far.
The No. 14-ranked Hoosiers are coming off their first loss, 1-0 Saturday in the Big Ten opener against Penn State, but IU coach Todd Yeagley felt that might have been his squad’s strongest overall performance to date. IU outshot the Nittany Lions, 20-6, but will still need to prove it can put the ball into the net with more regularity. Perhaps with that in mind, Femi Hollinger-Janzen is starting at striker tonight in place of Andrew Oliver.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
The Indiana defense needs to quit worrying about everything else and “just go,” Mike writes.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Kevin Wilson still has faith in Indiana’s kicking game heading to Missouri, Blake Toppmeyer of the Columbia Daily Tribune writes.
Indiana looks to have a short-term memory after the Bowling Green game, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
A Q-and-A with IU defensive back Kenny Mullen, by Sam Beishuizen of the Indiana Daily Student.
Ten things you didn’t know, or maybe you did, about Indiana University, Sean Morrison of the Missourian writes.
3. SHOE SHINE
Antonio Blakeney decommitted from Louisville this week, a move that had more to do with Adidas and Nike than the school itself, Adam Himmelsbach of the Louisville Courier-Journal writes.
4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
The Baltimore Orioles won their first division title since 1997 and our own Mike Miller is more giddy than a school girl about it. Hence his request for some “Orioles Magic” this morning.
While working on a Nick Stoner story that’s slated to run in Thursday’s Herald-Times, I got a chance to chat with the senior receiver’s mother, Fawn, over the phone on Tuesday afternoon.
I wanted to chat with her and get a gauge of what kind of guy Nick is outside of football. What kind of man has Nick Stoner grown up to be?
Stoner said it was fine if I called her, and supplied me with her number after Tuesday’s practice.
“She’s a good talker,” he said.
She sure is.
Fawn Stoner told me a great story about Nick, his one-time obsession with Justin Bieber and a carboard cutout of the Canadian pop star that he used to scare his parents around the family home.
Take it away, Fawn:
“Nick is funny,” she said. “He’s a prankster. He likes to prank his mom. He doesn’t talk about Justin Bieber as much as he used to, but he used to be obsessed with Justin. A couple years ago he thought God got he and Justin Bieber mixed up. He thought he should be the singer and Justin Bieber should have (Nick’s) dance moves. He had a Justin Bieber cutout he brought home at Christmas and it became quite a thing. I found it inside my laundry room one time and screamed. Another time I thought there was a man in my bathroom. He’d put it at the top of the stairs and one time my husband came home late at night … He loves to laugh, loves to have fun. He’s said before that he thinks he’s Peter Pan. He doesn’t want to grow up.”
The best play of Bobby Richardson’s afternoon at Bowling Green was his last one.
That’s when Richardson bowled over the center of the Falcons’ special teams unit and blocked the extra point on BG’s final touchdown of Saturday’s 45-42 Indiana loss. Kevin Wilson said this week that Richardson’s play on the extra point was arguably Indiana’s best of the game.
A few more of those instances may have been the difference between the win and the loss.
“If you have a chance to look at it, watch Bobby Richardson play the PAT field goal after they scored,” Wilson said. “Because if we had played like that the whole game, I don’t think we would have played 113 snaps. I know we’ve got a great group of guys. There’s no quit in them. We have to pull it out. That’s our job as leaders, not telling them what to do, but putting them in the right places, getting them to do it and we’ll get a great challenge this week, and we expect them to play a lot better.”
Indiana’s coaching staff is preaching aggression this week. They’re asking players to stop overthinking and start flying around more to make plays.
Defensive line coach Larry McDaniel said Richardson is one of the guys who gets the message. And, with a Hoosier defense ripe with youth, that’s the way it has to be.
“He’s gotta understand it more than the younger guys,” McDaniel said. “Football is a finite game. There’s gonna be a time when it ends for you. Hopefully for Bobby, he can go ahead and get to the next level. But he’s gotta be the bell cow when it comes to effort, accountability and doing things right. Anytime you build a program, which is coach Wilson has done here, you never want the children to have to lead the masses. There’s gotta be one of those things that, because of where we are in the tenure of coach Wilson, our seniors have got to be the guys that take the bull by the horns and say, ‘Look, put it on my back. Follow me. I’m gonna show you guys how to get this thing done. He’s been able to do things this year.”
For nearly 10 minutes each Tuesday afternoon, Kevin Wilson joins the Big Ten Coaches Teleconference and speaks with local and national media members regarding football in Bloomington, in the Big Ten or across the nation.
This week, Wilson touched on Missouri, Tevin Coleman and Nick Stoner and the Indiana defense. As far as the latter, Wilson said he’s expecting a different approach Saturday in Columbia.
“We need to be relentless,” Wilson said. “Play harder, play more physical, play with more energy, play with our hair on fire and play harder and do it this week and back it up in the weeks to come.”
Below, you’ll find the full transcript from Wilson’s time on the call (Questions, paraphrased for brevity, are in italics):
Are the top Big Ten players on par with those in other conferences?
“Don’t know if I can compare every other conference. I think, in this league, the best players within this league are on par. I think maybe certain teams and programs, whether those programs would be in other conferences, there’s more depth and more guys. But you can look at the guys that are drafted, playing on Sundays (and) you’ve got guys from all over the country. I think the best players in this league are some of the best players in the country and we’re gonna see some really good players Saturday vs. the SEC and against Missouri out of their league. But I think we’ll take a couple solid players on our end down to play against them.”
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BTN released its men’s basketball television schedule on Tuesday, and Indiana is set to appear 17 times on the network.
You’ll also be able to catch the Hoosiers three times on BTN Plus. The remaining games will be picked up by ESPN and CBS.
Here’s the breakdown:
BIG TEN NETWORK
14, Mississippi Valley State, 7 p.m.
17, Texas Southern, 6 p.m.
20, SMU, 8 p.m.
22, Lamar, 8 p.m.
28, UNC-Greensboro, 9 p.m.
6, Savannah State, 7:30 p.m.
13, Grand Canyon, 5 p.m.
31, at Nebraska, TBA
5, at Michigan State,7 p.m.
13, Penn State, 7 p.m.
18, at Illinois,1 p.m.
28, at Purdue, 9 p.m.
31, Rutgers, 3:15 p.m.
11, at Maryland, 9 p.m.
15, Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.
22, at Rutgers,TBA
25, at Northwestern, 7 p.m.
6, Northwood (Exhibition), 7 p.m.
10,Indianapolis, (Exhibition), 7 p.m.
22, New Orleans, 7 p.m.
There aren’t any major changes to report on this week’s IU depth chart. The same starters from Saturday’s game at Bowling Green are listed as the No. 1s here. One thing to note is Tegray Scales moving into the backup spot behind T.J. Simmons at middle linebacker. Kyle Kennedy was the listed backup last week.
Of course — and as always — Kevin Wilson does not treat this list as gospel. Alas, here’s how it all shakes out (starters in bold):
LT: Jason Spriggs, Dimitric Camiel
LG: David Kaminsky, Bernard Taylor
C: Collin Rahrig, Jake Reed
RG: Dan Feeney, Jacob Bailey
RT: Ralston Evans, Peyton Eckert
WR: Shane Wynn, Ricky Jones, Dominique Booth
WR: Nick Stoner, Simmie Cobbs
WR: J-Shun Harris, Isaiah Roundtree
QB: Nate Sudfeld, Nate Boudreau or Zander Diamont
RB: Tevin Coleman, D’Angelo Roberts
TE: Michael Cooper or Jordan Fuchs
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