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No. 1 VANDERBILT COMMODORES
The Commodores begin their defense of the 2014 national championship in Friday’s regional opener against Lipscomb. It’s the 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for Vanderbilt, which is hosting a regional at Hawkins Field in downtown Nashville for the fourth time in five years. Coach Tim Corbin’s team returns to its home ballpark after dropping the Southeastern Conference Championship game to Florida on Sunday. The Commodores have a 2.58 team ERA, a .298 team average and a 24-8 record at home this season. Since Corbin’s arrival in 2003, no SEC school has sent more players (77) into pro ball. The Commodores have four players on the Golden Spikes Watch List, including SEC Pitcher of the Year Carson Fulmer. The right-hander led the SEC in wins (11), strikeouts (132) and ERA (1.51). Another Golden Spikes candidate, Dansby Swanson, leads a potent Vandy lineup that averages 6.6 runs per game. Swanson enters the regional with a 10-game hitting streak, over which he has a .378 average, 11 extra-base hits and 15 RBIs.
No. 2 RADFORD HIGHLANDERS
The Highlanders won their first Big South Tournament title last weekend, but their NCAA Tournament destiny was secured long before. Radford, which finished the season ranked No. 17 in the RPI — four spots behind Vanderbilt — was one of the final contenders to become a regional host this weekend. With 15 consecutive wins, it’s one of four tournament teams to carry a double-digit winning streak into the field of 64. Radford has won 37 of its last 43 games and 19 of its last 20. Among Vanderbilt (11), Indiana (25) and Lipscomb (173), Radford (94) has the second weakest strength of schedule in the Nashville Regional, according to D1Baseball.com. The Highlanders will be without top hitter Josh Gardiner, who is inactive for the regional after suffering a fractured patella. Gardiner, a First-Team All-Big South second baseman, has a .368 average and 22 RBIs, but he hasn’t played since May 2. Radford will lean on left-hander Michael Boyle in the opener against the Hoosiers. Boyle is the first Radford pitcher to record 10 wins in a season and joined Gardiner on the all-league first team. (more…)
NASHVILLE — As Indiana’s ascension in the college baseball world took shape over the last two seasons, Kyle Hart waited for an NCAA Tournament appearance that never came.
He could have been in line for a start during both the 2013 regional and super regional, but Indiana won in such short order that it never needed him. Last season, Tommy John surgery limited Hart to merely watching IU’s tournament action from the dugout.
So after four years on campus and two seasons of postseason inactivity, Hart will make his first NCAA Tournament appearance this afternoon.
The left-hander is the natural option for No. 3 Indiana in today’s Nashville Regional opener against No. 2 Radford, but it’s not simply because of his patience. It’s because no one on the Hoosiers’ staff at the moment has a better feel for the craft or a better run of recent success than Hart.
“It won’t be my first big game,” he said matter-of-factly after the Hoosiers wrapped their final pre-tournament practice Thursday afternoon at Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field.
Hart is correct, of course. A weekend starter since his freshman season, he was on the hill to clinch the outright Big Ten title on the final day of the 2013 regular season and started a Big Ten Tournament game the following week. But his season ended there after IU needed only games to win its regional. After Aaron Slegers and Joey DeNato started the first two games, former IU coach Tracy Smith turned to another left-hander, Will Coursen-Carr, to pitch the clinching game against Austin Peay.
The next week at the Florida State Super Regional, DeNato and Slegers once again started the only two games of the series, while Coursen-Carr came out of the bullpen in both. That meant Hart was very likely in line to start had the Hoosiers required a third game to dispatch the Seminoles.
They didn’t, and Hart’s wait continued.
“I’m geared up,” Hart said. “I’m not going to overhype it. It’s just another game of baseball. You have to get outs until they take you off the mound, but I have a lot geared up from the year. At the end of the day, I’m going to go out and give my best. We’re going to give our best and we’re not going to fear the result.” (more…)
The Hoosiers recently received their second verbal commitment for the 2016 class, and this time it’s a 5-foot-10 guard from Texas.
Ria Gulley announced her intention to attend Indiana via Twitter last week. She averaged 8.5 points per game as a sophomore at Clark High School in San Antonio but increased her point production to 11.5 points as a junior. She was an all-district player this past season for Clark High.
This makes for the second player Teri Moren has recruited out of Texas. Incoming freshman Danielle Williams is a 6-foot-4 post from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Gulley joins Darby Foresman from Heritage Christian (Indianapolis) as a verbal commit to the 2016 class for IU.
Indiana will play host to Georgia Tech Dec. 2 as part of next season’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
That matchup is intriguing because it pits soon-to-be second-year head coach Teri Moren against a former school and former college teammate. Moren was the associate head coach at Georgia Tech from 2007-10 .She coached under MaChelle Joseph, who has coached the Yellow Jackets since 2003.
Joseph was also a teammate of Moren’s at Purdue.
“”We are excited for our fans that we will be hosting Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge inside of Assembly Hall,” Moren said in a statement. “MaChelle (Joseph) is a close friend and I have the upmost respect for her and the program she has built in Atlanta. This will be a tremendous test for us but one I know will help prepare us for Big Ten play.”
Georgia Tech was 19-15 last year and lost in the second round of the WNIT tournament. The Yellow Jackets made the NCAA Tournament in seven out of the eight years prior to the 2014-15 season. (more…)
Indiana gathered as a team to watch each of the the last three NCAA Tournament Selection Shows, but this year’s event had a different feeling.
The Hoosiers knew they were safely in each of the last two tournament fields because of their grand bodies of work and also by virtue of winning the Big Ten Tournament. So the only drama on Selection Monday used to come from waiting on a national seed, or from anticipating who might join them in their field. This time the wait took on a different tone.
Senior Will Nolden sat near his locker inside the IU clubhouse on Monday with his feet propped up on a table and the collar of his shirt pulled over his chin. Over the last three seasons, he has experienced a range of emotions, from turning IU into a Big Ten power to playing in the College World Series. But he never felt like this.
So when Indiana’s name finally popped into the bracket more than 20 minutes into the show, Nolden threw both arms in the air, leaned his head back in his chair and let out a “Whoooooo!” for all the room to hear.
The at-large berth Indiana waited on arrived as a No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional, where the Hoosiers will open their third consecutive NCAA Tournament against No. 2 Radford on Friday at 3 p.m. Eastern. Defending national champion Vanderbilt will host and face No. 4 Lipscomb at 8 ET Friday evening. Each game from the region will be streamed online via ESPN3.
“It’s the first time in the past couple years that you’re sitting in there actually nervous,” Nolden said. “You don’t know if your name is gonna be called. We’ve overcome a lot and we’ve faced a lot of adversity this year. I think that’s what’s gonna make us even tougher in this tournament.” (more…)
Griffith, 20, was booked into Monroe County Jail at 5 a.m. Saturday morning and released at 10 a.m. His bond was set at $500 cash, $1,000 surety. An Indiana spokesman said Saturday afternoon that the football program is aware of the arrest and is currently gathering more facts.
According to IUPD spokesperson Lt. W. Craig Munroe, Griffith was stopped near 19th and Dunn streets at 3:54 a.m. Saturday. Griffith’s vehicle was heading northbound on Dunn with its high beams on, Munroe said. Officers observed another vehicle flash its high beams on and off to try and get Griffith to turn his lights to low, Munroe said, but Griffith did not respond.
According to Munroe, officers pulled Griffith over and detected an odor of alcohol. Officers administered a field sobriety test and asked Griffith if he would perform a breath test. Munroe said Griffith agreed and, based on those results, he was arrested.
Griffith nearly drowned while on spring break in Sarasota, Fla. on March 17, 2014 when a rip-current pulled him too far from the shore. IU teammates Nick Stoner and Ty Smith, along with another friend, Mitch McCune, helped rescue him from the water.
Griffith was briefly placed into a medically induced coma before he was discharged from Sarasota Memorial Hospital on March 23. Doctors said they expected Griffith to make a full recovery.
Last season, he appeared in games against Indiana State and Ohio State, and earned scout team honors for his work leading into the Maryland game in late September.
It is the second arrest for an IU football player this off-season. Defensive lineman Ralph Green III was arrested April 19 on a preliminary charge of misdemeanor battery after allegedly slapping a 20-year-old woman in the face. Green was also preliminarily charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
One bad inning and a handful of missed opportunities ended Indiana’s run at the Big Ten Tournament on Saturday.
Now, all that’s left to do is wait.
A series of Hoosier mistakes in the seventh inning allowed Maryland to run away with a 4-2 win over IU in the tournament semifinals at Target Field in Minneapolis. After returning to Bloomington, Indiana will learn where its season is headed once pairings for the NCAA Tournament are announced Monday at noon.
Indiana coach Chris Lemonis expressed confidence that Saturday’s loss was not the end of the season, though it was certainly an avoidable ending to IU’s defense of back-to-back Big Ten Tournament championships.
Indiana received another solid start — this one from Caleb Baragar — out-hit Maryland 8-6 and put leadoff men aboard in four consecutive innings, but couldn’t cash in until it was too late.
Then there was the disastrous four-run seventh inning for the Terrapins, who jumped on three Indiana errors and watched the Hoosiers play their way out of the game.
“The team that wins tournaments, regionals, super regionals, they just execute,” Lemonis said. “Early in the game, let’s get the runner in from third with less than two outs. We’re not asking guys to make the greatest play. We’ve played with a lot of pressure for about the last three weeks. We’ve been handling it pretty good, but it just got to us today.” (more…)
Homecoming at Indiana will be Saturday, Oct. 17 against Rutgers, coach Kevin Wilson announced Thursday.
It will be a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.
— Kevin Wilson (@IUCoachWilson) May 14, 2015
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Former Indiana guard Stan Robinson announced Tuesday that Rhode Island will be his next home.
Robinson, who declared his intention to transfer a week after IU’s season ended in late March, also considered VCU. Robinson appeared in 32 games last season, making one start. He averaged 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds, while recording 39 assists against 30 turnovers.
“Thank you God for Helping me make my decision,” Robinson posted on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon. “Thank you Vcu and Rhode Island for recruiting me. Vcu your fan base is amazing. Thank you too … I will be a Rhody Ram.”
Rhode Island advanced to the second round of the NIT last season, finishing third in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 23-10 record and a 13-5 conference mark. Robinson will sit out next season, per NCAA transfer rules, but he has two years of eligibility remaining.
He was a four-star recruit when he committed to Indiana’s 2013 class, and started nine game as a freshman. His playing time dropped from 17 minutes per contest in his first season to 11.4 minutes as a sophomore, and his decision to switch shooting hands never produced the consistency or success he sought.
Robinson, along with Yogi Ferrell, was arrested by Indiana State Excise Police in April 2014 for underage drinking and possesion of a fake ID. IU coach Tom Crean later suspended Robinson and classmate Troy Williams for four games at the start of the season for a reported failed drug test.
As Robinson struggled both on and off the court, Crean continued to offer public support for the Landover, Md. native.
“I respect Stan’s desire to contribute more on the court and understand that the opportunity to play closer to your family is something he would like to have happen,” Crean said in a statement after Robinson announced his decision to transfer. “I think he has grown a great deal and matured in the two years he has been a part of the program and I hope he takes his experiences at Indiana University to remind him of what he can accomplish not only as a basketball player, but as a human being.”
On Monday, Robinson tweeted at incoming Indiana recruit O.G. Anunoby, wishing Anunoby luck as he prepares to begin his career at IU.
“Good Luck up there keep your head on right,” Robinson tweeted, “don’t make the mistakes I made. Be the best you can be everyday.”
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Women’s basketball games will be played in four 10-minute quarters – rather than two 20-minute halves – if an NCAA rules panel accepts a committee’s recommendation in June.
According to the NCAA women’s basketball rule committee, moving from halves to quarters could enhance the flow of the game.
“The rules committee is very excited about the change to the four-quarter format for the 2015-16 season,” the committee’s chair, University of Richmond basketball coach Michael Shafer, said in a statement. “We believe this change, along with the associated changes to the timeout and foul rules, will address flow of the game and physicality. The overall format will strengthen the connection of college basketball with women’s basketball globally.”
All rule proposals have to be approved by an NCAA rules oversight panel, and the panel is scheduled to meet via conference call June 8.
The proposal has been endorsed by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s board of directors and has the backing of one of the most prominent figures in the college game, UConn head coach Geno Auriemma.
“What a great step forward for our game,” Auriemma said in a statement. “As the game becomes more global each year, it’s important that we start the process toward standardizing the rules. This is just the beginning of what I hope are many other changes to improve this great game.”
For more, read the NCAA’s press release here.
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