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Fans running from West Lafayette to Bloomington to deliver Saturday’s game ball

Sometime early Friday morning, the game ball for Saturday’s Old Oaken Bucket game was taken from Ross Ade Stadium and directed on a course for Bloomington.

It’s not traveling in the laps of Boilermakers, nor is it packed in a trunk somewhere on a team bus.

No, the game ball is in the hands of IU and Purdue fans who are participating in a special relay run designed to take them from West Lafayette to Memorial Stadium in time to hand off the ball before the start of this year’s game.

Several runners will take turns covering different legs of the 117-mile route between the two stadiums, delivering the ball to game officials just prior to kickoff. Organizers are hoping this event will become a new annual tradition associated with the rivalry game.

Runners are traveling on state highways and city streets thanks to a special escort from the Indiana State Police. The ball will pass through Indianapolis this afternoon, where local celebrities and dignitaries will carry it before runners begin the southern leg of the relay to Bloomington later this evening.

You can follow the trip on Twitter via Indiana’s official athletics account at https://twitter.com/ourindiana

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Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana must take the first step toward improved defense tonight against UNC-G, Mike writes.

The Bucket Game is the only thing that matters to Purdue, Mike writes.

Approaching his final game at Indiana, Bloomington native D’Angelo Roberts’ journey is not complete, Mike writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Purdue coaches are impressed by Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, the Lafayette Journal & Courier reports.

Indiana’s first-ever Old Oaken Bucket win in 1930 turned into the first-ever Old Stolen Bucket, Ken Bikoff at HoosierFlash.com writes.

The $35 question is whether Bo McMillin is to blame for the long-lasting struggles of IU football, Ken Bikoff at HoosierFlash.com writes.

Indiana’s game against UNC-G tonight is about bonding and bouncing back, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
This seems just right — Kings of Leon with “The Bucket.”

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Zander Diamont really, really wants to keep the Bucket

The way this season has gone for Indiana’s football program, quarterback Zander Diamont can’t think of anything more fitting than a win against Purdue.

And trust him.

He really, really wants to win this one.

“There’s part of me that feels like, with everything this team’s been through this season and all of the adversity and the losses, it’s kind of building to this moment,” Diamont said.

It’ll be the first Old Oaken Bucket game for the true freshman, who’s coming off two of his best performances since taking over in mid-October.

“I’ve heard all about it,” Diamont said. “I want to win. I think this game is one of the most important I’ve every played in. For me, for my sanity, I’ve never wanted to win so bad.”

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson says he continues to see the necessary progress from Diamont, who threw for a combined 293 yards against Rutgers and Ohio State, while completing 26 of his 58 passes over that span.

For the season, Diamont has thrown for 396 yards on 49-of-108 passing. Against Purdue, he’ll see the Big Ten’s No. 13 pass defense, which is allowing 233.5 yards per contest. Only IU has allowed more yards through the air this season.

“There’s urgency now,” Wilson said. “He was a little bit overwhelmed, but with time on task, great experience, great work, he’s getting comfortable. As he plays he’s getting comfortable, and I think the players are getting much more comfortable. The coaches, we’re just trying to put him in better places. We still miss some things. He had the opportunity the other day to make a few plays. He has the discretion to do some things that sometimes he still plays a little close to the vest — I’m not talking about where he throw the ball, just some things our offense has built in where the quarterback has got the green light.”

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Teammates join Blackmon for ceremony at Marion

Wednesday was James Blackmon Jr. Night at the Bill Green Athletic Arena, where Marion High School’s boys’ basketball program presented the former Giants guard with a night in his honor.

According to tweets from Matt Wilson, sports editor of the Marion Chronicle-Tribune, Blackmon was joined by IU coach Tom Crean and the rest of his Hoosier teammates.

To cap the special night, Blackmon’s younger brother, Vijay, scored 32 points to lead Marion to a 73-35 win over Elwood. Vijay holds an IU offer.

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Monday’s game moved too fast to play Holt, Crean says

Tom Crean thought about playing Emmitt Holt in Monday’s 88-86 loss to Eastern Washington.

But the Indiana coach decided against doing so because the speed of the game was at a level that Holt may not have been prepared for. Crean said the game moved at a pace that was already tough enough for the players that had grown used to playing considerable minutes over IU’s first four contests.

For Holt, who served a four-game suspension that spanned two exhibitions and the first two regular season contests, the game was moving too fast for someone without much prior experience.

Holt, a 6-foot-7 freshman forward, has appeared in only game, logging five minutes Saturday against Lamar.

“Now, if he’d have played the last couple of games considerable minutes or hadn’t missed the four games, that’s a whole other story,” Crean said. “But that game was moving so fast that — again, playing small was not the wrong way to do it. Our mistakes came more out of switches and lack of communication. But Emmitt will be very good for us. We definitely need to get him in the rotation.”

Crean also said he gave no consideration toward playing 6-11 freshman center Jeremiah April.

“The game was moving much too fast, and it was too much perimeter-oriented for Jeremiah in that game,” Crean said. “Again, he’s making strides. He was in here early that morning working with us. He was in here that afternoon not only for a walk through but for extra work. He’s going to get better and better, too.”

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IU women top East Tennessee State, 97-69

FINAL: Indiana 97, ETSU 69. Larryn Brooks led Indiana with a game-high 21 points. Jenn Anderson added 16 and Amanda Cahill had 15. The Bucs’ 69 points are the most scored by an Indiana opponent this season. The Hoosiers recorded 22 assists on 36 field goals marking the fourth time in five games that IU has posted at least 20 assists. (more…)

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Video: IU staff on signees, Hoosiers

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Football

A Hoosier Thanksgiving for Kevin Wilson’s bunch

Posted by in Football on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 at 9:44 PM.

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.”

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Men's Basketball

Crean talks recruiting Anunoby, Morgan

Posted by in Men's Basketball on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 at 1:44 PM.

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…)

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Women's Basketball

Tyra Buss a Big Ten freshman of the week, again

Posted by in Women's Basketball on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:19 PM.

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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IU vs Eastern Washington men\'s basketball

Men's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]3270James Blackmon, Jr.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_zeisloft1.jpg]2400Nick Zeisloft
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hoetzel1.jpg]2030Max Hoetzel
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_johnson1.jpg]1790Robert Johnson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_williams1.jpg]1620Troy Williams
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_burton1.jpg]1570Ryan Burton
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_yogi1.jpg]1480Yogi Ferrell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_perea1.jpg]1510Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_robinson1.jpg]1250Stanford Robinson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_ritchie1.jpg]1260Nate Ritchie
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Nate Ritchie (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_holt1.jpg]1430Emmitt Holt
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hartman1.jpg]1460Collin Hartman
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_priller1.jpg]1720Tim Priller
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_april1.jpg]1790Jeremiah April
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

Women's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_walter1.jpg]1470Jess Walter
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Jess Walter (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_buss1.jpg]3610Tyra Buss
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_brooks1.jpg]1890Larryn Brooks
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_agler1.jpg]1730Taylor Agler
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_bell2.jpg]1340Nicole Bell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_stratman1.jpg]1310Liz Stratman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hulls1.jpg]1300Kaila Hulls
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mcbride1.jpg]1210Karlee McBride
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_gassion1.jpg]1220Alexis Gassion
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_muensterman1.jpg]1010Maura Meunsterman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mize1.jpg]1060Andrea Mize
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_cahill1.jpg]1130Amanda Cahill
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_jakubicek1.jpg]1200Claire Jakubicek
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_leikem1.jpg]1060Lyndsay Leikem
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_anderson1.jpg]1060Jenn Anderson
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)
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