11:16, second half: Indiana 65, Western Illinois 32
If you’ve read Doug’s comments, you’ll notice that he seems to think Errek Suhr is not yet the mayor of Bloomington.
This of course is not true. He’s been running the place, via a puppet, for years.
By the way, Santa and a Penguin are here in the crowd. They’re back behind Doug, probably planning to attack him. That’s just my guess.
What D.J. White wants for Christmas: a box of white t-shirts to wear under his jersey and some room in the paint.
17:06, second half: Indiana 54, Western Illinois 28
Rousing start to this half, with the Hoosiers racking up 13 points in under three minutes. Rod Wilmont just stole the ball the twice and scored on easy, breakaway baskets.
Half time: Indiana 41, Western Illinois 21
Kelvin Sampson was joking on his radio show Monday about a “comfortable lead.” He seemed to think there was no such thing.
This feels fairly comfortable.
Stemler leads the Hoosiers with 11 points.
5:21, first half: Indiana 35, Western Illinois 20
Stemler missed two 3s as soon as I blogged about him. No need to worry: Ratliff hit his first of the game.
7:50, first half: Indiana 27, Western Illinois 18
Armon Bassett is going to be really exciting to watch when he gets a little more confidence going to the net. He just swooped down the left side, cut under the basket and was fouled. He’s got that little something that lets guys his size — 6-foot — find some space and make things happen.
But again it’s the 3-point shot doing the damage. Lance Stemler has come into the game and hit two-of-two, pushing him up over 50 percent on the year.
15:00, first half: Indiana 12, Western Illinois 7
Indiana’s taking plenty of 3-pointers — a trend this year. Bassett and Wilmont have hit to help the Hoosiers to an early lead.
We’re here…where are you? Sparse crowd here for the start of this contest.
Starting for the Hoosiers: Ben Allen, D.J. White, Rod Wilmont, Armon Bassett and Earl Calloway.