Hoosier Morning


1. HOOSIERS HQ
Cody Zeller’s clutch plays and Victor Oladipo’s all-around performance sparked Indiana over Michigan State, Dustin wrote.

The Hoosiers found themselves the hunted instead of the hunter against the Spartans and embraced the role, I wrote.

Last year’s Indiana Mr. Basketball Gary Harris showed his mettle in his return to his home state, Andy wrote.

The IU women’s basketball team goes for a sweep of Northwestern when the Hoosiers hit the road tonight, Mike wrote.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Indiana is good, but it needs more from Cody Zeller to be great, Jeff Goodman of CBSsports.com writes.

Gary Harris thrived on the taunts of Indiana fans Sunday, Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press writes.

Michigan State missed a real opportunity with Sunday’s loss at Indiana, Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal writes.

Victor Oladipo, not Cody Zeller, was the headliner for the Hoosiers against the Spartans, Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Victor Oladipo is at the top of the list when it comes to the nation’s best defenders, but he can do other things too, Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes.

3. BIG TEN COUNTRY
John Beilein has Michigan on the cusp of something that hasn’t happened in over 20 years, being ranked No. 1, Jeff Goodman of CBSsports.com writes.

The Wolverines lost big man Jordan Morgan early in Sunday’s win over Illinois to a sprained ankle and his status is unclear moving forward, Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com writes.

A bigger Iowa team gave Purdue freshman Donnie Hale a chance to shine in the Boilermakers’ OT win Sunday, Jeff Washburn of the Lafayette Journal and Courier writes.

4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
A fitting (and off-kilter) tune for today: “Victor” by Blondie.

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9 comments:

  • Laffy #1


    Monday, January 28, 2013 - 11:18 AM EDT

    The CBS article about Zeller was right on the money.

  • stagehand #2


    Monday, January 28, 2013 - 1:13 PM EDT

    Blondie. Oh yeah. I don’t know who’s sexier in their own strange ways, Blondie or Laurie Anderson. So why does Blondie always scare me so much? And why does that make her even sexier? Huh? What were we talking about? Basketball?

  • Geoff #3


    Monday, January 28, 2013 - 1:22 PM EDT

    Nooooooooooo, I DON’T WANT YOU TO GOOOOOOO!

    NOOOOOOOOOO…. PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME NOW!

    Don’t leave us Victor.

  • Laffy #4


    Monday, January 28, 2013 - 2:25 PM EDT

    Izzo on Cody:

    “To be a championship caliber-team, I think they need more out of him,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said following Sunday’s loss.

    Izzo is clearly an idiot who knows nothing about basketball.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #5


    Monday, January 28, 2013 - 3:28 PM EDT

    Hopefully Cody will apply Laffy’s ‘Theories of Slight’ to turn Izzo’s negative words into extra motivation….

    Nothing like some cynical mocking a kid’s overrated talents to get the juices flowing again..And what could be better for Hoosier fans if Cody can fully digest that doubt in his ability coming from the lips of one of the most respected coaches in the game when we go to East Lansing February 19th? And to slight Cody like that in his own home state? That sure wasn’t being a very gracious guest. Maybe it’s more about being a sore loser than anything else…A bit of sour grapes because Cody decided to impose his will on the big plays in the final minutes?

    Izzo is a fine coach, but I think he often comes across as a crybaby. He pampers his players on the sideline and appears he’s always pleading for their love and acceptance. And does he ever stop with the grimacing and smirking at the refs..? He walks the sideline as if he’s under the constant pain of engorged hemorrhoids(currently experiencing a visual of Dopirak’s smirk given to Crean at Northwestern). Maybe it’s just a bit of banner envy oozing out that Izzo smirk when he comes to Bloomington. For all Izzo’s success, Final Fours, and deep tournament runs, he only has one championship banner to show for it all..(same number of Final Four appearances as Knight but two less titles to his coaching name..Knight shot .500 once he got his team into the Final Four..Izzo is currently shooting .167). His one title added to Judd Heathcote’s accounts for the their whopping two total.

    .167 may be “championship caliber,” but it ain’t the trophy…and it ain’t cutting down the final nets.

    Forgive me for digressing…Let’s get back to claiming Cody is not measuring up..Let’s keep in mind that he’s likely not played .167 of his cumulative basketball career. Give the young man some time, Izz…At least he got the job done on Sunday when it was crunch time. Six trips to Final Fours and only one banner…? That’s a lot of dancing with hot dates to go all limp come real time to deliver.

    And claiming Cody needs a bit more polish before we’ve even completed our 2-game set with MSU this Big 10 season not even 50% complete..?

    Ancient Chinese proverb: Don’t wish for something too much..You might just get your wish.

  • Geoff #6


    Monday, January 28, 2013 - 3:32 PM EDT

    Forgive me for digressing…Let’s get back to claiming Cody is not measuring up..Let’s keep in mind that he’s likely not played .167 of his cumulative basketball career. Give the young man some time, Izz…At least he got the job done on Sunday when it was crunch time. Six trips to Final Fours and only one banner…? That’s a lot of dancing with hot dates to go all limp come real time to deliver.

    Nice Harvard… Ouch.

  • Laffy #7


    Monday, January 28, 2013 - 3:38 PM EDT

    Yeah, because Izzo is known as a “sore loser.”

    (rolleyes)

    Sounds like he was offering friendly advice because he likes the kid.

    Yeah, a guy “pampers his players” when his team almost always leads the country in rebounding.

    (rolleyes)

  • Podunker #8


    Monday, January 28, 2013 - 7:42 PM EDT

    The good news is that we beat MSU on a day Zeller had a bad game (in relative terms). If Zeller reverses his performance when we play MSU on Feb. 19, then we’ll beat them again. Really, for the first 37 minutes, Zeller was not a major factor in the game. I don’t think that will happen twice against the same team in the same season.

    As for what Izzo said about Zeller, while it was correct, it was probably not the smartest thing Izzo has ever said. I’m sure Zeller has heard it and will be reminded of it before February 19. Why would you want the big man motivated any more than normal?

  • Geoff #9


    Monday, January 28, 2013 - 11:15 PM EDT

    If we use Zeller the same way we’ll probably get similar results. It was a product of game-planning more than anything else.

    I just don’t see Zeller ever winning a banging contest in the post with Nix.

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