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IU opens weekend series with Rutgers #iubase

FINAL: INDIANA 4, RUTGERS 3. Logan Sowers wins it with a walk-off single to right field.

NINTH INNING: Harrison allowed a one-out single to Christian Campbell, who stole second on a ball in the dirt with two down in the inning. But Harrison escaped without further damage, allowing IU to send its top of the order to the plate in the bottom half. Rutgers reliever Kyle Driscoll hit Casey Rodrigue and Brad Hartong to start the inning. Rutgers brought right-hander Jon Young out of the bullpen to pitch to Craig Dedelow, who couldn’t get a bunt to stay fair but grounded to first to move both runners into scoring position. Young fell into a 3-1 count on Donley before choosing to intentionally walk him and make the double-play a possibility. With a full count, Logan Sowers went and got a fastball and flicked to right field for the game-winning hit.

EIGHTH INNING: Luke Harrison has been one of Indiana’s most dependable relievers out of the bullpen this season, entering Friday with only two earned runs allowed in 23.2 innings of relief. But Harrison found a tough time to give up his third earned run of the year, yielding a two-out RBI triple to Joe Annunzio. RUTGERS 3, INDIANA 3.

SEVENTH INNING: Evan Bell came on and got out of a small two-out jam with a strikeout. IU could’ve avoided the trouble had Isaiah Pasteur been paying attention and covered third base. After a leadoff single, Chris Suseck stole second then went for third with two outs. It appeared that Brad Hartong would’ve nabbed Suseck at third with a good throw, but Pasteur failed to cover the bag with Suseck on the run. Bell ended the inning with a six-pitch strikeout of Chris Folinusz. Caleb Baragar authored a fine Friday night start, going six innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with six strikeouts and two walks. Indiana loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half, but back-to-back groundouts by Scott Donley and Logan Sowers ended the threat. INDIANA 3, Rutgers 2. (more…)

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Friday live chat transcript

QUESTION: MODERATOR: Good morning, and welcome to today’s IU sports chat. Thanks for joining us on this cool Friday morning.
Andy, Mike, Jeremy: How are you doing this morning? Are you ready to get started?

JEREMY: Just grateful to see some sunshine outside this morning, and, of course, to chat. Let’s do that.

MIKE: Doing well. Returned from Louisville at a decent hour last night and watched the storm roll into town from the comforts of the front porch. Glad it all rolled out of town, too, because I’m looking forward to Indiana and Rutgers baseball this evening at The Bart. Let’s chat.

ANDY: Morning has broken, like the first morning. Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird. Now we are chatting …

QUESTION: Any information on where Tom Crean and the assistants will be going to observe potential recruits and who they will be targeting?
Josh, Indianapolis

JEREMY: Josh,
Not sure exactly how the IU staff will disperse, but the the AAU season does get going this weekend with adidas in Dallas, Nike EYBL in Virginia and Under Armour in New Orleans.
Top 2016 targets include Colorado big man De’Ron Davis, New York guard Rawle Alkins, Southport’s Joey Brunk and a bunch of other guys I won’t attempt to list. Hopefully we’ll get to catch up with some of these targets later this spring or summer. (more…)

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Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Thomas Bryant is the next big thing for IU, but the Hoosiers had to earn his commitment, Mike writes.

Defensive coordinator Brian Knorr was doing push-ups on Thursday, and he’s looking for a push from his secondary in 2015, Andy writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Not that it wasn’t before, but Indiana football is serious about improving its defense, David Woods of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Seth Davis of SI and CBS talks Indiana basketball, with Rick Semler of WTHI Sports 10.

The IU soccer team returns to Fort Wayne this weekend for its annual spring game with Notre Dame, Kyle Rowland of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes.

Thomas Bryant is excited about his future as a Hoosier, Alex McCarthy of 247sports.com writes.

Former Kelvin Sampson and Tom Crean assistant Jason Rabedeaux lost everything on the way to coaching in Saigon, where he lost his life in what remains a mystery, Wright Thompson of ESPN.com writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For young Mr. Bryant, “Next Big Thing” by Vince Gill.

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Thomas Bryant talks Indiana at Derby Festival practice #iubb

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Junior linebacker T.J. Simmons has knee ‘scoped, will miss the balance of spring practice

Indiana junior middle-linebacker T.J. Simmons, a starter since his freshman season, will miss the balance of spring practice after having an arthroscopic knee procedure. Simmons is only expected to miss two or three weeks, but that precludes his participation in both the Cream and Crimson game (April 18, 2 p.m.) and the April 23 public scrimmage that will conclude IU’s spring practice sessions.

Simmons, by all accounts, was having a terrific spring before the injury — as was transfer running back Jordan Howard, who will also miss the rest of the spring drills with a hyper-extended elbow, an injury that was officially announced earlier this week. Both injuries were described by IU coach Kevin Wilson as “minor deals” Thursday. Wilson also said that Simmons was “the best he had been” at IU during practice this spring before the injury.

IU cornerbacks Donovan Clark (with a back issue) and Kenny Mullen (returning from knee surgery) are among the limited participants this spring, as are tight end Sean Damaska and offensive linemen Jake Bailey and Ralston Evans and others, but the Hoosiers currently don’t have many injury issues expected to carry over into the summer and fall. Sophomore wideout Marqui Hawkins, like Howard a transfer from Alabama-Birmingham, is missing the spring after breaking a wrist but is expected back by summer.

Indiana will conduct a closed scrimmage Saturday and have what Wilson said shaped up as mostly a “teaching day” Sunday, then will have practices next Tuesday and Thursday heading into the spring game. Wilson said how this Saturday’s scrimmage goes might help determine how the spring game is structured — whether the 1 offense plays the 1 defense and the 2s play the 2s, or whether the squad will be split up into relatively even sides.

 

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Troy Williams will return for junior season #iubb

Indiana’s off-season remains in its earliest stages, but the Hoosiers will proceed knowing that one key piece plans to return to the team next season.

Forward Troy Williams announced on his Instagram account Wednesday evening that he will be back next year, becoming the latest domino to fall in IU’s quest to solidify its roster for the 2015-16 season.

“So much pain and progression in my sophomore year,” Williams posted along with a picture of him pulling his jersey over his face during the Hoosiers’ loss to Wichita State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. “And I wouldn’t want to undo any of it. Can’t wait to play with my brothers and new incoming brothers next year. Junior year awaits !!”

Four-star center Thomas Bryant committed to IU on Saturday, giving the Hoosiers the dynamic low-post addition they lacked last season. But his verbal pledge to the Hoosiers also means Indiana is again oversigned by one scholarship for next season. Point guard Yogi Ferrell has yet to decide whether or not to return for his senior season and another transfer is possible.

Sophomore Stan Robinson and freshman Max Hoetzel each announced their intentions to transfer within the last three weeks.

AllHoosiers.com reported earlier Wednesday that Williams planned to meet with his uncle, Boo Williams, to discuss the possibility of declaring for the NBA Draft. His return to Bloomington, which was later confirmed through a department release, gives the Hoosiers the ability to match Bryant with a cadre of perimeter shooters and Williams, one of college basketball’s best athletes.

“I’m definitely coming back for my junior year at IU,” Williams said in a statement. “I love my teammates and coaches and with continued work, I think we can accomplish so much. This is a special place and I can’t wait to see our team grow over the coming months.”

Williams’ size, length and athleticism is the only reason NBA scouts would have considered taking the Virginia native in this year’s draft. ESPN Draft insider Chad Ford told The Herald-Times last month that Williams would be the most likely Hoosier among he, Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. to be picked at any point in June’s draft.

Williams was named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection after he averaged 13.0 points and 7.4 rebounds last season. He shot 54 percent from the field and his 238 total rebounds led IU and was good enough for third most in the Big Ten.

“Troy Williams can become a better shooter, he can work on his jump shot, he can continue to work on his basketball IQ, he can continue to become a better ball-handler and a better defender, but you can’t teach his length and his explosive athletic ability,” Ford said to the H-T. “What makes Tory Williams unique is not only is he an NBA athlete, he’s on the high end of NBA athletes. That is intriguing. So you say to yourself, ‘If he gets that great jump shot, or if he blossoms a little more defensively, he can be a really good player in the NBA.”

That will wait at least another year for Williams, who will team with Bryant and others and guide what is expected to be, at worst, a top 20 team come November.

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IU hosts Cincinnati in midweek baseball #iubase

FINAL: CINCINNATI 5, INDIANA 4. The Hoosiers drop their sixth game in their last eight tries. Indiana’s starter-by-committee approach of Kyle Hart, Thomas Belcher, Evan Bell, Austin Foote and Ryan Halstead yielded a total of 12 hits. Halstead stuck out seven in three innings of work, while Foote suffered the loss. Logan Sowers supplied a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to give IU a one-run lead before Foote was charged for two runs in the following inning. IU hosts Rutgers for a three-game series this weekend. (more…)

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Men's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]14150James 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]10610Nick 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]9300Max 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]8460Robert 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]8510Troy 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]7900Ryan 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]8430Yogi 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]8150Hanner 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]6850Stanford 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]6940Nate 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]7190Emmitt 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]8060Collin 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]9180Tim 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]10420Jeremiah 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]10080Jess 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]21340Tyra 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]12800Larryn 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]11520Taylor 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]8730Nicole 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]8050Liz 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]8370Kaila 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]7210Karlee 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]6770Alexis 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]13500Maura 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]7400Andrea 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]7150Amanda 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]7130Claire 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]6750Lyndsay 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]6820Jenn 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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