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A 20-0 second-half run sparked the IU women’s basketball team past Milwaukee, we reported.

The Indiana men get a long-awaited break during finals week before a test against Butler, I wrote.

IU freshman James Connor grabbed his third medal at the Australian Diving Championships Sunday, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Troy Williams flashed potential as a playmaker against Grand Canyon in this film session, by Ryan Corazza at Inside the Hall.

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens could still feel the pull of Indiana should the IU job open up, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe writes.

From a basketball perspective, there’s no time to rest for Indiana, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

IU women’s basketball may have an inflated record due to its schedule, but the pairing of Tyra Buss and Larryn Brooks is an attractive one for both now and the future, Graham Hays of ESPN.com notes in weekend headlines.

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman was the subject of a prospect evaluation for Carolina Panthers fans last week, via Derek Leazer at Cat Scratch Reader.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
In deference to the women’s road game Sunday, Hanson with “Man from Milwaukee” live.

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Kevin Wilson lands 4 players on big recruiting weekend

Indiana’s 2015 recruiting class grew by four on Sunday, as the Hoosiers picked up verbal pledges from Carmel athlete Isaac James, Missouri offensive lineman DaVondre Love, Maryland defensive back Tyler Green and Virginia athlete Mike Majette.

The banner day in IU football recruiting is headlined by James, an in-state quarterback who is expected to play receiver in Bloomington, according to 247Sports. James received offers from Wisconsin and Northwestern, among others, and is ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals and 247. He’s the No. 8 overall player in Indiana.

Green, a 6-foot-3 safety, is a three-star recruit who decommitted from Ohio State on Tuesday. The Hyattsville, Md. native is considered to be among the top 40 safeties in the nation and was also offered by Maryland.

Love is a 6-foot-7, 290-pound prospect from St. Louis, who also had an offer from Syracuse.

Majette represented Indiana’s fourth and final commitment of the day, announcing on his Twitter page around 9 p.m. that he plans to play at IU. The three-star prospect was a Maryland commit until last week, The Baltimore Sun reported, when the Terrapins rescinded their scholarship offer after learning Majette had visited Indiana without first notifying anyone at Maryland. Majette is a 5-foot-10 native of Woodbridge, Va., who could play receiver or corner at Indiana.

James, Love and Green enjoyed official visits to Bloomington this past weekend, with Love telling The Herald-Times that he and his mother were impressed with the family atmosphere of the Indiana program and the honesty of Hoosier coaches.

“They treated me like I was already a member of the Hoosier family,” Love said. “They treated my mom really good and she was happy about it and comfortable with the place. They made it feel like home. My mom has no worries about me going there and I’m excited to be a part of it all. It’s very family-oriented and it was something that was easy to gravitate towards.”

The flurry of commitments brings Indiana’s 2015 class to 14 players, not including former UAB receiver Marqui Hawkins, who announced last week that he plans to transfer to IU in January. The Hoosiers expect to sign at least 10 more players over the next few weeks, as IU coach Kevin Wilson has said that he expects to have a full class of 25 prospects.

“In reality, we got a program that’s been very, very close,” Wilson told reporters last month. “It’s coming. I think we withstood a pretty good gut shot this year. We need one or two more classes to back it up, and I think this will be a huge year for this program in recruiting, because if we can back up a core with the seniors coming back — we lose some good seniors, and whatnot, but with the guys coming back, the youthfulness of the freshmen, sophomore talent — if we can put class we need together, it’s going to be pretty good. It will be a complete class.”

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IUWBB beats UW-Milwaukee on the road, 82-56

What was at first a tight road contest turned into another decisive win for the Indiana women’s basketball team Sunday, with an 82-56 victory against Milwaukee at the Klotsche Center.

Larryn Brooks led IU with 16 points and was one assist short of a double-double with nine assists. Tyra Buss almost came away with a double-double, too, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. Amanda Cahill had 13 points and eight rebounds.

In the first half, the Hoosiers were hampered by foul trouble. Every starter picked up at least two fouls during the first 20 minutes, and Taylor Agler came away with three. Ten first-half turnovers also helped the Panthers hold tight with the Hoosiers, who carried a single-digit lead into halftime, 40-31.

“The frustrating part was the10 turnovers we had, five of them being offensive charges,” IU head coach Teri Moren said. “Trying to adjust there at halftime was we have to shoot more midrange jumpers. We are not going to be effective trying to get to the basket because of the way the game was being played.”

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IUWBB: Tayra Bugler and more

Being a Division I basketball coach is hard. Recruiting, gameplanning, motivating players – there is a whole list of things.

One under-appreciated aspect of the job: Keeping straight your player nicknames.

We learned sitting down with Indiana women’s basketball coach Teri Moren that Amanda Cahill isn’t just Amanda or Cahill. One day in the summer, Cahill notified Moren that people actually call her “B,” because of her middle name, Brooke.

Of course they do.

Jess Walter is nicknamed J.J. “I don’t know if she has a middle name that is a J,” Moren said. “I’ve never asked.” Maura Muensterman is “Moo,” for whatever reason.

One point of confusion in the huddle is whether Moren is referring to Taylor Agler or Tyra Buss, because she has a habit of calling them both “T.”

“So I go Tay, Ty,” Moren said.

Then again, Tay and Ty have taken to calling themselves “Tayra” now, according to some tweets, or as assistant coach Todd Starkey has come to call the pair, Tayra Bugler.

The challenges of a coach are never-ending.

Developing players

In other news, Buss is a seriously good player. But heading into Big Ten season, Moren anticipates opposing teams will be ready for her compliment of drives and outside 3-pointers. (more…)

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Coleman named MVP at IU football banquet #iufb

Indiana held its annual football banquet Friday evening and running back Tevin Coleman walked away with the program’s Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player award.

Coleman, offensive lineman Collin Rahrig, defensive lineman Bobby Richardson and receiver Shane Wynn were honored as the 2014 team captains. Coleman finished seventh in the Heisman voting and earned a spot as a first-team member of the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s All-America Team in addition to first team honors from ESPN, CBS Sports, USA Today and Scout.com

You can find the full list of Indiana team award winners after the jump. (more…)

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Coleman finishes 7th in Heisman voting

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting, picking up 44 votes and two first-place nods.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the award with a total of 2,534 votes (788 first-place votes), Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was second with 1,250 votes (37 first-place votes) and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper was third with 1,023 votes (49 first-place votes). TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin (218 votes), Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett (78 votes) and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (51) votes also finished ahead of Coleman.

According to ESPN, Mariota received the second-highest percentage of possible points in award history with 90.92. Ohio State’s Troy Smith has 91.63 in 2006.

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ScoopTalk: And then there were finals

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Scoop Poll:

Who wins Saturday's Crossroads Classic game?

  • Indiana (69%, 107 Votes)
  • Butler (31%, 49 Votes)

Total Voters: 155

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IU vs Butler 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]5090James 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]3950Nick 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]3580Max 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]3130Robert 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]2870Troy 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]2840Ryan 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]2560Yogi 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]2800Hanner 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]2330Stanford 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]2310Nate 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]2750Emmitt 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]2920Collin 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]3190Tim 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]3240Jeremiah 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]3710Jess 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]8810Tyra 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]4910Larryn 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]4060Taylor 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]3170Nicole 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]3080Liz 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]3160Kaila 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]2680Karlee 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]2530Alexis 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]2720Maura 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]2670Andrea 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]2820Amanda 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]2930Claire 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]2810Lyndsay 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]2600Jenn 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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