Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell has been added to the John Wooden Award watch list, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday.
Ferrell is one of 50 aspirants for the Wooden Award, given annually to college basketball’s best player. The junior from Indianapolis was previously named to the Cousy Award watch list for college basketball’s best point guard.
You can find the full list of 50 after the jump. (more…)
Indiana’s soccer men, the overall No. 5 seed, host the Monmouth-Xavier winner in second-round NCAA tournament play after getting the auto first-round bye.
IU will host its NCAA opener at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 youth/students.
The Hoosiers could potentially face Maryland again, at Maryland, if both make it to the Elite 8. Maryland was the overall No. 4 seed and Michigan State was seeded No. 3, as the Big Ten got six of its nine men’s soccer programs into the field.
It is a 48-team field. The top 16 seeds get byes. The top 8, after getting their round 1 byes, host games in rounds 2 and 3. The Hoosiers had a RPI of 6 entering the week and a Big Ten Tournament run that ended with Sunday’s 2-1 loss to host Maryland in the title game.
The NCAA badly botched the pairings announcement, with bad internet buffering causing the show to skip over half the pairings (including IU’s) during the initial broadcast.
Xavier will host Monmouth for the first-round game Thursday in IU’s immediate bracket and the Muskateers own a preseason exhibition win over the Hoosiers this season. Should Xavier prevail and come to Bloomington, it already knows the lay of the land and knows the Hoosier squad well.
This year’s Old Oaken Bucket rivalry game with Purdue will kick off at noon on Nov. 29 and air on Big Ten Network, the league announced on Monday.
Indiana won last year’s Bucket Game, 56-36. The teams will play in Bloomington for the second consecutive season.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Mike Davis officially returned to Assembly Hall for practice Sunday night, and he’ll make his public return tonight as Texas Southern visits Indiana, Mike writes.
Most of the things we learned about IU football against Rutgers were things we already knew, Mike writes.
A tough call on Indiana set up Maryland for the game-winning goal in the Big Ten Tournament title game Sunday, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Former IU coach Mike Davis doesn’t just want to get Texas Southern in the NCAA Tournament, he wants to take them deep into the tournament, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
A Q-and-A with Mike Davis, from Jordan Littman at Inside the Hall.
What Todd Yeagley called “a knee-jerk reaction” by the ref set up Maryland’s decisive goal in Sunday’s Big Ten final, Andrew Vailliencourt of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
Victor Oladipo returned to the starting lineup for the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel wrote.
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood had 25,000 reasons to smile after the Scarlet Knights gained bowl eligibility with a win over Indiana, Keith Sargeant of the Newark Star Ledger wrote.
IU scored just 13 points on seven possessions inside the Rutgers 40-yard line and more advanced box score stuff, from Billy at puntjohnpunt.com.
No more excuses, Kevin Wilson is not getting the job done, Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For Mike Davis, “Return to Innocence” by Enigma.
While a soft blanket of snow fell on the town he used to call home, former Indiana coach Mike Davis walked into Assembly Hall Sunday evening and allowed the memories to come pouring back to him.
“The gym hasn’t changed,” Davis said.
More than eight years have passed from the day Davis resigned as Indiana’s coach until Sunday, when he took his first steps back in the venerable building that gave him his future. He packed his Texas Southern basketball team onto a bus around 6:30 local time and led them to Assembly Hall for an evening practice on the same floor where he had watched so many practices years before.
This one, ahead of Monday’s game against IU, was much different than the rest.
“This brings back a lot of memories,” Davis said. “This was a great opportunity (coaching here). It gave my family a hometown and a lot of things to be proud of — us going to the Final Four, me just being on the sidelines coaching. I wouldn’t be coaching now if I wasn’t at Indiana. I’ve had two jobs since then and wouldn’t have had either job if I wasn’t the head coach and played for a championship.”
Davis says he was eager to accept this game as part of his non-conference schedule for two reasons — he wanted to show his team what it meant to play “big-time basketball,” and he wanted to bring his family back to Bloomington. Joining Davis on the trip are his sons Mike Jr., a former Bloomington North and IU player who’s now an assistant on his father’s staff, and Antoine, who was just a small child running around the arena when Davis coached here last.
“Mike was in seventh grade when we moved here,” Davis said. “This is his hometown, when you think about it. He was here through high school and Antoine was born here. For both of them, it’s a homecoming.”
You can read more on Davis’ return to Bloomington in Monday’s Herald-Times.
For the second time this season, Indiana lost by a 2-1 count to Maryland. The latest defeat for the No. 7 Hoosiers came on Sunday in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament, with the No. 13 Terrapins winning on a free kick with four minutes left following a dubious foul call on IU. Here’s the full game story from IU:
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The Hoosiers scratched back from a one-goal deficit but a controversial foul call with four minutes to play set up the game-winning goal for Maryland as the Terps topped the Hoosiers in the Big Ten Tournament title game by a 2-1 score Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field in College Park, Maryland.
The Hoosiers now await their NCAA Tournament fate. The 48-team field will be announced on Monday at 1 p.m. ET. The selection show will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
Senior defender Patrick Doody and junior midfielder Andrew Oliver were named to the All-Tournament team.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — They huddled together along the wall of a corridor leading from the field to Indiana’s locker room after Saturday’s 43-25 loss at Rutgers.
There, IU coach Kevin Wilson and athletic director Fred Glass spoke with one another one-on-one as they normally do after football games, home or away. But the conversation stopped for a moment when true freshman quarterback Zander Diamont passed by them on his way down the hall.
Diamont stopped to apologize to Wilson for a mistake that happened during Indiana’s fifth consecutive loss, but Wilson didn’t want to hear it. He told Diamont that he appreciates his ability to progress and Glass concurred.
Diamont completed 15 of his 31 passes for a career-best 179 yards and a touchdown — Indiana’s first since Nate Sudfeld found Nick Stoner open in the end zone of IU’s game at Iowa on Oct. 11.
And yet those numbers could have been better if not for a handful of critical drops by Indiana’s receivers.
“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t frustrating, but I’m in no position to be criticizing anybody for some dropped balls based on the last few weeks and how I’ve played,” Diamont said. “We have a lot of young guys playing out there and nobody knows what it’s like to play in front of 60,000 people on TV when you’re an 18- or 19-year-old kid. I feel for those guys because I’m in the same position. Yeah, we had some drops, but we’re going to work at it this week and we’re going to be good.” (more…)
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