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Thomas Bryant let the lion out as Indiana roared past Creighton, Mike writes.

What was supposed to be the first test of the season turned out to be an open-book exam for the Hoosiers, I wrote.

Turnovers proved to be the difference in a loss at No. 19 DePaul for IU women’s basketball, we reported.

Maryland’s Will Likely has added offense to his roles as return man and defensive back as IU visits Saturday, Mike writes.

It’s about more than talent with Thomas Bryant, it’s about passion, Bob Kravitz of writes.

Indiana took momentum with it as the Hoosiers headed to Maui with a convincing win over Creighton, Rick Bozich of writes.

Yogi Ferrell had a near double-double with nine rebounds as the Hoosiers blitzed Creighton, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

Creighton didn’t look ready for the big stage in being outclassed by Indiana, Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald writes.

The Bluejays got rattled early and never recovered in flunking their first test, Steve Pivovar of the Omaha World-Herald writes.

The IU offense has a chance to be truly special, Brody Miller of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Quinn Buckner talks about his father, Bob Knight, winning a gold medal and more as he heads into the College Basketball Hall of Fame today, Dana Hunsinger Benbow of the Indianapolis Star writes.

A few thoughts on the Spartans, Hoosiers and Badgers, BTN analyst Jon Crispin writes at

Indiana checks in at No. 10 in the season’s initial power rankings while pushing the pace, Luke Winn of writes.

Running back Jordan Howard is doing well, but he’s chasing perfection, Josh Moyer of writes.

Indiana’s fast tempo offense will bring a challenge for a more aggressive Maryland defense, Daniel Gallen of the Baltimore Sun writes.

A trip to Vietnam turned out to be more of a chance to reconnect with her heritage than it was a chance to coach volleyball for IU senior Courtney Harnisch, Mechelle Voepel of writes.

“Stars Align” is a new video highlighting the illustrious history of IU soccer on the eve of their 40th NCAA Tournament appearance, via

For Thomas Bryant and his gym lion — “When the Children Cry” by White Lion.

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Jason Spriggs a semifinalist for Outland Trophy #iufb

Jason Spriggs, a stalwart at left tackle since matriculating at Indiana four years ago, is now one six semifinalists for the 2015 Outland Trophy, presented annually to honor college football’s top lineman.

The Football Writers Association of American announced the semifinalists Thursday evening, with Spriggs joined by Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango, Stanford offensive guard Joshua Garnett, Alabama center Ryan Kelly, Alabama defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson and Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley.

Spriggs has started a team-high 44 times in 45 games, including 28 consecutive to open his career. He owns a career-best 56 knockdown blocks in 805 snaps and has allowed just two sacks in 365 called pass attempts this season. Coupled with his 2014 performance, the Elkhart, Ind., native has only given up four sacks in 1,494 plays.

During the Hoosiers’ spring testing, Spriggs ran a 4.82 40-yard dash (that would have been first among tackles at the 2015 NFL Combine participants), posted a 37.5 vertical leap (first), benched 455 pounds and 33 reps on the 225-pound bench (fourth), and clean lifted 365 pounds.

Indiana ranks first in the Big Ten in total offense (467.5 yards), second in passing offense (269.6), third in rushing offense (197.9) and fourth in scoring offense (33.3) this season. The Hoosiers are first in the Big Ten with 12 sacks allowed.

The Outland field will be paired to three finalists next week, and the winner will be announced Dec. 10 on ESPN.


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IUWBB: Hoosiers fall to No. 19 DePaul, 84-69

Turnovers doomed the Hoosiers in an 84-69 loss to DePaul in Chicago Thursday during the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT.

With the loss, Indiana (2-1) is out of the tournament. The Blue Demons (3-0), ranked No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, will move on to play Baylor, No. 4 in the Associated Press, in the championship game Sunday.

Amanda Cahill led the Hoosiers with 15 points and eight rebounds. Tyra Buss and Karlee McBride joined her in double figures with 10, while Jenn Anderson, Lyndsay Leikem and Alexis Gassion each finished with 8.

Indiana led or was tied with DePaul through the entire first quarter. Five different players scored, and the Hoosiers hit 64.3 percent of their shots. But there were seven lead changes in the second quarter, and the Blue Demons took a 42-39 lead into halftime thanks to their pressure defense.

While the Hoosiers shot the ball well, finishing at a 54.5 percent success rate, they had 23 turnovers, including 14 in the first half. The number of errors the Hoosiers had in the first half tied the number they had in all four quarters of a win over No. 24 Chattanooga Tuesday at Assembly Hall.

DePaul didn’t relent and established a 62-49 with 2:37 left in the period. By 4:55 left in the fourth quarter, the Blue Demons had established a 77-57 lead.

DePaul shot 46.7 percent on the night and committed 13 turnovers. Megan Podkowa led the Blue Demons with 16 points. Ashton Millender finished with 15, and Brooke Schulte added 13.

The Hoosiers next contest will be Tuesday at IPFW.


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Indiana overpowers Creighton, 86-65

What was supposed to be the first challenge in a long line of them wasn’t much of a challenge at all.

No. 14 Indiana overpowered Creighton, 86-65, in the inaugural Gavitt Games on Thursday at Assembly Hall.

Thomas Bryant was outstanding for the Hoosiers (3-0), scoring 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds. James Blackmon Jr. scored a team-high 19 points, while Yogi Ferrell added 15 points.

Indiana created separation with a strong start and hardly looked back. IU begins the long trip to Hawaii on Friday and plays its first game in the Maui Invitational on Monday at 5 p.m. Eastern against Wake Forest.

The Hoosiers used a 12-0 run midway through the first half to take a 26-10 lead at the under-12 timeout, matching stops and Creighton turnovers with baskets on the other end. Bryant began the run with a corner 3-pointer for his first long-range field goal of the season.

The freshman center was key to the early success, both outside and under the basket. He used an arsenal of advanced post moves to score 11 points in 13 minutes, authoring his best first half of IU’s first three games. Some of the credit belongs to his teammates, who showed both the willingness and capacity to feed the post. IU coach Tom Crean has said this part of the offense will be an ongoing development for his Hoosiers as they learn to work with more natural low-post options.

On Thursday, that development looked to be well on track.

The Hoosiers hit five of their first 10 3-pointers, before going 5-for-18 from beyond the arc the rest of the way. In the midst of its hot start from the perimeter, Indiana was shooting over a Creighton 2-3 zone

Indiana led 51-32 at halftime, and the Blue Jays never inched closer than 17 points in the second half.

IU took away second-chance opportunities for Creighton, which didn’t grab its first offensive rebound until early in the second half.

From here, the Hoosiers will face the Demon Deacons in Hawaii, followed by potential matchups against Vanderbilt and Kansas. After returning home to test its legs against Alcorn State on Nov. 30, Indiana travels to Duke on Dec. 2.

This story will be updated.


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