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FINAL
Notre Dame picked up the intensity and effort in the final 45 minutes, but Indiana was well up to the challenge and actually surged in the final 10 minutes rather than wilting. Hoosiers post a 21-9 edge in shots, 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Colin Webb with three saves. This one will standout on the resume when tournament times comes. HOOSIERS 1, IRISH 0

HALFTIME
Arguably the best half of the season against such a top-flight opponent for Indiana, which has dominated possession and the statistics. Hoosiers lead 10-1 in shots, 4-1 in corner kicks. Colin Webb made the one save he needed to midway through the half. Otherwise, IU with a complete reversal from Sunday’s loss to Maryland, when the Terps dictated the game and applied the pressure. In this one, it’s Indiana pressuring and dominating the midfield, particularly via the play of Dylan Lax. Biggest threat for Irish is the counter attack, but even those moments have been sparse to this point. HOOSIERS 1, IRISH 0

FIRST HALF
19th’: Indiana dominates the possession early, though had little true danger to show. But on the third corner kick of the night, Patrick Doody takes the left-footed corner kick, an inswinger that goes untouched across the goalmouth, caroming off the back post and in for the goal, his third of the season. HOOSIERS 1, IRISH 0

PREGAME
Indiana hosts a No. 1 team for the first time since 2007, as top-ranked Notre Dame visits Armstrong Stadium tonight. The No. 8 Hoosiers are looking to bounce back from a loss to Maryland Sunday, while the Irish carry a three-game win streak into the match. IU is fourth in the RPI ratings, Notre Dame fifth. Kerel Bradford will start for Billy McConnell at right back for the second straight game, while Notre Dame is missing senior defender Patrick O’Malley from its starting lineup. Updates to follow here and more frequently on Twitter.

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Spriggs could be ready to play at Michigan

Indiana left tackle Jason Spriggs could be ready to play in the Hoosiers’ next game, IU coach Kevin Wilson said Wednesday.

After a head-on collision with a Michigan State player late in Saturday’s game, Spriggs was carted off the field on a backboard and taken to a local hospital. Spriggs was discharged before 10 o’clock Saturday night and Wilson said the junior suffered neither a concussion, nor a stinger.

“He’s got some high muscular stuff between his shoulder blades,” Wilson said. “He was blocking down and he took a few more steps and when he fell down all of a sudden it spasmed up. Our medical guys will always do a good job and it’s in that area you want to be protecting. When you watch it on tape you’re like, ‘That didn’t look bad.’ You watch him on the field and he’s good. He should be good to go.”

Wilson added that while Spriggs was on the field for Wednesday’s practice, the staff is trying to keep him away from hitting. The Indiana coach expects to know more about Spriggs’ playing status by early next week. The Hoosiers are currently on a bye week and won’t play a game until travelling to Michigan on Nov. 1.

“I’m not sure if it was just whiplash, (but) it just got between the shoulder blades there. It’s more muscular than anything else. It’s kind of like he’s got a stiff neck now more than anything else.”

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Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Kevin Wilson wants to carry the positive energy of the first half against Michigan State forward, Mike writes.

The schedule gets no easier for the No. 8 IU soccer team when it hosts No. 1 Notre Dame tonight, I wrote.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. checks in as the projected 10th-highest scoring freshmen in the nation this season, Dan Hanner and Luke Winn write for SI.com.

IU and Notre Dame soccer share a lot of similarities and the last two national titles heading into tonight’s match, Michael Hughes of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Soap opera star Don Diamont wouldn’t be surprised to see his son flip the script going forward at IU, David Woods of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Tevin Coleman doesn’t have a chance to win the Heisman Trophy and never did, Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Less fouling is key to the development of former Hoosiers’ Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh with the Charlotte Hornets, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Watch Don Diamont and “Bold and the Beautiful” co-star Jacqueline MacInnes Wood in this interview on Australian television.

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Hoosiers ready to get back to work with Diamont

The first- and second-team repetitions went to Nate Sudfeld and Chris Covington two weeks ago, not Zander Diamont.

Last week, Diamont received only a couple days’ worth of reps with the first team heading into Saturday’s game against No. 8 Michigan State.

The workload will change over the next two weeks.

As Indiana opens the bye week, Diamont is set to receive the bulk of the work before the Hoosiers’ next game at Michigan on Nov. 2. After Diamont completed only 5-of-15 passes for 11 yards in a 56-17 loss to the Spartans, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson is hoping to build rapport and establish timing between his former third-string quarterback and a growing group of receivers.

“We weren’t able to have a full week with him prior to (last week) when he was third behind Nate and Chris,” Wilson said. “You just kinda work your first two quarterbacks. If you give reps to the three, you’re not giving enough work to the No. 2, or getting enough work for the No. 1.” (more…)

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Shane Wynn to appear on Wednesday’s season premiere of ‘The Journey’

When they sat him down to talk at Big Ten Media Days in July, the team at Big Ten Network’s “The Journey” came away pleasantly surprised with Shane Wynn’s ability to engage, entertain and, most importantly, tell stories in front of the camera.

“We were all blown away,” said Bill Friedman, coordinating producer of BTN Originals. “There are very few interviews where we all go, ‘Wow!’ He had us all laughing and he’s exactly the way he was with his team and in life. He’s a guy that embraces life and he’s a friendly guy that has a big, electric personality and he’s accomplished a lot as a wide receiver.”

So look for Wynn to be one of the central focuses of Wednesday’s season premiere of ‘The Journey: Big Ten Football 2014,’ which airs at 7 p.m. eastern. Wynn was identified as a subject to follow by senior feature producer Julian Darnell, who is also an Indiana graduate.

Cameras from ‘The Journey’ picked up footage of Wynn during the summer, at Media Days in Chicago, at early-season practices in Bloomington and also during Saturday’s game against Michigan State.

“One of the things we were able to do was put a mike on Shane during practice to get to see the behind the scenes stuff of how Shane interacts and times when Shane is being Shane,” Friedman said. “It’s very interesting. Coach (Kevin) Wilson was also interviewed and has some fun lines about Shane as well. We like to have a mix of stories on the show — some serious and some are a little more not so serious. We were able to do that with Shane. With Shane’s story, you get a little bit of both where he talks about where he’s been and about his big personality. He’s just fun. You could watch hours of tape of Shane and smile the whole time.”

Friedman said his producers got to chat with Wynn’s family, including his sisters about going from Cleveland to Indiana. He added that it’s a goal to revisit with Wynn leading up to IU’s game at Ohio State on Nov. 22, when Wynn will be playing in front of his family and friends in his home state.

“There are lots of layers to him,” Friedman said. “Those are the types of characters we want to profile on ‘The Journey.’”

If you can’t catch the episode at its original airtime at 7 eastern on Wednesday, look for the reair at 9:30 Wednesday night. Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Michigan State’s Tony Lippett are also expected to be part of the show. Viewers can livetweet the show and follow along with the producers by tweeting at @BTNJourney.

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Celtics waive Christian Watford

The Boston Celtics waived former Indiana forward Christian Watford on Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn.

Boston originally signed Watford in late August before waiving him on Sept. 26. The Celtics later re-signed him to a new deal on Sept. 27. Watford appeared in three preseason games for Brad Stevens’ team, averaging 2.3 minutes per contest and going 0-for-3 from the field.

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Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Building team chemistry is critical to the Indiana basketball team this season, Mike writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Long-time IU target Kyle Guy committed to Tony Bennett and Virginia on Monday, Whitelaw Reid of the Charlottesville Daily Progress writes.

Consistency continues to be the buzzword for Hanner Mosquera-Perea this season, Kyle Rowland of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes.

IU women’s basketball coach Teri Moren continues to establish relationships and chemistry with her new team, Casey Krajewski of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Not just the Hoosiers, but the entire state of Indiana with the exception of Notre Dame needs saving this football season, Austin North of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

The advanced box score from the IU-Michigan State is interesting, but not in a good way, Billy at puntjohnpunt.com notes.

Former Hoosier Victor Oladipo’s health status for the Orlando Magic’s season opener remains in doubt, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

Shoe companies continue to be a hot topic, and this look at the landscape includes IU’s adidas contract details, via Adam Himmelsbach of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Today is practically begging for some Tony Bennett, so here he is with Paul McCartney on “The Very Thought of You.”

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