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IUWBB: Janese Banks added as assistant coach

Janese Banks will join Teri Moren’s staff at Indiana as an assistant coach, the school announced Monday.

Banks replaces Todd Starkey, who was recently named head coach at Kent State.

“We are excited to have Janese join us here at Indiana,” Moren said in a statement. “After tremendous playing careers at Ben Davis High School and at the University of Wisconsin, she has quickly established herself as a rising star in our profession.

“Janese is an energy giver, a tireless worker and a relationship builder. She will be a terrific role model for our young people. Janese has a deep appreciation for the state of Indiana and Indiana basketball.  We’re thrilled she’ll be joining Hoosier Nation!”

Banks was an All-Big Ten player at Wisconsin, averaging 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game from 2005-2008.  A native of Indianapolis, she was an Indiana All-Star for Ben Davis in 2004. (more…)


Crean hints that Williams will remain in NBA Draft #iubb

This week’s NBA Draft Combine in Chicago is the next checkpoint in Troy Williams’ off-season.

It may also be his final undertaking as an amateur basketball player.

During a speaking engagement Saturday in Warsaw, IU coach Tom Crean hinted that Williams may stay in the draft and forego his final season of eligibility with the Hoosiers.

“I believe Troy’s going to be in that draft,” Crean said, according to a story by the Elkhart Truth. “I think he deserves to be in that draft. He’s done all that we’ve asked him to do. That’s his dream and he’s done a lot of good things for us, but at the same time, you’ve got to be able to move forward.”

Williams, who has not yet hired an agent, will be one of 63 players participating in the combine, which runs Wednesday through Sunday. Those who have not signed with agents have until May 25 to withdraw from the draft. Should Williams decide to return to IU, it would put Indiana one scholarship over the NCAA limit of 13.

Junior college forward Freddie McSwain’s commitment late last month effectively gave IU a replacement for Williams’ athleticism.

“We had to prepare for the loss of Troy,” Crean said at the event, according to the Elkhart Truth.


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IU to host Michigan State under the lights #iufb

Indiana will play at least one game under the lights in Bloomington this fall.

The Big Ten Network announced Monday that IU will host Michigan State in primetime on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

The Hoosiers received good television exposure last season, with games against Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan all carried nationally on ABC. The Hoosiers loss to then-No. 1 Ohio State was the 10th-most watched game of the season overall.

IU’s 2016 season opener at Florida International on Sept. 1 is also expected to kick off in the evening, though a time has not yet been announced.


IU claims 1st place after series win at Minnesota #iubase

It took three months, 12 starts and 68 1/3 innings before Evan Bell could claim his first win of the season.

And it couldn’t have come at a bigger moment.

Bell’s fine start — and a shut-down finish from Indiana’s bullpen — helped the Hoosiers reclaim first place in a 3-2 victory over No. 19 Minnesota on Sunday at Siebert Field in Minneapolis.

IU (28-17, 13-5) clinched the series against the Gophers (30-15, 12-5), taking a half-game lead at the top of the Big Ten standings entering the penultimate week of the regular season.

After offense owned the first two games of the weekend, pitching and defense claimed the rubber match. Bell scattered eight hits across 5 2/3 innings, but allowed only a pair of runs while walking one and striking out four.

“This was a huge game, probably one of the biggest starts of my life,” Bell told BTN Student U after the game. “I like those pressure moments. I was just trying to give my team the best chance.”

The senior right-hander did exactly that through limiting one of the nation’s most productive lineups — the Gophers entered the weekend averaging seven runs per game. Bell battled throughout the afternoon and overcame an early deficit after Minnesota’s Connor Schaefbauer’s one-out single gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. IU avoided further damage when third baseman Luke Miller helped turn a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning. (more…)


Former Hoosiers to take shot at $2 million in TBT

A year ago, Indiana University fans were drawn into a unique summer basketball event by a trio of former Hoosiers.

Now those Hoosiers and a number of others are back for another attempt to cash in — literally — on their skills.

The Basketball Tournament is gearing up for its third year of existence, and the winning team will haul in $2 million in the winner-take-all event. That prize is up from $500,000 in 2014 and $1 million in 2015.

Jordan Hulls, Will Sheehey and Christian Watford are joining forces for the second straight year in an effort to win the big prize as members of the Armored Athlete team, and another former Hoosier, Cody Zeller, is lending his support to the cause as the team booster.

The Basketball Tournament — TBT for short — is an open-application tournament, but as it is not NBA-sanctioned, to this point no current NBA players have been willing to risk their contracts or health to participate. That leaves the likes of Zeller to simply campaign for his former teammates, but campaigning is just another way TBT is different.

Fans have a say in who participates in the event and can even grab a share of the prize money themselves.

The 64-team tournament will place 16 teams in each region — Philadelphia, Charlotte, Chicago and Los Angeles — with the 12 teams in each region with the most fan votes at www.thetournament.com as of June 1 earning an automatic berth. The other four teams will consist of at-large bids.

Armored Athlete currently sits fifth in the Midwest Region voting, but well behind teams consisting of Kansas State alumni and Kentucky alumni and just ahead of a team of Michigan State alumni. Fans who participate in voting and recruit others to vote accumulate points and will be placed at different earning levels should their team win TBT. The top fan receives $20,000, four fans get $10,000, 15 fans get $4,000 and 80 fans will receive $1,000.

Armored Athlete reached the elite eight of last year’s tournament before falling to eventual runner-up Ants Alumni, which included former IU player Rod Wilmont. The Ants are also back this year, but Wilmont is not on the roster to this point.

Other Hoosiers are dotting various rosters though.

Also in the Midwest, Jeff Howard has joined All Sports Series, which ranks 35th in fan voting.

Maurice Creek is a member of the Young Kings squad, which currently ranks just 22nd in fan voting in the Northeast Region.

And while his name hasn’t officially appeared on a roster yet, Jordan Crawford is rumored to be joining TBT.

Play begins July 9 with the final game coming Aug. 2 on ESPN.


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