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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Hoosier Morning

The IU soccer team is following the lead of unassuming yet charismatic senior Femi Hollinger-Janzen, I wrote.

Tom Crean’s Hoosiers get into the thick of their non-conference schedule starting with tonight’s game against Creighton, Mike writes.

Former IU radio broadcaster Max Skirvin recalls a few of his favorite Hoosier football memories, Andy writes.

The less Kym Royster plays like a freshman, the better for the IU women’s basketball team as it visits DePaul tonight, Jon writes.

The IU volleyball team was swept at No. 6 Nebraska, we reported.

The Indiana defense will be tested by high-scoring Creighton tonight at Assembly Hall, Andrew Vailliencourt of Inside the Hall writes.

Indiana’s at least talking defense as it gears up for the Bluejays, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

There should be plenty of points, plenty of pace when Creighton visits Assembly Hall tonight in a battle of two teams looking for better defense, Steve Pivovar of the Omaha World-Herald writes.

Playing in one of college basketball’s historic venues is just another perk of big-time basketball as a member of the Big East for Creighton, Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald writes.

Film study of the defense against Michigan reveals a secondary even worse than anyone imagined heading into the season, Dan of writes.

A more aggressive approach has resulted in better results for the Maryland secondary as the Terps ready for Indiana, Daniel Gallen of the Carroll County Times writes.

A song for Femi this morning, “Follow You, Follow Me” by Genesis.


Tom Crean previews Thursday’s game against Creighton #iubb

(Video courtesy of IU Athletics)


Does Brandon Knight have a future at tight end? #iufb

Kevin Wilson can envision freshman Brandon Knight developing into an NFL prospect at offensive tackle.

He can also see Knight helping Indiana at tight end.

The Indiana coach acknowledged on his weekly radio show Wednesday that Knight has as bright of a future as any underclassman on this year’s team, but said Knight’s long-term position has not been decided.

Knight, who was a coveted offensive line prospect when he signed with Indiana last winter, has been working with IU’s tight ends in recent weeks. So far, it seems to be a good match.

“We’ll see,” Wilson said about where Knight will play next season and beyond. “He actually (plays tight end) pretty good. In this day and age, you need big people. He’s 280 pounds, (6-foot-5) and he’s wearing jersey number 89. He’s going to be as gifted as Jason Spriggs, but at the same time, too, if we can have some really good tackle play and have a 280-pound tight end, that doesn’t hurt.”

Spriggs, Indiana’s senior left tackle, is expected to be an NFL draft pick in the spring and Wilson has maintained all season that Knight could be as good or better than Spriggs. With recent injuries to tight ends Anthony Corsaro, Jordan Fuchs and Danny Friend, Indiana slotted Knight at the position for some extra help.

And although it’s not his natural position, Knight has helped Indiana continue using some larger sets to aid its running game.

“We needed that tight end play to pick up,” Wilson said. “With Michael Cooper, those two guys have been very instrumental in the run game the last two weeks. Brandon Knight is a great young freshman.” (more…)


Bruce Brown picks Miami over Indiana #iubb

Indiana missed on one of its priority targets in the 2016 class on Wednesday, when four-star guard Bruce Brown chose Miami over the Hoosiers.

Wednesday is the final day of the early signing period, and IU has cleared National Letters of Intent from all three current members — four-star forward De’Ron Davis, four-star combo guard Curtis Jones and guard Grant Gelon — of its 2016 recruiting class. IU has only one available scholarship remaining for next season, but at least one more is expected to open after the season.


Hoosier Morning

Kicker Griffin Oakes has learned to flush his misses, bouncing back from a rough game at Michigan State with his best performances of the season, Mike writes.

Freshman Kym Royster showed her potential as the IU women’s basketball team gutted out an upset of No. 24 Chattanooga Tuesday, Jon writes.

Troy Williams is helping spearhead the defensive dialogue for Tom Crean’s Hoosiers, I wrote.

It’s not easy being Tom Crean, but he’s found a way to shut out the negativity in Bloomington, Gary Parrish of writes.

A look at the Hoosiers’ defensive miscues and how Austin Peay countered IU’s pressure in a film session, by Ryan Corazza of Inside the Hall.

Victor Oladipo could return to the court tonight, but his recent concussion is testing his patience, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

Maryland suspended starting running back Wes Brown ahead of this week’s game with Indiana, Roman Stubbs of the Washington Post writes.

The Terrapins see a bright future as they prepare for Senior Day against the Hoosiers, Daniel Gallen of the Carroll County Times writes.

Indiana is still showing up in bowl projections, according to Bryan Fischer of

Kym Royster looked more like the player Teri Moren recruited and less like a wide-eyed freshman in the IU women’s basketball team’s upset of Chattanooga, Taylor Lehman of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

For Mr. Oakes, Motley Crue with “Flush.”


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