Chandler also pops for Xavier

Michael Chandler, a 6-foot-10 center from Lawrence North, made it two commitments in as many days for Xavier from the Indianapolis area.

The senior said he felt like he might commit during his official visit this weekend, the Star’s Kyle Neddenriep reported.

Indiana was interested in Chandler, and Chandler was interested (or at least said he was) in IU. But it never seemed to be a hot relationship. In dating terms, they were friends who may eventually get together, but if they didn’t no one would have felt a longing 20 years later.

But Chandler was the one prospect keeping IU’s known 2011 recruit list from being just one, Cody Zeller. Tom Crean has not backed off signing two more players in the class of 2011, so we’ll be watching and asking what new names may come out in the coming days, weeks and months.

DSR to Xavier

North Central guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera verbally committed to Xavier on Saturday, according to multiple outlets.

It came down to Xavier, Wake Forest and Georgetown, the Indy Star’s Kyle Neddenriep writes.

There seemed to be a feeling that when IU chose to really pursue another 2012 point guard, Park Tudor’s Yogi Ferrell, Smith-Rivera started to look at other options.

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Andy Graham’s observations from Indiana at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — The weather here is gloomy. The crowd is sparse. But the venerable Memorial Stadium looks good with its recent renovation, which didn’t obscure its traditional ambiance. This remains, after all, the place Red Grange played his college football.

Mikel Leshoure might not be Red Grange, but he and freshman quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase will test Indiana’s defense on the ground. Leshoure is averaging 5.4 yards a carry, and Scheelhaase 4.4. But the key today could well be how Hoosier quarterback Ben Chappell fares against an Illini defense that ranks No. 20 in the nation. If the Illini can get pressure on Chappell with just their front four, it could be a very long afternoon for the visitors.

Thanks for reading and, as always, I’ll post observations at the quarter breaks and halftime on this same thread while the game unfolds.


IU offers enticement to attend ‘Night of the Living Red’

As if seeing Cody Zeller in Assembly Hall was not enough, IU has added additional enticement to attend “Night of the Living Red” a week from today. Check out paragraph five in this release:


The Indiana University men’s basketball team will hold “Night of the Living Red” a Halloween themed free event for Hoosier fans of all ages Friday, October 29 in Assembly Hall.

The night will include an opportunity to visit Cook Hall, a band and tailgate area outside of the south lobby, Trick or Treating and games for kids, a Cream and Crimson Scrimmage, costume parade and an autograph session with the IU men’s basketball team.

“Each year we try and bring something different to the table,” said IU Coach Tom Crean.It’s a fun event, but we also want our players to have the opportunity to play in a game situation in front of fans and with referees.  We are hopeful the crowd brings a ton of energy to the event.”

Cook Hall and the Pfau-Shine Legacy Court will be open until 7 p.m. Doors to Assembly Hall will open at 6:30 p.m., with trick or treating and games in the concourse beginning at 7 p.m.  An outside tailgate area with music in between Assembly Hall and Cook Hall will be open from 7 p.m. until tip-off.  The Cream and Crimson scrimmage begin around 8 p.m.

Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for two free balcony tickets for one of four games taking place during holiday breaks (11/23 vs. NC Central, 11/26 vs. Northwestern State, 12/17 vs. SIU Edwardsville, or 12/19 against South Carolina State).

Student season ticket holders will receive their 2010-11 Crimson Guard official t-shirt and one lucky student will have the opportunity to win $10,000 by making five of 10 three pointers in 25 seconds.

A post-game autograph session with the players will take place as all kids 11 and under will receive autograph cards for each player.  Kids also will have the opportunity compete in games on the Assembly Hall floor at each timeout.

The Hoosiers will play two exhibition games starting with Franklin on November 3, Ferris State on November 8.  Both games will start at 7 p.m.  The regular season will open Friday, November 12, at 6:30 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast.

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