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We’ll be chatting live at 11 a.m. here. I think it’s Hugh’s turn in the rotation. One way or the other, I’ll be there.


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Final exhibition will be against Ferris State

Indiana’s second exhibition will be against Division II Ferris State, Tom Crean said Wednesday.

The game, scheduled for Nov. 8, will tip-off at 7 p.m. and be live-streamed at BigTenNetwork.com.

Forward Justin Keenan is the preseason national player of the year for at least one media outlet, and Crean said this should be a tough test for the Hoosiers.

That was the most newsy thing to come out of Wednesday’s availability, but there were other bits of info.

  • Christian Watford, Verdell Jones, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Tom Pritchard have all improved defensively, Crean said. He’s not ready to say anyone is one of the best defenders, though Maurice Creek was about a month away from being the No. 1 defender. Then, of course, the knee injury happened.
  • Creek, by the way, is practicing fully with his teammates again. Crean did preach patience, though, as Creek continues to rehab and get back to where he was before.
  • A lot of talk about want-to with Guy-Marc Michel. Proof: Michel was still working out on a Cook Hall court as we finished up our time with Crean at 6 p.m. Practice had been over for more than an hour. Also saw Hulls working out.
  • Crean typicall takes vacation before practice begins. Said he gave that up to recruit.
  • No question Pritchard has improved, and Elston was making great strides. A concussion halted some of the latter’s progress, Crean said.
  • Eight names in the 3-point shootout: Hulls, Creek, Matt Roth, Will Sheehey, Watford, Elston, Victor Oladipo and Jones.
  • Four names in the dunk contest: Oladipo, Sheehey, Watford and Pritchard. There apparently was a groundswell of support for Pritchard’s inclusion.
  • There’s also a Wii contest, which involves players boxing students and something about shooting baskets. We are dubbing this the “Kokomo” of Hoosier Hysteria. If you do not understand that reference, well, read this.

IU baseball schedule released

From IU sports information:

HOOSIERS ANNOUNCE 2011 BASEBALL SCHEDULE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana baseball team will play at least nine games
against teams that played in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, beginning with three
high-level tournaments in the season’s first three weeks, head coach Tracy
Smith announced today. The Hoosiers, who finished over .500 and made the Big
Ten Tournament for the third straight season in 2010, will open the 2011
slate with tournaments at Coastal Carolina, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and
Tennessee.
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FoxSports.com: Baylor under investigation for Perea recruitment

Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com is reporting that Baylor has come under investigation for possible violations committed while recruiting five-star forward Hanner Perea, the Colombian native and LaLumiere junior who plays for Indiana Elite’s summer travel team and is being recruited by Indiana.

Sources apparently said that one of Baylor’s assistants was sending texts to Perea’s AAU coaches, including Mark Adams, while he was coaching games. That is a violation of NCAA rules.

Perea has said he has not ruled out going to other schools, but Indiana and Baylor have long been the two main competitors for his services. Perea recently took an unofficial visit to IU for the Indiana-Michigan football game.

UPDATE, 10:02 A.M.: The NCAA, through a spokesperson, declined comment on the investigation, but a source close to the situation confirmed the details of Fox’s report.

UPDATE: Another source close to the situation confirmed FoxSports.com’s report. The source also said that the investigation is not looking into anything that might call the eligibility of Perea into question, and that the NCAA is unlikely to even interview Perea. The source said that none of the text messages in question actually went to Perea.


Willis doubtful on injury report

Last week it was a groin injury. This week, it’s apparently a knee.

Sophomore tailback Darius Willis has had a laundry list of ailments from the hips down, including ankle and hamstring injuries this year. And now, he apparently has another one.

When reporters were handed the injury report at practice Tuesday, they wondered whether it was a misprint that Willis was listed doubtful with a knee injury as opposed to the groin injury that kept him out of Saturday’s game against Ohio State. Indiana coach Bill Lynch confirmed that the report was correct.

“What he has right now has really been a lingering thing with the knee,” Lynch said. “What he really injured in practice last week was a muscle, groin. But what he has right now is a lingering knee problem. … We’ll see by the end of the week where he’s at.”

Safety Chris Adkin (ankle) right tackle James Brewer (ankle) and cornerback Richard Council (knee) are all still listed as out. Kicker Nick Freeland (hip) is questionable.

Sophomore guard Marc Damisch was expected to return to Bloomington on Tuesday evening from the funeral of his father Craig, who died last week after an extended battle with cancer. When he returns, he could be in a battle for Brewer’s tackle position. Lynch said the Hoosiers want to move junior Justin Pagan back to guard. They’ll be looking at both Damisch and junior Josh Hager at the position.



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