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Indiana women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack led her team to a win against No. 21 Michigan State on Sunday. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

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IU women’s basketball highlights

A look at Sunday’s win over No. 22 Michigan State courtesy of the BTN.

Audio from today’s availability

Tom Crean and players met with the media today to discuss Tuesday’s game at Madison Square Garden. Crean’s basic thoughts on Pitt are that the Panthers are extremely well coached, and even though they were hit hard by graduation, the NBA draft and injuries, the Pitt Way has been passed down well enough through the classes that they will be fine. They play tough defense, they rebound well, and they are extremely physical despite the loss of DeJuan Blair to the NBA. Also, everyone is excited about playing Madison Square Garden.

Audio follows. Crean wasn’t as long today as usual, so I could actually post it. Pritchard, Hulls and Rivers are on the same file because I walked from one to the other and forgot to press the stop button.

Audio: Tom Crean

Audio: Christian Watford

Audio: Tom Pritchard, Jordan Hulls and Jeremiah Rivers

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Indiana guard Devan Dumes takes an outside shot against USC-Upstate. The Hoosiers, without Matt Roth, are making their 3-pointers — they’re just not taking very many. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Former Hoosier Caleb Porter is heading to his first College Cup as a coach after No. 1 Akron’s 1-0 win over Tulsa in the NCAA quarterfinals Saturday afternoon. Kofie Sarkodie, the brother of IU senior Ofori Sarkodie, scored the game’s only goal.

The Zips’ 23-0 mark matches the all-time record set by the 1997 Hoosiers, who went 23-0 before falling to UCLA in the College Cup semifinals — with Porter in the midfield.

Akron joins North Carolina and Virginia in the College Cup. Wake Forest and UCLA play later tonight for the final spot. A Wake win would mean three of the four Cup teams beat Indiana this season.
UPDATE: Wake Forest beat UCLA, 2-0, making it three teams in the Final Four that IU lost to, and three ACC teams in the College Cup for the second straight year.

Freitag’s statement

Former Indiana soccer coach Mike Freitag called a press conference today. Flanked by his assistant coaches Aleksey Korol and Phil Presser and his wife Renee, Freitag began crying as soon as he began reading his two-page prepared statement. “Sorry,” he said, “I cry at Hallmark commercials.”

Here’s a PDF copy of Mike Freitag’s comments.

Or you can listen to Freitag read the statement.

For what it’s worth

Caleb Porter, who has not returned my calls, told the Akron Beacon-Journal he’s not interested in the Indiana job:

”I’d prefer not to comment on it,” Porter said Wednesday. ”I’m focused on Akron. However, if people are wondering if I’m interested, I am not.”

UA plays Tulsa at 4 p.m. Saturday in a game that could send the Zips to the Final Four.

Porter addressed the issue with his team Tuesday and told his players he is not interested in Indiana.

So, there’s that. The chances of Porter shrugging and saying “Sure, why wouldn’t I be interested?” were exactly zero. He’s in the midst of a title chase.

Meanwhile, Mike Freitag just held an emotional press conference in the press box at Armstrong Stadium. He struggled through tears while reading a prepared statement that called for an end to negativity but stated in the most not uncertain of terms that he did not agree with his dismissal or the way it was handled.

We’ll have more coverage of that in a bit.

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