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Indiana 89, Franklin 37

Christian Watford scored 25 points to lead Indiana to a 89-37 win against Franklin College in an exhibition Wednesday at Assembly Hall.

Indiana played 13 players and 10 scored, but the key may have been on the defensive end.

Franklin turned the ball over 28 times, 14 in each half, and Indiana took four charges.

Daniel Moore and Maurice Creek each had three steals to lead the Hoosiers.

Indiana was without Verdell Jones (ankle) and Guy Marc-Michel.

Indiana announced before the game that the NCAA is reviewing Michel’s amateur status. The junior center, a first-year JUCO transfer, played several games as an amateur with a French team that had professionals on it.

Tom Crean said afterwards he was aware of the situation several days ago but had downplayed it to his team. Indiana is working with the NCAA, Crean said, though there is no set timeline for a decision on Michel’s status.

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Chappell back at practice

Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell, not listed on the club’s current injury report, was back at work during Wednesday’s practice after being held out of Tuesday’s sessions.

Chappell, who wore a walking boot to Monday’s press conference and has taken a physical pounding in recent weeks, will get some breaks from practices for the balance of the season according to coach Bill Lynch.

“We didn’t have Ben really do anything (Tuesday), on purpose — not because he couldn’t have, but we thought that was the smart thing to do,” Lynch said. “You’re going to take some hits from the defense when you’re throwing it that many times . . . and not scrambling.

“It’s just the nature of the position. You’ll take a lot of hits. He’s a big, physical guy, fortunately, and he’s really tough. But we worry about (the hits) and that’s why we’ll be smart from here on out to make sure he’s feeling good on Saturdays. Especially as much football as he’s played, as aware of the offense as he is, he’s locked in, still getting mental reps, even when he’s not going (on the practice field).”

Marc-Michel’s status being investigated

The NCAA is investigating Guy-Marc Michel’s amateur status, Indiana announced in a statement.

“Prior to attending North Idaho Community College, Guy participated in club basketball in France, where he finished high school and enrolled in some college courses,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a prepared statement. “In three years with the French club, Guy participated as a member of an amateur team. In his third year, he was “called up” for limited participation with a team that included professional players.”

Indiana anticipated an extended review of Marc-Michel’s status.

“We are hopeful for a positive resolution to Guy’s case within the coming weeks,” Crean said. “While he is not eligible to compete at this time, he will continue to improve in practice, and he’ll continue doing very well in the classroom, until the process is complete.”

Etherington: ‘(Zeller) just said he had a good time’


(Photo credit to Chris Howell)

Austin Etherington said that Cody Zeller was predictably low-key after his official visit, but did say one thing of interest.

“He just said he had a good time,” Etherington said. “And that’s all the really matters.”

Etherington, who befriended Zeller when the two played together for Indiana Elite Team Indiana this past AAU season, said he tries not to push Zeller.

“You just have to know who he is,” Etherington said.


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