While the Indiana women’s basketball team has struggled recently, things are looking up for Hoosier recruit Aulani Sinclair. The Eminence senior scored a career-high 52 points in her final home game for the Eels last week, a 91-26 win over Baptist Academy. Sinclair was 24-of-44 from the field, including 4-of-13 3-pointers. She also hauled in 13 rebounds and dished out three assists.
Wednesday night, Sinclair and the Eels knocked off Greenwood Christian in a first-round sectional game, 57-38. Eminence won just one game before last week. Now they have three wins and are into the sectional semifinals Friday night at Shelbyville (Southwestern).
Sinclair entered the month of February ranked fourth in the state in scoring (24.9 ppg) and second in rebounding (13.9 rpg).
Usually this time of year it would be idiotic to even consider taking a stroll through the streets of Minneapolis. Today, it wasn’t. The 45-degree weather felt balmy, even with the wind.
I realized, about an hour too late, that I should have worked my way over to the Minnesota campus when there was still light so I could take a picture of the new football stadium for you. Needless to say — since the price tag is something like $230 million — it is epic. The U of M, as all my cousins who went there call it, gets a bad rep around the conference because it’s seen as not having the same charm as its brethren located in sleepy little towns. And for a while, playing football downtown at the Metrodome did detract from the campus feel. The set up now should be excellent, with Williams Arena and the new stadium across from each other just a couple of blocks from the a street full of bars and restaurants. Indiana, by the way, won’t play in the new stadium until 2012. Consider me peturbed by this delay, commissioner Delaney.
If you’ve recently had the most amazing Lazik surgery ever, you’ll notice Devan Dumes standing under the basket in the picture above. That’s been his primary duty so far: ball retriever. Though as I write this, he appears to be having a serious conversation with Nick Williams out near mid-court.
It’s difficult not to point to Williams when you think about who needs to step up if Indiana is going to have a chance to win this game. He’s asserted himself enough times this year to prove that he can do it if that mid-range jumper is falling.
Something you probably wouldn’t see at any other school this season: three freshmen â€” Daniel Moore, Verdell Jones and Malik Story — are leading their teammates through stretches.
Indiana Hoosiers (6-16, 1-9) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-5, 6-5)
at Williams Arena (The Barn)- 14,625 (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m. EST
Big Ten Network (Dave Revsine and Shon Morris), IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary, Joe Smith)
- IU’s Dumes faces up to suspension (subscription required)
- IU Minnesota scouting report (subscription required)
News and notes
- The Big Ten Network will show Indiana’s win in 1987 national championship game at 7 p.m. tonight.
- Indiana’s leading scorer, Devan Dumes, will not play. He has been suspended indefinitely for several elbowing incidents against Michigan State.
Does anyone here watch Entourage? If you do, you know Vince. If you don’t, Vince is an actor who, at the show’s beginning, was on the cusp of becoming not just famous, but Brad Pitt-famous.
But there was a scene in which he said he didn’t want to be the king. Why? He says he’d rather be the prince. Everyone wants to kill the king â€” but the prince just gets to walk around all day and tell girls he’s going to be king one day.
It’s a funny line in a show known for them, but it’s also indicative of where we are as a society. We build people up, so we can tear them down.
Right now, Jordan Hulls is king. He’s the best player on the best team, Bloomington South, in the state. He’s the favorite to win Mr. Basketball. He’s headed to Indiana, where he’ll be a part of the Hoosiers’ resurgence.
I didn’t ask Hulls if he’d rather be the prince, but I did ask him about the pressure. And a few other things. This is what he had to say. You can read the story that ran in today’s H-T here.
Indiana coach Tom Crean had Devan Dumes, who is suspended indefinitely for throwing a couple of elbows at opposing players Saturday at Michgan State, face the media today.
Accountability is of utmost importance in his program, he said.
It is worth listening to the entire interview — about 15 minutes — if you have the time.
That’s Scott Stadium, home of the Virginia Cavaliers.
Indiana will be heading there on Oct. 10. Virginia and Coach Sweatshirt (Al Groh) will come to Bloomington in 2011.
Here’s the official release from IU media relations:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced Monday that Indiana and the University of Virginia have agreed to a home-and-home football series starting this fall.
â€œThis is a great matchup for our players, alumni and other fans,â€ Glass said.Â â€œLike IU, the University of Virginia is one of the countryâ€™s premier public universities from a premier conference.â€
Glass noted that while this will be the first time that IU and Virginia have competed in football, they already compete for the best students in the country.
Academic excellence is a cornerstone of both campuses, with high achieving students, elite honors programs and outstanding faculty. Both boast premier scholarships for first-year students who have excelled as scholars, leaders and citizens â€“ notably the Wells Scholars at Indiana University and the Jefferson Scholars at UVa.Â IU and Virginia both enroll students with test score and GPA averages well above the national average and the averages of their states, and are routinely ranked by national publications and organizations â€“ including both being selected by Kiplingerâ€™s in their list of â€˜100 Best Values in Public Collegesâ€™. Indiana and UVa are schools committed to serving their states â€“ with residents making up more than 60% of their student bodies, and are home to academic majors that are recognized among the best in the nation.
The Virginia game fills a slot in the Hoosiersâ€™ schedule recently vacated by the University of South Florida.Â USF asked to defer a game with Indiana so it could begin a series with Florida State University.
Glass said he was surprised, but pleased, to have an opportunity to impact IUâ€™s football schedule in his first year as Director of Athletics.
IU and UVa will meet next season in Charlottesville, Va., on October 10. Virginia will travel to Bloomington for the return matchup on September 10, 2011. It will mark Indianaâ€™s 16th meeting against an ACC opponent and its first since a 2001 showdown with North Carolina State in Raleigh.
â€œThis is a great opportunity to face a very good team from the ACC,â€ Hoosier head coach Bill Lynch said. â€œWe have tremendous respect for the Virginia program and we look forward to two challenging games.â€
Virginia finished the 2008 season with a 5-7 record and a 3-5 conference mark. Former New York Jets head coach Al Groh owns a 56-44 record in his eight seasons at UVa. Groh has led the Cavaliers to five bowl games, including a 2007 appearance in the Gator Bowl, and three bowl victories.
The Hoosiers signed 18 student-athletes on National Signing Day. Head coach Bill Lynch’s second recruiting class included one four-star recruit and 12 three-star recruits in the Rivals.com and Scout.com rankings.
Indiana opens spring practice on Tuesday, March 24. The annual Cream & Crimson Spring Game will kick off at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m.