5. Intern Jared, who works as hard as any of the athletes we cover and does it all for the glory of eating press box hot dogs.
4. The times when you guys discuss Bill Lynch and the Indiana football team without resorting to name calling, instead opting for rational conversation rooted in fact and not just emotion.
3.Â The fact that no one has called any of us “Hoss” since February.
2.Â Our family and friends and co-workers and all that.
1. Your passion for IU sports, and the sophisticated way you share it here. For that, I say: Mahalo, Hoss.
Indiana holds off a late surge by the Silverswords â€” one made possible by missed free throws â€” and will leave Maui in a few hours with a 3-2 record and the satisfaction of getting a win on the final day.
That the win came against a Division II team that dressed only eight players, most of whom are new to the program, won’t wipe the smiles from Indiana’s players.
They, too, are mostly new. And because Chaminade has been built with transfers, the Hoosiers actually had less Division I experience than the Swords.
Hoosiers coach Tom Crean was unabashedly pleased with the win.
“I think we got better everyday,” he said. “And thatâ€™s the objective you have to be able to measure by. Theyâ€™re learning so many different things. The greatest thing theyâ€™ve learned is how to bounce back in a hurry.”
FINAL: INDIANA 2, ST. LOUIS 0
Hoosiers take care of business with a dominating effort in this second-round tournament game, and will host Michigan in the third round Saturday night at 7 p.m. HOOSIERS 2, BILLIKENS 0
10:00, SECOND HALF: Indiana firmly in control of this game right now, and have narrowly missed a couple chances to extend the lead. St. Louis is showing signs of desperation, trying to hit a home run to get back in this one. HOOSIERS 2, BILLIKENS 0
24:42, SECOND HALF: Indiana gets that insurance goal off a corner kick. Andy Adlard played a ball to the far post where a flying Kevin Alston hit a header into the back of the net. Alston preserved the two-goal lead just over 30 seconds later when he blocked a Billiken shot in front of goal. HOOSIERS 2, BILLIKENS 0
26:56, SECOND HALF: The chippiness we saw at the end of the first half has continued, with St. Louis trying to make up for being outplayed with attitude. The Billikens are starting to build a little more of an attack as of late, but are risking an IU counter attack. Kevin Noschang nearly had a breakaway on such a play in the 61st minute. HOOSIERS 1, BILLIKENS 0
45:00, SECOND HALF: We have 45 minutes left to play here. IU outshot St. Louis, 9-3 in that first half, but would do well to put this one out of reach rather than sweat out a nail-biter. One other NCAA upset to report, ninth-seeded Loyola U. falls to North Carolina-Greensboro, 2-1. And of local interest, Notre Dame leads Northwestern, 1-0, at halftime. HOOSIERS 1, BILLIKENS 0
HALFTIME: The half ends a little chippy with a couple of yellow cards handed out, and Indiana is not happy with the officiating that is right now penalizing the more aggressive team. John Mellencamp, Ofori Sarkodie and coach Mike Freitag all shared their concerns with the referee on the way to the locker room. Another solid, dominating half for Indiana, who could use another goal for insurance. HOOSIERS 1, BILLIKENS 0
Here’s a sneak peek at the game story that will run tomorrow.
By Chris Korman
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LAHAINA, Hawaii â€” Second half breakdowns are not a football-only problem at Indiana.
Tom Crean’s inexperienced basketball team wilted Tuesday in the latter half of a second-round game in the Maui Invitational, as Saint Joseph’s went on a 23-2 run to win 80-54.
The sequence that sparked the Hawks (2-2) could only befall a team as young and uninitiated as the Hoosiers (2-2).
Freshman forward Tom Pritchard, who showed fatigue after playing 33 minutes against Notre Dame Monday, slipped free under the net and took a pass from Daniel Moore curling through the lane. Pritchard’s dunk with 18:05 left cut Saint Joseph’s lead to 34-33 and seemed to predict a heated back-and-forth finish.
Here’s a release from Kent State, where former Indiana coach Rob Senderoff now works as associate head coach. Senderoff was given severe recruiting restrictions for the next three years by the NCAA today for his part in the violations that occurred while he was at Indiana.
Kent State Athletic Director Laing Kennedy:
â€œWe have received the NCAAâ€™s decision on Rob Senderoff and will abide by the sanctions handed down. At the same time, we are committed to keeping Rob as an integral part of our staff. His impact and long-term value to our program â€” both on the court and heading up our academic efforts â€” far outweigh these penalties. With the committeeâ€™s decision behind us, we can now turn our full attention to the rest of the season, starting with Illinois on Friday.â€
Tom Crean spoke to reporters in Maui about the NCAA’s rulings after his team’s 80-54 loss to Saint Joseph’s.
He was, understandably, pleased that his team did not lose scholarships, post-season eligibility or the right to be on TV.
There’s more and I’m in the process of writing about it, but you can listen for yourself if you are so inclined.