Lynch says team will bounce back

Bill Lynch is used to the question and the situation. In the last two seasons, his Indiana team has suffered a few crippling blowouts and more gut-wrenching late game losses that have driven reporters to ask how he expects his team to pick themselves off the canvas for the next week.

Every time he’s been asked, Lynch has said he has no concerns about his team being in the right emotional state, and he isn’t worried about it now after the Hoosiers lost an 18-13 heartbreaker to Iowa on Saturday when junior wide receiver Damarlo Belcher dropped the game-winning touchdown pass in the end zone.

“It’s hard,” Lynch said. “I’d be misleading you if I said its not a problem at all, but sure it’s hard. But I think it goes to the character of the kids we have in the program, and I think that’s very important. It’s something that we’ve worked very hard to develop here. We’ve talked about different things at different times, but the leadership that we’ve developed, I think it starts with the seniors, but it certainly works all the way through the classes. I think they do a good job of helping each other out. Just reading some of the quotes after the game, I think that wasn’t a prompted response by me or anyone else before they went and talked to you guys after the game. I think that’s how they sincerely feel about it. I also think they know how close we are. We’ve been a play away quite a bit, or we’ve been a series away quite a bit. If you keep knocking on that door, that’s the approach we’re taking and how we’ll approach it this week.” (more…)

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I can’t think of a more qualified person for this

Remember Doug Wilson?

The former H-T sports editor left an indelible legacy on the Herald-Times, one of impeccable journalism, uncompromised ethics, a forward-thinking vision (this blog exists because of him and Chris Korman) and a knack for hiring. He was the one, after all, who brought both Korman and I to Bloomington. At least he got the former right.

Doug is still around town, and he’s found a new hobby: writing about the sports bars in Bloomington.

Hand to god, I can’t think of a single person more qualified for this.

In his first series of stories, he wrote about the changing culture at Yogi’s to a place for beer aficionados, the popular Zombie Parade, the deep collection of IU collectibles (Keith Smart’s jersey!) at Hoosier Knights, and also the scene at Applebee’s.

You should visit his new web home. I will.

Gordon continues to dunk on you, me and most of the NBA

The latest Eric Gordon YouTube moment came last night, when he threw down a one-handed facial on Utah’s Paul Millsap. And it was not some middle of the second-quarter, forgotten dunk. It was with six seconds left, and sent the game into overtime.

And why was it right-handed? Because Gordon told teammates he felt a pop in his left shoulder earlier in the game.

Through seven games, Gordon is averaging 21. 2 points for the L.A. Clippers, about a five point-per-game jump from last season.

Some vague Zeller news

A source indicated tonight that Washington forward Cody Zeller is likely to announce his decision mid-week, but there is no clear indication of what school he will decide to go to and that Zeller himself may still be deciding. There was talk that he would announce his decision on ESPNU, but that now appears unlikely to happen.

The five-star forward, rated the No. 20 player in the Class of 2011, has narrowed his choices to Indiana, North Carolina and Butler. He made official visits to all three in October, with the last one having been to Indiana on Halloween weekend. Indiana and North Carolina’s coaching staffs both visited Washington recently to attend an open gym.

Indiana women cruise past Indianapolis

Indiana’s defense struck early and often, sparked by Whitney Lindsey and her four first-half steals, to cruise to a relatively easy 76-41 women’s basketball win Saturday over Division II University of Indianapolis at Assembly Hall in the Hoosiers’ second and final exhibition contest of the season.

Indiana jumped up 43-26 by halftime and held strong in the second half, allowing just six points in the first 13 minutes.

The Hoosiers shot 50 percent (32-of-64) and outrebounded the Greyhounds 40-38 overall and 22-16 in the second half.

Jori Davis led the way with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and nine rebounds. Lindsay was 5-of-10 for 11 points and had a team high seven assists while Elam Hope had 15 points. Aulani Sinclair, Alisha Goodwin and Danilsa Andujar each had 11 points in a balanced effort.

Former Terre Haute standout Samantha Meissel led UIndy with 18 points, all in the first half. Owen Valley grads Nickole and Heather Gonser are on the Indianapolis roster. Nickole played 12 minutes, grabbing three boards while Heather has been out the last three weeks with an injured knee.

IU opens the regular season on Friday at Ball State. The home opener is Nov 15 vs. St. Bonaventure.

— Jim Gordillo

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