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Though sophomore guard Matt Roth dressed for the first time since breaking his foot in Puerto Rico in November, Tom Crean said Monday in the Big Ten teleconference that there was no chance he was going to play.
“Him dressing the other day was good for him, it was good for our team,” Crean said. “To have him out there. I wouldn’t have played him, even for a half-court shot, which we joked with him the night before about being in position to do that, but there’s no way we would do that until he’s totally cleared. Hopefully we’ll see more this week. Hopefully he’ll be able to be involved in practice sometime this week.”
The clock, of course, is running for Roth. Crean said earlier this season he would apply for a medical hardship if he was out until February. That’s still up for debate, Crean said. (more…)
Indiana coach Tom Crean followed through and started three forwards against Illinois. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
As expected, Todd Yeagley is bringing former Hoosier player and assistant Ernie Yarborough from Madison to Bloomington to serve as one of his assistants.
Yeagley was also able to convince one of the better players in program history — who happens to be one of the most highly regarded young coaches in the country — to move two hours up the road. Brian Maisonneuve will also be a Hoosier again, leaving Louisville after a two-year run.
Seeing that IU has already had time to shoot mug shots for these gentlemen, I’m thinking this is not exactly what you’d call “breaking” news. But it was announced today.
Here’s the full news release.
Perhaps you remember Demetri McCamey. The Illinois junior has scored — let me look it up — yes, eleventy-bajillion points against the Hoosiers.
Two today were particularly heart-breaking. They came during the bizarre end of the game.
Illinois called a time out with a little less than five seconds left — even though it appeared to already be running a final play — and of course designed a play for McCamey.
He just told the media that the switch off the screen forced him to the basket, and that he threw up the tear-drop shot.
“I knew it was as good as soon as it left my hand,” he said. “I practice that shot every day.”
Tom Crean immediately took to the court as the game ended, seeking out each player with open arms. He had to walk all the way to the other end of the court to find Jeremiah Rivers, the junior guard and 50 percent free-throw shooter who had tied the game by making two free throws just seconds earlier. He’d also been called for a controversial foul on a rebound.
Should be interesting to see what Crean has to say. Obviously the Hoosiers fought hard in a hostile environment, and a couple of young guys — Jordan Hulls, Derek Elston, Bobby Capobianco — took clear steps forward. But losing — and losing like that repeatedly — hurts.
Crean has arrived.
He says that usually you can go back and look at a game and find a mistake that bites at you after the fact. Not so today.
“They had the last possession,” he said, “and they did something with it. Demetri McCamey made a tough shot.”
Crean said he was concerned about more than just McCamey on that last play, and therefore didn’t try to shade to him alone.
“There’s not a lot of things we’d do differently,” he said.
More in a bit. Til then, review the box score and share all thoughts in the comments section below.
Dustin Dopirak here. Should’ve had this up earlier, but the audio follows.
Indiana’s Verdell Jones has a host of family and friends trying to get tickets for today’s game against Illinois. Monty Howell | Herald-Times
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