Doug from just East of Jasper is asking about whether Sampson thinks coaches should have longer to try to establish their programs. He doesn’t like the fact that so many coaches are forced to leave after just a few years.
Sampson blames that more on players leaving school early. He’s pointing out that Indiana could have both D.J. White and Eric Gordon next year. But there are other teams that will be able to say the same thing.
This guy says he’s tickled that Sampson is the new coach. But he’s clearly a bit angry that the subs didn’t get off the bench Sunday as Indiana led the game. And Sampson is not happy about being questioned. He says, “It’s already been addressed.” And Robert says he doesn’t know what the answer is. And Sampson just stays quiet. Awwwwkward.
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INDIANA 81, PENN STATE 61 (1:56)
The fans are leaving already. Must be a big football game on or something.
INDIANA 72, PENN STATE 58 (3:50)
It took a while, but Indiana has closed out this game the way the No. 9 team in the country is supposed to.
Gordon finally got to the line for the first time at about the 5:30 mark. Then Ellis drove and kicked to Bassett for 3. And Gordon just found a gap in the zone and hit a lay in.
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Like Kelvin Sampson thought, Penn State is putting up a fight.
A Lance Stemler 3-pointer in the final few minutes gives Indiana a 37-34 lead. He’s definitely shooting those with confidence.
It’s the defense that’s getting them into trouble this afternoon. The Nittany Lions have hit deep shot after deep shot, going 6-8 from behind the arc, and that is what’s keeping it close. Talor Battle, a 5-11 freshman guard for Penn State, leads them with 11 points and has hit 3-4 from behind the 3-point line.
One thing to point out is Eric Gordon is doing all of his damage from the perimeter. His 12 points came off of four 3-pointers, and his only other field goal attempt came from less than a foot inside the arc. For some reason, he’s not using his athleticism to drive to the basket like he usually does. I would expect to see him attacking the basket more often in the second half and take advantage of the smaller Nittany Lion guards.
Gordon’s also leading the team in rebounds with four.
INDIANA 37, PENN STATE 34
Lance Stemler, who has been getting 3-point lessons from assistant coach Dan Dakich, hits another clutch shot in the final minute of the half. Stemler has always been one of those players who looks great shooting 3s in warmups. And I don’t just mean looks great because the ball goes in; he has a sweet stroke. But for whatever reason he had trouble transferring it to games. But his work with Dakich seems to be rectifying that problem.
INDIANA 32, PENN STATE 32 (1:13)
Stanley Pringle enters the game and hits a 3 and then makes a 3-point play to give Penn State a 25-22 lead.
Bassett gets loose to hit a 3-pointer as the game continues to evolve into a contest of rebounding and 3-point shooting.
D.J. White’s fouled battling for a rebound and hits two free throws.
Gordon misses a 3, and Schyler King hits a 3 as Penn State takes a 28-27 lead.
Bassett’s 3 bounces out.
Cornley drives on Mike White and scores.
Ellis drives from the wing and hits.
Penn State is working to isolate Cornley on Mike White. Here, White gets caught in a screen and Cornley is able to score.
Crowd is sensing that Indiana is flat. Let’s Go Hoosiers! chant starts and Eric Gordon gets free and hits a 3 to tie it.
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By now you’ve read that the Nittany Lions will be without their best player today, Geary Claxton.
Claxton is one of the better players to ever have worn a Penn State uniform. He’s fifth all-time in scoring (1,542) and fourth all-time in rebounding (755). And this isn’t the first time he’s gone through injuries. He missed several games last year with a broken hand and then came back with a brace that hurt his shooting and dribbling ability.
During that stretch, Jamelle Cornley had three double-doubles and scored 20 points twice. He averaged 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds.
But those of you who remember watching Penn State the last few years remember this, mostly, about Cornley: he’s a 6-5, 240 pound forward.
Interestingly, Indiana has the perfect guy to match up with him in Mike White.
If Penn State is to have any chance today, it hinges on that matchup and the possibility of Mike Walker or Danny Morrissey getting hot from 3-point.
But even if that happens the Lions have so many holes. They’re starting two freshman in 6-8 Jeff Brooks — from Louisville — and Talor Battle, a 5-11 point guard. You think Eric Gordon has had some growing pains this year, watch these two today.
Had Claxton stayed healthy, Penn State fans would have had a reason to at least glance at the basketball team during the timeÂ between the bowl and the Blue-White game. And maybe that would have helped head coach Ed DeChellis get some momentum.
After covering Penn State sports for five years, I’m fairly certain DeChellis’ job is safe for at least a little while. But his situation should remind every one of how tough it can be to build a program at a school that is known for one particular sport.
All in all, the Hoosiers will play six games this season with a 9:00 start time or later. Five of them occur during Big Ten play.
I’m working on a story for the paper on this topic, and am trying to get a general sense of what fans out there think about all these late tips.
As we all know, it’s a result of the television industry and their design to show as many games as possible. This season, ESPN has a theme five nights of the week and on several nights they show back-to-back games, a 7 p.m. tipoff and a 9 p.m. Between Big Monday (which features the Big East), Super Tuesday (where there’s always a Big Ten game at 9 with the Musberger-Lavin duo), ACC Wednesday and Throwdown Thursday, there’s plenty of basketball to go around.
I know that one coach in the country, Bob Knight, was steadfastly against these late games because many of them are on a school night. It’s ludicrous for these kids to be arriving back on campus at 2 or 3 in the morning and have to wake up for an 8 a.m. class, he’d argue.
Another thing, I would think these games that don’t finish up until after 11 p.m. would provide some problems for younger IU fans.Are these late starts affecting you guys at all? For some, are you not able to watch the game, or for those of you with sons and daughters, are they having trouble staying awake?
(Oh, and we’re forgetting the most important dilemma caused by late tips: journalists cramped by deadlines).
Overall, I’d just like to get your thoughts on this and see what the public sentiment is. Also, I may want to speak with a few of you on this for my story as well if you’d be alright with that.