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Hoosiers begin brutal stretch

Indiana could use a confidence boost right about now. The Hoosiers have lost four straight, including a 78-61 loss to Northwestern on Sunday. They’ve fallen into a funk where they play well for two games and follow that up with a clunker that makes fans wonder if they’ve made any progress at all.

But confidence boosts will not be hard to come by.

Starting with Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. home game against No. 13 Ohio State, the Hoosiers have three straight games against ranked teams. On Saturday, they play at No. 11 Wisconsin, then follow that with a home game against Michigan State on Feb. 16.

“This is it right here,” junior guard Jeremiah Rivers said. “I don’t want to say it’s necessarily make or break, but these are some vital games for us. We’ve lost four in a row going into Ohio State. … This is something where we just can’t get caught in this tornado and get thrown out.” (more…)


Gov. Daniels will be at IU-Ohio State game

Just got a call from the governor’s office saying that Gov. Mitch Daniels will be in attendance at tomorrow’s Indiana-Ohio State game to visit a friend. Apparently he’s got good seats right in front of us behind the scorer’s table.


Our old friend may be in trouble

Remember Kyrie Irving? Many of you spent the summer following his every move, hoping and wishing he would become the star that would lead top prospects back to Indiana.

That didn’t happen. He’s headed to Duke now. And now his high school may be in some trouble.

Videotapes show that Kevin Boyle, the coach of St. Patrick’s (Elizabeth, N.J.) was in the gym for six open gym sessions prior to the season starting. That’s a no-no, according to New Jersey’ state association rules. The punishment could be the suspension of Boyle and the removal of St. Patrick’s, the No. 5 team in the country, from this year’s state tournament, the Newark Star-Ledger is reporting.

Michael Gilchrist, the No. 1 junior in the country (who was listing Indiana but seems to have lost interest at the same time Irving did), is also on the team. And it appears that Chris Washburn may have tipped off investigators. He had two sons transfer to the school over the summer but never played in a game and are back in Texas.


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Matt Mayberry and Jammie Kirlew lead the charge to tackle Iowa’s Brandon Wegher last season. Mayberry and Kirlew are two members of a group of Hoosiers preparing for April’s NFL Draft. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Crean trying to figure out what went wrong

Don Fischer opened Tom Crean’s radio show on Monday by lobbing the Indiana coach something of a softball. Indiana’s play-by-play man (and after the arrest of Todd Leary, it’s one man booth) pointed out that the Hoosiers did some things well in Sunday’s loss to Northwestern. They kept the turnovers down, rebounded well and knocked down free throws.

But Crean realized he wasn’t in position to look on the bright side.

“When you’re losing and when you lose games that you don’t compete in from the very beginning,” he said, “and you compete as the game goes on, but you don’t come with that spirit, then it’s really hard to sit here and talk about individual performances and things like that.” (more…)


Soccer signs nine

It appears as though first-year Indiana coach Todd Yeagley signed most of the players who had committed to former coach Mike Freitag and his staff.

Most.

Josh Gatt, a highly touted midfielder from Michigan, decided to sign a pro contract with SCR Altach. That decision probably has as much to do with the whole getting paid to play while living in Europe part of it as it does the coaching transition.

But Indiana still has a couple of guys who were high on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s rankings: Harrison Petts (No. 5), Nikita Kotlov (15), Blake Wise (30), Jacob Bushue (69).

I’ll do some more reporting on this in the coming days. For now, here’s IU’s release. (more…)


Crean: Roth still out

Tom Crean said Monday on the Big Ten teleconference that Matt Roth has not yet rejoined the team for practice and that he did not expect him to be back this week. Roth will be evaluated later today, however, and Crean said he would have more information then. He said a determination has not yet been made as to whether or not Roth would redshirt or when a deadline would be set, but that with every game he misses, Roth comes a step closer to sitting out the season.

More on this later.



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