A big game for the Hoosiers tonight, who were still in the NCAA Tournament field according to Charlie Creme’s predictions on ESPN.com. Still, this would be a nice resume-builder.
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While the Indiana women’s basketball team has struggled recently, things are looking up for Hoosier recruit Aulani Sinclair. The Eminence senior scored a career-high 52 points in her final home game for the Eels last week, a 91-26 win over Baptist Academy. Sinclair was 24-of-44 from the field, including 4-of-13 3-pointers. She also hauled in 13 rebounds and dished out three assists.
Wednesday night, Sinclair and the Eels knocked off Greenwood Christian in a first-round sectional game, 57-38. Eminence won just one game before last week. Now they have three wins and are into the sectional semifinals Friday night at Shelbyville (Southwestern).
Sinclair entered the month of February ranked fourth in the state in scoring (24.9 ppg) and second in rebounding (13.9 rpg).
Usually this time of year it would be idiotic to even consider taking a stroll through the streets of Minneapolis. Today, it wasn’t. The 45-degree weather felt balmy, even with the wind.
I realized, about an hour too late, that I should have worked my way over to the Minnesota campus when there was still light so I could take a picture of the new football stadium for you. Needless to say — since the price tag is something like $230 million — it is epic. The U of M, as all my cousins who went there call it, gets a bad rep around the conference because it’s seen as not having the same charm as its brethren located in sleepy little towns. And for a while, playing football downtown at the Metrodome did detract from the campus feel. The set up now should be excellent, with Williams Arena and the new stadium across from each other just a couple of blocks from the a street full of bars and restaurants. Indiana, by the way, won’t play in the new stadium until 2012. Consider me peturbed by this delay, commissioner Delaney.
If you’ve recently had the most amazing Lazik surgery ever, you’ll notice Devan Dumes standing under the basket in the picture above. That’s been his primary duty so far: ball retriever. Though as I write this, he appears to be having a serious conversation with Nick Williams out near mid-court.
It’s difficult not to point to Williams when you think about who needs to step up if Indiana is going to have a chance to win this game. He’s asserted himself enough times this year to prove that he can do it if that mid-range jumper is falling.
Something you probably wouldn’t see at any other school this season: three freshmen â€” Daniel Moore, Verdell Jones and Malik Story — are leading their teammates through stretches.
Indiana Hoosiers (6-16, 1-9) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-5, 6-5)
at Williams Arena (The Barn)- 14,625 (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m. EST
Big Ten Network (Dave Revsine and Shon Morris), IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Todd Leary, Joe Smith)
- IU’s Dumes faces up to suspension (subscription required)
- IU Minnesota scouting report (subscription required)
News and notes
- The Big Ten Network will show Indiana’s win in 1987 national championship game at 7 p.m. tonight.
- Indiana’s leading scorer, Devan Dumes, will not play. He has been suspended indefinitely for several elbowing incidents against Michigan State.
Does anyone here watch Entourage? If you do, you know Vince. If you don’t, Vince is an actor who, at the show’s beginning, was on the cusp of becoming not just famous, but Brad Pitt-famous.
But there was a scene in which he said he didn’t want to be the king. Why? He says he’d rather be the prince. Everyone wants to kill the king â€” but the prince just gets to walk around all day and tell girls he’s going to be king one day.
It’s a funny line in a show known for them, but it’s also indicative of where we are as a society. We build people up, so we can tear them down.
Right now, Jordan Hulls is king. He’s the best player on the best team, Bloomington South, in the state. He’s the favorite to win Mr. Basketball. He’s headed to Indiana, where he’ll be a part of the Hoosiers’ resurgence.
I didn’t ask Hulls if he’d rather be the prince, but I did ask him about the pressure. And a few other things. This is what he had to say. You can read the story that ran in today’s H-T here.