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Guy-Marc Michel apparently not only played for a professional team in France, but a championship one.

The following page is an end of the year summation on Eurobasket.com for the 2007-08 French professional season when Guy-Marc Michel apparently played for Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in the French Pro A League. That team, which also consisted of former American college semi-stars such as Pittsburgh’s Ricardo Greer, Virginia Tech’s Zabian Dowdell, and Rutgers Jeff Greer, won the league championship.

Michel is listed on that roster, but it’s difficult to tell how much he played on the team. There is a list of scorers in the championship box score, but Michel is not a part of it.

Indiana announced before Wednesday’s exhibition game that Michel’s status is under review because of limited participation with that team.


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Indiana 89, Franklin 37

Christian Watford scored 25 points to lead Indiana to a 89-37 win against Franklin College in an exhibition Wednesday at Assembly Hall.

Indiana played 13 players and 10 scored, but the key may have been on the defensive end.

Franklin turned the ball over 28 times, 14 in each half, and Indiana took four charges.

Daniel Moore and Maurice Creek each had three steals to lead the Hoosiers.

Indiana was without Verdell Jones (ankle) and Guy Marc-Michel.

Indiana announced before the game that the NCAA is reviewing Michel’s amateur status. The junior center, a first-year JUCO transfer, played several games as an amateur with a French team that had professionals on it.

Tom Crean said afterwards he was aware of the situation several days ago but had downplayed it to his team. Indiana is working with the NCAA, Crean said, though there is no set timeline for a decision on Michel’s status.


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Chappell back at practice

Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell, not listed on the club’s current injury report, was back at work during Wednesday’s practice after being held out of Tuesday’s sessions.

Chappell, who wore a walking boot to Monday’s press conference and has taken a physical pounding in recent weeks, will get some breaks from practices for the balance of the season according to coach Bill Lynch.

“We didn’t have Ben really do anything (Tuesday), on purpose — not because he couldn’t have, but we thought that was the smart thing to do,” Lynch said. “You’re going to take some hits from the defense when you’re throwing it that many times . . . and not scrambling.

“It’s just the nature of the position. You’ll take a lot of hits. He’s a big, physical guy, fortunately, and he’s really tough. But we worry about (the hits) and that’s why we’ll be smart from here on out to make sure he’s feeling good on Saturdays. Especially as much football as he’s played, as aware of the offense as he is, he’s locked in, still getting mental reps, even when he’s not going (on the practice field).”


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