You can read it on a roster, but to see 7-3 is completely different. Hasheem Thabeet is really an incredible sight. Just looking at him makes me think Indiana will shoot a lot of 3s. The Hoosiers shot 18 in their win last season.
Of course, Eric Gordon’s path to the lane is much easier now that Jerome Dyson won’t be in his way. I’m not sure who they’ll try to put on Gordon, but I’m not sure that there’s anybody physical enough to handle the rowdy freshman. Gordon’s an interesting kid in that he’d never ever say he was extremely pumped for this game, but you’ll be able to tell immediately that he is. I look for him to go hard at the rim early.
For Indiana to win, I think D.J. White needs to get back into double digit rebounds. The last two games he’s had different assignments and hasn’t been stationed near the basket. That won’t be the case today. He’ll be battling for every bit he can get down there.
What are your thoughts on this game as we approach tip?
From the Associated Press . . .
NEW YORK â€” The New York Knicks said coach Isiah Thomas wouldnâ€™t comment Friday on a report that his 19-year-old son was arrested for underage drinking in Bloomington.
Joshua Thomas, a student at Indiana University, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, illegal consumption of alcohol and being a minor in a tavern, according to the New York Daily News. He was released from the Monroe County Jail on $500 bail.
The News, citing a police source, said Thomas was arrested after he went to a Bloomington hospital to be treated for a swollen eye, which came when he was hit by either a beer bottle or another manâ€™s fist at the bar.
Isiah Thomas played two seasons for Indiana, leading the Hoosiers to the 1981 national championship.
The Hartford Courant originally broke the story about an hour ago. Read that story here.
Craig Austrie, a 6-3 junior, will start in place of Dyson.
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has suspended starting guard Jerome Dyson and backup guard Doug Wiggins indefinitely for violating team rules, school officials announced Friday.
UConn did not release the nature of the allegations or which rules were broken.
The suspensions came as the Huskies prepared to take on No. 7 Indiana Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall. Calhoun went public with the suspensions at the teamâ€™s hotel in Bloomington.
â€œIt obviously isnâ€™t something that is making me particularly happy,â€ Calhoun told The Hartford Courant after arriving at the hotel Friday. â€œThis particular suspension is mine, no one elseâ€™s. I took the action based upon what I felt was in the best interest of our basketball team and the university.â€
Calhoun told the newspaper that neither player was arrested and the discipline was not related to their grades.
Dyson, from Rockville, Md., is the teamâ€™s second-leading scorer, averaging 14.3 points a game. He has started all 18 games this season for UConn (13-5, 4-3 Big East).
Wiggins, of East Hartford, Conn., has come off the bench in all 18 games, averaging 6.6 points.
IU 78, UConn 64
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Eric Gordon has changed this program simply by being here.
“Other than his numbers, just his presence,” Sampson says when asked what he’s brought to the team.
Sampson’s seeing Gordon develop right before his eyes. No surprisingly, he does that at a faster rate than most of his peers.
A.J. Ratliff is still trying to find his niche. It’s difficult for him to do against better opponents because he doesn’t get enough playing time to really gain confidence. So says Sampson.—–
Mike White didn’t play much last night because Sampson hasn’t liked his energy recently.
“Over the course of the season sometimes you have to pull a string here or there,” Sampson says. “I like doing that.”
Sampson goes back and forth on whether or not he likes playing non-conference games during the conference season. This is actually the sixth season in a row that his program has played Connecticut, and most of the games were during the conference year.
But Sampson doesn’t prepare any differently for a non-conference game right now. “If they keep score you should prepare to win,” he says.
Indiana’s going to have trouble getting shots around the rim with Hasheem Thabeet waiting around the rim. Connecticut leads the nation in blocks.
“If we had Thabeet we’d lead the nation in blocks,” Sampson says. “He’s a 7-3 center who is good at blocking shots.”
Coach Sampson has joined us. What’s the topic of discussion today?
His concerns with UConn: Speed, rebounding, their size.
“They’re just a much more mature team than they were a year ago,” he says.
K-Sam should be here in 15 minutes or so.