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Another interesting story from the Yahoo team of Dan Wetzel and Josh Peter, who’ve been discussed on this blog before.
In this installment, they explore the ways sports agents are attempting to buy influence with AAU coaches.
Specifically, they explore one interaction between a New York-based agency and the So-Cal All-Stars, a prominent program that annualy produces multiple Division I players (including Malik Story, who is mentioned in the story.)
It’s worth a read.
That’s the prediction of two “bracketologists” right now, and with only a few conference tournaments remaining, not much is likely to change.
Both ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme and CollegeRPI.com’s Jerry Palm list the Hoosiers as one of the last four teams out of the field of 64. That means the Hoosiers are close enough that the committe could surprise the experts, but it looks like heartbreak. Both men have five teams getting in from the Big Ten, with Minnesota one of the last four in the tournament. IU (19-10) and Minnesota (19-11) tied at 11-7 in the Big Ten, but the Gophers won the only head-to-head matchup in Minneapolis.
Other tournaments haven’t gone IU’s way either with third-seeded Charlotte a surprise winner in the Atlantic 10 and Central Florida winning Conference USA as a five seed. That’s at least one and maybe two spots lost that might have gone to IU.
The NCAA women’s selection show airs Monday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Indiana fans are invited to a selection show party with the team at Coaches Bar & Grill from 6-8 p.m. Monday night.
This just in from Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean regarding the status of leading scorer Devan Dumes’ availability for Thursday’s Big Ten Tournament game against Penn State:
“Iâ€™m not overly hopeful, but at the same time weâ€™re not ruling him out. We just have to see how he heals up over the next few days and see what happens.”
The Indiana men’s soccer team will play its annual indoor soccer scrimmage at the Sportsplex Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Admission is free for the intra-squad game with an autograph session immediately following.
Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek and Christian Watford will all play in the 2009 Kentucky Derby Festival Classic in Louisville on April 11.
Tournament organizers released the names of 20 of the eventual 24 players that will suit up in the game, to be played at Freedom Hall.
Also included are four Louisville recruits (including one-time Indiana recruit Stephan Van Treese) and three Kentucky guys.
Full (as of now) rosters below:
Player College Ht/Wt Position Awards
Tyler Griffey Illinois 6′ 8″/230 F
Jon Hood Kentucky 6′ 6″/190 G
Jordan Hulls Indiana 6′ 0″/170 G
Lakeem Jordan South Carolina 6′ 5″/220 F
Rakeem Jamal Buckles Louisville 6′ 8″/203 F
Brendan Lane UCLA 6′ 9″/205 F
Peyton Siva Louisville 6′ 0″/165 G McDonald’s All-American
Stephan Van Treese Louisville 6′ 9″/225 F
GJ Vilarino Kentucky 6′ 1″/175 G
Raymond Penn Oklahoma St 5′ 9″/150 PG
Elijah Johnson Kansas 6′ 2″/183 G
Lorenzo Brown NC State 6′ 4″/175 G
Noel Johnson USC 6′ 7″/180 F
Daniel Orton Kentucky 6′ 10″/260 C
Maurice Creek Indiana 6′ 5″ /200 G
Michael Snaer Florida State 6′ 4″/185 G McDonald’s All-American
Maalik Wayns Villanova 6′ 1″/190 G McDonald’s All-American
Christian Watford Indiana 6′ 8″/215 F
Erik Murphy Florida 6′ 10″/220 PF
Mike Marra Louisville 6′ 4″/200 SG
This just in from the Big Ten office ….
Big Ten Conference Reveals 2009 Basketball Tournament Bracket
Michigan State earns top seed for third time in Tournament history
The field is set for the 2009 Big Ten Menâ€™s Basketball Tournament that will take place Thursday-Sunday, March 12-15, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Michigan State (25-5, 15-3) claimed the No. 1 seed after capturing the Big Ten title for the fifth time under Tom Izzoâ€™s tutelage. Illinois (23-8, 11-7) earned the No. 2 seed, while Purdue (22-9, 11-7) clinched the No. 3 spot. Wisconsin (19-11, 10-8) claimed the No. 4 seed and Ohio State (20-9, 10-8) earned the No. 5 seed. Each of the top five teams receives a first-round bye and will start tournament play on Friday, March 13.
The 12th annual Big Ten Menâ€™s Basketball Tournament will tip off on Thursday, March 12, with No. 8 Minnesota (21-9, 9-9) taking on No. 9 Northwestern (17-12, 8-10) at Noon ET on the Big Ten Network. The second game of the tournament will feature No. 7 Michigan (19-12, 9-9) against No. 10 Iowa (15-16, 5-13) at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The final game on Thursday will include No. 6 Penn State (21-10, 10-8) and No. 11 Indiana (6-24, 1-17) at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.