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In a truly bizarre game, the Hoosiers lost a lead of 20 points for the second time this season and fell to Michigan 72-66 in overtime.
The story of the game, according to Indiana coach Tom Crean, was that Indiana did not defend well in the second half.
The Wolverines hit just 25 percent of their shots in the first half, and trialed 39-22 at half. They shot 51.9 percent in the second half and 50 percent in overtime.
But there were other causes for the loss, ones that are familiar to Indiana fans: the Hoosiers hit just 7-of-13 free throws and a bad late-game decision turned the momentum. With under 40 seconds left and the Hoosiers clinging to a 59-56 lead, Devan Dumes tried to force his way to the basket and had the ball stolen.
Laval Lucas-Perry hit a 3-pointer a few seconds later to send the game to overtime.
Dumes said after the game that if he had a chance to do it over again, he’d do it differently.
Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that Lawrence North sophomores Ryan Taylor andÂ Michael Chandler have both verbally committed to play for Louisville.
Both were targets of Tom Crean and his staff.
I talked to Tayler over the summer, at an AAU tournament in Louisville, and he said that Crean and his staff had been to a Lawrence North open run. He was told by his coach, he said, that IU was interested in him.
Taylor is a really athletic player who seemed to rely on his natural skills to make plays.
Both come off the bench for Lawrence North.
Read through this rambling post for Crean’s thoughts on recruiting and other matters.
Oh, and for some thoughts from Calbert Cheaney and Chris Reynolds, who were the guest stars of the show.
Construction continues on the basketball development center next to Assembly Hall, as you can see from this picture taken early Saturday morning.
The Indiana women’s basketball team made a national debut of sorts Monday, receiving votes in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time this season. The Hoosiers (10-2), now with a nine-game winning streak, got seven votes from the pollsters, good for No. 30 this week.
The only Big Ten team ranked is Ohio State at No. 16. The Buckeyes are 12-2 overall and tied with IU at 3-0 in the conference. No other league teams got votes.