INDIANA 62, ILLINOIS 58 (FINAL)
- Who takes this shot for Illinois?
- Inbounds to Meacham.
- He curls around and gets to McCamey. Who drives. Block by A.J. Ratliff. But the balls out off him.
- Randle launches a shot. No. Bassett comes down with it. A scrum. Foul called. Bassett will shoot.
- Weber leaves the floor almost immediately after the final buzzer.
INDIANA 60, ILLINOIS 58 (25.8)
- Wow. Bassett hits a 3 after Gordon’s pass is tipped.
- Now Meacham answers with a 3.
- Ellis hard to the hole, hard after the rebound. Refs talk it over. Ball to Indiana.
- fifty seconds in the game. Thirty-five on the shot clock.
- Wait. They’re going to replay. Still Indiana’s ball.
- Bassett gets inside and takes an off-balance shot. Why?
- Hoosiers haven’t faced a situation like this so far this year.
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Well, as expected, the Illini have come to play.
And the Hoosiers, although they’ve shown glimpses of potential, have been sloppy on offense and they trail, 34-30 at the break.
A few statistical notes to help better understand what we’ve seen so far:
- Leading rebounder for the Hoosiers? Surprisingly, it’s not D.J. White, who grabbed 22 boards last Tuesday at Michigan. Mike White has 5, D.J. 3.
- The Hoosiers have only totaled 3 assists through the first 20 minutes.
- Eric Gordon only has one field goal, but found his way to the free throw line for six points. He’ll find a way to get more than six this half.
The first few minutes will be imperative for both teams. If the Illini come out and continue with their intensity, they could very well walk out of Bloomington tonight with a win. If the Hoosiers pass the ball better, set screens and work on the defensive end, they should be able to get the win.
We’ll keep you posted.
ILLINOIS 34, INDIANA 30 (Half)
- Randle hits one plus the bonus.
- Ellis resorts to a bad shot. Unusual for him.
- Gordon drives and dishes to Mike White, who is fouled.
- Now Gordon drives again and throws to the other White. For a baseline jumper.
- DeAndre rebounds, then almost hits the overhead scoreboard with a long pass.
- Hoosiers are so sloppy right now. In every facet of the game.
- Look how Davis slipped into space there and McCamey had a lane to get it to him.
- Ratliff pulls up and hits a 3. Would have been a terrible decision had it not gone it. But that’s a senior play from a senior.
- McCamey shakes Gordon and hits a 3.
- Ratliff misses the buzzer shot.
ILLINOIS 27, INDIANA 25 (3:50)
- The Hoosiers are 0-for-6 from 3-point.
- Gordon hits the front of a one and one. Hits the second, too.
- Now Tisdale gets open on the baseline and hits a mid-range jumper.
- D.J. White called for an offensive foul.
- Randle drives on Mike White and draws a foul.
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UPDATE (3:40): Bassett is out on the floor. Looks OK. Not really favoring his left ankle at all, but that was also the case prior to the Iowa and Michigan games. He played a few minutes against Iowa before being pulled and rested; he didn’t play against Michigan.
Also, Holman was guarding D.J. White. Got pretty physical. It certainly seems like he could play if need be. Judging from that alone, it seems unlikely that Holman will be able to receive a hardship waiver (medical redshirt) this season. But we’ll continue checking into that with Big Ten and NCAA officials.
Injured Indiana point guard Armon Bassett has yet to join his teammates on the floor. They are shooting around about an hour before game time. Bassett has bone chips in his left ankle â€” basically, a severe sprain with complications â€” and will be a game-time decision, we’ve been told.
Chester Frazier, the Illini point guard, is out milling around on the floor attempting shots. His injured back and rib cage look tender, as he’s not really making any quick movements. Illinois coach Bruce Weber said earlier this week that he thought he might have to rest Frazier or risk losing him for the rest of the year.
The other injured Indiana player, freshman center Eli Holman, was out working with Dan Dakich. He looks fine. Other than a brace on his injured left wrist, there’s no evidence that he he couldn’t play. He’s shooting with his left hand and accepting passes with it. Of course what we didn’t see — and won’t see — during shoot around is him really have to defend another player or go for a rebound. Maybe that’s the nature of his injury: he has full range of motion but can’t risk taking a hard hit to the wrist.
If you live in a market that won’t show Illinois and Indiana’s highly anticipated first meeting of the year tomorrow, you can order the game on your computer.
All it will cost is $10 bucks. Just stave off eating for a few days and you’ll recoup that cash in no time.
Cheers to the power and potential of the Internet.
Here’s a release from IU with details:
Indiana fans who live in a market that will not be airing Sunday’s men’s basketball game against Illinois will now have a chance to order the game online. CSTV.com will feature a special pay-per-view offering of the CBS Sports broadcast of Illinois at Indiana (4:30 PM, ET).
The game will be available live online across the nation through CSTV.com’s Pay-Per-View service. Fans can purchase the live stream of each game for $9.95 at www.CSTVPPV.com.
Verne Lundquist and Billy Packer will call the action.
Bud Mackey, the former IU recruit turned alleged drug smuggler turned Georgia High School player turned current IU recruit Terrell Holloway’s teammate at a Cincinnati prep school, is making headlines again.
Many of you probably thought to yourself, “Can a kid facing a grand jury trial for drug trafficking charges in Kentucky really leave the state to attend high school without breaking the terms of his bond?”
Well, the county attorney for Scott County doesn’t think so. And he’ll explain why Tuesday to a judge, who then must decide whether Mackey violated his original release from jail and what to do about it.
Bill Lynch held a post-season press conference Friday afternoon in which he said the Hoosiers achieved their goals this season – achieving a winning record and making it to a bowl game – and moved the program forward.
Lynch said he thought that in its bowl game IU played like a team that was playing its season opener and couldn’t afford to do that against a good Oklahoma State team. Although the Hoosiers practiced well leading up to the bowl game, Lynch said that in hindsight he might do more live hitting with the team’s starters to try to avoid a slow start after a long layoff.