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Iowa defensive tackle Adrian Clayborn holds up the football and celebrates an interception with teammates Shaun Prater (28), Pat Angerer and Jeff Tarpinian during the second half against Wisconsin. Associated Press

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Patterson, Jones probable

Indiana’s defense should be close to back to normal for Saturday’s game against Iowa. Linebacker Will Patterson (hand) and cornerback Donnell Jones (elbow) are both listed as probable on Friday’s injury report. That means Patterson likely takes his starting job back from Justin Carrington, and the Hoosiers avoid having to choose between struggling Richard Council and seldom-used Adrian Burks to fill Jones’s spot.

The Hoosiers did lose some secondary depth, however. Safeties Jerimy Finch (hamstring) and Jarrell Drane (thigh) are both listed as doubtful. Defensive end Fred Jones, who has yet to play this year, is listed as questionable.

Still out are defensive end Darius Johnson (shoulder), running back Zach Davis-Walker (foot), safety Chris Adkins (elbow) and Jarrod Smith (back).


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Verdell Jones embraces Malik Story after Indiana lost in last year’s Big Ten Tournament. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Big Ten media day thoughts

The Big Ten coaches and players converged in Chicago last night, and met with the media this morning.

I’m not sure how useful these events are nowadays. It’s good to have the chance to talk to people from around the conference, and you can usually count on Tom Izzo and Bo Ryan to be pretty funny.

As far as garnering a whole lot of insight . . . well, we tried.

I mostly hung by Tom Crean, as I wanted to hear what reporters from other towns would ask him. And how he would answer.

I’ll gather my thoughts on that in a bit. For now, you can listen.

Tom Crean addresses a lot of stuff at Big Ten basketball media day.

A run down of the more interesting things I heard today:

  • I’m sure Tom Crean gets tired of trying to describe what went wrong last year. But he is good at finding ways: “We couldn’t make plays when the plays didn’t get us a shot.”
  • Crean won’t set any numerical goal for the team. Never has. Never will. But he knows what he’s not expecting. “To think we’re on par with the other teams in the league would not be realistic. It doesn’t make any sense.” What Crean hopes is that this year’s team will not have a ceiling; it will continue improving and find ways to win the close games last year’s team lost.
  • Regarding recruiting, Crean said that Indiana is focused on owning Indiana. Yes, that includes the northern part of the state. IU coaches hit the high schools there heavily last winter, hoping especially to change the culture among the younger players who are not accustomed to kids form nearby heading all the way down to Bloomington.
  • Crean recruits program. He wants a kid who comes from a winning high school. Or a championship AAU team.
  • Yes, Tijan Jobe is fighting for a spot in the rotation. Crean said the 7-footer from Africa has improved his footwork and mindset and has developed into one of the best communicators on defense. Extra works has set Jobe apart.
  • Indiana over-scheduled, Crean said. “The Pitt game was a stretch,” he said. But that game, to be played as part of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, is important for three reasons: it supports a great cause, gets the players to a historic venue and keeps Indiana in the national conversation. Crean wants to make sure the Hoosiers play “in front of Dick Vitale” and don’t become a “regional program.”
  • Among the six freshman, Bawa Muniru (who still hasn’t been cleared) has the furthest to go. That’s not surprising. What is, a bit, is that Crean believes the big man’s year at Mt. Zion last season was “a wash.” Still, he expects Bawa to make an impact this year if he continues improving.
  • Verdell Jones and Jordan Hulls have been the steadiest players in practice so far.
  • Crean reiterated his desire to run on offense and play high-pressure defense. To do so, he’ll consider using a rotation of 10 or more players. But he never goes into a year with a set number of how many he wants to play. That’s based purely on player performance.
  • Youth isn’t terrible when it has experience to balance it out, Crean said. But there’s another side to it: Indiana’s young players have a chance to “step out of a box that they normally wouldn’t be able to step out of,” at an early stage in their careers.
  • Crean is still experimenting with lineups, but enjoys having versatility. He expects Jones, Hulls, Jeremiah Rivers, Derek Elston, Bobby Capobianco and Tom Pritchard all to fit into different roles throughout the year. The one position he’s trying to figure out is the “four.” A prototypical forward for Crean has always done something, well, not prototypical. He wants a guy who hits the 3, or has above average creativity.
  • Crean was excited to hear that Steve Downing would return for the Hall of Fame Induction next week. He’s got a framed picture that depicts each Indiana All-American in his office, and he wants to get a signature from each. He still needs Downings.
  • Though he has never coached a one-and-done, Crean thinks the rule needs to be changed. He believes a player should either allowed to jump straight to the NBA or forced to play two years of college basketball.

Izzo: Big Ten is best it’s been in a decade

Conference media days are all about self-praise. That’s mostly the point of having them.

OK, maybe it’s not just self-praise. It’s about praising every one else in your conference to show them respect, then hoping the assembled media prints said praise to make the conference look good, which in turns helps the conference’s profile with important people like television executives and recruits.

So there wasn’t much of a surprise that a lot of that was going on at Big Ten media day on Thursday in Chicago.

This time, though, the league’s coaches might actually be justified.

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It’s official: no Knight

Indiana sent out a press release today confirming that former basketball coach Bob Knight will not attend his Hall of Fame Induction ceremony next week.

The reason?

He didn’t want to detract from media coverage of the other inductees.

Many of you predicted months ago that Knight would say this. Kudos to you.

Here’s the full press release:

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Men's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]8440James Blackmon, Jr.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_zeisloft1.jpg]6580Nick Zeisloft
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hoetzel1.jpg]5720Max Hoetzel
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_johnson1.jpg]5240Robert Johnson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_williams1.jpg]4870Troy Williams
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_burton1.jpg]4670Ryan Burton
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_yogi1.jpg]4400Yogi Ferrell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_perea1.jpg]4860Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_robinson1.jpg]4190Stanford Robinson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_ritchie1.jpg]4210Nate Ritchie
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Nate Ritchie (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_holt1.jpg]4640Emmitt Holt
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hartman1.jpg]5050Collin Hartman
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_priller1.jpg]5540Tim Priller
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_april1.jpg]5790Jeremiah April
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

Women's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_walter1.jpg]6140Jess Walter
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Jess Walter (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_buss1.jpg]13870Tyra Buss
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_brooks1.jpg]7970Larryn Brooks
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_agler1.jpg]6700Taylor Agler
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_bell2.jpg]5210Nicole Bell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_stratman1.jpg]4940Liz Stratman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hulls1.jpg]5040Kaila Hulls
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mcbride1.jpg]4330Karlee McBride
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_gassion1.jpg]3920Alexis Gassion
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_muensterman1.jpg]4960Maura Meunsterman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mize1.jpg]4450Andrea Mize
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_cahill1.jpg]4280Amanda Cahill
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_jakubicek1.jpg]4440Claire Jakubicek
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_leikem1.jpg]4180Lyndsay Leikem
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_anderson1.jpg]4110Jenn Anderson
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)


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