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ESPN’s Lunardi Has Hoosiers in 2012 tournament

In a ludicrously early projection, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has Indiana as one of the last four teams in next year’s tournament.


Jeremy Hollowell is injured and some Mitch McGary video

1:20 P.M. UPDATE: Jeremy Tweeted that his wrist is just swollen and bruised badly. He should be out a couple of weeks, but obviously that is better news than broken.

Jeremy Hollowell may miss the Adidas May Classic after taking a nasty fall during a tournament this weekend, Peegs.com is reporting.

Peegs has a short video of the play. Hollowell is driving the lane against Houston Select and has his shot blocked by one of two guys that sandwich him. He fell, and put his hands out to protect himself.

It appears that injured his wrist, and he suggested last night on Twitter that it was broken.

Team Indiana is scheduled to play this coming weekend in either Merrilville or Akron, Ohio. The team is also without Peter Jurkin, who remains sidelined with a stress fracture in his shin.

Here is a video from this weekend. Thanks to ballinlikewhoa34 for uploading it to YouTube.

Here’s also a video of 2012 prospect Mitch McGary from the Jam Fest in Pittsburgh, at Inside the Hall via UMHoops.


ScoopTalk: The Curtain Is Pulled Back


The Spring Game: Hoosiers 27, Indiana 24

With the fate of the IU spring game hanging in the balance, junior quarterback Adam Follett escaped pressure and found running back Leneil Himes wide open in the right flat after he released from his block. Himes waltzed into the end zone for a 12-yard score to give the Hoosiers squad a 27-24 lead over the Indiana squad with about 20 seconds remaining in the game.

But rather than give Indiana a chance at a desperation drive at a field goal, the coaching staff apparently decided it would be better to just call it a day on that note, gathering the team at midfield while the clock ran out.

It’s a spring game, these things happen. (more…)


Live Ticker: Indiana Spring Game

We’re not going to do a CoverItLive session for the Spring Game this year for two reasons. One, we didn’t get a great response for it last year and two, we have to keep our own stats this year, so that will make it a little difficult to answer questions during the game. Instead, I’ll be posting on Twitter, and you can follow my feed here.


Glass, Crean express thoughts on Cook’s passing

Indiana athletics owes a lot to Bill Cook, most notably the basketball practice facility that bears his name. Cook contributed $15 million toward the $20 million building. It was the single biggest donation Indiana athletics has ever received.

But IU athletic director Fred Glass said he got a lot more than just a check from that exchange. Getting to meet and develop a relationship with Cook was even more valuable, Glass said Friday evening after learning of Cook’s passing.

“The coolest thing for me was just to get a chance to meet him,” Glass said. “Even after the gift was complete, we had a few conversations. Not a lot, but it was an acquaintanceship that I really treasured. He and his wife’s gift to the athletic department really helped kick start the Tom Crean era, making Cook Hall what it is today and showing confidence that we were going the right way. His gift led to many other significant gifts. They weren’t as big as Bill’s, but it was obviously that people realized that if Bill Cook thinks this is something he ought to invest in, maybe we ought to as well. When you’re dealing with a guy like that, what can you say? He was something else. I feel lucky just to have known him.”

Cook built a fortune by founding the Bloomington-based medical equipment manufacturer Cook Group, Inc. In September, he was named the No. 101 wealthiest American on the Forbes 400 list with a total estimated worth of $3.1 billion. He spread that wealth around as much as he could, however, and was involved in countless philanthropic projects beyond what he did for IU athletics.

Cook had been dealing with congestive heart failure for several years, but still remained extremely active within the Cook Group and the Bloomington community.

“It sounds trite, but it’s really true with Bill,” Glass said. “He taught us how to live and he taught us how to die. … He’s lived this great life and he rode out his illness with such courage. He was everywhere all the time. He stayed engaged. He lived a lot longer than most people would with his illness. I think the guy is really inspiring both in life and in death.”

Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean expressed his feelings toward Cook via his Twitter account.

“I am stunned and saddened,” he said. “It’s hard to do justice to what he meant to not only this university, community and state but even the world. He was literally a life-changing giant of a man and leader. Not many people can say they made the world a better place because of work they did, but Mr. Cook sure can. The contributions he made will continue to impact lives forever.”


Zeller, Ferrell, Etherington named AP All-State

Imagine this has been posted elsewhere by now, but Indiana signees Cody Zeller and Austin Etherington and verbal commitment Yogi Ferrell were all named to the Associated Press Indiana All-State team.

Zeller, the Washington forward who was named Mr. Basketball earlier this month, and Park Tudor point guard Ferrell were named to the first team. Joining them were Bloomington South guard Dee Davis (signed to Xavier), Pike point guard Marquis Teague (Kentucky) and Gary Wallace forward Branden Dawson (Michigan State).

Etherington, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Hamilton Heights, was named to the third team. Indiana verbal commitments Ron Patterson and Jeremy Hollowell were both named high honorable mention.

Indiana target Gary Harris, a Hamilton Southeastern guard was named second-team All-State. He was joined by North Central guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Center grove guard Jonny Marllin, Warsaw guard Nick Moore and Munster guard Joe Crisman. Etheringotn was joined on the third team by Terre Haute North forward Justin Gant, Castle forward Eric Stutz, Lowell guard Austin Richie and Lawrence North center Michael Chandler.


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