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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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Rivers skips Chicago due to facial injury

Jeremiah Rivers didn’t make the Trip to Chicago for Big Ten Media Day, Tom Crean said, because he suffered a facial injury in practice coming off a pick n’ roll.

“He hit his face in a pick n’ roll situation,” Crean said. “He ran into an elbow, and we decided to keep him back so he could fully recover.”

Crean said he didn’t expect the Georgetown transfer’s injury to be long-term, however.

The usual suspect for a cause of such an injury would be senior center Tijan Jobe. a 7-foot, 255-pounder with some body control issues. Crean said, however, that Jobe wasn’t the culprit.

“Actually, it’s the other part of Team Africa right now,” Crean said. “Bawa Muniru got him, so he’s learning from Tijan. They’re buddies. Really, it was on his own team. He was setting a pick n’ roll in the corner. It was a very tightly contested play, and it was just an accident.”

Jobe, Crean said, is making improvements.

“He’s made enormous strides,” Crean said. “He really has. Tijan Jobe is challenging for a spot in the rotation. That will surprise those of you that saw us play last year. Once you see him play this year, it may not surprise you.”


Felisha Legette-Jack’s thoughts

Indiana’s women’s basketball coach is at the mic:

“This is a very young team, and this will be the ultimate challenge,” she says. But she hopes the returning experience she does have, mostly in the form of Jamie Braun and Jori Davis, can help the team reach new heights.

Some of the players were out in the fraternity and sorority neighborhood last night, trying to meet students and encourage them to come to games.

Sasha Chaplin, the forward who was lost five games into last season, is back. And she’s grown. She’s up to 6-foot-4.

Legette-Jack is excited about two flashy point guards on the team this year: Whitney Lindsay, who runs so fast she sometimes leaves the ball behind, and Sasha Bernard, who is such a creative passer that some of them may end up in the crowd after flying by surprised teammates.

Legette-Jack credits Tom Crean with helping her to grow the women’s basketball program. She thinks fans are slowing growing to appreciate the game as it is played beneath the rim.

Regarding Braun, who most observers believe will be the heart of this team, is majoring in African-American Studies. When Legette-Jack asked her why, Braun replied: “Because I want to understand you.”

Braun will move to the “two” this season, and her leadership role will expand. She’s been able to be quiet with experience in front of her, but will need be more vocal this season. She’ll also be relied upon to score more, especially with her 3-point shot.

How will the Hoosiers play this season? Legette-Jack thinks she can play more man-to-man (woman-to-woman?) defense, while continuing to play up-tempo on offense.


Michigan State Big Ten favorite

Michigan State was tabbed as the favorite to win the Big Ten championship at Big Ten media day with Purdue picked to finish second and Ohio State third. Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas was picked as the preseason player of the year. He’s joined on the all-conference first team by Michigan’s Manny Harris, Ohio States Evan Turner, Penn State’s Talor Battle and Purdue’s Robbie Hummell.


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Indiana coach Bill Lynch waits for his team to leave the stands after shooting the team picture during the preseason. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Jones will start at cornerback

Donnell Jones will start at cornerback against Iowa, co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic said Wednesday.

Jones, a redshirt sophomore, has been out with a dislocated elbow. He is wearing a large apparatus on his right arm.

“I am hoping he is going to be able to play,” said Palcic, who is also the team’s secondary coach. “He hasn’t really tackled anybody yet so we’re going to see how he goes Saturday. He’ll start, and we’ll see how it holds up.”

Tuesday, Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said it would be an open competition to determine who starts opposite Ray Fisher on Saturday.

But Jones took the majority of the snaps with the first team defense on Wednesday. Nick Polk, the team’s starting safety, also played at the cornerback position.

Adrian Burks, who was listed as the team’s starting corner on the depth chart this week, and Richard Council played with the second team.

Council has been beaten for several touchdowns against Illinois and Northwestern, after replacing Jones.

Lynch said it was not decided who would start, and may not be until Friday. He said he wanted to watch film of practice and see how Jones felt.



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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]8450James 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]4480Yogi 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]6160Jess 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]13900Tyra 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]7990Larryn 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]6720Taylor 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]5230Nicole 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]4960Liz 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]5050Kaila 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]4350Karlee 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]5000Maura 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]4540Andrea 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]4330Amanda 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]4480Claire 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]4200Lyndsay 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]4130Jenn 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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